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From the art-lined laneways and renowned city galleries to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne is a veritable mecca for art-lovers. With exhibitions, openings and festivals taking place every week, check the local papers and websites for details on what's coming up. See the latest works by local artists in independent galleries, catch revolving exhibitions showcasing video, multimedia and animated works, and pick up collectable artworks at Indigenous galleries around the city.

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Nitet Yapeneyepuk: Gather Together

10 Jul - 8 Nov 2015

Carlton

From $12 - $12

An exhibition highlighting award winning artists from Gallery Kaiela Shepparton exploring through art and photography the strength of a Koorie...

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The Gertrude Street Projection Festival

Gertrude Street Projection Festival

10 - 19 Jul 2015

Fitzroy

Stroll down Gertrude Street as it transforms into an outdoor gallery with the buildings, roads and landmarks coming alive with colour and movement.

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Desert Dreamings Selling Exhibition

Desert Dreamings

15 - 29 Jul 2015

St Kilda

Each painting in the exhibition, Desert Dreamings, seeks to convey a story of family, connection to landscape and the spirit of discovery. The...

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David Bowie is

David Bowie is

16 Jul - 1 Nov 2015

Melbourne

From $15 - $40

Put on your red shoes and immerse yourself in a celebration 50 years of one of the era's most influential artists in rock, pop, fashion and performance.

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Mark Webber Booksigning

Mark Webber Booksigning

16 Jul 2015

Melbourne

In the exhilarating, high-stakes world of Formula One, only the fastest make it to the top - and no one knows this better than Australian Formula One...

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ST Gill, The Australian Sketchbook by S.T.G. (detail), 1864–65, Hamel & Ferguson

Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of ST Gill

17 Jul - 25 Oct 2015

Melbourne

Step back in time to colonial Australia in this stunning free exhibition. Premiering 17 July, Australian sketchbook: Colonial life and the art of ST...

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Diggers Wedding in Melbourne (detail), ST Gill, 1869

Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of ST Gill - Guided Tour

20 Jul - 25 Oct 2015

Melbourne

Take a guided tour of the exhibition Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of ST Gill. Australian sketchbook provides a window onto the...

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Nite Art 2015

Nite Art 2015

23 Jul 2015

Parkville

Nite Art is a one-night art event that powers connections between galleries, artists and audiences. Melbourne arts and city spaces will open up late...

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Graeme Base - The other guests enjoyed a lively game of Blind Man's Bluff

Bunyips and Dragons: Australian Children's Book Illustrations

25 Jul - 4 Oct 2015

Melbourne

Enchanting large-scale works from more than 60 of Australia's best-loved book illustrators will feature in Bunyips and Dragons: Australian Children's...

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High School Dance Competition

High School Dance Competition

25 Jul 2015

East Melbourne

High School Dance Competition is a fun and great way to meet new friends and develop essential social skills through interaction with other students....

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Open House Melbourne

Open House Melbourne

25 - 26 Jul 2015

Melbourne

Be treated to inside views of Melbourne's most significant buildings for just one weekend and discover secret rooftop gardens and sustainable design.

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Sibling

Sibling

6 - 11 Jul 2015, 13 - 18 Jul 2015, 20 - 25 Jul 2015, 27 Jul - 1 Aug 2015

Melbourne

Sibling explores the role of siblingship in the creation of artworks. Working autonomously and collaboratively with their siblings, the artists...

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Homelessness Photography Exhibition

Homelessness Photography Exhibition

27 Jul - 2 Aug 2015

Melbourne

Concern Australia's Steps Outreach Service has been providing support to Melbourne's homeless youth for the last 30 years. This year, they held a...

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True Lies and Superfictions

True Lies and Superfictions

29 Jul - 15 Aug 2015

Melbourne

The year is 1989, the city is Amsterdam, and there has been yet another murder at an international art fair. A Tokyo gallery dealer has been poisoned...

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Wandering Archive

Wandering Archive

29 Jul - 15 Aug 2015

Melbourne

Wandering Archive brings together work by four artists - Jessica Hood, Karla Marchesi, Clare Rae and Melanie Jayne Taylor. Across installation,...

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Wandering Archive

Wandering Archive

29 Jul - 15 Aug 2015

Melbourne

Wandering Archive brings together work by four artists - Jessica Hood, Karla Marchesi, Clare Rae and Melanie Jayne Taylor. Across installation,...

