Must-See Event Next Month: Global Elite Fashion Festival 2022

What: The first-ever GEFF (Global Elite Fashion Festival) is set to hit Sydney on Saturday, October 22, and we can’t be more excited!

Global Elite Fashion Festival is a platform pioneered by Global Elite Media Group and GEQ Magazine in collaboration with StarCentral Magazine, Flagcom group and Millionaires Alliance. It provides a sustainable platform for international and emerging designers that effectively engage with Australia’s diverse communities and presents an opportunity for designers to showcase their uniqueness and cultural nuances.

There will be three incredible events on October 22; The Australian Golden Sash Awards – the Oscars of beauty pageants will be happening first at 4 pm, followed by the Global Elite Fashion Festival then lastly, Global Elite International Awards.

When: Saturday, October 22. (Program starts 4 pm for the Australian Golden Sash Awards)

Where: Sir Stamford Plaza Grand Ballroom (241 O’Riordan St, Mascot NSW 2020)

Tickets: Please contact Sue Turner – 0402 281 721 or click on this link: GEFF 2022

What’s On: “Making Art: Imagine Everything is Real” Exhibition At The National Gallery Of Victoria

Making Art: Imagine Everything is Real is a FREE all-ages exhibition that invites kids and their families to experiment with innovative ways of making their own works of art.  

Presented in conjunction with the world-premiere Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, The Picasso Century, and inspired by the works and artists in the exhibition, Making Art offers four activity spaces where young audiences can experiment with paper collage, drawing, poetry, and large-scale sculptures. 

Make a Creature is a digital interactive game allowing kids to produce their own animation inspired by Surrealist game Exquisite Corpse and artist Remedios Varo. In the game, players take turns to draw sections of an image resulting in an animation that can be shared with friends and family. 

Inspired by French artist Georges Braque’s invention of papier collé (pasted paper) and his collaboration with Pablo Picasso, Make a Collage invites children to experiment with patterns and shapes to create their own paper collages and produce an accompanying digital animation. 

Make a Poem offers children a relaxed space to draw a portrait and write a poem in relation to their artwork. Inspired by Russian artist Natalia Goncharova’s series of prints held in the NGV Collection, this activity encourages children to create a connection between drawing and creative writing. 

Make a Sculpture invites children to play with large-scale, interlocking shapes to build their own sculptures. Taking cues from Pablo Picasso’s methods of creating three-dimensional paper objects, this activity encourages children to play with scale and create ever-evolving structures.  

Tony Ellwood AM, Director, NGV, said: ‘This NGV Kids exhibition will introduce families to a range of dynamic art activities that were used by pioneering artists of the 20th century. Through a mix of digital activities, sculpture creation, drawing and creative writing activities, we invite children to generate their own ideas and interact with themes featured in NGV’s world-premiere exhibition, The Picasso Century.’ 

The Picasso Century is a major ground floor exhibition at NGV International featuring over 80 works by Picasso alongside over 100 works by more than 60 of his contemporaries drawn from the Centre Pompidou, the Musée national Picasso-Paris, and the NGV Collection. The Picasso Century charts the extraordinary career of Pablo Picasso in dialogue with the many artists, poets, and intellectuals with whom he intercepted and interacted throughout the 20th century.  

Making Art: Imagine Everything is Real is on display until 9 October 2022 at NGV International, St Kilda Road, Melbourne. Further information is available via the NGV website: NGV.MELBOURNE.  

Making Art: Imagine Everything is Real is generously supported by the Packer Family and Crown Resorts Foundations, the City of Melbourne, Spencer Ko, and Taylor Fletchett.  

This article was sourced from a media release sent by Penny France, the Media Manager at NGV

Event Of The Week: Wild Lights at Taronga Zoo Sydney

What: Headlining the highly-anticipated Vivid Sydney, Wild Lights at Taronga Zoo will be an immersive and inspiring experience where guests can explore the Zoo on an illuminated night walk, all while connecting with wildlife and conservation.

