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We Make Carpets for Kids' Exhibition at the NGV

by Claire Farley (follow)
Writer, youth worker, full time mum of 2 under 4. www.clairefarley.co.uk
When we first arrived in Melbourne I realised that this is a city that cares how it looks. From beautiful buildings to glorious gardens and amazing architecture there is art everywhere here and it is WONDERFUL!

So when I discovered the National Gallery of Victoria aka the NGV and all the free exhibitions I was pretty excited, and the good stuff just keeps on coming with the latest NGV Triennial exhibition of 100 artists and designers from 32 countries until 15th April.

On New Years Day we managed to arrive soon after opening time and enjoyed the wonders for ourselves before the place filled up. You know it's going to be good when your 3 year old runs straight in and gets involved, and I can give one giant thumbs up on his behalf for the 'We make carpets for kids' exhibition.

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Honestly, these people are geniuses. I would have loved to be in on their conversation about how pool noodles would be a great material to make giant interactive carpet out of. And Brillo pads for that matter. And when you go there, like me, you might well think 'Why has no one thought of this before?!'



Carpet pool noodle design
Pool noodle carpet design


The attendants are clear and helpful on which bits of the exhibition are interactive and which are not. The interactive areas are great for under 5s and all of junior school age I reckon. Materials are at an accessible height, there's plenty of space to try things out, the floor tiles are interesting shapes, the Velcro wall instructions teach about colour wheels and contrasting colours so there's no lack of learning opportunities. And that's just in the children's gallery!



Carpet pool noodle design
Floor mosaic carpet design


Outside there's a maze made of white metal fences that are see through enough that even if your 3 year old is fast you will still see where they are...!!! I love the spaces the maze creates, and if you happen to get there around lunch/ nap time there are bean bags under the trees. It's like a little bit of heaven in your day.

A quiet spot in the maze


And if you still have time for more mind boggling, box destroying art go and wander through the apartment of many flowers. Normal looking rooms festooned in blooms. And add your own as well!

Flowers everywhere!


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So much joy, so much fun and so much awe and wonder. And that's what I want my life to be full of, so thank you Melbourne! And thank you everyone at the NGV*!

especially the helpful man on the information desk who tipped us off about getting into the children's gallery early! #ngvtriennial #Melbourneiloveyou


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