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11 December 2017

It’s been a huge year for Geelong Gallery and things are just heating up with the launch of Kylie on Stage, a free summer exhibition that celebrates the stage craft and costumes of Australian music icon Kylie Minogue.

Kylie on Tour 2008. Photo by William Baker.

Kylie on Tour 2008. Photo by William Baker.

Developed by Arts Centre Melbourne, the exhibition includes stunning outfits, designs, photographs and footage from Kylie’s tours dating back to 1989.

The exhibition, which has toured to Geelong with support from the Victorian Government’s Major Touring program, explores the creative process behind Kylie’s ground-breaking performances and gives visitors an insight into the behind the scenes work involved in bringing Kylie to the stage.

As well as seeing the exhibition, visitors can get involved in the exciting public program over the summer, including workshops for children and adults, kid’s tours, floor talks and an after-hours event featuring food, a pop up bar and the music of Kylie.

Last weekend the gallery farewelled the 2017 Archibald Prize exhibition which was a hit with locals of all ages and attracted a stream of visitors from Melbourne and beyond. The year also saw the Fred Williams in the You Yangs exhibition which celebrated the work of one of Australia’s best-known artists.

Geelong Gallery had another reason to celebrate, with the announcement of a $28,000 grant through the Victorian Government’s Engaging Audiences program to support an innovative project that will see gallery visitors of all ages using technology to create their own digital artworks.

Linked to a major exhibition of the work of Australian artist Elizabeth Gower, which will open next September, the gallery will partner with local app development company Codeacious to create an app that will allow users to create works using patterns, mathematical algorithms and geometry, just like Elizabeth Gower.

The app will be available for use both in the gallery and outside, including in local schools, and artworks created will form a giant projection in the gallery that will grow as more people get involved. The app will be available after the exhibition closes creating a resource for teachers everywhere.

Kylie on Stage is open daily at Geelong Gallery until 4 March 2018. Entry is free.

Visit Kylie on Stage online