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Women in War: A Contemporary Opera

Women in War: A Contemporary Opera

30 Jul - 1 Aug 2015

Southbank

Women in War, a contemporary opera commemorating the ANZAC Centenary, will bring together an international cast of artists from Australia, Turkey and...

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Frans Snyders  Flemish 1579–1657  A concert of bird's 1630–40 oil on canvas 136.5 х 240.0 cm  The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg  Acquired from the collection of Sir Robert Walpole, 1779 (Inv. № ГЭ-607)

Masterpieces from the Hermitage

31 Jul - 8 Nov 2015

Southbank

From $10 - $65

Melbourne Winter Masterpieces: Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine The Great features over 400 works from the personal collection of Catherine The Great.

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Benjamin Lichtenstein - Living in Oblivion

Benjamin Lichtenstein - Living in Oblivion

4 - 29 Aug 2015

Melbourne

Benjamin Lichtenstein does not simply take photographs - he creates them. For this young, upcoming artist, the process does not end at the camera,...

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Gian Manik - Umbrella

Gian Manik - Umbrella

4 - 29 Aug 2015

Melbourne

Gian Manik's work is highly conceptual and deeply rooted in materiality. His creative process stems from his artistic materials, which act as a...

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Percy Grainger: In The Company of Strangers

Percy Grainger: In The Company of Strangers

8 - 12 Jul 2015, 15 - 19 Jul 2015, 22 - 26 Jul 2015, 29 Jul - 2 Aug 2015

Brighton

Australian-born musician, Percy Grainger, was primarily known for his work as a composer and pianist, yet his lesser known arrangements and...

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ANJA Exhibition

12 - 29 Aug 2015

Melbourne

ANJA is a diverse photographic series featuring everyday women, which seeks to represent both the real and redefined beauty of women in contemporary...

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Heide Museum of Modern Art and Garden Tour

12 Aug 2015

Alphington

From $27.50 - $27.50

Heide Museum of Modern Art and Garden Tour offers an inspiring and thought provoking experience of modern and contemporary art, architecture, garden...

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Antipodean Palette

Antipodean Palette 2015

13 - 23 Aug 2015

Carlton

Now in its fifth year, the Antipodean Palette art exhibition has become an annual highlight and an important forum to present and discuss works...

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Humans of Brimbank exhibition

22 Jul 2015, 25 - 29 Jul 2015, 1 - 5 Aug 2015, 8 - 12 Aug 2015

Sunshine North

Humans of Brimbank exhibition features the work of local photographer Mehak Sheikh. Ms Sheikh's photographs have made headlines for their ability to...

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Sunday Camp Meeting, Forest Creek, ST Gill, 1869

Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of ST Gill - Curator Tour

17 Jul 2015, 19 Jul 2015, 6 Aug 2015, 18 Aug 2015

Melbourne

Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of ST Gill - Curator Tour provides a window onto the world of colonial Australia, showcasing a...

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Claire Bridge Solo Exhibition

Claire Bridge Solo Exhibition

4 - 8 Aug 2015, 11 - 15 Aug 2015, 18 - 22 Aug 2015

Melbourne

Claire Bridge has always masterfully executed the models who have graced her canvases. In her solo exhibition she has painstakingly elevated them...

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Sub Rosa Enclosure

Sub Rosa Enclosure

19 Aug - 5 Sep 2015

Melbourne

Sub Rosa Enclosure is a new site-specific work which sits within the framework of the two doorways leading to Gallery 2 at Blindside. Extending to...

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OK Poetics

Republic of the Authentic Image

19 Aug - 5 Sep 2015

Melbourne

Republic of the Authentic Image aims to generate absurdist readings of the banal. In doing so, the project's conceptual aims focus on creating a...

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Modern Parlour Games

Modern Parlour Games

16 Jul 2015, 20 Aug 2015

Carlton

From $13 - $13

Each month on the third Thursday, Pop Up Playground will be bringing you the wildest, strangest and best new games, along with some old favourites....

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Melbourne Writers Festival

Melbourne Writers Festival

20 - 30 Aug 2015

Melbourne

From $19 - $22

Prepare for larger-than-life characters and stories that leap off your page as talented writers descend on Melbourne to celebrate the written word.

