Art & Design

12 Exhibitions To See In Melbourne This Month

By Ioana Dragnef - 01 Jul 2019

July is Art Month at Urban List and what better way to kick it off than with our monthly art round-up? This month, it’s your last chance to gawk at over 150 pieces of fashion designer royalty, immerse yourself in some contemporary Thai art, explore questions of intimacy and awkwardness, and dive into other great exhibitions that’ll keep you warm, dry, and cultured.

Here are the best exhibitions to sink your gaze into this month.

On Vulnerability And Doubt | ACCA

On Vulnerability and Doubt brings together works by Australian and international artists all variously engaging with questions of vulnerability and doubt, modesty and desire, awkwardness and love, and the fragility and humility of the human condition. Curated by Max Delany, the exhibition includes works by Australian and international artists including Andrea Büttner, Cherine Fahd, Brent Harris, Tala Madani, and more.

What: On Vulnerability And Doubt
Where: ACCA, 111 Sturt Street, Southbank
When: 29 June – 1 September 2019
For more info, click
here.

InsideOUT | Fed Square

InsideOUT seeks to break down barriers by creating spaces for Aboriginal and Queer people through art. This is a visual showcase from the distinctive works of Peter Waples-Crowes, an award-winning Ngarigo artist, as well as new experimental works with animation, fashion and live art. InsideOUT seeks to create a space for queer and Indigenous people to forge their own stories and experiences truthfully.

What: InsideOUT 
Where: Fed Square, Level 1 Gallery, Yarra Building
When: 4 May - 28 July, 10 am - 5 pm daily 
For more info, click
here

Un-Thaid | Grau Projekt

Un-Thaid is a show curated by a Thai-born Melbourne-based artist Vipoo Srivilasa, who works predominantly in ceramics, creating contemporary porcelain sculptures, vessels and figures. This exhibition brings together the work of five contemporary artists from Thailand who now live and work in Australia. The works on display in this exhibition are diverse, including performance, painting, ceramics, sculpture, video and installation. Each installation will be paired with an exclusive cocktail dreamed up by Matt Bax himself, so it’s definitely not one to miss.

What: Un-Thaid
When: 13 June 2019 - 27 July 2019
Where: Grau Projekt, Level 1/2-12 Alexandra Parade, Clifton Hill
For more info, click
here.

Amber-Rose Hulme: Context | Flinders Lane Gallery

A marriage between graffiti and pastel: what more could you ask for? In this new exhibition, Hulme takes to the laneways of Melbourne for source material. Hulme’s choice of the dry pigmented medium of pastel perfectly captures the surface qualities of the brick walls and eroded textures. As pastels are made from pure pigments they effectively represent the vivid colour of the aerosol paints used in graffiti. It’s a sight to behold.

What: Amber-Rose Hulme: Context
Where: Flinders Lane Gallery, Level 1, The Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston Street
When:  25 June - 14 July 2019
For more info, click
here.

Shifting Surrounds | The SUBSTATION

ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 festival artist Yandell Walton invites visitors to The Substation to experience her immersive, digital installation Shifting Surrounds. The exhibition explores human relationships with ecological and physical systems on the planet, by interrogating the shifting environments caused by climate change.

What: Shifting Surrounds
Where: The SUBSTATION, 1 Market St, Newport
When: 4 May - 20 July 2019
For more info, click
here

Queerdom by Making the Margins | Arts House

Queerdom is a collaborative audio-visual exhibition drawing on 25 years of queer and fringe performance and fetish scenes. The work of James Eades (photographer James James and poet Quinn Eades) with a one-hour soundtrack by Laplustre (DJ duo Sveta and Estée Louder), this collection for LGBTIQA+ folk will blow you away.

What: Queerdom by Making the Margins
Where: Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
When: July 11 - 13 2019
For more info, click
here.

National Anthem | Buxton Contemporary

National Anthem brings together 24 artists from a range of generations, who critically address Australian national identity. Built around key works in the Michael Buxton Collection, together with works sourced from beyond the collection, this project reflects on the ways that the desire for a singular national identity often excludes Indigenous histories and denies the multiplicity of voices, cultures and experiences that enrich, contest and enhance Australian life.

What: National Anthem
Where: Buxton Contemporary, Cnr Southbank Boulevard &, Dodds St, Southbank
When: 8 March - 7 July 2019
For more info, click
here

A New Order | Buxton Contemporary

There are innumerable ways to join the dots and build connections between the works in A New Order. There are many interconnecting styles and themes across works from 12 different artists. Featuring works by Stephen Bram, Tony Clark, Daniel Crooks, Emily Floyd and much more, the immaterial becomes material in works that shift our senses and challenge our perceptions.

What: A New Order
Where: Buxton Contemporary, Cnr Southbank Boulevard &, Dodds St, Southbank 
When: 8 March - 7 July 2019 
For more info, click
here.

The Last Days Of Summer | Fortyfive Downstairs

Melbourne architectural photographer and writer Peter Hyatt's first solo exhibition, The Last Days of Summer combines sublime photographic imagery and digital art to create a familiar yet dreamlike landscape. His work captures the collision of people, places and nature, frequently as disparate forces. It’s hauntingly beautiful.

What: The Last Days Of Summer
Where: Fortyfive Downstairs, 45 Flinders Ln
When: 2 – 27 July 2019
For more info, click
here.

From Bark To Neon: Indigenous Art from the NGV Collection | NGV

From Bark to Neon is an extensive collection of both modern and traditional Indigenous art.  This intermingling of new and old creates a truly moving experience—traditional elements can be seen in large-scale dot paintings, while newer forms are seen in colourful neon signage and large-scale portraits. This powerful exhibit introduces audiences to some of Australia’s best Indigenous art while maintaining and regenerating customary cultural practices and iconography.

What: From Bark To Neon: Indigenous Art from the NGV Collection
Where: NGV Australia, Federation Square
When: 4 February - 14 July, 10 - 5 pm daily 
For more info, click
here

Hans and Nora Heysen: Two Generations Of Australian Art | NGV

Two Generations Of Australian Art is the first major exhibition of the father-daughter artistic duo Hans and Nora Heysen. With works spanning over a century, it highlights the transformation both socially, politically and artistically seen in Australia during these times. Many pieces within the collection have never before been exhibited, so it is a definite must-see. 

What: Hans and Nora Heysen: Two generations of Australian Art
When: 8 March - 28 July 
Where: NGV Australia, Federation Square 
For more info, click
here.

Krystyna Campbell-Pretty Fashion Gift | NGV

It’s your last chance to marvel at the Krystyna Campbell-Pretty Fashion Gift exhibition this month. More than 150 pieces by the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Coco Chanel and more are all showcased in this rare and exciting fashion exhibition. Best part? It’s totally free, so you’ve no excuse.

What: Krystyna Campbell-Pretty Fashion Gift Exhibition
Where: NGV Australia, Federation Square 
When: Friday 1 March to Sunday 14 July
For more info, click
here.

Strapped for cash already? Here are a bunch of free things to do in Melbourne this month.

Image credit: Shifting Surrounds | The Substation

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