La Trobe’s Art Now Summer School at NGV

It’s never too late to go back to school, and for Hockney fans this summer their classroom could be within the walls of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).

The La Trobe University Art Now Summer School, inspired by the NGV’s David Hockney: Current exhibition, will offer art enthusiasts a unique opportunity for one night only to delve into the history of Hockney portraiture through an open lecture at the NGV.

The Art Now Summer School, exclusively for La Trobe University students, is conceived every year in response to the NGV’s major summer exhibition.

It is the only university-accredited art subject conducted within the gallery’s exhibition spaces, with students this year having the opportunity to study more than 600 works from one of the world’s most influential living artists.

La Trobe University Visual Arts Senior Lecturer Dr Vincent Alessi said the university was delighted to partner with the NGV again for the Art Now Summer School.

“The Summer School offers La Trobe University students a unique experience of undertaking classes within the Hockney exhibition and permanent collection spaces at the NGV,” he said.

“With classes delivered by a selection of NGV curators, conservationists, designers and artists, students have the chance to obtain an experience that is unparalleled in Melbourne’s art industry.

“For the first time we’re opening the doors for one night to give the public a great opportunity to learn more about this incredible artist and to have an exclusive after hours viewing of this important exhibition.”

This is the fourth consecutive year that La Trobe University, through its Department of Creative Arts and English and the La Trobe Art Institute, has conducted the Art Now Summer School program with the NGV.

La Trobe University’s open lecture David Hockney: a history of portraits and a portraiture project will run from 5.30-8.30pm on Thursday February 2, 2017 at the NGV.

La Trobe University is the official Learning Partner of the NGV.