All posts tagged: art

Shaun Tan’s Little Brunswick

Over the last few years, beloved visual storyteller Shaun Tan has produced dozens of small paintings depicting the inner Melbourne suburb of Brunswick. Best known for his beautiful illustrated storybooks (The Rabbits, The Lost Thing), Tan will show over 50 of these works at Tinning Street exhibition space from tomorrow. Here’s what Tan has to say about the exhibition: “I’ve been painting little oil sketches of local environments since the age of thirteen, when I saw a show of Arthur Streeton’s 9×5 landscapes painted on cigar box lids. These unassuming miniatures seemed to capture entire worlds, and I’ve always aspired to do the same. I rarely exhibit my own sketches, regarding them only as painting exercises, somewhat removed from my other work as an illustrator, writer and film-maker. Ironically, this actually makes them very good subjects for an exhibition! There is a freshness and honesty about them, and kind of loose purpose that is often hard to emulate in larger projects. Since moving to Melbourne in 2006, this work has also helped me build a …

Events: Melbourne Fringe, Muff and Mexfest 2014

Melbourne loves its festivals, and as we head towards summer they’ll just keep coming. And coming. Here’s a few, to begin with. Starting tomorrow is the Melbourne underground Film Festival. Founded in 2000, MUFF celebrates ‘avant garde, cutting edge, and underground film from both local filmmakers and abroad’ and has drawn fire in the past for screening banned films. This Sunday, Federation Square will host the Mexican Festival, where you’ll find live music and dance performances, tasty food and the traditional ‘El Grito’ ceremony to mark Mexican Independence. And finally, next week will kick off the fabulous Melbourne Fringe Festival, showcasing a tonne of local artists from theatre, circus, music and cabaret to dance, visual art, live art, comedy and kids performers. Check out the full program here. Time to get festive, Melbourne!   Melbourne Underground Film Festival When: 12–19 September 2014 Where: The Backlot Studios Address: 65 Haig St, Southbank   Mexican Festival 2014 When: 11.30am–8pm, 14 September 2014 Where: Federation Square, Melbourne   Melbourne Fringe Festival 2014 When: 17 September — 5 October 2014 Where: various …

Introducing Ning Xue

Who are you? My name is Ning. I am an artist, illustrator and graphic designer. I came from China. How long have you lived in Melbourne? Eight years. Why Melbourne? It is a beautiful living space on this planet. I enjoy the free and dynamic atmosphere. I found the pace of life here just right for me — not too fast, not too slow. I love the bright sunshine, fresh air, lovely birds and plants, cute night animals, ever-changing clouds and starry night sky. Friendly and genuine people everywhere. Also, it is a harmonious, diverse and multicultural community; people tend to respect and understand other people from different backgrounds. You can choose from any lifestyles: urban, suburban, farm, bush, mountain, seaside… What do you like to create and why? I draw simply because I love it. I love to be versatile and try to eliminate all boundaries. Drawing is all about play and fun. I love random things, simple lines, freehand brushwork, textures, collage. I love to draw animals, human beings, human beings with animal heads, …

Top ten things to do in Melbourne (on a budget)

This isn’t going to be your average top ten list. Everyone can open a guide book and read about the Eureka Tower Skydeck, or the Melbourne Aquarium, or the latest glamorous restaurant. I’ll leave those ‘blockbuster’ attractions for you to discover on your own. Instead, this list is made up of personal recommendations from this Melbourne Local to you — specific aspects of Melbourne that resonate most strongly with me as a local. And, of course, they can all be done on a paper-thin budget. So, without further ado, let me present my top ten.   1. Walk the laneways. This is one of the first things I do with visitors. Melbourne’s laneways are one of its most characteristic features; this is where many of its most loved institutions — its street-side cafes, its hidden bars, its street art — can be found. So, try this short walking tour: Begin with the Platform Artists Group in Campbell Arcade, then make your way up through Degraves Street and into Centre Place. From here, ‘do The Block‘ in The Block Arcade, then …

Australian art at the Ian Potter Centre

If you only have time to visit one art gallery in Melbourne, make it the NGV’s Ian Potter Centre. Located in the large buildings at the back of Federation Square, this is the first major gallery in the world to be dedicated exclusively to Australian art. There’s a gorgeous collection of Indigenous art here, as well as some brilliant works from artists such as Sidney Nolan, Fred Williams, Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin, Arthur Streeton, Albert Tucker and Arthur Boyd.     The permanent exhibition is free to enter, so come back as many times as you like.   The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia Address: Federation Square, Melbourne Open: Tuesday–Sunday 10am–5pm (closed Mondays) Tel: 8620 2222 Email: Damage: Free  

melbourne’s the light in winter

    The Light In Winter is a month-long arts festival held in Federation Square during June. This year, the program includes film screenings, forums, exhibitions, a Solstice Celebration and the premier of a new work called The Helix Tree by Bruce Ramus. Every June evening at dusk, choirs will light up The Helix Tree using technology that responds to voice. Other activities and events include the Indigenous Campfire, the Solstice Weekend, and public forums The People’s Voice, The Future Journey of Democracy, The Molecular Machines, and Science City. Click here to view a PDF of the festival programme. These are all free events, so make the most of them!   The Light in Winter Date: 1–30 June 2013 Venue: Federation Square, Melbourne Tel: 9655 1900 Email: Damage: free  

archibald prize finalists 2013

    Australia’s most prestigious portraiture prize, the Archibald Prize, today announced the finalists for this year’s competition. The prize is worth $75,000 and is awarded for ‘the best portrait, preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, Science or Politics, painted by an artist resident in Australasia’. For more information about the prize, including links to past winners and finalists, visit the Art Gallery of NSW’s website.  

(yarn) bombs away

          All photos by Marleena Forward.   These amazing yarn bombs recently graced the trees in Melbourne’s City Square. Unfortunately this display has now finished, but if you’re keen to see some more beautiful bomb sites, head to the inner northern suburbs and you’ll be sure to spot a few.