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The Arts Diary is broadcast at 7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays and features a variety of arts and cultural information and events happening in Victoria for the week. To submit information to the Arts Diary for possible inclusion, email the details to artsdiary@rrr.org.au. Please email at least one week in advance.

Sonic No. 59 by John Aslanadis

Sonic No. 59 - John Aslandis

Tuesday 1st March 2016 - Saturday 25th February 2017 @ NKN Gallery

At NKN Gallery is Sonic No. 59 by John Aslanadis


If we could see music, what would it look like? In this exhibition John Aslanidis takes us closer to the answer of this question. He has travelled a unique path with hhis paintings exploring the sensation of sound fixed with another medium – namely, electronic music.


The viewer experiences the sensuous ripples and overlapping rings of colour that travel across the canvas, bouncing against each other and folding back across the picture plain, as music and sound vibrate through space.








Sonic No. 59 opens this Wednesday at NKN gallery




Saturday 1st October 2016 - Friday 3rd February 2017 @ MPavilion, Melbourne

MPavilion is an event hub, a meeting place, a temporary landmark, a spontaneous detour and a starting point. We collaborate with thinkers, doers and makers to bring you a free four-month program of talks, workshops, performances and installations from October 2016 to February 2017. Browse our events below—with more to be added all the time—and we’ll see you in the gardens!


MPavilion’s 2016 program has been put together by creative director Robert Buckingham, deputy creative director Jessie French and associate producer Jennifer Zielinska.

At the Foundling Archive, The Good Room, social history and sound - Across the water

The Good Room Social History, Documenting & Sound Gallery - Across the Water

Friday 9th December 2016 @ The Good Room

The Good Room, The Foundling Archive - Social History and Sound Gallery presents Across the water: an oral history performance of cello and electronics.

Through the contemporary compositional technique of speech melody, this project draws attention to the power of the dominant narrative in the suppression of voices of the marginalized.

It will be followed by discussions with Cellist Stephanie Arnold and Open City Stories.

Across the Water is on this Friday at the Foundling Archive

Brightspace Gallery- Hoda Afshar

Brightspace - Hoda Afshar

Saturday 10th December 2016 @ Bright Space Gallery, St Kilda

At Brightspace is an artist talk by Hoda Afshar



A visual artist and lecturer of photography whose works investigate the academic discourses around contemporary social issues. Such as globalization, imperialism and power relations, displacement and post-identity politics. Her artwork also attempts to open lines of communication in a world both homogenized by global economy and unsettled by mass migration.



The Hoda Afshar artist talk is on this Saturday at Brightspace.


Tinning Street Presents The Distance Between Things

Thursday 19th January 2017 - Sunday 5th February 2017 @ Tinning Street

An exciting group exhibition that features the works of six multidisciplinary artists across sculpture, performance, photography and installation.

Applying sculpture and feminist discourse as their underpinnings these works create conversations about the spatial qualities of bodiness and materiality in both subconscious and physical states.

The Distance Between Things opens this Thursday at Tinning Street.

Gertrude Contemporary - This is Not a Love Song

Gertrude Contemporary - This is Not a Love Song

Saturday 4th February 2017 - Saturday 11th March 2017 @ Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Fitzroy

At Gertrude Contemporary is This is Not a Love Song


Featuring video, installation, printmaking and sculptural works by Australian and international artists, this exhibition focuses on encounters of desire, lust and physical connectivity between consenting adults, while remaining attuned to notions of risk and vulnerability. Disentangled from the concept of love, while not dismissive of or adverse to it, the works presented establish a distance from concerns of sentimentality, abandonment, procreation or permanence.


This is Not a Love Song opens this Friday at Gertrude Contemporary


The Encroachment

Wednesday 8th February 2017 - Saturday 11th March 2017 @ Arc One Gallery, Melbourne

Chinese-Australian artist Guo Jian presents a body of extraordinary prints that put China’s past and present under the microscope in The Encroachment. Opening drinks will be held on Thursday 9 February, 6-8pm.

An artist with an international reputation for producing work that is both caustically satirical and dissident, Guo Jian’s latest exhibition at ARC ONE Gallery is a poetic reflection on his observations from both sides of propaganda and art. In The Encroachment, Guo Jian produces intricate photographic collages that depict serene landscapes, animals, and religious icons  based on traditional Chinese paintings, some borrowed from the culturally significant Ming and Qing dynasties. 

John at The Arts Centre Melbourne

John at The Arts Centre Melbourne

Friday 10th February 2017 - Saturday 25th February 2017 @ The Arts Centre, Fairfax Studio, Melbourne

And RRR presents John at The Arts Centre Melbourne


From the Pulitzer prize winning writer, Annie Baker, comes a mesmerising and intimate new play entitled John.


