All posts tagged: art

ArtVo – Immersive Gallery

Unlike other art galleries or museums, you can touch and interact with over 100 spectacular large scale 3D artworks covering the walls and floors using just your smartphone for the ultimate selfie. Explore and immerse yourself into different scenes, locations and famous paintings across 1900 sqm and 11 themed gallery zones. Keen to go on a Jungle Safari? Step into the palm of King Kong and gaze up at the beast himself. Want to uncover the Pharoh’s Treasures? You’ll need to hop aboard the flying carpet to take you there! Catch a wave in the Aquatic Adventure, narrowly escape the menacing jaws of the monster croc in Australiana, or transform into a winged fairy in the Enchanted Garden. ArtVo recruited 14 international artists with over 40 years of experience to complete the awe-inspriring paintings with works complete in just 60 days. Open 7 days, ArtVo is the perfect entertainment destination for school holidays, family and corporate groups and an unparalleled recreational adventure for all ages.   Opening hours: Sun ~ Thurs 10am-6pm | Fri ~ Sat 10am-11.30pm …

Lose yourself in the House of Mirrors

Lose yourself inside a mirror with a thousand faces in the House of Mirrors. How to maintain a sense of direction, while you wander through the disorienting, perception- altering and optical illusion- based labyrinth of yourselves. With 40 tonnes of steel and 15 tonnes of mirrors taking over the Arts Centre in Melbourne, it will be difficult for you to find your way out as no doorway, corridor or wall can be trusted and where the three dimensions themselves conspire to disorient and deceive. House of Mirrors is the creation of Victorian based artists Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney, and created from steel, timber and mirrors, uses only geometry and spatial design. For the first time in Melbourne, the event brings an authentic sense of amusement, a thrilling blend of delight and fear. House of Mirrors experience could take between 5 minutes and 20 minutes, depending on how fast you solve the maze and is not recommended for people who experience anxiety when feeling lost. So, come along and take a good look at yourself… You might be surprised …

Light Play at QV by Tine Bech

QV Melbourne is thrilled to announce the QV Laneway Series: a seasonal program of ongoing interactive outdoor events, festivals and activations in the QV Square and surrounding laneways. To launch the series, QV has commissioned globally acclaimed Danish artist Tine Bech to complete her first Australian work, which will be the centrepiece of a new interactive program of events called Light / Play. The celebration of light and play will herald the end of winter from Friday 25 August – Sunday 10 September. With a PhD in ‘Play’, Tine Bech is a multidisciplinary artist who creates innovative interactive art that encourages participation and most of all, play. Her work has been exhibited in public spaces, galleries and at major festivals, transforming urban landmarks in cities around the world. Some of Tine’s previous work includes interactive artworks at London Bridge Live Art Festival, Denmark’s On the Edge Digital Art Festival, Israel Museum, Los Angeles’ SIGGRAPH Art Gallery and a ‘playable city’ on water in Recife, Brazil. Tine’s new work, entitled Colour Me Beautiful, will create a playful new …

West End Art Park

Stop by for a free event full of vibrant celebration of urban artwork at the West End Art Park. Artist Georgia Hill, Phibs, George Rose and Ken Taylor with transform the old site of the Melbourne Australia Post Mail Centre into a spectacular urban gallery showcasing their aesthetically unique techniques and styles. George Rose will also be hosting exclusive lettering workshops, providing valuable insights for aspiring artist. In addition, live music will be provided by DJ Django on the decks followed by some soothing jazz sets. Local food vans will appease the crowds’ appetite including Gorilla Grill and The Grace Caravan. Audience will also find refuge in the shaded lounge areas where they can create their own urban artwork through interactive art zones, all while sitting back and soaking up the atmosphere. For further information, click here When: 12pm – 4pm Sunday 10th December 16 Where: Trenerry Property’s West End site, 185 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne

The 5 Events You Can’t Miss this April

The days are getting shorter, the nights longer, but that doesn’t mean that Melbourne is slowing down in any way! Check out our pick of the best events this April. Cuddle all the dogs at the Dog Lovers Show! April 29 – May 1. A family friendly event that where you’ll get to meet all kinds of pooches, big and small. There’ll be over 200 stalls where you can learn about the ins and outs of owning and caring for a dog, get some doggy face painting and last but not least meet Dr Chris Brown from Bondi Vet.   Explore the history of Australian Fashion at the NGV. 5 March – 31 July. Walk through the history of Australian Fashion at the NGV’s latest exhibition: 200 Years of Australian Fashion. Featuring over 120 works from more than ninety designers, including Dion Lee, Ellery and Romance was born. This is a must for all the fashionistas. Catch a film at the Spanish Film Festival 13 April – 1 May. This year’s program is filled with a …

