NGV Kids Summer Festival

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NGV Kids Summer Festival
Photograph: Supplied Participants at NGV Kids Summer Festival 2017

The NGV is the place to be this summer for artistic adventure

A child with a summer of no school and art supplies can be a dangerous thing, especially where the clean walls at home are concerned. But fear not, this summer the NGV is helping to channel all that untapped creative energy with the return of their kids festival.

This free event will see both the NGV International and the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia host workshops, performances and interactive installations that will have kids of all ages engaging with the art, and maybe making a few masterpieces of their own.

The theme of the festival is the body, inspired by the brand new NGV Triennial exhibition, and attendees are encouraged to get their creative side movin’ and shakin’ during the week’s activities.

For those young artists who like to wear their creations, Indonesian artist and NGV Triennial participant Uji ‘Hahan’ Handoko Eko will be on hand to lead a workshop utilising his street art-like designs and symbols.

Other NGV Triennial artists participating in the festival include Dutch collective We Make Carpets who have created a huge interactive installation, as well as Olga Chernysheva who has put together a wonderfully weird flip book of exquisite corpse creatures.

Popular Australian performer Madame Lark (the alter ego of Christine Johnston) will take to the stage with her delightfully quirky ‘symphony of ridiculousness’ from January 11-14.

For the first time, the festival will also be putting on some events for teens at the Ian Potter Centre. Textile designer and illustrator Shelley Steer will host a botanical painting workshop exploring the natural world in an event that includes workshops from Melbourne illustrator Shuh Lee.

By: William Dunn

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