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Discover KAWS at Chadstone – The Fashion Capital these school holidays

The NGV’s blockbuster KAWS exhibition is coming to Melbourne’s fashion, culture and entertainment destination

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By Time Out in association with Chadstone – The Fashion Capital |

Chadstone – The Fashion Capital has partnered with the National Gallery of Victoria to bring its latest blockbuster exhibition, KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness, to life. During the spring school holidays at Chadstone, three pop-up experiences will help kids, parents, friends and on-trend shoppers engage with the quirky characters of American artist Brian Donnelly, aka KAWS. These experiences are fun, interactive and two of them are free.

Find out more about Chadstone's collaboration with the NGV and KAWS by visiting its website.

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KAWS for Kids

Those familiar with the work of KAWS will concede that there is something wonderfully Muppet-like about his oeuvre that allows his art to appeal to audiences of all ages. During the spring school holidays (September 21 to October 6) Chadstone is making the work of KAWS even more accessible to children with the launch of KAWS for Kids. The free school holiday event lets young artists take part in a sketching activity led by the art professionals at NGV and inspired by KAWS’ engaging sculptures of characters that are filled with human emotion and connect to the importance of friendship. The budding artists can take home their own pop-up activity including a special set of alphabet stickers drawn by KAWS himself. 

Located on the Lower Ground Lvl, outside Target. Mon-Wed, Sun 11am-3pm; Thu-Sat 11am-3pm & 4-8pm. Sep 21-Oct 6.

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Discover KAWS

Chadstone invites families to add KAWS' stylistic touches to their own photographs. Visit the Discover KAWS experience between September 21 and October 6, and you’ll not only learn about KAWS, but you’ll be able to create your own customised video portrait with characteristics of the artist’s famous BFF character. The all-ages experience lets you play around with the features of KAWS’ human-cartoon hybrid character but parents needing to unwind can enjoy a complimentary cocktail from the BFF Bar on Saturdays between 6pm and 8pm. Everyone who participates in the Discover KAWS or KAWS for Kids experiences will also go into the running to win a private, after-hours, curator-led tour of KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness and a $500 Chadstone Gift Card.

Located on the Ground Lvl in the Luxury Precinct. Mon-Wed, Sun 11am-3pm; Thu-Sat 11am-3pm & 4-8pm. Sep 21-Oct 6.

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NGV Design Store

For the first time, you can shop directly from the NGV Design Store at Chadstone, with guests able to purchase a selection of the same exclusively designed products from the pop-up as they would find in the National Gallery of Victoria. This includes a curated selection of KAWS releases (with the exception of KAWS vinyls) created as part of KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness.

Located on the Ground Lvl, outside Mecca Cosmetica. Mon-Wed 9am-5.30pm; Thu-Sat 9am-9pm; Sun 10am-7pm.

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Score a double pass to see KAWS at NGV

Chadstone will also be rewarding its most passionate shoppers Saturdays and Sundays until October 6. The first 100 shoppers to spend $500 will receive a free double pass to see KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness at the NGV. Reward yourself with some retail therapy away from the kids, and then present your same-day receipts at the Chadstone Concierge Desk. 

The Concierge Desk is located on the Ground Lvl outside Michael Hill. Sep 21-22 & 27-28, Oct 5-6.