NGV Kids Summer Festival 2020

Are you ready to Make Art and Make Friends? The NGV Kids Summer Festival will be returning in 2020, the festival is inspired by the NGV’s summer program featuring KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness and Keith Haring | Jean Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines.


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NGV Kids Summer Festival 2020
NGV Kids Summer Festival, Photo: Eugene Hyland

The NGV Kids Summer Festival will run from Saturday 11 – Sunday 19 January 2020.

The free festival focuses on the theme of Make Art, Make Friends and offers children and families nine days of activities to encourage creativity and engagement with art. Activities include hip-hop workshops, dance parties, hands-on art-inspired sessions, relaxed mornings, free film screenings and programs for teenagers.

NGV Kids Summer Festival 2020
Watercolour painting workshop, Photo: Tobias Titz

Festival highlights

Portrait Mode

Melbourne designer, illustrator and author Beci Orpin shares her passion for geometric designs and ways to make colour pop in her paper portrait-making activity Portrait Mode. Created by Beci for the NGV Kids Summer Festival, and drawing on emotive characters featured in KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness and KAWS: PLAYTIME, kids will create colourful portraits of themselves and their friends.

NGV Kids Summer Festival 2020
Keith Haring – A pile of Crowns for Jean-Michel Basquiat 1988

Wander, Draw, Explore

Melbourne-based artist Ghostpatrol, will take over the NGV Great Hall with his interactive installation Wander, Draw, Explore. Inspired by Keith Haring’s use of chalk on the streets of New York City and Leonard French’s colourful stained-glass ceiling in the Great Hall, kids can add to Ghostpatrol’s geometric character creations with their own chalk drawings.


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KAWS: Playtime at NGV

Relaxed Mornings

Relaxed Mornings are an opportunity for visitors with autism, sensory sensitivities or disability to have a quieter Gallery experience, with fewer people and reduced noise. Starring KAWS’s character BFF, children’s exhibition KAWS: PLAYTIME opens early to welcome families to enjoy a relaxed session each weekday of the NGV Kids Summer Festival. Young visitors can nestle into cosy nooks, explore and play at their own pace. 

NGV Kids Summer Festival 2020
Annemieke Ytsmafrom – Underground Sundae, Photo: Tim Carrafa

Little Gems

Melbourne contemporary jeweller Annemieke Ytsma from Underground Sundae will help kids to create their own jewellery in a Little Gems workshop. Kids will find the art in everyday objects as they are transformed into delicate jewellery with an edge.

NGV Kids Summer Festival 2020
Indigenous Hip Hop Projects, Photo: Tim Carrafa

Indigenous Hip Hop Projects

Indigenous Hip Hop Projects is a creative team of dancers who work with Indigenous communities across Australia, inspiring the next generation through music, theatre and performance. Feel the power of the beat and dance to the rhythm of this energetic crew of hip-hop dancers.

NGV Kids Summer Festival 2020
NGV Kids Summer Festival – Home-Work

Print It

Melbourne-based textile and screen-printing designers Home-Work will lead a hands-on printing workshop especially for teens at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Teens are invited to discover printing techniques and play with vibrant colours and bold patterns to create their own designs.

Date: 11 January 2020 – 19 January 2020
Time: check website for time
Location: NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
Price: all activities running during the Kids Summer Festival are free. Bookings are required for KAWS: PLAYTIME Relaxed Mornings and Print It.
More information


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Top image: Visitors enjoy a dance party at the 2019 Kids Summer Festival at National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Photo: Eugene Hyland



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