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My must-see art exhibitions in Naarm / Melbourne this summer

17 December 2014

Summer is here again and this is the best time to be in Naarm / Melbourne. Why? Here is my short list to enjoy art over the sunny days:

Artwork by Loretta Lux, part of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art's Menagerie exhibition

ACCA (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art)Menagerie (free)

Until 1 March 2015

111 Sturt Street, Southbank (view location on Google Maps)

Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm
Wednesday, 10am to 8pm
Closed Christmas Day (25 December) and New Year's Day (1 January)


RMIT GalleryExperimenta Recharge: sixth international biennial of media art (free)

Until 21 February 2015

344 Swanston Street, Melbourne (view location on Google Maps)

Monday to Friday, 11am to 5pm
Saturday, 12pm to 5pm
Closed Christmas Day (25 December), Boxing Day (26 December) and New Year's Day (1 January)


TarraWarra Museum of Art

The Drunken Buddha – Ian Fairweather
Paintings and Drawings – Tony Tuckson
Found in translation – Gosia Wlodarczak

Until 15 March 2015

311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Tarrawarra (view location on Google Maps)

Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm
Closed Christmas Day (25 December)

Admission: Adults $14, seniors $12, concession $10 (children 16 and under, students and pension card holders), children 12 and under free


McClelland Gallery and Sculpture ParkMcClelland Sculpture Survey & Awards 2014 (entry by donation)

Until 19 July 2015

390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin (view location on Google Maps)

Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm
Closed Christmas Day (25 December), Boxing Day (26 December) and New Year's Day (1 January)

 

August: busy time for the arts in Naarm / Melbourne

8 August 2014

August is a busy time in the arts scene in Naarm / Melbourne, and I'd like to share three highlights with you:

Melbourne Art Fair; Royal Exhibition Building; 13-17 August 2014

Melbourne Art Fair
13 to 17 August 2014
Royal Exhibition Building
9 Nicholson Street, Carlton (view location on Google Maps)

Melbourne Art Fair is a biannual event, and this year will present 70 leading Australian and international galleries, representing over 300 artists who work across a range of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation.

The Collector Program delivers exclusive access to collection tours, dinners and cocktail events, and there are lectures and forums to attend, as well as:

  • MAF Platform – A new initiative for 2014, introducing young galleries and artist run initiatives (ARIs) showcasing emerging talent.
  • MAF Video – MAF Video presents a group exhibition from participating galleries of video works by artists at the forefront of their field.
  • MAF Project Rooms – Project Rooms is a non-profit platform showcasing innovative experimental artwork from a new generation of emerging artists.

The art fair opens on Wednesday 13 August for the vernissage, between 6pm and 10pm. These are the opening hours for the following days:

Thursday 14 August, 11am to 6pm
Friday 15 August, 11am to 8pm
Saturday 16 August, 10am to 6pm
Sunday 17 August, 10am to 5pm

Book for tickets at the Melbourne Art Fair website.


NotFair
14 to 17 August 2014
12 Peel Street, Collingwood (view location on Google Maps)
The Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood (view location on Google Maps)
Free

Established in 2010 as a satellite art fair to the Melbourne Art Fair, NotFair maintains a unique structure. Rather than being managed and curated by commercial galleries, as is the traditional approach, NotFair is curated to the highest professional standards on the basis solely of artistic merit.

Tight and independent curatorial direction within an art fair structure enhances the provenance of each artist's career, and provides NotFair greater scope to become a satellite to major art fairs around the globe.

Artists exhibiting in the Not Fair are:

  • Aly Aitken
  • Ben Aitken
  • Mary Barton
  • Sarah Berners
  • Drasko Boljevic
  • Barbara Bolt
  • Nyah Isabel Cornish
  • Jessica Curry
  • Christopher Dolman
  • Sarah Duyshart
  • Danny Frommer
  • Harley Grundy
  • Megan Hales
  • Hari Ho
  • Talitha Kennedy
  • Daniel McCabe
  • Murray McKeich
  • Emme Orbach
  • John Pastoriza-Pinol
  • Peter Thomas
  • Dean Thompson
  • Paul Williams
  • Siying Zhou.

Preview Thursday 14th, 6pm to 8pm
Friday and Saturday 11am to 6pm
Sunday 11am to 5pm


And, if you are not too exhausted by art, head to the gracious Hotel Windsor for...

