As the Melbourne Fringe Festival expands every year, we’re relishing the chance to celebrate what makes our city different (and to use it as further proof of our status as the country’s art capital).
Last year, the festival exploded from the theatres into the streets, putting art in unusual places with its keynote project Uncommon Places. This time, it’s widening its borders out to the City of Stonnington, too.
The concept is simple: 18 emerging artists will create and exhibit installations at various public locations.
“The return of an expanded Uncommon Places is great for artists and venues involved, and for the audiences in Melbourne to come and engage with the work during the festival,” says creative director Jayne Lovelock. “Last year’s program produced beautiful work in spaces that people don’t usually associate with art. It allowed regular visitors to see the places in a new light, while giving visitors an insight they wouldn’t have normally had.”
The theme this year will be ‘instructions’, and artists will be encouraged to explore it any way they choose using text, audio, visual art, sculpture, film, or any other non-performance medium.… Read more
Promising a feast for the senses, the Arts Centre forecourt will be transformed for two nights this month into a pop-up performance space and bar – the Hexadome.
Artists from Ableton Live User Group – a community of professional and emerging music producers – will take turns during both nights. They’ll each fill 20 to 30 minute slots before the next muso takes to the stage, bringing the audience on a new adventure through live looping, real-time FX processing and live remixing of original and improvised electronica.
From folk and pop to the far reaches of ambient and upbeat electronica, you’ll encounter some unusual and (hopefully) harmonius sounds. Craft will be the centre of attention – the artists will perform surrounded by their audience, who can watch how they work their magic. Cameras around the room will project their performances onto LCD televisions set up around the space.
On the first night (Thu Nov 20), psy-folk musician Joe Oppenheimer will kick things off, followed by Chairman Loud, Philipp Lange, then dub club artist BenAtWork and experimental post-wave producer Super Magic Hats.… Read more
Jaime Murcia’s Little Big Town takes readers on a journey through Melbourne’s famous little streets and laneways, probably as you’ve seen them before, but not quite.
With over twenty years experience, Murcia captures the nooks and crannies; the street art, cafes, clubs, people and of course laneways of Melbourne into a fascinating record of time and place of a rapidly growing city.
From stunning aerial shots of the city to images various street art and street signs, Murcia turns what could be seen as mundane into a stunning collection of photos, allowing readers to look at Melbourne’s laneways from every angle. Split into three sections, Work/ Play, Culture/ Subculture and Light/Shadow, Little Big Town highlights a range of moments from the everyday. From people in conversation, sitting outside and inside cafes, walking down streets and in shadowed alleyways throughout all sections. In Culture/ Subculture, impressive images of the street art that engulf Melbourne’s laneways are featured, giving a look into the creation and deformation of what brings the walls of the laneways alive.… Read more
Schoolhouse Studios, a not-for-profit group in Melbourne focused on helping emerging artists find affordable workspaces, is announcing a full month ahead with both musical and visual shows to tempt you through its Collingwood doors this Thursday, October 2.
The night opens with an exhibition featuring the works of emerging Melbourne-based artists Elizabeth Barnett and Heidi Barrett from 6-8pm, showcasing their respective explorations of solitude and the abstract.
Following the exhibition opening, Schoolhouse and Two Bright Lakes put their heads together to present Schoolhouse Folk; an intimate, stripped-back night of music featuring four of Melbourne’s biggest folk entities: Brendan Welch, Hello Satellites, Nick Huggins and Seagull. Entry is just $10.
The night promises to be a heterogenous exploration of medium, expression and statement, embodying the mission statement of what the relatively new Schoolhouse Studios aims to provide. The folk is for one night only but Barrett and Barnett’s work will be on display at Schoolhouse Studio’s Long Division Gallery until October 17 so head down to support Melbourne’s thriving artistic support network and get a potent dose of good music and stirring art along the way.… Read more
When Chester Garcia and Matt Branagan set up Sydney’s Work-Shop in June 2013, their mission was simple: to help people unleash their creativity, and to offer short creative courses that didn’t cost a week’s pay.
And that’s what happened. In collaboration with artists and experts, Work-Shop has fostered whole new clans of Sydney unicyclists, Ottoman-makers, street artists, tattoo illustrators, rappers and coffee-shop networkers.
Now, it’s Melbourne’s turn. This week, Chester and Matt opened doors alongside consulting art agency Juddy Roller, and kicked things off with a terrarium-making workshop with Instagram-famous Candy Sparkles. Last night saw a group of budding artists try their hands at abstract painting and drawing (pictured).
“What we’re trying to do is to get people to change their perception of what they’re capable of,” says Garcia. Do you think you’ve got what it takes to learn the harmonica (Thu Sep 11. 8pm. $30), or to master sleight of hand at the How to be a Houdini workshop?… Read more