National Gallery of Victoria – Special Events Public Program

450px-National_Gallery_of_Victoria,_great_hall_03National Gallery of Victoria has a program of special events, allowing visitors big and small to expand knowledge through an enjoyable encounter with the arts. It’s a great place for families to enjoy a great day out and for individuals to focus on particular interests through film, talks and tours, lecture series, including NGV for Teens and NGV for Kids. Discover the Gallery through looking and making activities in this specially developed program for young children and their parents or carers. Celebrate the colour of Leonard French’s stain-glass ceiling in a collage activity created by artist Linda Jackson. Wed 18 Mar & Wed 8 Apr, 10–11.15am

Romance was Born for kids 1It is good to hear the NGV have extended Express Yourself: Romance Was Born for Kids an interactive display like no other in the history of Museum life in Australia. Designed by talented fashion duo Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales to run during the Jean Paul Gaultier show, its been so popular it is now open until 12th April at NGV International. They can embellish paper necklaces or beards, draw a digital still life artwork on the iPads in the Rainbowland room as well as discover the stories behind dresses and gowns and a colourful mummy by collaborator Del Kathryn Barton.

Holden Hurrican 1969Opening Weekend of Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car starting March 6 will have a number of events and you can discover some of Australia’s most iconic vehicles as objects of art. Explore the innovation and design of historic cars with General Motors Australia Design Director, Richard Ferlazzo followed by discussions of the future of Australian design.

Shifting Gear 1On the Beach, an iconic 1959 film will be shown – set after a nuclear war, when U.S. sailors stationed in Australia deal with the death of humanity filmed in Victoria featuring iconic Australian cars. Staying with the car theme, you can also hear inspiring stories from women who have worked in the Australian car industry.  Join Dr Judith Glover, RMIT, and a panel of Melbourne female designers and engineers for an expose on what life was like behind the roar of an engine. Programs and Events

Chinese Pavilion with people painted by Giuseppe Castiglione

Opening Weekend of A Golden Age of China: Qianlong Emperor (1736-1795), will feature a variety of talks held 11am Senior Curator of Asian Art, Dr Mae Anna Pang discusses Emperor Qianlong’s collection, 12 pm Curator of International Art Laurie Benson discusses Jesuit Priest and Principal Painter to the Royal Court of the Emperor Giuseppe Castiglione. There will also be a three part Lecture Series on Saturday 28th March, 4th April and 11th April at 2pm.

Information and Bookings  – NGV International is at 180 St Kilda Road Melbourne and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia is at Federation Square.

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