Grazie Bella! NGV starts program to boost Italian art access

From Mantegna to Moschino, the NGV is celebrating its Italian art and design Collection in a new program that welcomes Italian and non-Italian speakers for guided tours and art-inspired coffee conversations.
Italian art. 18th century oil painting of a croweded lavish outdoor Italian banquet set against a Roman architecture style forum.

It’s fair to say the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has a lot to celebrate at the moment. Its much anticipated NGV Triennial is just days away, and it has also recently announced that its next Bowery Ball – a queer art ball in memory of performance artist Leigh Bowery – will be pumping up the volume in an epic celebration of dance, music and drag in March 2024.

But alongside these high-profile, high-energy art events, there is another, perhaps more quietly achieving aspect of NGV’s Collection that is also about to be brought into prominent view.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).