The About-Blank Presents Beat's Guide To Local Art Galleries
To celebrate the local art scene, we've pulled together six must-see galleries in Melbourne this month.
1. Heide Museum of Modern Art
This is one of the most incredibly blissful places you can travel to in Melbourne for a gallery. Pure tranquility. Situated in the heart of the Yarra Valley, this exhibition showcases incredibly gifted artists from around the world with an emphasis on local artists. It was developed on the land that belonged to the Reed family, which dated back to the 1970s. This home had an incredible collection of art from figurative to abstract, expressionist to realist that has been handed over to Heide to create one of the best museums in Melbourne.
Not only is the art situated inside, but explore the Yarra Valley and the array of magnificent statues as the river whistles through the bristle leaves as you can watch the sunset and take it all the art in the museum paddocks.
7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen VIC 3105: Tues-Sun 10am-5pm, closed Monday.
2. The NGV
A gallery everyone has heard of but when was the last time you actually went? With a rotating gallery of international artists this gallery always curates the perfect amount of chic and class with inspiring. This flavor of the month is Bill Henson with the NGV festival of photography.
Bill Henson’s work encompasses themes of portraits, nudes, lush museum interiors and transcendent landscapes. Each piece of his work includes a palpable sense of cinematic to form a powerful and enigmatic imaginative statement. Like much of his work there is little that is explicit, and rather the works propose open-ended narratives that capture a transitory sensation.
180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006: 10am-5pm, Friday March 10 Sunday August 27
3. Brunswick Street Gallery
This gallery is a platform for the exhibition of diverse creative practices since it opened up back in 2006. With a revolving door of artists, there are new exhibitions opening up every two weeks involving each of their multiple gallery spaces. With the current exhibition of David Sackville, who is a realist artist that finds surrealism to be a wonderful distraction. Intrigued by illusions whether they’re magical artistic or natural, he names them ‘pareidolla’. The works of Ami Summers, whose retrospective exhibition that spans five years of work, five years of birth, death, rebirth, love and loss, accompanies these paintings and drawings.
The Brunswick Street Gallery is also home to the Continuous Drawing Class every Wednesday night. For those seeking serious creative nourishment and expansion in a highly charged and inspirational space, this class is for you. It encourages the departure from the technical aspect of drawing, and focuses on using risk and perception as a guide with live models. Feed your inner-creative by signing up to one of their classes.
322 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065: Tues-Sun 10am-8pm, closed Monday
4. BSIDE Gallery
Bside offers a dynamic platform for artists who challenge the norm of the traditional gallery setting, whilst also striving to reclaim young creative spaces in Fitzroy. Starting from March 31st Bside gallery will be hosting more than 40 artists with Melbourne-based brand Lousy Ink, who’ll be holding their first exhibition. They are aiming to provide and create new work that pushes the flexibility of the ink.
Bside gallery offer genuine support to all artists interested holding exhibitions. Their dynamic space that is continuously changing is one to be sure to check out.
121 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065: Wed-Sat, 11am-5pm Closed Sun-Tues
Across the west gate bridge and into Newport you’ll uncover a giant industrial brick lined building with paste up along the side – this is Substation. This multi-arts center is one of Melbourne’s newest art venues, housing the biggest visual arts gallery in the Western suburbs of Melbourne. The project aims to engage with artists to introduce new audience to new creative work is a continuous mission.
The latest exhibition of Brooke Andrew is held in this dynamic space, which premieres the contemporary artist. His work examines Western history, specifically relating to colonialism and places Australia at the center of a global inquisition. His medium is spread through video, sculpture, photography and immersive installations that are not to be missed.
1 Market St, Newport VIC 3015: Tues-Sat 11am-5pm
6. Juddy Roller
Amongst an array of iconic Melbourne street art resides the Juddy Roller studio. Located in Fitzroy this gallery truly epitomises the streets of Melbourne with international artists all travelling to this studio to place their handprint onto the wonderful walls and surrounding streets. This award-winning brand specializes in street art and graffiti management.
Be sure to head over to see the latest exhibition featuring Ears – Tree Spirits. This is a culmination of works that Ears produced during a month long residency at the studio, using the entire space to produce a mix of large format and smaller mixed media paintings on canvas and wood panel.
222A-226 Johnston St, Fitzroy VIC 3065: Sat-Thurs 10am-4pm, Sun-Mon, Closed
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