Fabulous fun can be had for eleven days by kids of all ages, with the NGV Kids Summer Festival 16 – 26 January 2016. Six adult Cats and their Kittens will be visiting The Great Hall, giving life to Ai Wewei’s Studio Cats kids exhibition. There will be weird and wonderful Warhol hairdos created by Candice De Ville, together with a large scale paper flower mural for kids to complete in the early days of the festival.
Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV said, ‘The Kids Summer Festival has become one of the most popular kids and family events at NGV, with more than 14,000 children participating at NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia last year. The festival is always a wonderful opportunity for our younger visitors to explore our exhibitions in an interactive way, meet local designers and artists and develop their creativity and inspiration through a range of free participatory activities.’
In the NGV International garden children are able to discover and learn about organic food and the environment. They can plant their own seeds in a take-home bag with The Sage Garden or create a cute bottle brush and possum using the same material found in the John Wardle Architects’ pink Summer Architecture Commission structure. This activity, developed in collaboration with Megara manufacturers, explores how the environment informs design through a colourful making activity.
NGV Kids Summer Festival is a great way to introduce your children to the world of arts and an opportunity or them to begin to know their own abilities and creativity. Activities are taking place at both NGV International on St Kilda Road and at NGV Australia in Federation Square, on various days were children can learn to screen print with Home-Work Studios’ Jess Wright and Lara Davies, creating a set of take-home tea towels inspired by the imagery in Lurid Beauty: Australian Surrealism and its Echoes.
They can also decorate a papier mache pot, evoking the colourful terracotta pots made in honour of each of the Australian Rules Football teams in Our Land is Alive: Hermannsburg Potters for Kids. Discovering and learning about some of the most interesting works from the NGV’s Australian art collection can also happen through a special guided tour with Australian art curator Rebecca Edwards. NGV Kids Summer Festival 16 – 26 January 2016