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Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition

The highly anticipated world premiere of Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition opens at the prestigious Melbourne Museum on Saturday 22nd September 2018. Produced by iEC Exhibitions, TEG Live and Museums Victoria, in full collaboration with The Nelson Mandela Foundation of South Africa as their only official global exhibition, this brand-new, world-class exhibition will exclusively open in Australia before commencing on a 5-year worldwide museum tour from 2019. The producers are delighted to announce the first of many original objects to be featured in Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition to coincide the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth today. This exhibition will be a world first, with a rich collection of artifacts, documents and personal items expertly curated to share the story of Mandela’s rich and colourful life. Some of the confirmed original objects that will feature in Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition include the boxing glove signed and gifted by Muhammad Ali to Mandela, who was an avid boxing fan and met Ali several times after 1990. The shoes and walking cane …

Melbourne Art Fair

Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Art Foundation unveiled details of the Melbourne Art Week 2018 program which cumulates in the return of Melbourne Art Fair, 2 – 5 August 2018 (Vernissage 1 August 2018) and the Visual Arts Awards on 4 August 2018. Over 50 Victorian cultural organisations, institutions, art spaces, satellite fairs and galleries will come together in the staging of Melbourne Art Week; a dynamic program of exhibitions, events, talks, performances and workshops that take place during the first week of August. Other highlights include programming from MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art; From Will to Form: Tarrawarra Biennial 2018; ACCA: A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, Buxton Contemporary: No One is Watching You: Ronnie van Hout and VCA Open Studios. In 2018, the Fair will debut TIME, a site – specific video sector curated by Hannah Mathews (Senior Curator, Monash University Museum of Art) and Rachel Ciesla (Curator and Administrator Galleries and Programs, Melbourne Art Foundation). Unveiling a selection of new and recent works by Michaela Gleave …

MoMA at NGV

1 May 2018: In an international exclusive, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) presents a major exhibition of modern and contemporary masterworks from New York’s iconic Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in the world-premiere exhibition MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, opening 9 June 2018 at NGV International in Melbourne. Co-organised by the NGV and MoMA, the exhibition features more than 200 works – many of which have never been seen in Australia – from a line-up of seminal nineteenth and twentieth-century artists, including Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Louise Bourgeois, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Diane Arbus, Agnes Martin and Andy Warhol. Bringing the exhibition up to the present are works by many significant twenty-first century artists including Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Olafur Eliasson, Andreas Gursky, El Anatsui, Rineke Dijkstra, Kara Walker, Mona Hatoum and Camille Henrot. MoMA at NGV is the largest instalment of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition series to date, for the first time encompassing the …

Decor + Design Melbourne 2018

Australia’s No.1 Interiors Trade Show, Decor + Design is thrilled to announce an aspirational line up of international and local guest speakers set to present engaging seminars and workshops from July 19 – July 22. The highly anticipated Australian House & Garden (AH&G) International Seminar Series will focus on “Everyday Luxury” and delve into styling high-end designs through the fundamental aspects of interior design and how designers create their trademark aesthetic. Each speaker will deliver varying opinions and expertise on the topic. Global powerhouse and Interior Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard has been announced as this year’s keynote speaker. Bullard is best known for his work with Hollywood’s A-List clientele including Eva Mendes, Cher, Ellen Pompeo and the Kardashians. Martyn promises to provide a unique insight and behind the scenes look, into some of his more exclusive projects. One of the most successful contestants on The Block and Interior Designer, Deanne Jolly will be hosting an engaging workshop on creating luxury that lasts. Deanne is known for her refreshingly honest personality and prides herself on knowing …

The Finders Keepers 2018

Melbourne is the final stop on the Finders Keepers Autumn / Winter 2018 tour, with the festival-feel market returning to The Royal Exhibition Building over three epic days, 13-15 July. With extended shopping hours on Friday ‘day’, visitors can join the festivities from the new opening time of 12 noon on Friday 13th July and shop the day away until 9pm. Trading hours continue all weekend from 10am – 6pm Saturday 14th and 10am – 5pm Sunday 15th July. Finders Keepers managing director and co-founder Sarah Thornton said there was no doubt the Melbourne Autumn/Winter event was the highlight of the Finders Keepers year. “We love the fashion focus that comes with our Melbourne events, with so much local talent coming out of arguably Australia’s fashion capital,” Sarah Thornton said. “Slow fashion lovers will be treated to the locally-made, up-cycled garments by Good Sport Australia who use salvaged, pre-loved kimonos, as well as the new ‘ethically made, gloriously worn’ collection from East Geelong-based Frank and Dolly’s.” “Solomon Street will bring their ethical prints and textiles …