SPRING 1883
14 to 17 August 2014
The Hotel Windsor
111 Spring Street, Melbourne (view location on Google Maps)
Free

SPRING 1883 is a new art fair which will present 20 galleries, each exhibiting in a suite at The Hotel Windsor in Naarm / Melbourne. The galleries that have been invited to exhibit are from Australia, New Zealand, Europe and United States, and they share a conceptual engagement, ensuring a high calibre event and an interesting dialogue between galleries, artists and collectors.

Enjoy!

 

Meet the Makers is back to Fitzroy and Collingwood

12 March 2014

Meet the Makers is back!

The first edition of the event, in 2013, was such a success, with all activities at full capacity, that I was fortunate to be awarded another grant from the City of Yarra.

I curated the 2014 edition to incorporate different spaces, studios and mediums, while continuing to be a great program for all in the community to participate.

This year Meet the Makers welcomes its first international artist, Ryan F Kennedy. Kennedy was walk-to-art's first New York artist in a residence, back in 2009.

You can meet him at Fehily Contemporary (Collingwood) on Friday 28 March. This and all the other activities (view program below) are free and bookings are essential. Reserve your spot early so as not to miss out!

When: Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 March
What: A weekend of inspiring art events
Where: Fitzroy and Collingwood
How much: All free
Bookings: Essential (limited places); wisit Meet the Makers' website for details


What is Meet the Makers?

  • An oportunity to spread the word about unique individuals who make the City of Yarra cultural and diverse.
  • A carefully curated weekend of 9 events in studios, independent spaces and businesses in Fitzroy and Collingwood.
  • A way of providing people with knowledge of art practices and processes through activities in which the participant can meet the maker and gain a greater understanding of artists, art spaces and creative businesses.


2014 program

NGV, looking at Tiepolo (iPad drawing), by Melbourne artist Rebecca Jones

iPad drawing by Rebecca Jones: meet the artist on Friday

Thursday 27 March
6pm–8pm – Strange Neighbour (Fitzroy) – Sarah Duyshart (visual artist – installation)

Friday 28 March
6pm–7pm – Redbox Studio (Collingwood) – Rebecca Jones (visual artist – iPad drawing)
7pm–8pm – Fehily Contemporary (Collingwood) – Ryan F Kennedy (visual artist – weaving installation)

Saturday 29 March
12pm–2pm – Slopes (Fitzroy) – Artist Market curated by Jared Davis
2pm–3pm – Gertrude Contemporary (Fitzroy) – Jess Johnson (visual artist)
5pm–6pm – Porcelain Bear (Collingwood) – Gregory Bonasera (ceramic artist)

Sunday 30 March
2pm–3pm – Studio (Collingwood) – Chloe Vallance (visual artist)
3pm–4pm – Second Story Studios (Collingwood) – Regan Tamanui or Haha (visual artist – stenciling)
4pm–5pm – Strange Neighbour (Fitzroy) – Sarah Duyshart (visual artist – installation)

Work by Chloe Valance: meet the artist on Sunday

Work by Chloe Valance: meet the artist on Sunday

Visit Meet the Makers' website for details and booking information.

The City of Yarra and Liquorice Studios proudly support Meet the Makers 2014.

See you there!

 

Enjoy art and much more in Naarm / Melbourne over January

2 January 2014

Melbourne Now; more than 300 artists; 8000 square metres of exhibition space; free entry

Welcome to 2014! Most of the art galleries in Naarm / Melbourne have closed their doors for the summer break, but you can still find out art out and about:


Where: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)
111 Sturt Street, Southbank (view location on Google Maps)

When: Until 2 March; 10am to 5pm, including weekends and public holidays; Wednesday until 8pm; Monday by appointment

What: "Crescendo", featuring Dorothy Cross, Rodney Graham, Markus Kahre, Hans Op de Beeck, Julian Rosefeldt, Ana Torfs and Guido van der Werve

Why: "Artists have used film and music to create enclosed worlds, each exploring myth, history and human pageantry as metaphors for life. Viewers are treated to new visions of history, each a visual reflection of the inevitability of life and death."

