HOT: Northern Exposure, High St, Northcote

Anita and I met on a windy, chilly Sunday afternoon for a stroll around Northern Exposure, Northcote’s visual arts festival. The exhibitions included traditional hangings in galleries such as Kick and the grand dame Northcote Town Hall, combined with displays in High Street shopfronts. I have to admit that I wasn’t too excited by much […]

NOT: Soft Sculpture, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Southbank

The Duldig lecture on sculpture is an annual talk jointly held by the NGV and Duldig Studio – the Glen Iris residence, sculpture garden and studio of the renowned sculptor Karl Duldig. This year’s lecture was given by Elliott H King, an American art historian specialising in Dalí and Surrealism, and entitled Soft Sculptures. I […]

HOT: Art Chat with Murray Walker, NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne

An art gallery (granted, the major gallery) in a city of only 3 million people can afford to open late one night a week, and people will actually turn up. These facts make me appreciate living in Melbourne, a city with what I believe is a disproportionally high level of interest and creativity activity in […]

HOT: KK Exports, Guildford Lane Gallery, 202-4 Guildford Ln, Melbourne

Having lived in Melbourne for several years, I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about what was hidden in its mysterious laneways. Not so – I only found out about Guildford Lane today, and discovered that it is the resident of a fabulous (but freezing) warehouse-style art space called the Guildford Lane Gallery. The gallery is […]

HOT: Dressed to Rule, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Southbank

The second half of my very informative (and one-on-one) fashion-focused tour with the NGV guide was to the Dressed to Rule exhibition. I never knew that the NGV had such a well-preserved collection of Chinese imperial robes, and this exhibition includes robes worn by members of the imperial court and even the Emperor, as well […]

HOT: Persuasion, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Southbank

I’m a keen devotee of BBC costume dramas and I’ve just finished a marathon screening of the delightful Lost in Austen – so I was pretty sure that Persuasion: Fashion in the Age of Jane Austen would be right up my alley. The free exhibition is a small and well-curated examination of the fashion cycles […]

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