Provocaré Festival 2018

Internationally renowned contemporary artist, Spencer Tunick, will headline Chapel Street’s PROVOCARÉ 2018 Festival of the Arts. PROVOCARÉ will take over the Chapel Precinct from 5-15 July with its most revealing line-up of arts and entertainment yet. Following a successful debut in 2017, PROVOCARÉ 2018 Festival Director John Lotton believes the festival will deliver on its promise to provoke, arouse, and challenge the senses of all that participate. “The performances and spectacles we have planned for PROVOCARÉ 2018 will be edgier than ever. The festival will be a reflection of our deeply rich and culturally diverse community.” Spencer Tunick will create spectacular nude installations over two days at various locations across the precinct. Tunick is inviting brave Australians to register now to be part of his provocative new works at provocare.com.au/tunick. One of Australia’s most in-demand contemporary artists, David Bromley, will be using luxury cars for the first time as his canvas during PROVOCARÉ. The Chapel Street local is giving the world’s most coveted cars the ultimate Bromley treatment. ‘Whatever You Dream’, will feature artworks on …

The Music Gym opens at Melbourne’s Galleria

Galleria is thrilled to announce an all new music hub in the heart of the CBD, The Music Gym officially launching on Make Music Day, 21 June. Make Music Day is a worldwide phenomenon observed by hundreds of millions of people in 800 cities across 120 countries. The day brings people of all styles, ages and skill levels together to make and enjoy music, with 2018 the first year Australia is participating. The Music Gym is the brainchild of Catherine Prifti, a music teacher of 21 years. Catherine has been immersed in the world of music for over two decades, working across Australia and Europe with her specialised skill set as a pianist, conductor and teacher. The concept for a music gym came about after Catherine noticed that while many adults have a strong interest in learning and performing music, expensive instruments and costly private lessons stopped many from realising their passion. Enter, The Music Gym: grown-ups only group classes with state-of-the-art instruments provided, at a convenient location where you can fit in a class …

The Melbourne Magic Festival

It should be no surprise that Melbourne has a festival entirely dedicated to magicians and the art of magic. After all, we already have festivals dedicated to salami, hijabs and daffodils, why not sleight of hand as well? In fact, the Melbourne Magic Festival has been amazing and amusing Melbourne audiences for over a decade. After ten years at Northcote Town Hall, the festival is moving to Collingwood in 2018, finding a new, larger home in The Melba Speigeltent for first two weeks in July. Each year, the festival hosts a range of free and ticketed events that see up and coming conjurers performing alongside the world’s greatest illusionists. The festival also includes regular favourites including the entire improvised ‘Magicspots’, two spectacular gala shows and the nightly mayhem of ‘The Best Of The Magic Fest.’ Budding magicians can take magic classes or compete against other pint-sized entertainers in the ‘Australian Junior Championships of Magic.’ Meanwhile, the international superstars like Woody Aragon, Mr Tango and Carisa Hendrix fill the 200 seat speigeltent with close up miracles …

2018 Melbourne Cabaret Festival

The ninth annual Melbourne Cabaret Festival bursts onto the stage with some of the most fabulous and seductive cabaret from across Australia. Returning to Chapel Off Chapel with an even bigger program, up to 10 performances daily, from Tuesday 19 June to Sunday 1 July 2018. Featuring 20 brand new cabaret shows, the festival again provides an opportunity to see new works from established and emerging artists before they tour to take on the national and world festival stages. Queen of Cabaret, Dolly Diamond returns as the festival’s Artistic Director. ‘Well there’s no denying that 2017 was a fabulous year for the Melbourne Cabaret Festival, so the pressures on to make this year’s festival even bigger. We’ve absolutely loved gathering such an eclectic line-up of performers for 2018, See you at The Chapel…’ Program highlights include: Opening Gala Some of the best highlights from shows from across the festival in the one extravaganza, hosted by the one and only Dolly Diamond. God Only Knows: The Brian Wilson Songbook Brian Wilson is undisputedly one of the …

Next Matriarch Exhibition 2018

Next Matriarch carries a conversation between First Nations female artists and artworks, from ancestral healing and the dystopia of modern society, to the language of pop culture and the Sovereign female body as a carrier of children, resilience and knowledge at the Koorie Heritage Trust.  ‘’We are delighted to be presenting Next Matriarch, as part of our activities for Reconciliation and NAIDOC Week.  This year, NAIDOC’s theme Because of her we can – celebrates the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make – to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation,’’ says Tom Mosby, CEO, Koorie Heritage Trust. Next Matriarch calls on the strength of First Nations women past, present and future and presents new and recent photography, painting, video and installation works by seven leading First Nations female artists from across Australia: Paola Balla, Ali Gumillya Baker, Hannah Brontë, Miriam Charlie, Amrita Hepi, Nicole Monks and Kaylene Whiskey. Highlights include Hannah Brontë’s fierce new rap music video, Umma’s Tongue-molten at 6000˚, …