How much: Free


Where: NGV International (180 St Kilda Road; view location on Google Maps) and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia (Federation Square, Melbourne; view location on Google Maps)

When: Until 23 March; 10am to 5pm, except Mondays (NGV Australia) and Tuesdays (NGV International)

What: Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the cultural landscape of creative Melbourne

Why: There is something on everyday; workshops, talks and tours. Kids can participate in making shoes, jewellery or even dancing on the disco floor

How much: Free


Where: Heide Museum of Modern Art
7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen (view location on Google Maps)

When: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm

Why: A great place to enjoy art and to take a picnic (or to eat at Café Vu Heide)

How much: Admission up to $16; gardens and sculpture park free


Where: Tarrawarra Museum of Art
311 Healesville, Yarra Glen Road, Healesville (view location on Google Maps)

When: Daily, 11am to 5pm

Why: If you want to go for a drive, and enjoy wine, food and art

How much: Admission up to $12 (from 10 February, up to $7.50)

 

Biennale's highlight: visually, conceptually and structurally outstanding

31 October 2013

October has been a wonderful visual month. I had the opportunity to explore Italy's La Biennale di Venezia – International Art Exhibition once again, and an overload of images keeps popping into my mind.

The experience of going to Venice is like no other, even after having been there many times before. The reason Venice holds a special place in my heart is the locals! Their knowledge of where to reside away from the massive tour groups who take over the small lanes of this magical city is gold.

My walk-to-art group was fabulous (no dramas and no Louis Vuitton cases without wheels to carry), and we all had 3 passions in common: exploring art, drinking prosecco and eating baccala (salted cod).

But let's talk about art. The highlights for me were Chile, Russia, Portugal, New Zealand and of course the hidden pavilions in disused palazzos.

installation by Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar at La Biennale di Venezia  International Art Exhibition

The Chilean Pavilion, which was a site-specific installation by artist Alfredo Jaar, was visually, conceptually and structurally outstanding. It was silent yet loud in critically commenting on the Biennale organisational structure for exhibiting art.

All people from all walks of life watched, engaged and participated, as they viewed an army green model of the 28 pavilions from the Giardini della Biennale rise from the depths of the water (identical army green) to then sink beneath and disappear.

This work had so many layers; it was simple in approach, complicated in technique and creative in conceptual execution.

Is it worth going to La Biennale? Always.

Are the expensive Bellini at Harry's Bar worth it? Absolutely!

Until the next Biennale... Ciao!

 

NGV: a commitment to Melbourne's contemporary art and design

10 September 2013

Under the new direction of Tony Ellwood, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is being revitalised, embracing contemporary art and design, and reflecting on art in Naarm / Melbourne and art in our community.

Melbourne Now opens in November 2013 and will run to March 2014. The exhibition will:

  • cover contemporary art, design, architecture and fashion
  • feature 130 local artists and 30 curators
  • be located at its 2 locations – St Kilda Road and Federation Square.

This is a huge project and one that will bring the Melbourne scene to the state gallery. There will be associated forums, public and media events, plus talks by various artists. The public will be able to participate and enjoy a very different experience that will hopefully create a great deal of enjoyment for all.

Represented and unrepresented artists are participating, and it will be great to view works from artists such as Laith McGregor and Lauren Berkowitz (photo).

Manna, 2009, by Australian installation artist Lauren Berkowitz

Since 2006 walk-to-art has taken thousands of people to exhibition openings and art spaces, educating the wider community on the richness that Melbourne has to offer.

Instead of the usual blockbusters, such as Monet or Dali, for which the NGV is so renowned, the state gallery is being ambitious and showing a commitment to Melbourne's contemporary art and design – and this is very exciting.

Melbourne Now
National Gallery of Victoria

NGV International
180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne (view location on Google Maps)

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
Federation Square (view location on Google Maps)

Daily from 10am to 5pm, except Mondays and Christmas Day
22 November 2013 to 23 March 2014
Free entry

 

Art in changing times: commercial galleries and collector groups

31 July 2013

Melbourne has a busy and interesting arts scene all year round, but, during winter, it takes effort to step out into the cold nights and head to a forum or opening. This month the focus seemed to be on the commercial gallery and collector groups.

On 21 July I attended The Local Collection public forum at Fehily Contemporary, in Collingwood. Then, on 24 July, the night of Nite Art (when more than 20 commercial, independent and artist run spaces in the CBD and North Melbourne welcomed the public), I went to a forum at West Space titled "Is the Gallery Space Dead?"

