Melbourne NowNGV Australia and NGV International until 23 March. Words and Photos- Kate Forsyth

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Be alert, not alarmed. No, actually, be alarmed because the National Gallery of Victoria’s Melbourne Now exhibition finishes on 23 March. Run, don’t walk. Get your skates on. Giddy up. Arriba, arriba! If you have been living in a cave in Uzbekistan, or been in a coma, Melbourne Now ‘celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the complex creative landscape of Melbourne.’ melbourne now-10 I went to NGV on St Kilda Road and was treated to three floors of exhibitions, including neon lighting of equations, an interactive series on urban planning, a set of Australiana tea towels with slogans such as ‘A dingo took my baby’ and a whole host of contemporary art and design that sucked me right in.

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Melbourne Now is so now, that some of the art hasn’t even been made yet. There was a tapestry under construction and an area where you can make a necklace and add it to the exhibition, which was an enthralling activity that had everyone from kids to grannies occupied with pencils and wooden blocks, getting their crafternoon on. There’s also a dedicated kids area, so it’s safe to say that it really does have something for everyone.

melbourne now-4 I was entertained and intrigued for a good couple of hours, and as an added bonus, it’s free, so no excuses not to get along. No dawdling! melbourne now-8

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