NGV Kids Summer Festival 2021

NGV Kids Summer Festival is returning in 2021, with a mix of onsite and online activities for families to enjoy. Running from 9–17 January 2021 at NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

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Installation view of Refik Anadol Quantum Memories 2020 on display in NGV Triennial 2020 from 19 December 2020–18 April 2021 at NGV International, Melbourne © Refik Anadol Photo: Tom Ross

Highlights of onsite activities

NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia has reopened its doors. Families are invited to explore NGV Triennial 2020 and many of the Summer Festival FREE activities. Families must book a dedicated session time as capacity is limited in both galleries.

NGV Triennial 2020

The NGV Triennial 2020 is now showing at NGV International. This impressive large-scale exhibition celebrates the work of the world’s most accomplished artists and designers. Presenting 86 works by over 100 local and international artists, designers and collectives.

There are plenty of family highlights in the exhibition including Moja Moja Life: Misaki Kawai for Kids, Glenda Nicholls, Refik Anadol, Julian Opie, Diamond Stingily, Porky Hefer, BTVV, Spectrum: An Exploration of Colour, Carnovsky, Cecilie Bendixen and Adrian Piper.

Date: on until 18 April 2021
Time: 10am–5pm (bookings essential)
Location: NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Price: FREE
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Children play in Moja Moja Life: Misaki Kawai for Kid, part of NGV Triennial from 19 December 2020 – 18 April 2021 at NGV International, Melbourne. Photo: Eugene Hyland

Moja Moja Life: Misaki Kawai for Kids

As part of NGV Triennial 2020, artist Misaki Kawai presents Moja Moja Life: Misaki Kawai for Kids. This colourful indoor playground features a display of furry sculptures of dogs and a puppet studio.

Date: on until 18 April 2021
Time: 10am–5pm (bookings essential)
Location: Ground Floor, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Price: FREE
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Funny Flavours with Kenny Pittock

Be inspired by Melbourne artist Kenny Pittock who loves to draw strange ice-creams like pumpkin popsicles or cabbage-flavoured cones for snails. In this drawing activity, kids can create funny flavours for some animal friends.

Date: 12–14 January 2021
Time: 10am–3pm
Location: Great Hall, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Price: FREE
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Children enjoying Misaki Kawai’s Hide and Seek with Arty scavenger hunt in the NGV Grollo Equiset Garden for NGV Kids Summer Festival 2021 at NGV International, Melbourne. Photo: Eugene Hyland

Hide and seek with Arty and Misaki Kawai

NGV Triennial artist Misaki Kawai has created a fun outdoor activity all about Arty the big, pink dog. Can you help Arty find his lead and his friends hiding in the NGV Garden?

Date: 9–15 January 2021
Time: 10am–3pm
Location: Grollo Equiset NGV Garden, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Collect your activity sheet from the Great Hall or find online
Price: FREE
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A family participates in an online workshop for Kids Summer Festival 2021. Photo: Eugene Hyland

Highlights of online activities

NGV has a series of FREE online events for families to enjoy, including a dance party, meditation session and art-making demonstrations for kids. Booking is not required, but the NGV recommends registering for an email reminder before the event.

NGV Kids Summer Festival 2021
Children play with Misaki Kawai’s puppet studio in Moja Moja Life: Misaki Kawai for Kid, part of NGV Triennial from 19 December 2020 – 18 April 2021 at NGV International, Melbourne.
Photo: Eugene Hyland

Puppets with Misaki Kawai

Virtually meet artist Misaki Kawai and discover her love of dogs. Learn how to use everyday household materials to create a puppet and a vibrant scene with a free downloadable NGV Kids activity sheet.

Date: live online Monday 11 January 2021
Time: 11–11.45am (available to stream on-demand after the event)
Location: online
Price: FREE
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Let’s move with Djirri Djirri Dance Group

Discover stories from Wurundjeri culture through dance and movement, and journey through the NGV Collection in a dance session with the Djirri Djirri Dance Group.

Date: live online Saturday 9 January 2021
Time: 11–11.30am (available to stream on-demand after the event)
Location: online
Price: FREE
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Troy Emery hosts an online art-making workshop for NGV Kids Summer Festival 2021. Photo: Eugene Hyland

Critical Creatures with Troy Emery

Join Artist Troy Emery with an interactive art-making program highlighting the importance of animals within our ecosystem, inspired by the NGV Triennial theme of Conservation.

Date: live online Wednesday 13 January 2021
Time: 11–11.45am (available to stream on-demand after the event)
Location: online
Price: FREE
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Our home, our heartbeat with Briggs

Yorta Yorta rapper Adam Briggs will read his new children’s book Our Home, Our Heartbeat in a special virtual event. The story is based on his 2015 song The Children Came Back and is described as a celebration of past and present Indigenous legends. 

Date: live online Thursday 14 January 2021
Time: 11–11.30am, (available to stream on-demand after the event)
Location: online
Price: FREE
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Family weaving with cassie Leatham

Join indigenous weaver Cassie Leatham as she leads families in a live interactive weaving workshop inspired by Glenda Nicholl’s Miwi Millo, featured in the NGV Triennial.

Date: live online Sunday 10 January 2021
Time: 11–11.45am (available to stream on-demand after the event)
Location: online
Price: FREE
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Little Warriors Yoga guides a yoga class for NGV Kids Summer Festival 2021.
Photo: Eugene Hyland

Family meditation with Little Warriors Yoga

Warriors Yoga will be hosting an online guided yoga and meditation session for families. A time to reflect, relax and explore the calming effect of nature, inspired by Lee Ufan’s painting Dialogue, 2017 and Kengo Kuma and Geoff Nees’ Botanical pavilion 2020 structure on display in the NGV Triennial. 

Date: live online Tuesday 12 January 2021
Time: 11–11.30am (available to stream on-demand after the event)
Location: online
Price: FREE
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NGV Kids Summer Festival 9–17 January 2021
NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

All activities are FREE. Capacity is limited, bookings are recommended.

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