Art Party for Teens

The NGV International are throwing a special under 18’s Art Party these school holidays! After last year’s success, this year’s event will once again  be filled with  music, a silent disco, food, fashion, art-making  workshops plus exclusive access to the popular  Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei  exhibition. Entertainment will come from Melbourne chanteuse Ella Thompson, who will take to the stage in the Great Hall, performing songs from her highly-praised debut solo album Janus, released in 2015. Thompson fronts the band Dorsal Fins and is half of the electronic duo GL, in addition to her solo work. Music blog Purple Sneakers has called her, “one of the most exciting acts in Australia at the moment”. Acclaimed local artist Esther Olsson, known for her vibrant abstract paintings incorporating hip-hop iconography and everyday objects,  will be leading the art workshops, where teens will be able to add and interact with a series of colourful artworks created especially for Art Party.   Guests can also enjoy a contemporary dance performance by Left Leg Studio, a boutique training studio specialising in …

Unset Typologies

‘Unset Typlogies’  by Izabela Pluta, explores how the nature of photomural wallpaper enables observers to hypothesise the existence of a past and glimpse the possibility of a future while inviting us to contemplate the relentless renewal of the CBD over time. Commissioned by the City of Melbourne Public Art Program, her photomural banner depicts a transitional site, where light fittings, ceiling panels, vents and lights are suspended as a result of a building’s transformation. When: 30 Jan 2013 – 30 Dec 2015 Where: CitiPower Substation, 620-640 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, Visit the website here. 

Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei

What do you get when you cross one of the most influential figures in contemporary art and culture with one of the leading Chinese contemporary artists of this time?  The biggest contemporary exhibition Melbourne has ever seen! This December, NGV International will be showcasing the works of Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei for Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei,  before it moves onto The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. “Developed by the NGV and The Andy Warhol Museum, with the participation of Ai Weiwei, will explore the significant influence of these two exemplary artists on modern art and contemporary life, focussing on the parallels and intersections between the two artists’ practices. Surveying the scope of both artists’ careers, the NGV exhibition will present over 300 works, including major new commissions, immersive installations and a wide representation of painting, sculpture, film, photography, publishing and social media.” There’ll be over 200 of Warhol’s most celebrated works ( including the famous screens such as Campbell’s Soup, and celebrity portraits, sculpture and installation, and an extensive selection of film, music and publishing; …

Channels Australian Video Art Festival

Channels Australian Video Art Festival,  Australia’s only biennial celebration of video art and culture kicks off with a bang this Thursday.  The 10-day curated festival will feature 60 artists in 21 events and will present the very best contemporary video practice from across the globe in Melbourne and in the digital sphere.  International festival guest Sam Smith’s new exhibition Slow Fragmentation will mark the launch of the event and the evening will screen  a selection of twelve video works from artist-run-initiatives in Australia and New Zealand at Screen Space. Other highlights include: Saturday 19th September, 4-6pm – opening event with drinks at Incu and Zambes. Selected by Project QUAD, seven video works are presented in non-traditional exhibition spaces including shopfronts, restaurants and hotels along one of Melbourne’s busiest laneways. Flinders Lane, CBD. Saturday 19th September, 10am – 5pm –  In the Epoch of the Near and Far opening. In the Epoch of the Near and Far features work by Petra Cortright (USA), Heath Franco (AUS), Marian Tubbs (AUS), Emile Zile (AUS/NL), Keith Deverell (UK/AUS) and Aaron …

Masterpieces From The Hermitage

The National Gallery of Victoria presents it’s latest Winter Masterpieces collection – Hermitage, The Legacy of Catherine. Showcasing one of the world’s greatest art collection and featuring works by artists like Rembrandt,  Rubens, Velazquez, Van Dyck. The show will include the finest group of Dutch and Flemish art. Where: NGV Melbourne When: 31 July – 8 November 2015 Visit the website here.