A ghost tale and a love story, this Australian premiere production sees a young Brooklyn couple on the edge, arrive late one evening at a kitshy civil war-themed B&B in Gettysburg Pennsylvania


John opens this Friday at the Arts Centre


Rope-A-Dope - Lamington Drive

Rope-A-Dope - Lamington Drive

Wednesday 1st March 2017 - Sunday 26th March 2017 @ Lamington Drive, Fitzroy

Coming up at Lamington Drive is Rope-A-Dope by Esther Olsson

In this show Esther presents original diary-entry style images and paintings that reflect on the themes of fighting back, having a cry, fearing confrontation and the artists personal representation of power.

Inspired by the boxing tactic of ‘Rope-a-Dope’ where the boxer is trapped against the rope, allowing the opponent to throw tiring punches while the ropes take most of the force, the artist has re-imagined this as a life tactic – that sometimes you need to sit back and take a few blows from the universe before finding the strength to stand back up and fight your best fight.

Reoccurring symbols in her work include deadly animals, sports, the female anatomy, plants and physical emotions.

Rope A Dope opens this Wednesday at Lamington Drive


Faith Healer Melbourne Theatre Company

Faith Healer Melbourne Theatre Company

Saturday 4th March 2017 - Saturday 8th April 2017 @ Melbourne Theatre Company Theatre

And RRR presents Faith Healer at the Melbourne Theatre Company

Faith Healer sees Francis Hardy working his magic, curing the sick and giving strength to the weak. His powers ar real. Or so he says, and sometimes he believes.

Directed by Judy Davis, Faith Healer with its mythic resonance and drama of Gaelic Folklore is considered to be Irish playwright Brian Friels masterpiece, where characters take turns wrestling with the past, proving that memory can be as unreliable and as contradictory as faith.

Faith Healer opens this Saturday at Melbourne Theatre Company


Dormitorium by Matthew Bird

Dormitorium - Matthew Bird

Sunday 5th March 2017 - Sunday 9th July 2017 @ McClelland Sculpture Park

At the McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery is Dormitorium by Matthew Bird.

Dormitorium is the latest interactive sculptural project by Melbourne-based architect Matthew Bird. The project features a communal sleep chamber and exploratory environment that encourages audiences to engage with a complexity of sensory propositions – from textures and materials to the immersive effects of moving light and sound technologies.

Sleeping is solidary and yet we share this private activity with others, those we know and sometimes with strangers. The artist explores what happens when we open ourselves to share this restful experience in an immersive chamber.

Dormitorium opens this Sunday at McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery


In the Saddle - On The Wall

Tuesday 9th August 2016 - Sunday 25th September 2016 @ The Ian Potter Museum, Melbourne University

In the Saddle - On The Wall is a unique exhibition developed over a four year period combining artwork by 13 leading artists from the Kimberly region with digital presentations of their stories.

David Frazer "slow boat"

Saturday 3rd September 2016 - Thursday 22nd September 2016 @ Port Jackson press 84 smith st Collingwood

New and recent work including the launch of the massive linocut "slow boat". Opening sat sep 3rd 2-4pm


Tuesday 13th September 2016 - Monday 26th September 2016 @ Second Space Projects, Fitzroy

CATGIRL - A photographic installation depicting a relationship between a young girl and her cat in intimite, domestic and surreal settings.

12-6PM or by appointment

Sarina Lirosi & Anat Cossen

Thursday 22nd September 2016 - Sunday 9th October 2016 @ Red Gallery

TXT is a collaborative photographic project that seeks to challenge the way text messages are processed and interpreted.

First Wives Pub

Wednesday 5th October 2016 - Sunday 9th October 2016 @ Butterfly Club, City

From disastrous Tinder adventures through to the monotony of marriage, these women map the terrain of the quest for hetero-happily-ever-after through comedy, cabaret, and the odd cab sauv.

Book Launch - Maxine Beneba Clarke and Van T Rudd

Saturday 29th October 2016 @ The Masonic Hall, Yarraville

Join The Sun Bookshop for the launch of Maxine Beneba Clarke’s picture book, THE PATCHWORK BIKE - (arvo)

Author Event - David Hunt and True Girt

Friday 18th November 2016 @ The Masonic Hall, Yarraville

Join The Sun Bookshop & David Hunt to celebrate the launch of his new book, TRUE GIRT: THE UNAUTHORISED HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA

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