Children to unleash creativity at gallery’s special regional tour

ON TOUR: A young family gets creative with Fiona Hall’s Who Lives Here? collage
workshop as part of the NGV 2018 Kids on Tour program.
ON TOUR: A young family gets creative with Fiona Hall’s Who Lives Here? collage workshop as part of the NGV 2018 Kids on Tour program.

The National Gallery of Victoria will bring its special school holiday workshops to the Hepburn Shire in January.

The NGV Kids on Tour program will visit four venues in the shire to encourage children to unleash their creativity by taking inspiration from coinciding summer exhibitions at the gallery.

NGV director Tony Ellwood encouraged regional families to attend the free activities and workshops.

“NGV Kids on Tour is an integral part of the gallery’s commitment to making art accessible to children and families across Victoria,” Mr Ellwood said.

“NGV kids programs inspire and foster the creativity of thousands of children and teenagers throughout the state.”

In its fifth year, the NGV Kids on Tour is the gallery’s most expansive with more than 50 venues in metropolitan and regional Victoria hosting the event for their community.

For the first time this year’s program will be presented at an aged care home and various locations, including metropolitan resource centres, public libraries, regional galleries and children’s hospital wards.

Mr Ellwood said the program, which included paper collage workshops and portrait illustrations, aimed to connect communities with the gallery’s dynamic summer exhibition program

ON TOUR: Fiona Hall designed this Send a Message collage workshop for teens as part of the NGV 2018 Kids on Tour.

ON TOUR: Fiona Hall designed this Send a Message collage workshop for teens as part of the NGV 2018 Kids on Tour.

He said the program allowed residents to enjoy time together at their gallery or community venue.

“The National Gallery of Victoria is thrilled to partner with venues all across Victoria to offer exciting school holiday workshops for children as part of NGV Kids on Tour 2018.

“Through activities developed with artists, children will be encouraged to unleash their creativity by taking inspiration from coinciding summer exhibitions at the NGV including, NGV Triennial and Fiona Hall: Uneasy Seasons.”

Workshops and activities include acclaimed Australian artist Fiona Hall, widely known for her installations that explore the significance of the natural environment.

NGV Triennial artist Olga Chernysheva will share with children her favourite drawing game, called ‘Nonsense’, which she played as a child growing up in Moscow. 

The NGV Kids on Tour initiative will be held throughout the 2018 school holidays in January and run in conjunction with the gallery’s Summer Festival from January 8 to January 14.

It will tour Clunes on January 12 at 10.30am; Creswick on January 12 at 2.30pm; Daylesford on January 15 at 2pm; and Trentham on January 16 at 2.30pm.

Interested families are encouraged to check the website at NGV.MELBOURNE for more information.