Wreck Yo'Self #105 Art Events List

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

Ongoing Events, Festivals and submissions

Next Wave Festival ends May 22! Only a few days to go to catch the end of this biannual festival! More info on the Next Wave website

Melbourne Town Hall: A History of the Future: Imagining Melbourne. Curator Clare Williamson has compiled an exhibition of building plans, underground roads and public art projects proposed by city planners, architects, artists and writers over the last 180 years that would have changed the face of the city and how we engage with it. Open until 12 August [CBD]

The BOWNESS PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE is now calling for entries! You have until 5pm, Wednesday 1 June to submit your work. You too could be awarded the $25,000 prize so get your entry in!

NGV Design Store Pop Up Sale, including paper products, homewares, fashion accessories, and more ending 29 May.

ARC ONE: Metafisica Australe by Imants Tillers. Imants is one of Australia's most important living artists, taking influence from both Indigenous art and culture as well as the influential paintings of Italian 20th century master Georgio de Chirico. His work will be on show at ARC ONE until 18 June. [CBD]

No Vacancy QV: Perceptions by Elizabeth Surtees. Using people as her canvas, Elizabeth transforms them and their environment into fantasy, dream-like pieces of art. On until June 22. [CBD].

Lamington Drive: Role Models - A series of portraits by Timba Smits that explores nostalgia and the way movies shape who we are and the whimsical nature of screen acting 18 May - 11 June [Collingwood]

Thursday 19 May 

Doublethink: STEAPHAN PATON at RMIT Project Space/Spare Room from 5pm [CBD]

Instrument Builders Project book launch with a bunch of performances at The Tote Hotel from 8pm [Collingwood]


Friday 20 May

Fragments: First solo exhibition for Nicholas Miller at 35 Smith St, [Fitzroy]

Gasworks Theatre: If These Walls Could Talk...? brings to life the stories of one apartment, over six generations of tenants. An intricate mix of physical theatre, circus skills and storytelling. $30 - $40. [Albert Park]

Neon Parlour: Accidental Discharge presents their first exhibition ALL. All brings together talented emerging artists working in a range of mediums with the aim of exploring unity and acceptance. [Thornbury]

Art Block Tour: Diversity in Close Proximity. Join Melbourne University's Art History Student Society for a tour of three prominent and closely located Brunswick arts organisations. Local artists and gallery directors will talk first hand abut how they work, what they show, and the significance of Brunswick as an arts hub. Featuring Neon Parc, Tinning Street Presents and Tinning Street Artist Studios. Remember to register. 11.30am. [Brunswick]

Nicholas Projects: HYUNJI KIM 'INTO THE VOID', opens 20 May from 6pm.The exhibition will be accompanied by the essay "The photographic in excelsis and excess: Hyunji Kim" written by Graham Mathwin. [CBD]

Alternating Current ArtSpace: Opening event for four solo exhibitions - Caragh Brooks, Steve May, Sue Beyer and Simon Crosbie. 6pm. [Windsor]

Sue Beyer- and there you are


Saturday 21 May

Collingwood Town Hall: The Brutalist Block Party Produce Market. This one-off event will be an all-in celebration of local makers, bakers and growers, and a testament to community spirit that underpins the Brutalist architectural style. 9am - 2pm. [Collingwood]

Gertrude Contemporary: Negative Approach at Gertrude Glasshouse examines how the intent and aesthetic residue of Heavy Metal and Punk continues to manifest in art and culture. Opening 5 - 7pm. [Fitzroy] 

Close to You: The Lisa Bellear Picture Show, photos from an activist's archive. Curated by Destiny Deacon, Virginia Fraser and Kim Kruger from 2pm at the Koorie Heritage Trust [Fitzroy]
Takahiko Sugawara: Repetitive Nature at Tinning Street Presents from 2pm [Brunswick]
Renegade Pub Football League season launch and fundraiser at The Workers Club. Yes, the first round was last week but this is a pub party, 7 bands, a raffle and other great footy/music related things. Tickets $10 at the door

Tuesday 24 May

Daggy Designs Launch Party: Daggy Designs is launching in Melbourne and you're invited to come and celebrate. Music, booze and a whole lotta ceramics! The brainchild of designer Patrick Dagg; Daggy Designs seeks to fuse passions of design, contemporary art and decorative arts with a reasonable mix of irreverence and humour. 4 - 6pm. [Fitzroy]

Meet the Maker: RMIT presents another studio tour, this time it's multi-disciplinary artist Rafaella McDonald. Rafaella works in large-scale paintings, dye-painted clothing, collaborative video and performance work. Make sure you book! 4 - 5pm. [CBD]

Fortyfivedownstairs: Keepers of Place - new works from Papunya Tjupi arts, Insight - Children's perspectives of literacy in northern Ghana [CBD]

Linden New Art Presents: Artist speakeasy, Public Art with Penny Teale and Louise Paramo from 6.30pm - 7.30pm, $11, with a drink on arrival.


Candy Nelson Nakamarra, Kalipinypa, Acrylic On Linen

Wednesday 25 May

New, New Brutalism: Architecture for the people. Sink a beer and listen to the Brutalist Block Party speakers talk brutalist architecture and new Melbourne architecture. 6.30 - 7.30pm. [Clifton Hill]

Seventh Gallery: Madeline Bishop, Leela Schauble, Majed Fayad, Marko Radosavljevic, Andrew Duong & Jonathan Homsey from 6pm - 8pm [Fitzroy]

Rubicon ARI: Travis Vella, Maddison Kitching, Nicholas McGinnity new shows opening from 6pm - 8pm [CBD]



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