Express yourself: Romance Was Born for Kids is the new free exhibit for kids at the NGV International – a project by Sydney-based fashion designers Romance Was Born. While our kidlets were a little too young to get the most out of this fantastical exhibit, it’s perfect for those aged about 4 and over. We even spotted some very big kids (aka, adults), joining in the fun.
The space is set up like a cross between a traditional art gallery and a play space, resulting in something truly special and otherworldly. Kids and adults alike will appreciate the fluoro wigs, platform shoes, and riotous outfits on display, as well as the rainbow ‘Royal Mummy’ in her sarcophagus.
The central attraction of the exhibition is the ‘dressing room’, with its mirror-lined walls, where kids are encouraged to express themselves by making accessories inspired by the fashion around them. There is also a collection of still-life drawing set-ups with ipads, so kids can draw their surroundings and then email their pictures home. Even our 1.5-year-olds had fun scribbling away on the digital canvas.
Their favourite room was the ‘Bush Magic’ room, where light projectors created rockpools on the floor, complete with fish, crocodiles and tadpoles, and dotted with squashy pillow ‘rocks’. Younger babies were also having a great time crawling around after the digital fish!
We also loved the entrance wall, decorated with thousands of glittering rainbow sequins. Be aware that kids aren’t meant to play with the wall, which is a shame because there were lots of kids having fun with it – we all missed the ‘do not touch’ sign until it was too late. We left feeling dazzled, and appreciative that our gallery offers something exciting, unique and thought-provoking for even the littlest of guests.
Open Wednesdays to Sundays (closed Tuesdays) until 22 March, 10am – 5pm.
NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 3000
For more information, visit the website here.