NGV Friday Nights returns this winter with vibrant lineup for the world-premiere Pierre Bonnard exhibition

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NGV Friday Nights returns this winter with vibrant lineup for the world-premiere Pierre Bonnard exhibition

Credit: Michael Pham

ARIA award winner Adrian Eagle headlines NGV Friday Nights line-up alongside emerging talent this winter

Worthy of heading out on a cold winter’s night, the immersive NGV Friday Nights returns to the The National Gallery of Victoria this Winter, bringing along a huge lineup of incredible performers, including ARIA award winner Adrian Eagle.

The 19-week season from 9 June to 7 October brings a kaleidoscope of colour and soulful sounds to Melbourne’s winter nights in celebration of Melbourne Winter Masterpieces® exhibition Pierre Bonnard: Designed by India Mahdavi. 

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Joining Adrian Eagle, who will kick off the series on 9 June with his melodic fusion of gospel and hip-hop in the Great Hall, the live music series will traverse disco, jazz, and soul with performances by R&B singer-songwriter Ashwarya, the enigmatic Melbourne-based Glass Beams, and Noongar soul singer Bumpy, with live DJ sets from the likes of C000kie, Zepherin Saint, and Chris Gill.  

A beloved program over the last few years, NGV Friday Nights will offer late-night access to Pierre Bonnard: Designed by India Mahdavi, a major world-premiere exhibition delivered in partnership with the Musee d’Orsay, Paris.

The exhibition presents more than 100 works by the leading French painter Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) and brings late 19th and early 20th century France to life through paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs. The exhibition presents Bonnard’s works within a bold and captivating scenography from international design icon, India Mahdavi who will employ her designs with Bonnard’s distinct use of colour and texture. 

Visitors can also enjoy an interactive pop-up experience from MIMCO, fusing art and design across the NGV Friday Nights series in Federation Court. 

The Yering Station Wine Bar offers a selection of Yarra Valley wines and a wine tasting experience featuring a menu of Shiraz, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals. The Pommery Champagne Bar in the Gallery Kitchen will serve Champagne and a menu of share plates and meals inspired by regional French cuisin including Gruyère croquettes, cheese boards, cassoulet, and sweet profiteroles. 

NGV Friday Nights line-up

9 Jun: Adrian Eagle | CaucasianOpportunities 

16 Jun: Nikodimos | Chris Gill 

23 Jun: Ashwarya | C000kie 

30 Jun: Tiana Khasi | JPS 

7 Jul: Joshua Moshe (JK Group) | Nak 

14 Jul: Kuzich | Billos + Klomp 

21 Jul: Mindy Meng Wang 王萌 & Tim Shiel | Shio 

28 Jul: Swooping (Haitus Kaiyote) | Miki 

4 Aug: Bumpy | priya 

11 Aug: Jade Imagine | MOTS 

18 Aug: Evening News | Hawkrada 

25 Aug: Asha Trips | Mike Gurrieri  

1 Sep: Pookie | General Vibes 

8 Sep: Rara Zulu | Surana 

15 Sep: Finn Irregular | Dan Rock 

22 Sep: Plastiq | JXNIOR 

29 Sep: Glass Beams | Henry Guala 

6 Oct: Polito | Moses Carr 

7 Oct: Thndo | Zepherin Saint 

NGV Friday Nights takes place 9 June – 6 October 2023 at NGV International, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne. Further information and tickets are available via the NGV website. 



Image caption: NGV Friday Nights at NGV International. Photo: Michael Pham; Singers Ashwarya and Bumpy with Taree MacKenzie’s work Pepper’s ghost effect, circles, 4 variations, 2023. Photo: Eugene Hyland; NGV Friday Nights at NGV International. Photo: Michael Pham