romance was born ngv

Express Yourself: Romance Was Born For Kids is the newest Children’s Gallery commission at the National Gallery of Victoria. Fashion designers Romance Was Born have turned the gallery space into a crazy kaleidoscope of colour which typifies the work of fashion mavericks Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett.

romance was born ngv

An array of colourful sequins frames the entrance before you enter into a several rooms. Each room contains a jaw-dropping fantastical environment that will stimulate, cialis engage and provide lots of opportunity for creative play.

romance was born ngv

romance was born ngv

The first room is the ‘Rainbow Room’, treat an immersive space which encourages children to engage with rainbow-coloured objects in glass cases and then design their own rainbow using the touchscreens.

romance was born ngv

The computer program is very intuitive so even young visitors will be able to enjoy it. At the end you can even email yourself your final artwork!

romance was born ngv

The end of the Rainbow Room takes you to my favourite room, the ‘Bush Magic’ room. The walls are decorated in a fantastical imagining of a bush setting while digital rock pools allow kids to ‘swim’ with colourful fish and mysterious sea creatures.

romance was born ngv

Then you move into the ‘Make and Do’ room where kids can decorate and make a beard or a necklace by attaching sequins, pom poms and googly eyes onto various colourful templates.

romance was born ngv

It’s an opportunity for kids to express themselves by adorning themselves with their own artwork and Lady AB wore her necklace for the rest of the morning.

romance was born ngv

The last room is the tomb room. It carries the warning that there is an decorated mummy in a tomb inside so you may want to hold onto your little one’s hand. It’s also quite dark (as befits a tomb).

romance was born ngv

romance was born ngv

Throughout the space some of the design duo’s richly imaginative work is on display, from gowns to shoes to accessories, as well as photographs and video.

Express Yourself: Romance Was Born For Kids is bold, eccentric and really, really fun. Kids will love all the opportunities to play and create while adults will appreciate the way art and fashion come together in the various installations.

NGV have also released a children’s activity book coincides with the exhibition and tomorrow Saturday 18 October there will be a book signing at 12:30pm.

Express Yourself: Romance Was Born For Kids, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Friday 17 October 2014 to Sunday 22 March 2015.

Open 10am-5pm, closed Tuesdays.

Free entry.

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