Discover over 70 festival-favourite lanterns from 14 captivating species🐅🦍 as you explore this roar-some after-dark experience and take in the best views of Sydney Harbour – all at the same time.
Wild Lights is a ticketed and inclusive event, where festival-goers will get to experience:
✨See over 70 animal-inspired lanterns and installations
🎆Explore the zoo by night on the illuminated night walk
✨Experience the three, never seen before, purpose-built, inclusive installations from Cushman & Wakefield, each with their own inclusive story in their inception, appealing to visitors of all abilities
🎆Enjoy a sky-high view of the lights on the Sky Safari Cable Car with the Sky Pass Ticket
✨Indulge in our special Wild Lights items featuring a Loaded Donut Bar, sweet toasties, fairy floss, colour-changing unicorn noodles, Chip on a Stick, and more
🎆Pop in for a drink in any of our 2 licensed venues across the zoo
✨Check out the spectacular Vivid view out over Sydney Harbour
When: Running from Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June (every Wednesday – Sunday), including Monday 13 June.
Session 1: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Session 2: 7.30pm – 9.30pm
There are two sessions times each evening to assist with social distancing.
Where: Taronga Zoo Sydney (Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088)
Tickets: Via this link

Event Of The Week: Day Out With Thomas and Friends

What: Thomas and Friends return to the NSW Rail Museum for an action-packed FIVE DAYS of family fun this May.

Your ticket includes:
– Meet Thomas The Tank Engine, climb into his driver’s cab and toot his whistle.
– Short ride with Toby the Railmotor.
– Meet Sir Topham Hatt.
– Unlimited mini-train rides.
– Professional face painting.
– Colouring competition and play Thomas games.
– Storyteller – enjoy a Thomas story amongst the trains in the Great Train Hall.
… and so much more!
Plus, purchase a ‘Museum + Train Ride’ ticket and enjoy a 40-minute steam train ride with Donald to Buxton and return.

Tickets include ALL DAY entry to the NSW Rail Museum, where kids of all ages can explore the biggest display of heritage trains in the country!
Where: NSW Rail Museum
When: FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022 AT 9 AM – 5 PM

Kids Summer Festival 2022 & Kids On Tour 2022 Offer Art Making Activities For The Whole Family At NGV International

The NGV Kids Summer Festival returns in 2022 with nine days of FREE artist led activities, events, performances and dance workshops created especially for kids, teens and their families running from 15 – 23 January. Reflecting the festival’s theme ‘Art for the whole family’ the 2022 festival will offer activities including dance performances by Indigenous Outreach Projects and L2R, art making activities inspired by NGV’s summer program and Relaxed Sessions in the new kids exhibition The Gecko and the Mermaid: Djerrkŋu Yunupiŋu and Her Sister.

NGV Kids on Tour returns in January 2022 to over 120 venues across regional and metropolitan Victoria to offer FREE artist designed activities, games and workshops easily accessible to families in their local communities. With over 120 venues participating the NGV Kids on Tour 2022 program will reach more families than ever before.

Kids Summer Festival highlights include:

