NGV Kids on Tour in Sale

Wellington Shire Council invites children and families to unleash their creativity in a range of free activities as part of the NGV Kids on Tour 2016 at the Gippsland Art Gallery on Friday, January 22.

Celebrating its third year, the 2016 NGV Kids on Tour program shares with children contemporary art and summer exhibitions on display at the National Gallery of Victoria, including Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, Our Land is Alive: Hermannsburg Potters for Kids and the 2015 Summer Architecture Commission: John Wardle Architects.

Coinciding with the NGV Kids Summer Festival from Saturday, January 16 to Tuesday, January 26, NGV Kids on Tour 2016 is an initiative that allows children and families throughout regional Victoria to engage with contemporary art and design through hands-on activities developed with artists and designers.

Activities include:

– Hermannsburg Potters: Footy Pots

Depict your favourite footy team on a papier mache pot. The activity is inspired by the artwork and practice of the Hermannsburg Potters as seen in the exhibition Our Land is Alive: Hermannsburg Potters for Kids.

– Hermannsburg Potters: Draw with the Potters

The Hermannsburg Potters have developed a drawing activity for kids inspired by their unique terracotta pots. Children are invited to complete drawings created by the Potters depicting their renowned hand-made Hermannsburg pots and the Hermannsburg landscape.

– Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei: An Art Book for Kids

An activity book drawn from the NGV Kids publication Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei: An Art Book for Kids will be available to galleries and venues on the tour. Children are introduced to two of the most significant artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, encounter images of their most recognisable artworks, and take part in drawing and making activities.

– Bottle Brush and Possum

Children can create their own bottle brush and possum sculpture from colourful polypropylene, the same material used for the hundreds of small blooms that adorn the 2015 Summer Architecture Commission at NGV International, designed by John Wardle Architects. This activity, developed in collaboration with Megara manufacturers, explores how the environment informs design through a colourful making activity.

– Ai Weiwei’s Clever Cats

Ai Weiwei is a great observer of his many cats who appear regularly in his social media. Children can be clever cats and write a witty phrase for Ai Weiwei’s Clever Cats – a multimedia interactive featuring a selection of Weiwei’s photos of his cats at play in the studio. Each text becomes a fun cat caption to share with friends and family.

– Kat Chadwick’s Draw a Cat with Kat

Inspired by Andy Warhol’s early career as an illustrator, Melbourne-based illustrator Kat Chadwick has created a drawing activity for children and families. Through a booklet developed by Kat, children can learn illustration techniques to draw their very own cat.

Drop into the gallery at the Port of Sale Business Centre, 64-66 Foster St, Sale between 10am and 2pm and stay as long as you like.

For more information about the NGV Kids on Tour 2016 activities be held at the Gippsland Art Gallery on Friday January 22 phone the gallery on 5142 3500, email galleryenquiries@wellington.vic.gov.au or visit the website www.gippslandartgallery.com