Reading, See & Do

The Strays and the Heide Museum of Modern Art

This weekend, my partner and I visited the Heide Museum of Modern Art. It sits at the edge of park lands that we have visited many times. I’ve never been prompted to visit Heide because although I know that modern art encompasses several movements, many of which I love, I tend to immediately associate modern… Read More The Strays and the Heide Museum of Modern Art

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Windows to the Sacred

Windows to the Sacred: An Exploration of the Esoteric is a beautiful and provocative exhibition of alternative forms of spiritual practice. I had a chance to visit and was excited to see art by esoteric icons such as Rosaleen Norton and Aleister Crowley. The exhibition also featured art from James Gleeson, Danie Mellor, and Robert Buratti who… Read More Windows to the Sacred

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Bohemian Melbourne

It’s been hot in Melbourne lately. One great way to beat the heat is to step into the beautiful State Library of Victoria. There’s always something good going on there and this summer there’s a fantastic exhibition that shines light on Melbourne’s cultural misfits. Bohemian Melbourne celebrates the lives of writers, visual artists, rock stars and other… Read More Bohemian Melbourne

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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

In the first international exhibition devoted to the celebrated French couturier, the National Gallery of Victoria presented The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, featuring seven galleries with more than 140 superbly crafted garments in addition to photographs, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts from runway shows, film, television, concerts and dance… Read More The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

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NGV, the National Gallery of Victoria

Melbourne is full of wonderful museums. I was in the city recently and decided to pop into the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). The NGV has two locations. One is the Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square, which is a home for Australian art, presenting Indigenous and non-Indigenous art from the colonial period to the present day.… Read More NGV, the National Gallery of Victoria

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White Night Melbourne 2014

Today’s prompt in the Expat Blog Challenge is a photo prompt: a hidden gem. I’m going with White Night Melbourne. Considering it draws about 300,000 people and it takes place in the heart of Melbourne, White Night is not exactly hidden, but, surprisingly, a lot of people don’t know about it. I discovered it by… Read More White Night Melbourne 2014

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The Light in Winter

How do you find the light in winter? Winter without Christmas feels strange to me, but there are still fun things to do during winter in Melbourne. Saturday night, my partner Theo and I went to Federation Square for the solstice celebration, the culmination of the month-long event, The Light in Winter. The Light in Winter… Read More The Light in Winter

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Scenes from White Night Melbourne 2013

It’s White Night Melbourne! On Saturday night, Melbourne became the first Australian city to join in the all-night global celebration of art in public spaces. White Night Melbourne drew over 300,000 people to the city centre between 7pm and 7am and featured over 80 events in music, film, performance, light and sounds, art, and food.… Read More Scenes from White Night Melbourne 2013

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Montsalvat artist David Brown

Recently I blogged about my visit to the Montsalvat studio of renowned Australian artist Matcham Skipper. While I was roaming the artist community with friends, we also happened upon Montsalvat artist David Brown, one of the residents and a master craftsman and maker of shakuhachi and violins. The shakuhachi is a Japanese end-blown flute. It is… Read More Montsalvat artist David Brown

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Matcham Skipper

I got lucky this weekend and got a chance to see some amazing art by Matcham Skipper up close and personal. The best camera is the one you have with you. All I had with me was my low-battery iPhone when my partner Theo and decided to go with friends on an impromptu trip to Montsalvat. I’d… Read More Matcham Skipper