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HOT: Fiona Hall: Uneasy Seasons, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Fiona Hall: Uneasy Seasons is the NGV’s latest exhibition for kids and teens. It invites them to explore natural habitats and the changing seasons in an interactive and immersive environment. 

The large scale installation is Fiona Hall’s first work especially for children and teens. It consists of two separate rooms, each containing a wooden tree house.

The first house is a summer-themed tree house, which is brightly lit and set amongst a gorgeous hand-painted wallpaper full of blossoms, birds and warm colours.

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At the first tree house kids are invited to answer the questions ‘who lives here?’.

fiona hall ngv

Kids take a template, some paper and then can pencil draw and collage real and imagined handmade paper creatures. They can then decorate the roofline by tying their creation to strings so that all the different species make the space their new home.

fiona hall ngv


fiona hall ngv

Along the walls are little nooks where kids can watch video works. The holes are big enough for smaller kids to crawl into, an unintended consequence of the layout I think!

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The second room is a winter-themed tree-house, with a darkened environment.

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It’s billed as the treehouse ‘for teens’ but really all kids can enjoy it – it’s just that the dark and the skeleton illustrations may frighten some of the junior kids.

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Again kids can get creative by designing their own emoji to express their feelings about an environmental, social, or political issue

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Some of the decorations dangling on the ceilings are selected for the animations embedded within the mysterious wooden drawers lining the walls.

fiona hall ngv

fiona hall ngv

While Fiona Hall: Uneasy Seasons is not as intricate and involved as some of the previous NGV Children’s Gallery exhibitions, my kids still really enjoyed the craft activities and stayed about 1 hour inside. I don’t think it’s really suitable for babies or toddlers who may not yet have the attention span to sit still and create craft objects.

HOT Tips:

  • Not suitable for babies or toddlers
  • Suitable for preschoolers (3+ years) who are interested in craft;
  • Not much room for prams inside, pram parking outside;
  • Head to the NGV Car Wash afterwards for lunch and a run around.
  • National Gallery of Victoria is holding a special storytime for under 5s on  Tuesday 5 SeptemberDiscover the wild world of animals and their incredible habitats. Inspired by Australian artist Fiona Hall, and her fascination with the natural world, practise your kookaburra laugh, show off your wombat crawl and hear stories from animals around the world.
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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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