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Art as therapy – I’m skeptical about pretty things

Philosophers Alain de Botton and John Armstrong of The School of Life have created the Art as Therapy Tour at the NGV. The self-guided tour of selected works from the NGV Collection includes special captions that challenge our assumptions about ourselves, society …  More

Wedgwood Portland vase and stand (c. 1790)

The model for Wedgwood’s Portland vase is the antique cameo glass vase now in the British Museum, London. The vase was produced in Rome (or Alexandria) during the first century BC and is named after the Duchess of Portland, who …  More

Chinese Wine pot from the Ming Dynasty

You may have noticed the turquoise lotus wine pot on the side of the NGV Building lately. Senior Curator, Asian Art, Mae-Anna Pang talks to us about the Chinese Wine pot from the Ming Dynasty, 16th century.   I once …  More

StArt Up: Top Arts 2014 – behind the scenes

As with all exhibitions, bringing together Start Up: Top Arts 2014 is a lengthy process involving most departments of the Gallery. It all began in September 2013 when applications opened and by the closing date more than 3000 entries were received from …  More

StArt Up: Top Arts 2014

Being accepted into Top Arts was a dream come true, and even now, less than a week before the opening, it still scarcely seems real. The opportunity to be exhibiting amongst some of the best and brightest of Melbourne’s young …  More

Art as Therapy – whether you succeed or fail is entirely in your own hands

Philosophers Alain de Botton and John Armstrong of The School of Life have created the Art as Therapy Tour at the NGV. The self-guided tour of selected works from the NGV Collection includes special captions that challenge our assumptions about ourselves, society …  More

StArt Up: Top Arts 2014

Having my work featured in Top Arts this year has been an amazing opportunity; i’ve been full of excitement from the moment I sent off my application. It has been a long time building up to the opening and I …  More