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ANJA #22

ANJA by Lilli Waters

12 - 15 Aug 2015, 19 - 22 Aug 2015, 26 - 29 Aug 2015

Fitzroy North

ANJA is a diverse photographic series featuring everyday women, which seeks to represent both the real and redefined beauty of women in contemporary...

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Impermanence – Ruby Aitchison and Thomas O’Hara

Impermanence – Ruby Aitchison and Thomas O’Hara

1 - 6 Sep 2015

Melbourne

Ruby and Thomas create tactile jewellery and small objects, with an emphasis on the material and its expression. Both artists use materials with an...

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Melbourne Fringe 2014

Melbourne Fringe Festival

16 Sep - 4 Oct 2015

Melbourne

Have an art attack – new theatre, comedy, dance, circus, music and cabaret, visual art, live art, digital and video art – at the fringe festival.

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Stream: A Room For the Conscious Mind

Stream: A Room For the Conscious Mind

23 - 29 Sep 2015

Melbourne

Thoughts, perceptions and sensations, fleeting images from moments past, recollections and daydreams inspiring and shaping our imagination; this...

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Essence of the Wild

Essence of the Wild

29 Sep - 11 Oct 2015

Camberwell

The Wildlife Art Society of Australasia's 2015 exhibition is in Camberwell this year. Essence of the Wild is at AGRA Galleries. Come along to be...

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Deep Hollow

Deep Hollow

30 Sep - 17 Oct 2015

Melbourne

Deep Hollow applies the trope of the cave to the gallery space, relating the installation experience to a ritualised inter-dimensional portal to a...

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Tristan and Isolde – The Best of Part One

Tristan and Isolde – The Best of Part One

30 Sep - 17 Oct 2015

Melbourne

Tristan and Isolde –The Best of Part One is a performance work in which artist Travis John melodically and rhythmically transcribes, memorises and...

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TANDERRUM, 2014 Melbourne Festival

Melbourne Festival

8 - 25 Oct 2015

Melbourne

Melbourne Festival is one of Australia's flagship international arts festivals and one of the major multi-arts festivals of the world, in terms of...

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reFraming Nature - Natural History Art Exhibition

ReFraming Nature – Natural History Art Exhibition

10 - 25 Oct 2015

Melbourne

ReFraming Nature is a natural history art exhibition, which promises to veer away from traditional botanical painting. Subjects to be depicted will...

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Shrine of Remembrance, First World War Gallery

Curator Tour: Galleries of Remembrance

18 Oct 2015

Melbourne

Join the Shrine's Director of Exhibitions and Collections, Jean McAuslan, and her team for a curator's talk and tour of the new Galleries of...

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reFraming Nature - Natural History Art Exhibition

reFraming Nature - Natural History Art Exhibition

10 - 17 Oct 2015, 19 - 25 Oct 2015

Melbourne

reFraming Nature promises to be a very exciting exhibition veering away from traditional botanical painting. Subjects that will be depicted include...

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Quarter Acre

Quarter Acre

21 Oct - 7 Nov 2015

Melbourne

The exhibition Quarter Acre explores these Australian mythologies through concepts of the home and the suburb. Artists Eva Abbinga, Adrian Doyle,...

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Maritime Art Exhibition

ANL Maritime Art Exhibition

6 - 27 Nov 2015

Docklands

Mission To Seafarers Victoria invites the public to attend Australia's leading maritime exhibition. Themed, The Relationship Between Humanity And The...

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Melbourne

Melbourne Pen Show

8 Nov 2015

Malvern

From $10 - $10

The Melbourne Pen Show is the Southern Hemisphere's only pen show which has been conducted since 1998. This years Show will feature: Vintage and...

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The Narcissus Suite

The Narcissus Suite

11 - 28 Nov 2015

Melbourne

Artist Patrick Rees exhibits a new series of bronze sculptures and video works made from his current home in Los Angeles, California. Patrick Rees is...

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Artists at work 2007

Herring Island Summer Arts Festival

16 Jan - 3 Apr 2016 (dates to be confirmed)

South Yarra

Herring Island Summer Arts Festival began in 2006 as a collaboration between the exhibiting arts groups, Parks Victoria and the Friends of Herring...

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VAMFF

Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival

7 - 13 Mar 2016 (dates to be confirmed)

Docklands

Step out with the seriously stylish at Australia's biggest fashion event featuring fabulous entertainment, runway shows and workshops.

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