NGV delivers Art in many forms in the new virtual world

The NGV is continually launching new virtual content weekly on its NGV Channel on the NGV’s website. Listed below are some of the new programs and resources available:


James Lemon (Photographer: Selina Ou)

VIEW: Live in-studio visit with artist James Lemon

Artist James Lemon explores and experiments with clay as a generative activity to develop works that are sculptural and functional. Known for his ceramic vessels with highly gestural surface abstraction, Lemon’s sculptural forms are tactile, playful and dynamic objects. While crafted using traditional methods of hand-building and coiling, his pieces are also warped to express movement and gesture. Their upscaled and warped traditional forms challenge notions of functionality inherent to these objects and expose the material as the agent, a celebration of materiality.


Myf Doughty, Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture, NGV will virtually visit James in his Northcote studio to hear more about his practice, his work in the NGV Collection and what he is currently working on.


James Lemon in studio (Photographer: Selina Ou)


James’ work in the NGV Collection

On: Wednesday 2 September | 6.00 – 6.30 pm | NGV Instagram Live

Available to watch on NGV’s Instagram on Wednesday 2 September at 6.00 pm and available to watch on NGV Channel following the livestream



Nikos Pantazopoulos. Courtesy NGV

VIEW: Live In-studio visit with Artist Nikos Pantazopoulos

Nikos Pantazopoulos explores LGBTIQ+ politics through an immigrant CIS GAY LENS. His work remediates art history and popular narratives that are influenced by hegemonic culture.


Pantazopoulos' current research is engaged in Ancient Greek legacies and its influences' on modernism, minimalism, relational, outsider art activities and on labor and its economic values in our society. Pantazopoulos' materials critique the classical traditions of the arts to repurpose them through a photographic data and technologically driven lens.


Dr Simon Maidment, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, NGV will virtually visit Nikos in his studio to hear more about his practice and what he is currently working on.


On: Wednesday 9 September | 6.00 – 6.30 pm | NGV Instagram Live


Available to watch on NGV’s Instagram on Wednesday 9 September at 6.00 pm and available to watch on NGV Channel following the livestream.



Ann Shoebridge. Courtesy NGV

VIEW: Live In-studio visit with Milliner Ann Shoebridge

Ann Shoebridge is an Australian milliner based in Sydney, Australia. With a background in contemporary art, Shoebridge specialises in headwear, bringing sculpture, colour and definitive style to her collections. With four works in the NGV Collection, Shoebridge’s work was displayed in 200 Years of Australian Fashion at NGV in 2016, and remains in the permanent Australian Fashion and Textiles collection.


Danielle Whitfield, Senior Curator of Fashion and Textiles, NGV will virtually visit Claire in her studio to hear more about her practice, her work in the NGV Collection and what she is currently working on.


Ann’s work in the NGV Collection


On: Wednesday 16 September | 6.00 – 6.30 pm | NGV Instagram Live


Available to watch on NGV’s Instagram on Wednesday 16 September at 6.00 pm and available to watch on NGV Channel following the livestream.


LISTEN: ANAM at NGV | Australian Art through music

Inspired by the NGV’s Australian Art collection at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) curate and perform musical responses to artworks in the Collection.


NGV Curators and ANAM Head of Percussion Peter Neville discuss the history of the artwork and the inspiration behind each musical response followed by a viewing of the performance.

Tuesday 1 September Join Beckett Rozentals, Curator, Australian Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts to 1980, NGV in discussion with Peter Neville, Head of Percussion, ANAM on two works in the NGV Collection, The Bridge in-curve, 1930 by Grace Cossington-Smith and Cahill Expressway, 1962 by Jeffrey Smart. Following the discussion, ANAM performers respond to the works using instruments including cello, percussion and keyboard.


Watch here.


Tuesday 15 September Join Angela Hesson, Curator, Australian Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts to 1980, NGV and Peter Neville, Head of Percussion, ANAM in discussion about two NGV Collection works Inspiration, 1899 by Aby Altson and An old bee farm, 1900 by Clara Southern. Following the discussion, ANAM performers respond to the works using instruments including the cello and viola.


Watch here.