A sensory monochrome wonderland for art lovers opens.
The NGV Gala is the National Gallery of Victoria’s (NGV) answer to New York’s prestigious Met Gala. The evening begins with an exclusive preview of the major summer art exhibition, followed by a specially-curated dinner before moving into a fabulous cocktail party. In 2018, the Gala coincided with the premiere exhibition opening of Escher X nendo: Between Two Worlds, which intertwines the work of two of the world’s most celebrated conceptual artists.
- Where: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne exclusive
- Gala event: 1 December 2018, 6pm to 1am
- Exhibition dates: 2 December 2018 to 7 April 2019
- Don't miss: NGV Friday Nights which combines art, dining and DJs in the garden all summer.
How to get there:
The NGV is located on St Kilda Road in Melbourne. The gallery is easily accessible by public transport including buses, trams and trains. The NGV is just three kilometres (1.9 miles) from Melbourne’s city centre and can be reached by taxi in about 10 minutes.
Things to do at the NGV Gala
Explore exclusive exhibitions
While the NGV Gala is all about fashion and fun, it doesn’t forget about its artful roots. The black-tie event treats its guests to exclusive exhibition openings, like the significant House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture and the surrealist genius of Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds.
Enjoy all-night entertainment
The black-tie NGV Gala is about more than the art on the walls; it’s also about art you can touch, hear and feel. The entire evening is packed with entertainment, with Australian singer Troye Sivan headlining the 2018 event. Think DJ sets and intriguing performances create a buzzing, high-energy atmosphere. In addition, the red carpet is rolled out for celebrity appearances, which have included big names like Nicole Kidman, Elizabeth Olsen, Natalie Portman and Poppy Delevingne.
Dine among the art
The NGV Gala dinner guests can expect a meal that’s both delicious and out of the ordinary. In 2018, Melbourne-based chef Andrew McConnell presented a modern menu that showcased the city’s culinary flare and mirrored the grandeur of the night’s art exhibition. Diners are served three exquisite courses at tables set within the European historic gallery spaces, with each course celebrating local ingredients.