  • Dance performances – Families can dance along to lunch time performances in the Great Hall throughout the festival presented by creative hip-hop group Indigenous Outreach Projects, who work with Indigenous communities across Australia, and Footscray-based organisation L2R, who deliver dance programs, performances and workshops for children and young people across Melbourne’s Western suburbs. Selected performances will be accompanied by Auslan interpreters.
  • Kids Disco Parties – Trent Ray from Kids Disco Parties Melbourne will lead dance workshops for families to learn easy-to-follow moves for children as young as two years old and encourage kids to express themselves through dance and play.
  • Big and Bold Jewellery making with Haus of Dizzy – In this workshop created by Wiradjuri designer Kristy Dickinson, from Haus of Dizzy, kids will learn how to make paper jewellery designs inspired by the costume pieces in NGV summer exhibition Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto. Dickinson will teach families how to create super-sized paper bracelets using accessible materials in a new and exciting way.
  • Paper Hats with Architecture for Kids School – Architect and educator Louise O’Brien, from Architecture for Kids School, will lead a paper hat making activity in the Great Hall inspired by the NGV Garden and the 2021 NGV Architecture Commission pond[er], a pink pond inspired by inland Victoria’s pink salt lakesO’Brien will demonstrate how kids can make sculptural hats using paper and craft materials to design their own wearable architecture.
  • The Gecko and the Mermaid: Djerrkŋu Yunupiŋu and Her Sister – NGV’s new kids exhibition celebrates the vibrant culture and community of the Yolŋu people through the work of two pioneering artists and sisters. The exhibition features artworks depicting creatures including geckos, turtles, and lizards and will introduce young audiences to Yolŋu art, culture and language and provide an opportunity for children and families to learn more about and engage with the rich culture from North-East Arnhem Land.
  • Relaxed sessions – Early morning relaxed sessions for The Gecko and the Mermaid: Djerrkŋu Yunupiŋu and Her Sister will be running Monday 17 to Friday 21 January from 8.30 am – 10.00 am. Relaxed sessions provide an opportunity for young visitors with autism or disability who may benefit from a quieter experience to access the children’s exhibition before the Gallery opens with fewer visitors and reduced sensory stimuli. There will also be sensory maps available to help visitors navigate the exhibition.
  • NGV Teens Styling a Look – This two-hour workshop led by Melbourne-based fashion stylist and creative director Aurie Indianna will teach teens industry first knowledge about becoming a stylist, preparing for photo shoots and styling celebrities. Indianna’s clients include rapper Baker Boy, singer Elliot and hotel W Melbourne.
  • Playgroups Victoria drop-by sessions – Not-for-profit organisation Playgroups Victoria will host drop-by playgroups in the Asian Art Gallery at NGV International encouraging young families to build social communities and facilitating sensory based activities responding to key themes in current NGV exhibitions including cultural diversity, use of everyday materials and experimentation.
  • Activity trails – Activity sheets will be available throughout the festival inviting families to explore the NGV. Yolŋu author, filmmaker and artist Siena Mayutu Wurmarri Stubbs has created an activity trail in collaboration with NGV to lead families on bird watching expeditions in the Grollo Equiset garden. Activity sheets will also guide visitors through the NGV Collection to discover family favourite artworks and to the Maree Clarke: Ancestral Memories exhibition at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia to learn about Possum-skin cloaks through Clarke’s work.

Tony Ellwood AM, Director of the NGV, said: ‘The Kids Summer Festival is often a child or families first interaction with the NGV and can be a formative experience for young people. Offering free art and design inspired activities is an integral part of NGV’s year-round program for kids and teenagers and offers young creatives an opportunity to engage with art in a fun and accessible environment.’

The Honourable Danny Pearson, Minister for Creative Industries, Victorian Government, said ‘Each year the NGV Kids Summer Festival offers Victorian families an opportunity to explore their creativity in the heart of the city. This program offers an abundance of free events and activities that is available for everyone and highlights the important role NGV plays for young people and their families in the thriving cultural landscape of Melbourne.

Upon arrival visitors will be asked to present proof of vaccination status if over the age of 12 and two months and enter your contact details for contact tracing purposes. For further information on proof of vaccination please see our website for more details.

NGV Kids Summer Festival runs 15 – 23 January 2022 and is FREE. Bookings are recommended for all events. Capacity for in-person events may be limited due to social distancing. Further information is available from the NGV website: NGV.MELBOURNE

NGV Kids Summer Festival is generously supported by City of Melbourne. NGV sincerely thanks the Packer Family and Crown Resorts Foundations for supporting NGV Kids and Learn programs as part of the Your NGV Arts Access Program for Students, Children and Families.

This article was sourced from a media release sent by NGV Media & Public Affairs