Melbourne Now – Launch weekend

By Efrosini Costa

Melbourne Now – Launch weekend
This weekend marks the start of the National Gallery of Victoria's Melbourne Now exhibition. See what's on.

The largest and most far-reaching initiative ever undertaken by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Now will bring together over 30 curators alongside more than 300 artists, architects and designers of fashion, jewellery and product design to explore creativity in the city.

This weekend  22-24 November marks the opening weekend of this incredible exhibition. The launch will include series of programs aimed at showcasing how the artists, designers and architects involved have used the city of Melbourne as a source of inspiration for their work.

“Talks, performances, screenings and workshops will celebrate and challenge the way in which audiences interact with art and the city and engage adults and children alike,” say the Melbourne Now organisers.

Take a look at the long list of must-see events, performances and talks happening over the course of the weekend:

Talking it up: Opening Weekend Floor Talk series

The artists, designers, architects and curators involved in the exhibition will discuss art, design, fashion, sound, performance, urbanism and sustainability in Melbourne.

Fri 22 Nov, NGV International

 11.30am Tim Fleming & Peter Ho, PHOOEY Architecture

 12.30pm Rory Hyde

 1.30pm Anastasia Klose

Fri 22 Nov, NGV Australia

 2.30pm Danielle Whitfield

 3.30pm Fleur Watson

Sat 23 Nov, NGV Australia

 11.30am Hotham Street Ladies

 12.30pm Brian Martin

 1.30pm Emily Floyd

 3.30pm Jess Johnson

Sat 23 Nov, NGV International

 12pm Darren Sylvester

 1pm Lyndell Brown and Charles Green

 3pm Meredith Turnbull

Sun 24 Nov, NGV Australia

 10.30am Mark Raggatt, ARM Architecture

 11.30am Alexi Freeman

 12.30pm Simone LeAmon & Edmund Carter

 1.30pm Gareth Sansom

 2.30pm Julia deVille

 3.30pm Grant Petty, CEO Black Magic Design

Sun 24 Nov, NGV International

 11am Stewart Russell

 12pm Destiny Deacon

 1pm Brook Andrew

 2pm Patrick Pound

 3pm Marco Fusinato

Free, Gallery spaces

Urban Commons Kitchen Garden & Wayward Forest, NGV International

As a major element of the Melbourne Now program, The Kitchen Garden and Wayward Garden is a dynamic and productive landscape that will breathe new life into the garden spaces at NGV International over summer. Designed by award-winning practice Urban Commons, and merging cutting edge architecture, design, landscape and contemporary art, this project unlocks new ways to engage children with the wonders of nature and help them learn about sustainability, food production, health and nutrition. Free, Grollo Equiset Garden

Community Hall Daily (excl Tue) 22 Nov – 23 Mar, 10am – 5pm NGV International

The visually striking, architecturally designed Community Hall is a space dedicated to Melbourne’s diverse communities. Over one hundred days it will host numerous community groups and will feature diverse programming including performance, design collectives, choirs, reading groups, recycling initiatives, cakemaking and writers groups. Throughout Opening Weekend, Community Hall will host the following programs:

 Talking Now will involve discussions and debates on art, culture, ideas and all things Melbourne.

 Designing Community Hall Debbie Ryan of architecture and interior design firm McBride Charles Ryan will discuss the process of designing Community Hall alongside Rory Hyde, Architect. Fri 22 Nov, 1pm

 City as Motif Artists Ash Keating, Ross Coulter and Louise Forthun, and Curator, Contemporary Art, Jane Devery discuss how they have been inspired by the city of Melbourne. Sat 23 Nov, 11:30am

 Artists working with the NGV collection Artists Arlo Mountford, Susan Dimasi, Veronica Kent & Sean Peoples (Telepathy Project), and Assistant Curator Contemporary Art, Serena Bentley discuss how they have used the NGV collection as a catalyst for their works. Sun 24 Nov, 12.30pm


From community choirs to cutting edge sound collectives, fashion designers, performance artists, dancers and poets, the NGV has scoured the streets to bring audiences the finest Melbourne has to offer.

Fri 22 Nov

 2pm Ancient Memories

 2:30pm Performance Poets

 4pm Ancient Memories

Sat 23 Nov

 1:30pm DJ Principal Blackman

 2:30pm Darren Sylvester

 3.30pm Dance Club launch: Bodyelectricdance Studios

Sun 24 Nov

 3pm The Social Studio – TSS Chai

Show & Tell

Fri 22 Nov

o 10am Chess: Critical Position International chess master Leonid Sandler will be simultaneously versing all comers.Sun 23 Nov

o 10am Show & Tell launches Collecting Melbourne through a display and Q&A with Melbourne’s most unique and diverse collectors.

Dance Performance: P.O.V. Sun 24 Nov, 12-1pm & 4-5pm, NGV International

Curated by Antony Hamilton, the premier performance of P.O.V. will launch Melbourne Now’s dance program in the NGV’s Great Hall. The piece will place the audience squarely within the performance environment, inviting them to cross over from spectator to participant. Seated in a grid pattern on swivel stools, each person will have their own unique perspective on the performance. Proximity, reactions and interactions – whisperings, rushes of air, the growing intensity of movement, the risk of closeness. P.O.V. blurs boundaries and shifts perspective, creating space to observe and participate.

Free, Great Hall, Ground Level

Melbourne Now will be on display at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and NGV International from 22 November 2013 – 23 March 2014. 10am – 5pm. Free entry.



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