NGV x Midsumma


Art is a powerful medium to talk about the world and in 2023, Midsumma and NGV come together again to co-present a series of community-centred programs drawing on art and design at the NGV to explore a rich array of stories and experiences for all ages through tours, conversations and workshops. 

Queer collection tours, presented by NGV curators and leading community voices, will explore the queer stories held by works on display throughout the galleries in the NGV’s International and Australia buildings. These tours will be complemented by programs presented in conjunction with the NGV’s major summer exhibition, Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse, including a panel discussion dedicated to McQueen's inherently queer approach to fashion design. 


NGV Teens: Drop by and Make | Fashion Atelier with Erik Yvon

Wed 25 Jan 12–3pm
Free, no booking required

Are you a teenager looking for creative activities these holidays? Learn some simple sewing skills in this workshop led by Melbourne-based fashion designer Erik Yvon. Create your own one-of-a-kind embellishment to add to your favourite piece of clothing.


Gumnut Bling with Paul McCann

Wed 25 Jan 12–3pm
Free, no booking required

Enjoy a day out with family and friends at the NGV these school holidays!  

Drop by and meet Marrithiyel artist and designer Paul McCann. Collage a paper outfit inspired by his Gumnut ball gown in the NGV Collection. 

Suitable for all ages, with parent or carer supervision.


Queer Collection Tours

Sat 28 Jan 11am–12pm & 1–2pm
Free, no booking required

Community members alongside NGV curators will introduce a selection of historical and contemporary works of art and design in the NGV Collection, encouraging personal reflections and discussion highlighting the works and stories of queer artists and queer histories.


Queering Fashion Through the Lens of Alexander McQueen

Sat 4 Feb 2–3pm
Free, booking required

NGV curator Meg Slater leads a conversation with members of community working in fashion, art and beyond, to discuss McQueen’s inherently queer approach to fashion design, and his enduring legacy in and outside of the fashion world.


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Event & ticketing details



Auslan Interpreted
Wheelchair Access
Vision Rating 75%

Dates & Times

NGV TEENS Wed 25 Jan 12-3pm
GUMNUT Wed 25 Jan 12-3pm
TOURS Sat 28 Jan 11am-noon + 1-2pm
FASHION Sat 4 Feb 2-3pm


FASHION Free, booking required | No booking required for other sessions


National Gallery of Victoria

180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

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Flinders Street


Any Swanston St tram to stop 14

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