DJs are playing free sets every Sunday at the NGV’s Temple of Boom

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DJs are playing free sets every Sunday at the NGV’s Temple of Boom


Every Sunday from 1-29 January 2023, the NGV is hoting free DJ sets in their spectacular Temple of Boom as part of their Summer Sundays series.

Spend Sunday afternoons soaking up the sun at NGV this January. Enjoy live DJ sets from 2022 NGV Architecture Commission: Temple of Boom in the NGV Garden, coupled with refreshing drinks from the Four Pillars Bar. From jazz to soul, and disco to hip-hop, bring your friends and family and relax under the trees.

Summer Sundays at the NGV

  • Sun 1 January, 12-4pm | Shio 
  • Sun 8 January, 12-4pm | Mike Gurrieri 
  • Sun 15 January, 12-4pm | Sophie Mcalister 
  • Sun 22 January, 12-4pm | Yeo 
  • Sun 29 January, 12-4pm | Kazi John 

Keep up with the latest music news, features, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

Inside the Temple of Boom: Why NGV’s new recreation of the Parthenon is ‘an endless rabbit hole of interest’

It’s all going to happen inside the 2022 NGV Architecture Commission. Temple of Boom is an evocative reimagining of the Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens. Adorned with the work of local Melbourne artists intended to evolve over time and reflect the vibrant colours and artistic embellishments that defined the original building.

Throughout summer, the Temple of Boom will become a meeting ground for creatives with live music and art bringing people together to enjoy the local talent of artists and musicians.

It’s just one of a series of NGV announcements today, with a few different free events throughout the summer. Extended opening hours throughout January provide visitors with more opportunities to view the Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse exhibition this summer. The ground floor of NGV International, including Alexander McQueen and the 2022 NGV Architecture Commission: Temple of Boom, will be open from 10am till 6pm, Sunday – Thursday between 26 Dec – 29 Jan.

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Drop-By Drawing

7-28 January 2023 | Free entry | NGV International  

Drop-by NGV International every Saturday this January and spend the afternoon drawing alongside master works from the NGV Collection. Join resident artists Nic Plowman and Georgia Spain as they guide these sessions and teach visitors to hone their drawing skills. These sessions are suitable for all ages and materials are provided. 

  • Sat 7 January, 2-4pm | Nic Plowman 
  • Sat 14 January, 2-4pm | Nic Plowman 
  • Sat 21 January, 2-4pm | Georgia Spain 
  • Sat 28 January, 2-4pm | Georgia Spain 

NGV Kids Summer Festival

14-22 January 2023 | Free entry | NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia 

NGV Kids Summer Festival 2023 welcomes kids and families to participate in free art making activities at the NGV from 14-22 January.

For the first three days of the festival, kids and families are transported to the late ‘90s and the post-punk era of Alexander McQueen. Activities include a kids punk concert with Riot Kids with Shiny Coin and Runway Ready with Drag Queen Stone Motherless Cold inviting kids to embody the style of one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. 

Ancient Greek history and culture will be celebrated at the 2022 NGV Architecture Commission in the NGV Garden with activities including Paper Pottery with the Hellenic Museum and Myths and Legend Storytime with Alkisti Pitsaki.

Alexander McQueen talks and tours  

An Australian first, the NGV are putting on an extensive Alexander McQueen exhibition

Every Mon – Thu in January | Booking not required | NGV International 

Join one of our knowledgeable NGV Guides for these free tours and introductory talks of Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse. Explore key themes and works of the exhibition and discover the world of McQueen through the designer’s technical and conceptual virtuosity. Tours start at 10.30am every Tuesday and Thursday and catch the free drop-by introductory talks on Monday and Wednesday at 2.30pm at NGV International. These talks are free, and no booking is required.  

Info on the free drop-by introductory talks here: Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse | Free Drop-by Introductory Talk | NGV 

Fred Williams: The London Drawings

NGV announces free new Fred Williams exhibition

Open daily, 10am-5pm | Free entry | The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

This exhibition charts the formative London years and extraordinary draughtsmanship of one of Australia’s most celebrated artists, Fred Williams. Taking inspiration from the vibrant city life of London in the 1950s, this exhibition showcases Williams’ unique observational skills and ability in capturing the world around him. From the complexities of cats at London’s Regent Park Zoo to its Music Halls, these drawings provide a fascinating insight into the artistic processes and development of one of Australia’s most significant and celebrated artists.

Tue 17 January, 1-1.30pm | Materials & Techniques: A Conservator’s Examination of Fred Williams’s Drawings

Enjoy a special talk with Louise Wilson, NGV Conservator of Paper as she shares insights into the drawings in Fred Williams: The London Drawings.

Sun 29 January, 2-4pm | Drop-by Drawing

Be inspired by the extraordinary observational skill of Fred Williams and hone your drawing skills inspired by the work of one of Australia’s most significant artists.

Freedom of Movement: Contemporary Art and Design from the NGV Collection

Open daily, 10am-5pm | Free entry | NGV International 

Freedom of Movement: Contemporary Art and Design from the NGV Collection crosses cultures, disciplines and traditional divides by presenting over 60 works from the NGV Collection highlighting gestural, technological and geographical movement in contemporary art and design practice today. Discover the breadth of acquisitions made by NGV over the last decade spanning painting, film, installation, sculpture, furniture and lighting.