Thursday, August 21, 2014

Common Composure

Tuesday night saw us launching the sixth major exhibition in the main galleries, 'Composing Common Worlds'. With a selection of six of Victoria's most exciting artists it was bound to be a great event, and we had a wonderfully engaged audience turnout. On the back of an eventful week for the Melbourne art world, with the Melbourne Art Fair, Spring 1883 and NotFair all going on over the previous weekend, there was a lot of art fatigue around town. Nonetheless, we were very pleased to see a full turnout, with many patrons keen to get a closer look at the likes of Sam Leach who was very popular at the Art Fair.

All photos by Jim Lee Photo (c) 
With a host of works to look at, from sculpture to video, drawing to photography, and painting to tattoos, people have been spending lots of time in the gallery. Curated to inspire an awareness of relationships across artworks in each room, the three gallery spaces each have their own characteristic feel.

Juan Ford, Sam Leach, Cameron Robbins, Laura Woodward
We are honoured to have these world-class Australian artists generously include their work in this exhibition. It was a rare opportunity too for our visitors to talk directly with the artists and probe them about their working methods and their ideas. As part of our programming we've included a panel discussion with the artists, open to the public, where you can hear more about how they go about making their art and ask them questions directly. This will take place at the Hawthorn Art Centre, 18 September from 730-900pm (more details here). Cameron will also be running a kids' drawing session with Assistant Curator Dr Kent Wilson on 6 September.

The show runs until 12 October - so come along and check it out!

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