The secretly artistic, the abstract drawers and the ones who never graduated above stick figures are all welcome at the latest NGV Friday Night installation. In partnership with La Trobe University—the official learning partner of NGV—Living Landscapes invites you to channel your inner artist (they’re in there somewhere) for a good cause.
Visitors can create their own personalised, virtual tree inspired by international artist David Hockney. Using his signature colours and brush strokes on an iPad (so you’ll never be STUMPED for ideas), you can then digitally “plant” your creation—your mum will think it’s beautiful—on a scale replica of La Trobe’s Wildlife Sanctuary using augmented reality. No dirt, digging, or ruined jeans required.
The clever cookies at La Trobe University designed this virtual program, and will take steps to make every virtual plant a reality—one will be planted within the gloriously green sanctuary for every virtual creation. La Trobe University’s 30-hectare open range wildlife sanctuary was founded over half a century ago to protect and nurture Indigenous flora and fauna, so every iPad drawing counts.
La Trobe’s Wildlife Sanctuary is home to thousands of fluffy-tailed, furry critters including eastern grey kangaroos, emus and possums. So stop scribbling your crush’s name at work and head to NGV and produce a drawing that will (actually) do something good.
If you’re filling up on your weekly art, tickets to NGV’s Friday Nights also includes exclusive entry to the David Hockney: Current and Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists exhibitions along with live music from local and international performers. The NGV Garden will be home to a line-up of DJs, along with access to food and bars. You’ll need a drink and a snack after all that planting, obviously.
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