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NGV Kids Summer Festival: Free Fun in the Holidays

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Great news art and craft lovers, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) presents eleven days of free fun for kids in the January school holidays, and everyone is invited.

The NGV Kids Summer Festival is now in its third year, drawing in families from all over Melbourne and beyond. In 2016, over 22,000 children took part in the event.

The theme of this year's NGV Kids Summer Festival celebrates four-legged friends, the magic of storytelling, and drawing inspiration from the NGV’s current range of art exhibitions, including summer blockbusters David Hockney: Current and Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists.

Stop by the NGV for creative events and activities, such as:

Masquerade mask-making workshops
A dachshund fashion show
Magician performances
Drop-in children’s yoga sessions

Dog Inspired Arts and Crafts

Both artists with current exhibitions on display at NGV International; David Hockney and Viktor & Rolf, share a love of dogs.

To celebrate all things K9, children are invited to make dog inspired paper crafts with artist group Soft Stories.for kids to

There is also an opportunity for kids to design vibrant and colourful three dimensional paper dogs with illustrator Alice Oehr, and display and photograph their doggie creations at the ‘dog park’ in the Great Hall.

Australia Day at the NGV

On Australia Day, canines will take centre stage for ‘Doggy Day’, with a parade of dashing dachshunds strutting through the Great Hall. ‘Doggy Day’ festivities will also include art making workshops, as well as performances by Luke the Magician, a member of the new magic sensation Gentlemen of Deceit as seen on TV’s Australia’s Got Talent.

Mask Making

Families are invited to create masquerade masks with Kitiya Palaskas, a designer known for her pop-craft aesthetic at NGV International.

Explore Viktor&Rolf for Kids

Explore Viktor&Rolf’s design elements in the free children’s exhibition Atelier: Viktor&Rolf for Kids, drawing inspiration from the designers’ elaborate and avant-garde creations and making bespoke paper accessories to take home.

Drop-in Dance and Yoga in the NGV Garden

In the NGV Garden, children of all skill levels can join in drop-by dance sessions with Yellow Dance Spot, and draw inspiration from the shapes and movements of the flowers seen in Lee Mingwei: The Moving Garden with children’s yoga classes run by Yoga Sparks.

Model Making and Drawing at NGV Australia

At NGV Australia, children can explore the exhibition Bruce Armstrong: An Anthology of Strange Creatures and partake in a hands on modelling and drawing workshop with the artist and sculptor himself, Bruce Armstrong.

Furthermore, budding artists are invited to create colourful portraits of themselves with artist Justin Hinder, and tackle a series of lively, quick and colorful painting challenges and games with contemporary painter Esther Olsson.

NGV Kids Summer Festival is at NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia from 16 – 26 January 2017, 10am-3pm. Free entry.

Where: NGV International, St Kilda Road and NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne.
When: The festival runs from 16–26 January 2017, 10am - 3pm daily.
Cost: FREE

Head over to NGV ONLINE for dates and further information.

SEE ALSO School Holiday Fun at ACMI in Federation Square

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