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Five Virtual NGV Events for Art Lovers of All Ages

Pair music with art, get started in the fashion industry, study surrealism and more throughout September.

The National Gallery of Victoria is running a series of online courses, events and classes for kids, teens and adults. If you’re curious about art, keen to learn how to break into the fashion industry or just want to keep the kids busy, there’s something for everyone in September.

Most events are free and run online, and some have live sessions you can tune into. Learning material can be accessed at any time for virtual courses.


For this series of online events, musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music write and perform musical responses to artwork in the NGV’s collection. Participants will view artworks and listen to discussions on the works’ backgrounds and inspirations, followed by a viewing of a musical performance.

ANAM at NGV is free and runs on Tuesday September 1 from 12pm to 12.30pm; and on Tuesday September 15 from 12pm to 12.30pm.

Art Club with Bundit Puangthong

This live session teaches kids to build colour and texture into their drawings. It’s run as an interactive class with Melbourne-based Thai artist Bundit Puangthong, who is known for large-scale graffiti and pop art-inspired murals. This is a great way to keep the kids busy, give yourself a breather and inspire a new generation of creators.

Art Club with Bundit Puangthong is free and runs on Saturday September 12 from 11am to 11.45 am.

Surrealism: 1920s to Now

Targeted at an adult crowd, this online course examines the influence of surrealism in contemporary art and visual culture. You’ll learn about the origins of the movement, study specific works and see how surrealist works continue to influence pop culture today. The course is perfect for those with an intermediate understanding of contemporary art, or beginners wanting to learn more.

Surrealism: 1920s to Now is $49 and runs until Sunday September 13. Course content can be accessed any time until October 18.

Gammin Threads Industry Connections

Part of the free NGV Teens series, this discussion allows teenagers to chat to professionals in various industries to help get their foot in the door. Melbourne based Aboriginal designer Tahnee Edwards runs clothing label Gammin Threads and will be passing on wisdom to, and taking questions from, aspiring fashion industry hopefuls.

Gammin Threads Industry Connections is free and runs on Tuesday September 15 from 5pm to 6pm.

Etchings by Rembrandt

The NGV was recently gifted some sketches by Rembrandt, one of history’s most famous artists. This online event takes participants through the collection and discusses the significance of each piece. This one is good for traditionalists or anyone looking to learn more about Baroque art.

Etchings by Rembrandt is free and runs on Tuesday September 22 from 12pm to 12.30 pm.

Photography: Tom Ross

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