Both events were interesting with panels consisting of collectors, art dealers, online galleries, artists and curators. In both forums participants highlighted the fact that the art world in Australia and selling art has changed and has been changing over the past 5 years or more.

  • Art spaces no longer can rely on the exhibitions or even the stock room.
  • Commercial spaces are sharing resources, joining forces and also including project spaces.
  • Art fairs have become another expense, but also another platform to a wider international audience and source of income.

Art fairs such as Auckland Art Fair (7 to 11 August 2013), Sydney Contemporary (19 to 22 September 2013) and Hong Kong Art Basel (15 to 18 May 2014) are a fun way to explore and visually learn.

A collector group is also a great way to learn, and to purchase art if you don't wish to do it alone.

  • A collector group is a group of 12 to 15 people who have an interest in art.
  • Each member contributes dollars at the start and continues to contribute over a period of 7 to 10 years.
  • The group meets around 4 times a year with a few events in between.
  • The work is rotated every 6 months between each member's home.
  • When the group concludes everyone gets to share in the collection.
Ambassador Beard (2011), by Abdul Abdullah

Interested in being part of a collector group? Contact with Fehily Contemporary. They recently exhibited "Celebrating A Collection Half-Finished", showcasing the art acquired by The Local Collection so far, an example of what a collector group can accomplish. "Ambassador Beard", by Abdul Abdullah, was among the artworks.

 

Art travellers: overseas or in your own city

14 May 2013

It's that time of the year again (and it's fortunately been like this since 2008): I am about to hop on a plane and head to the United States for walk-to-art New York.

So this is time to re-search artists, studios and art spaces, and read cultural online newsletters. Friends have emailed new places and must go bars... and I'm trying to catch up with the latest eateries and coffee shops. All of this needs to go into the little black book before I leave Naarm / Melbourne!

If you are not joining our group this year (I hope you can make it in 2014), but would like to go overseas to enjoy art, how about Asia? If I were not going to NYC my destination would be the Hong Kong International Art Fair, between 23 and 26 May. This is the first edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong.

There will be a number of Australian galleries there and it is a fabulous way to engage in the international art scene – you can get an an overview of what's happening around the world in just 3 days! Art fairs are interesting not only because significant galleries are invited to participate, but also local galleries tend to curate strong exhibits to attract the art lovers in town.

If you have no plans to travel, why not be a traveller in your own city? These are great shows to see in Melbourne:

Anna Finlayson – Shhh (The Hexagon Trip)
Sarah Scout Presents
Level 1, 1a Crossley Street, Melbourne (view location on Google Maps)
Thursday and Friday, 11am to 5pm; Saturday, 12pm to 5pm
Until 18 May

image from Rhys Lee's Still I'd Sea exhibition displayed at Utopian Slumps in Naarm / Melbourne

Rhys Lee – Still I'd Sea (image above)
Utopian Slumps
Ground floor, 33 Guildford Lane, Melbourne (view location on Google Maps)
Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm to 6pm
Until 25 May

Ben Quilty The Fiji Wedding
Tollarno Galleries
Level 4, 104 Exhibition Street, Melbourne (view location on Google Maps)
Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm; Saturday, 1pm to 5pm
Until 1 June

 

All my passions put together: this is my job

10 April 2013

People often ask me what I do. In simple terms, I have gathered all my loves and made it into a job!

Having graduated a while ago from the VCA, in Naarm / Melbourne (view the details in the About us section), I put together all my skills and used them to mentor artists, facilitate the connection between business and the arts, and educate the public along the way.

Meet the Makers 2013 Most of my days are spent in my Collingwood studio, organising tours, speaking with artists and getting myself ready for the next big project.

Recently I curated the first edition of Meet the Makers. It was a weekend of inspiring, educational art events over Fitzroy and Collingwood, with the support of the City of Yarra. I am an ambassador for the council and was involved in their Discover Your Own Backyard campaign, with things to see and do in suburbs like Abbotsford, Carlton North, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, Fitzroy North and Richmond.

As an art consultant, I work with many talented artists and assist people in purchasing art. They often don't know where to look or start, so an art consultant can bridge that gap.

I am also the director of walk to art and, at the moment, I am getting ready for the next walk-to-art New York in May. It is very important that I travel, see and experience; both in Australia and overseas. In October I am heading to Italy's La Biennale di Venezia for the second walk to art Venice. Recently, I visited the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills; definetely a place to visit if you are in Sydney.

