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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please email at least one week in advance.
At Red Gallery is Green@Red
In the week that brought headlines warning of a ten-year window for humanity to arrest a climate catastrophe, red gallery declares that it considers another world to be possible. During the CLIMARTE Festival, galleries 1, 2 + 3 present Green@red - three exhibitions of environmental art in (and out of) the white cube.
Gallery 1 becomes Heather Hesterman's botanical installation Fieldwork: Ovens and Merri. Referencing the displaced landscape lost to rail and mining progress.
Gallery 2 is Kaya Barry and Jondi Keane’s Measuring the Anthropocene which explores how people perceive and calculate their movements on the Earth using scientific, geographic and creative measures.
And Gallery 3
Is Garth Henderson’s exhibition which looks at the evolutionary, cultural, mathematical and visual significance of plants
Red@Green opens this Wednesday at Red Gallery
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
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.
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.
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
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
Monday 17th April 2017 - Wednesday 26th April 2017 @ Gasometer, Fitzroy
Solaris, the latest single by Fierce Mild, was written entirely as a response to a dream journal. The result is something that makes sense in the moment but leaves you with a feeling of not knowing entirely what happened. Continually playing with the idea of conscious and subconscious interaction, the video explores a tumultuous psyche with the inspiration of a haunting murder which took place on the Great Ocean Road.
Fierce Mild’s performance is an audio visual performance art piece that is like being caught in a very beautiful yet very strange dream; one that is as dynamic as it surreal. The sextet bombards audiences with a continuous, cinematic psycho-thriller from start-to-finish.
Surrealist-horror projection works of live video artist Stephanie Peters are matched to beautiful dreamscapes of sound art and electric cello between songs that bind the music together into a singular cohesive narrative.
More information here!
Thursday 27th April 2017 - Friday 7th July 2017 @ Monash University Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) Gallery
At Monash University’s Museum of Modern Art is Ritual Intimacy by Christian Thompson
This exhibition is the first survey of one of Australia's leading Indigenous artists which covers the breadth of his practice. Thompson, of the Bidjara people, works across photography, video, sculpture, performance and sound to explore notions of identity, race and Australia's colonial history. The exhibition will include his best-known work in photography, where he has used his own image to present ideas about identity and the collision of cultures, along with his audio and video works that celebrate language and gesture through performance, sound and song.
Ritual Intimacy is on this Thursday at Monash University’s Museum of Modern Art
Saturday 6th May 2017 - Sunday 6th August 2017 @ Australian Centre of Photography
Under the Sun : Reimagining Max Dupain’s Sunbaker, explores views of our culture, our identity and our nationhood through works that will surprise & challenge the viewer. Commissioned by the Australian Centre for Photography, Under the Sun is a large scale exhibition of a diverse range of thought-provoking new works from 15 artists responding to Australian photographer Max Dupain’s iconic Sunbaker image.
To celebrate the launch of this exhibition on May the 6th, there’ll be a curator’s talk by ACP’s Claire Monneraye at 1pm and an official address by the gallery’s director, Cherie McNair.
Thursday 1st June 2017 - Saturday 1st July 2017 @ Daine Singer
At Daine Singer is Harvest by Noriko Nakamura
Noriko Nakamura is a Japanese-born, Melbourne-based artist who uses stone carving and organic elements to make installations that draw on ideas of animism and ritualistic practices. Using traditional hand-carving techniques Nakamura transforms limestone from inanimate and heavy into a playful form suggestive of movement and lightness. She is interested in this transformative process and how the manipulation of materials is used to imbue a material or object with significance, changing its meaning and our relationship to it.
In this exhibition she is influenced by Japanese mythology regarding the origin of foods and explores female sexuality, spirituality and position in society.
Harvest opens this Saturday at the Daine Singer
Friday 9th June 2017 - Sunday 23rd July 2017 @ CCP - Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy
At the Centre for Contemporary Photography is Tanztee and Erbgericht by Andrea Grützner
In this exhibition the artist presents two bodies of work, both related to a specific guesthouse in Saxony.
In Erbgericht her images, interiors become projection screens for generations of memories and emotions that have occupied the spaces, entering into a visual dialogue with this culturally significant building.
Through interconnected analogue strategies, Grützner’s images consciously turn interior walls, corners and pipes into studies in complex planar composition. The spaces become impossible to inhabit; the stage sets for fragmented memories.
Tanztee is German for 'tea dance'. In this series, women embrace and dance on a Sunday afternoon. Affection beams out of this repetitive grid of patterns, limbs, fabric and jewellery.
Tanztee and Erbgericht opens this Thursday at the Centre for Contemporary Photography
Tuesday 20th June 2017 @ Tote, Collingwood
The Old Bar presents is An exhibition of paintings at the pub by Mike Lillis
This exhibition will feature a collection of landscape paintings that explore the more untouched areas of Victoria’s coastline while re-visiting places soaked in the memory of childhood holidays and teenage adventure and finding solace in the plain and obvious truth of nature, and the spectacle of its stubborn power. The exhibition will be accompanied by music from Congratulations Everybody, Tenderloins and Tall Shores.
An exhibition of paintings at the pub is on this Tuesday at the Old Bar
Wednesday 21st June 2017 - Saturday 8th July 2017 @ Blindside Gallery, Melbourne
Coming up at Blindside is Chinese Whispers and Other Stories
This is an exhibition that brings together four female artists of Chinese descent, Pia Johnson, Tammy Law, Janelle Low and Siying Zhou. Through their photographs and video, their work negotiates ideas about cultural identity, otherness and place through stories of migration, diaspora and belonging.
They reimagine the spaces we live within a wider context of mass movement and migration across the globe, and the countless people who live ‘in-between places’
Chinese Whispers and Other Stories opens this Thursday at Blindside
Thursday 22nd June 2017 - Friday 7th July 2017 @ Seventh Gallery, Fitzroy
At the Seventh Gallery is Shadyspace by Karen Wells
Shadyspace is a constructed environment that responds to the visceral and liminal features of a built space. These are haptic and optic features, emotional and intellectual feels, and notions of human connectedness. Wells constructs abstract, two and three-dimensional paintings that principally utilise colour, form, depth, and interstitial space.
Shadyspace opens this Wednesday at Seventh Gallery
Saturday 24th June 2017 @ Burrinja Gallery
And at Burrinja Gallery is Paintbrush, loom and hammer.
In this unusual collaboration, three artists approach a common nature theme with vastly different techniques.
Sculpture artist Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan smashes found pieces of crockery and gives them new life in the form of sculptures.
Handweaver and printmaker Michele Fountain creates textural objects and images featuring wildflowers and trees
and tattoo artist and painter Amy Duncan channels her love of botanicals and traditional vanitas themes into finely detailed still life paintings.
Paintbrush, Loom and Hammer opens this Saturday at the Burrinja Gallery
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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
Wednesday 3rd May 2017 @ The Sun Bookshop, Yarraville
John Safran in conversation with Dave O'Neil