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NGV Kids on Tour

Posted on
December 23, 2019

Gippsland Art Gallery | Friday 17 January 2020 | Free family activities for children 3+

Children aged 3+ and their families are invited to unleash their creativity in a range of activities as part of the 2020 NGV Kids on Tour at the Gippsland Art Gallery on Friday 17 January. To participate in these fun filled hands-on activities, contact us to book your place in one of the following sessions, 10.00am to 12.00pm or 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

NGV Kids on Tour returns in January 2020 with the largest ever free program of art-driven activities and workshops for children and families across over 80 regional and metropolitan Victorian venues.

From Lorne to Swan Hill, Bendigo to Mornington, the 2020 program is the National Gallery of Victoria’s (NGV) most comprehensive outreach to Victorian communities since NGV Kids on Tour began seven years ago.

The program explores the theme ‘Make art, Make friends’ through hands-on activities. Highlights include a creative kit for children designed by contemporary artist Brian Donnelly aka KAWS, containing a pop-up surprise and a set of alphabet stickers to write a message for a friend.

Tony Ellwood AM, Director, NGV said, ‘The Gallery has a long-standing commitment to connecting with children and families across the state through accessible art-inspired activities. NGV Kids on Tour continues to grow and 2020 will be our biggest year yet, providing more opportunities for kids across Victoria to engage with programming by Australia’s most visited gallery.’

Featuring workshops inspired by NGV’s summer exhibition KAWS: PLAYTIME – a free exhibition for children inspired by KAWS’s signature character BFF - the program aims to connect regional and metropolitan communities with the NGV’s exhibitions.

Families can participate in a diverse range of activities at the Gippsland Art Gallery, including:

DRAW A FRIEND FOR BFF
Inspired by KAWS: PLAYTIME, children are invited to explore making friends and making art by creating their own character as a friend for KAWS’s royal blue character BFF.

PLAYTIME
Kids can let their imagination wander with a pop-up kit designed for KAWS: PLAYTIME containing a special set of alphabet stickers created by KAWS. With this activity, children can learn and play, spelling out new words and leaving a message for a friend.

ANIMAL SHAPES
In this hands-on activity inspired by Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids, a free kids exhibition presented at the NGV in early 2019, children can make their own sculpture inspired by Alexander Calder’s love of animals. Using customised templates, children select animal shapes to assemble using coloured guides and design features.

ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES AND PRESCHOOL

Along with activities inspired by NGV exhibitions, the program offers engaging craft games to foster creative play including Mystery Making, a clay modelling guessing game; Shoe Biz, a colourful way to practice tying shoelaces; and collage art for families to recreate their favourite foods.

NGV Kids on Tour activities are FREE and will take place at Gippsland Art Gallery on Friday 17 January at 10.00am to 12.00pm and 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Contact the Gallery on T 5142 3500 or E galleryenquiries@wellington.vic.gov.au to book your place. Please note that children are to be accompanied by an adult. Places strictly limited.

For further information, please visit www.gippslandartgallery/events.

NGV Kids on Tour is generously supported by The Truby and Florence Williams Charitable Trust managed by Equity Trustees and Official Supplier, Canson Australia.

The NGV warmly thanks the Truby and Florence Williams Charitable Trust, managed by Equity Trustees; The Packer Family and Crown Resorts Foundations, The Neilson Foundation and Official Supplier, Canson Australia for their generous support of KAWS: PLAYTIME and Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids and The Fox Family Foundation for their support of KAWS: PLAYTIME.

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