And Melbourne is constantly changing, so I have to be out and about to discover new spaces and new exhibitions. I use a fabulous calendar, Art Openings – Melbourne, maintained by a friend of mine named Charles. It is an excellent resource tool (you could be at a different opening every night!).

Not one day is the same and I am very fortunate to work in Naarm / Melbourne and other great cities, get to know many talented artist and meet people who are so interested in learning about art.

 

White Night Melbourne: art from dusk to dawn

20 February 2013

This Saturday, 23 February, from 7pm to 7am, White Night comes to Melbourne. White Night started in France in 2001 and has been to Brussels, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Toronto, Paris and Rome.

White Night Melbourne

What is White Night?

From dusk to dawn you will be able to enjoy more than 80 free events celebrating music, food, film, art and light, with more than 300 artists across 40 sites.

The event's program can be collected around town and is also available on the White Night Melbourne website.

These are some of the sites where many visual and performing artists will be:

  • St Paul's Cathedral
  • Forum Theatre
  • State Library of Victoria
  • Flinders Street Station
  • The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
  • Degraves Street
  • Flinders Lane.

Trams will run all night, and Melbourne's CBD will be active with light projections, music and performances till 7am.

Enjoy!

 

2013: time to enjoy great events in the arts calendar

15 January 2013

Melbourne's art world is slowly coming back from the holidays, and there are great events in the 2013 calendar:

Local

  • The Midsumma festival takes over most of our art spaces in the first few weeks of the year, from 13 January to 3 February.
  • The Substation, Craft Victoria, Edmund Pearce Gallery and Chapter House Lane all reopen on Thursday 17 January.
    Your Old Self, at Tinning Street Gallery
  • On Friday 1 February Tinning Street Gallery, in Brunswick, reopens with a great drawing show titled Your Old Self (from 6pm to 9pm).
  • Also, the White Night Melbourne festival is coming! On Saturday 23 February, from 7pm to 7am, the state government will open up the city for a dusk-to-dawn festival of art, culture, film, fashion and sport. Melbourne will effectively become a 24-hour town.

International

See you around the galleries and in our tours!

 

November: busy time in Naarm / Melbourne's arts scene

13 November 2012

November is a busy time of the year in the Melbourne arts scene:

  • graduate exhibitions
  • annual exhibitions
  • open days
  • the commercial galleries leaving the best to last.

Here are a few places to go, places to be seen and exhibitions worth viewing:

Wednesday 14 November 2012
Metro Gallery – E.L.K
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Where: 1214 High Street, Armadale (view location on Google Maps)
The exhibition will be on until 1 December 2012 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 5.30pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 11am to 5pm)


Friday 16 November 2012
Gertrude Contemporary – Gertrude Studios, 2012
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Where: 200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy (view location on Google Maps)

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) – Art Bar (special evening of art and live music)
Time: 7pm to 11pm
Where: 111 Sturt Street, Southbank (view location on Google Maps)


Saturday 17 November 2012
Utopian Slumps – Nathan Gray
Time: 4pm to 6pm
Where: 33 Guilford Lane, Melbourne (view location on Google Maps)
The exhibition will be on until 8 December

Australian Tapestry Workshop – Open Day
Time: 10am to 5pm
Where: 262–266 Park Street, South Melbourne (view location on Google Maps)


Monday 19 November 2012
Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) 2012 Graduate Exhibition
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Where: 40 Dodds Street, Southbank (view location on Google Maps)


Thursday 22 November 2012
Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) – Kodak Salon
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Where: 404 George Street, Fitzroy (view location on Google Maps)


Saturday 24 November 2012
Craft Victoria – Open Day
Time: 10am to 5pm
Where: 31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne (view location on Google Maps)

Gertrude Contemporary – Open Studios
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Where: 200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy (view location on Google Maps)


Wednesday 28 November 2012
RMIT 2012 Master of Fine Art Exhibition (view flyer, PDF file, 1 page, 341KB)
Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Where: Building 49, Gossard Project Space, Level C, 67 Franklin Street, Melbourne (view location on Google Maps)
The exhibition will be on until 5 December (Monday to Friday, 11am to 6pm; Saturday, 12pm to 5pm)


Friday 30 November 2012
Australian Print Workshop – Impressions 2012 Fundraiser
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Where: 210 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy (view location on Google Maps)

 

Commercial galleries, warehouse space and hotel installation: that's art in Naarm / Melbourne

15 August 2012

Melbourne Art Fair for 2012 has come and gone, and it was a little quieter than its 2010 edition. However, still very successful with $8 million in sales and 27,000 visitors. For the invited commercial galleries, it is a significant investment, not only in time but also dollars.

