Wreck Yo Self #104 - Art. Events. List

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Melbourne Arts Club’s weekly list of arts events in Melbourne. Wreck Yo’Self… We dare you!




NextWave Arts Festival is on until 22 May , and there's heaps on all week. Check out the full program here.

The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival is also on this week! HRAFF is an arts organisation that explores diverse and inspiring human stories through the mediums of film, art, music and forums. This years festival is on from May 5 - 19, so make sure you check out what's on here.

The Fox Darkroom in Kensington is opening a gallery space and needs your help! Donate via the link and support film photography, and the west!

Brutalist Block Party is a May long program of workshops, lunches, talks, dinners and other social events. Presented by Assemble Papers and Open House Melbourne, it’s a celebration of the under-celebrated, a homage to the site’s Brutalist heritage and to post-war architecture everywhere. Check out the program here.

Outre Gallery: Shane Sterry - Destroy Something Beautiful. Exhibiting in the small wall project at Outre. 6 - 15 May. [CBD]

Linden New Art: Wild Lands. A group exhibition of works on paper and ceramics featuring representations of exotic and wild animals. 6 May - 17 July. Curated by Sim Luttin & Melissa Petty. [St Kilda].

Footscray Community Arts Centre: The Rich Forks. V-T-R highlights extreme wealth inequality by displaying luxury hotel dinner forks recently used by some of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful people. As part of HRAFF, 5 - 21 May. [Footscray].

Blindside: Ascending Voices by Sofi Basseghi. Sofi employs documentary and video art practices to reveal an image of female Iranian rebellion. [CBD]. 

Strange NeighbourTopias I by Georgie Mattingley. Through a new series of hand-tinted photographic prints and video works, Georgie documents human-made spaces designed to promote privacy, sterility, surveillance and production. Exhibition runs until May 21. [Fitzroy].

The Contemporary Collective: We Are Here. An exploration of contemporary portraiture as a response to hatred and hope. May 6 - 29. [Glen Eira]

This is No Fantasy & Dianne Tanzer Gallery: Kevin Chin - Worlds Aside. Kevin Chin’s colourful paintings fuse the everyday with the extraordinary. 4 - 28 May. [Fitzroy]


Kevin Chin, No Rest, 2015, Oil on Linen.

Thursday 12 May  

Junior Space: Launch night of Fitzroy's new retail space and gallery, with a photography exhibition featuring emerging and established artists. Thursday 12th May 6-8:30 pm [Fitzroy]

The Meat Market: Opening of Something Less by Alasdair Doyle and Liam James as part of The NextWave Festival. Something Less is an unmistakably Tasmania-centric collaborative exhibition and publishing project that breaks open the narrative of Tasmanian history and mythology, and its place in the Australian national psyche. 6pm. [North Melbourne]

East Elevation: Opening event for ReSurface, a new rug series by Studio MiZi. ReSurface explores the ever-evolving Australian identity, and celebrates some of the common surfaces that are recognised as the essence of our culture. 7-9pm. [Brunswick East].

Lorimer Gallery: Then, Now and into the Future. A group show featuring some big name Australian artists. Think Howard Arkley, Bill Henson, John Olsen, Patricia Picinnini, John Perceval and more! It opens tonight from 6-9pm. [Docklands].

Lorimer Gallery

Tim Storrier, Summer Afternoon, Mount Hope Station, 1974. As part of Then, Now and into the Future at Lorimer Gallery.

Friday 13 May 

ACMI - The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival presents International Shorts: Love and Intimacy. $18 - $20. 8pm. [CBD] 

The Ownership Project: Opening night of Torn Away, an exhibition as part of HRAFF. Six artists explore notions of home, belonging, safety and human rights enjoyment. Torn Away assembles images produced under the guidance of experienced collage artist Stephanie Hicks. The exhibition runs until May 28. Check out their public workshops too! [Fitzroy].

Saturday May 14

The Renegades Pub Footy League season opener at Vic Park, Collingwood. Melbourne Arts Club will be creating 'mug shot' footy cards again this year starting in round 1. For those not sure what we are talking about, check out the Pub Footy Facebook Group and our Exhibition Page from last year.

The Creators Market is back again with all kinds of great locally made/handmade items from nearly 50 of Melbourne's emerging designers, artisans and culinary geniuses. May 14th at Prahran Town Hall from 10:30am until 4pm. [Prahran]

Tuxedo Cat: 12:50. An exhibition/gig/pop-up shop showcasing some of Melbourne’s untapped talent.[CBD]

Mid Month Markets at Hard Rubbish bar [Preston] 12pm -4pm Designers, makers, bakers, crafters, vintage collectors and more.

The Lifted Brow experimental non-fiction workshop 9.30am RMIT [CBD] Free for Lifted Brow subscribers and students, $20 for everyone else.

Northcote Uniting Church: Relating to the Immediate Surroundings of Something or, This is What I'm Talking About. A series of leading Melbourne musicians will perform private morning sets across six days. The sets are recorded and then morphed by the project artist Megan Alice Clune. At 6pm tonight there will be a live performance event. [Northcote]

Gallery Funaki: Last day to see '5x7', an exhibition of early career Australian makers. [CBD]

Karen Woodbury Gallery: Michael Cusack. Opening event for An Image Seeks an Image. 3 - 5pm. [CBD]

Also opening at Karen Woodbury Gallery: Simon Obarzanek - Video Portraits. 3 - 5pm. [CBD]       

Lindy McSwan

Sunday May 15

Brunswick Street Gallery - SmallWorks 2016. This year is the 10th anniversary of SmallWorks, BSG's annual open call art prize. The exhibition is on from today until June 4, with opening drinks happening on May 20. [Fitzroy]

FEMPRE$$ at Howler. A live party performance accompaniment to Hanah Bronte's Next Wave exhibition Still I Rise. Featuring some of Australia’s hottest Indigenous fem-cees. $15. [Brunswick]

Monday 16 May

City of Melbourne Arts Grants information session at KINGS Artist-Run from 5pm, RSVP ESSENTIAL!


Tuesday 17 May 

Meet the Maker: Emily Ferretti. As part of RMIT's Meet the Maker tours, tour the studio of painter Emily Ferretti. Remember to book! 4-5pm. [Undisclosed location].

Wednesday 18 May 

The Basics present 'The Songroom' residency at the Northcote Social Club. Hosted by ex Triple R (3RRR 102.7FM) breakfaster Jess McGuire, featuringspecial guests Lisa Miller & Ben Salter (The Gin Club) performing a selection of their own songs, mixed with covers of fellow artists that they love and respect. Tickets at the door $15

RMIT Design Hub: Algorithmic Misfits as part of the NextWave festival. Artist Ben Landau will take you on a cleverly constructed roaming discussion of internet data privacy. 6-8pm. $10. [Carlton].

Hares and Hyenas - Po Po Mo Co. Artists and performers across multiple disciplines who have banded together to create a rambunctious and high concept comedy night.

ACMI: Hooligan Sparrow. As part of The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, ACMI presents the Australian Premiere of Hooligan Sparrow. Directed by Nanfu Wang, Hooligan Sparrow is a Chinese documentary following Sparrow and her fellow activists as they travel to seek justice for six elementary school girls who have been sexually abused by their principal. As a result the film makers have been marked as enemies of the state by the Chinese government. Book your ticket before it sells out. 6pm. [CBD]

Melbourne Arts Club What’s On Page

Want art outside of opening nights and party times? Check out our ‘What’s On’ page for your civilised art hours.

‘What’s On’ page link