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HOT: Julian Opie + Julian Opie: Studio For Kids, NGV International, Melbourne

HOT: Julian Opie + Julian Opie: Studio for Kids, NGV International, Melbourne

National Gallery of Victoria is presenting an exhibition of influential British artist Julian Opie this summer. The new main gallery display also has an accompanying free children’s gallery exhibition Julian Opie: Studio for Kids.

Julian Opie NGV

You’ll get your first glimpse of Julian Opie’s work with plinths displaying his instantly recognisable digital figures jogging at the entrance to NGV International on St Kilda.

He’s also rendered sleek fish onto the water wall, making for a fun game of catch!

Julian Opie NGV

As you enter Federation Court you’ll see the largest ever work presented in the space: a city of skyscrapers that stretch all the way up to the glass atrium ceiling. The buildings are up to 13 metres high at its tallest point and the best views are from Level 1.

Julian Opie NGV

Entry is free to the main exhibition. More than 40 of Julian Opie’s works are on display in the gallery, from portraits to landscapes.

Julian Opie NGV

Julian Opie NGV

Stand still and be surprised by pictures that move when you don’t expect them to!

Julian Opie NGV

And see if you can tell where Julian Opie took inspiration from when making ‘Melbourne Walk 1’ and ‘Melbourne Walk 2’ (Hint: one is Collingwood, one is St Kilda).

Julian Opie NGV

Julian Opie NGVJulian Opie NGV

In addition, Julian Opie: Studio for Kids is a free NGV Children’s Gallery exhibition that’s an interactive art studio for children and families.

Julian Opie NGV

The NGV Kids exhibition focuses on Opie’s interests in drawing and portraiture through digital and hands-on activities.

Julian Opie NGV

In Julian Opie + Me, kids can create self-portraits using line and colour and then have their portraits rendered in Opie’s distinctively colourful style.

Julian Opie NGV

Take a selfie, use the digital pen to draw the outline of your face then just add colour!

Julian Opie NGV

Children can also create their portraits using coloured felt pieces shaped like abstract faces, facial features and hairstyles.

Julian Opie NGV

The activities seem simple – but in the words of Craig Damrauer ‘Modern art = I could do that + Yeah, but you didn’t.’

I think both activities are suitable for kids 2+ years. Children will get the most of out it if they can sit upright unassisted and wield a chubby digital pen with reasonable accuracy. Or have some concept of what bits constitute a face when playing with the felt pieces.

Both Julian Opie and Julian Opie: Studio for Kids are free and open daily at NGV International from Friday 9 November to Sunday 17 February 2019.

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur. She combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

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

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