An event like this can be overwhelming and cause some visual overload. Personally, I prefer exhibitions that are on at the same time as the fair, are free and available to everyone. Not Fair Art Fair Primal Mutation, launching undiscovered and emerging artists curated by Melissa Amore, Ashley Crawford and Sam Leach, was entertaining and a fabulous use of 1000 Pound Bend's warehouse back space. I loved the laneway entry and it was exciting to see such a quirky artistic space in the CBD.

One of my favourite exhibitions was at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins (25 Collins Street, Melbourne; view location on Google Maps). Gosia Wlodarczak was the sixth artist welcomed by the hotel's annual Artist in Residence program.

She has previously exhibited at the Singapore Biennale, the Drawing Centre in New York and at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in Brisbane (view image). Over July, Gosia produced a drawing installation on the hotel's lobby windows. Guests were able to watch the artist draw and people were invited to observe her performance.

image from Gosia Wlodarczak's Frost Drawing series exhibited at GOMA

I first came across Gosia at a performance at Fehily Contemporary in Collingwood. Gosia's drawings are spontaneous and flow freely. The work tells a story, it is an observation of the immediate surroundings.

Unfortunately the window installation is not up anymore, but her exhibition is on at Sofi's Lounge until 8 October 2012.

 

Melbourne in winter: let's get outdoors and enjoy art

22 June 2012

On my walk-to-art tours I am constantly feeding everyone information on how to find wonderful places in Naarm / Melbourne, encouraging them to try something new and explore a different area or space.

Yes, it's been cold and winter has hit Melbourne, but now it's time to put your woolly gloves and hats on, grab a copy of Hot Spots and get outdoors!

Hot Spots 2012 is out on the streets and available for free at art shops, cafes, cultural hangouts and at the Melbourne Visitor Centre (MVC) in Federation Square. If you prefer to use your computer or smart phone, visit the City of Melbourne website.

Described as "your discerning guide to the very best of a new Melbourne you may not know about", Hot Spots is divided into 5 areas:

  • Central
  • Southside
  • Northside
  • Docklands and surrounds
  • Cultural.

Hot Spots has pinpointed each venue with a number on a corresponding map. These maps are a guide only – use your smart phone or pick up a city map from MVC. My suggestion: try something new from Hot Spots each week!

Also visit Northern Exposure Visual Arts Festival until 1 July 2012. Installation, projection, performance and small works in small spaces, all located on High Street in Northcote (view location on Google Maps).

Northern Exposure Visual Arts Festival

Now in its eighth year, the event promises to deliver a "uniquely Northcote experience" (download the official brochure, PDF file, 1MB).

Have fun this winter in Naarm / Melbourne!

 

Do you know ACCA? Have you ever visited it?

20 March 2012

I've been taking walk-to-art groups to the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art for 6 years, and I still find it fascinating how many people don't know of ACCA or have not visited it before.

Located in Southbank, ACCA host an annual exhibition titled NEW. NEW012 opened on Friday 16 March and will run until 20 May 2012.

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art's NEW012 logo

NEW is generously supported and presented by the Balnaves Foundation, and the exhibition has been selected by guest curator Jeff Khan. It features major new works from Khan's choice of Australia's most interesting rising artists:

  • Katie Lee (VIC)
  • Ross Manning (QLD)
  • Angelica Mesiti (NSW)
  • Bennett Miller (WA)
  • Kate Mitchell (NSW)
  • Charlie Sofo (VIC).

The artists selected may or may not be the art stars of tomorrow.

I love how ACCA's space is transformed into various sections and the highlight for me was the video works. You may not like or understand the work, but NEW offers a platform for discussion and a look into the next crop of sought-after Australian artists.

It's worth the effort, it's free and it's opened everyday except for Monday!


Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
111 Sturt Street Southbank VIC (view location on Google Maps)

Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm
Weekends and public holidays, 11am to 6pm
Closed on Good Friday (6 April)

Until 20 May 2012