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Family art adventures at the 2023 NGV Kids Summer Festival

The NGV Kids Summer Festival will return these school holidays with nine days of artist-led workshops, performances and activities for the whole family. This years theme celebrates ‘Your Art Adventure!’.

The festival will take place at both NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia from 14 – 22 January 2023.

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art adventures to families this summer
Image: Shiny Coin musicians prepare for their performances at NGV Kids Summer Festival 2023 running from 14 – 22 January. Photo: Tobias Titz

The first three days of the NGV Kids Summer Festival at NGV International are centred around this year’s summer blockbuster exhibition, Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse drawing upon McQueen’s design inspirations and the influence of late ‘90s London. The hands-on activities, including hat designing and embroidery, celebrate McQueen’s creative process and capacity for storytelling. 

Melbourne musicians Shiny Coin bring their unique flair to the Great Hall, inviting children and families to channel their inner rock-star in a pop-punk performance.

art adventures to families this summer
Image: Arrernte drag queen Stone Motherless Cold prepares for her workshops at NGV Kids Summer Festival 2023 running from 14 – 22 January. Photo: Tobias Titz

Visitors can practise their best runway poses in a fashion, music and theatre workshop hosted by Arrernte drag queen Stone Motherless Cold

Inspired by McQueen’s collection Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious where make up and face paint enhanced the collection’s narrative, children can have their faces painted in designs created by Melbourne make-up artist Nisal Atapattu, transforming them to look like mythical beings or intergalactic warriors 

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art adventures to families this summer
Image: NV Dance Studio performers prepare for their performances at NGV Kids Summer Festival 2023 running from 14 – 22 January. Photo: Tobias Titz

From 17 – 19 January 2023, families will enjoy Greek theatre inspired games, watch traditional Greek dancing, and listen to stories of myths and legends in celebration of the 2022 NGV Architecture Commission: Temple of Boom, a contemporary reimagining of the Parthenon by Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang.

Melbourne-based, Greek-born artist Alkisti Pitsaki hosts storytelling sessions sharing myths and legends of Ancient Greece, and the Manasis School of Greek Dance and Culture introduce Hellenic history and culture, while children take part in traditional dances.

Visitors can also learn about Ancient Greek pottery by creating their own 3D vase using paper in an activity presented in collaboration with The Hellenic Museum.

art adventures to families this summer
Image: Master Han Jin Song from Tai Chi Australia prepares for their workshops at NGV Kids Summer Festival 2023 running from 14 – 22 January. Photo: Tobias Titz

The final days of the NGV Kids Summer Festival, 20 – 22 January 2023, will explore the NGV’s Collection of Asian Art with paper lantern-making workshops by Korean-Australian artist Suyeon Park, plus K-Pop dance performances and workshops by NV Dance Studio

Visitors can take part in meditative Tai Chi sessions with Tai Chi Australia accompanied by live music inspired by NGV’s China – The past is present exhibition. The final day of the festival on 22 January is dedicated to Lunar New Year with lion dance performances, live classical Chinese music by Guzheng instrumentalist QiQi, and complimentary NGV Lunar New Year red envelopes to gift to family and friends.

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NGV Kids Summer Festival
Date: 14 – 22 January 2023
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Location: NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
Price: FREE

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