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Bull’s Head, by mmmm… Madrid, 2013

PERFORMANCE STREET ACTIONS IN AN AGE OF HEIGHTENED SECURITY 5.30-6.30pm RMIT GALLERY

mmmm…collective and Mick Douglas

There are 205 temporary bollards around the CBD, installed as anti-terror measures, designed to prevent the type of vehicle-based attack seen overseas and in Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall. While artists have taken to covering them with colourful material and graffiti art, the bollards remain a reminder of safety issues in our cities.

In light of terrorism-related incidents increasing in Melbourne and overseas, what is the role of public art actions in reshaping cultural landscapes and reclaiming public space in cities today?

In this public discussion, Melbourne performer and academic Mick Douglas will speak with Spanish collective mmmm… to discuss performance street actions in an age of heightened security and risk. Who has access to public space? Who can speak and perform within it? Who can claim ownership of public space, and ultimately the ownership of events in the public sphere?

mmmm… is a collaboration between Emilio Alarcón, Alberto Alarcón, Ciro Márquez and Eva Salmerón, who have been creating projects for public spaces since 1998 from Madrid.

ARTWALK WITH A CURATOR 6.00-7.30pm BOOKED OUT

This year we are pleased to introduce a curator led experience of Nite Art. Join Art Aficionado Tours for a Nite Artwalk of galleries, public art and architecture. The Artwalk includes in-depth knowledge of the most exciting galleries and artists working in Melbourne.

Venture into the labyrinth of city art spaces with Curator Jane O’Neill for an Artwalk through Melbourne’s laneways to find the latest offerings at Melbourne’s best galleries, artist-run-initiatives and independent spaces. Meet the artists and discover some of the most dynamic, hard-to-find contemporary art galleries the city has to offer.

The University of Melbourne returns as a proud partner for this year’s Nite Art. Join Art Aficionado specialist Andrew Gaynor for a guided tour of the University’s Parkville Campus. Highlights include exhibitions, installations projections and performances at Arts West, Science Gallery, Grainger Museum and George Paton Gallery. Discover little known public artworks, architectural gems and illuminating anecdotes involving the history and culture of Australia’s second-oldest university.

CENTRAL CITY ARTWALK. Meet outside the City Gallery Melbourne Town Hall Swanston Street at 6.00pm.

THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE ARTWALK. Meet at the Atrium, Arts West Building, The University of Melbourne 6.00pm

MAKE A DATE WITH ART AND OUR ART NAVIGATORS 7-10pm

Make a date with art and explore three Nite Art hotspots with one of our enthusiastic Art Navigators.

Venture into the labyrinth of city art spaces to find the latest offerings at Melbourne’s best galleries, artist-run-initiatives and independent spaces. Meet the artists and discover three of the most dynamic, hard-to-find contemporary art galleries in our city.

Artwalk times on the hour: 7-8pm, 8-9pm and 9-10pm. Maximum group size 10 people.

MAKE A DATE WITH ART Meet at The City Gallery Melbourne Town Hall Swanston Street.

Blood Illumination 2016 blood preserved on plexiglass, UV resin, analog overhead projectors, dimensions variable Installation view, High Line, New York, NY Photo credit: David Meanix

MAKE A DATE WITH ART AND OUR ART NAVIGATORS 6-9pm

Make a date with art and explore Nite Art hotspots with one of our enthusiastic Art Navigators.

Venture into the labyrinth of the University precinct. Highlights include exhibitions, installations, projections and performances at Arts West, Science Gallery, Grainger Museum and George Paton Gallery.

Exclusively for Nite Art, Science Gallery see BLOOD illuminations by US artist Jordan Eagles.

Artwalk times on the hour: 6-7pm, 7-8pm and 8-9pm. Maximum group size 10 people.

MAKE A DATE WITH ART Meet at Arts West building Professors Walk the University of Melbourne.

CITY SCULPTURE WALK AT NIGHT 6.30-7.30pm ACCA

Open House Melbourne, Melbourne Prize Trust, City of Melbourne and Nite Art are teaming up together to explore significant urban sculpture in the city at night.

In celebration of the Melbourne Prize Urban Sculpture 2017, run by the the Melbourne Prize Trust, which focusses on the urban environment and recognises and rewards Victoria’s abundant talent in sculpture, City of Melbourne’s Collections Manager Eddie Butler-Bowden will take you on a unique tour during Nite Art that will explore a selection of significant urban artworks from Melbourne’s diverse collection .

Meet outside ACCA 111 Sturt Street Southbank at 6.30pm. BOOKED OUT

The Globe Collector. Director Summer DeRoche, 2012

THE OTHER FILM FESTIVAL 6-11pm THE KILN ARTS CENTRE

Highlights from The Other Film Festival will be screened at Nite Art in The Kiln, Arts Centre Melbourne’s temporary art space. Sink into a bean bag and eat some popcorn whilst watching extraordinary stories that show the breadth and diversity of the lived experiences of people with disability. The Other Film Festival, Australia’s foremost disability led film festival, is produced by Arts Access Victoria and is driving change on community perceptions on disability.

TRUST FOR ONE 2016, Polythene Plastic, Resin, Air Movers 1m x 1.64m

TERESA HSIEH PERFORMACE 6.00pm -9.30pm GEORGE PATON GALLERY

Teresa will be installing a series of clear inflatable objects in the gallery, and as part of a special closing night event for Nite Art 17, will perform or choreograph a work for the public coming through the gallery. The second-floor foyer area of Union House will be decked out as a Winterfest Lounge with beanbags and ambient lighting which will complement the cool airiness of Teresa’s work in the George Paton Gallery. 

Unknown photographer, Percy Grainger “In the Round”, 1933 Silver gelatin print. Grainger Museum collection, University of Melbourne.

PERCY GRAINGER: FREEDOM AS 6pm-10pm GRAINGER MUSEUM

Presented by Liquid Architecture, Grainger Museum and VCA/MCM as part of Nite Art 2017.
A Liquid Architecture project curated by Mino Peric.
In a series of specially commissioned performances utilising Grainger’s recently rebuilt free music ‘machines’, a group of artists and musicians offer their own multifaceted readings of Grainger’s ‘freedom’, inviting the audience to consider what the term might signify today.

*these times may change a little on the night as a result of the program’s more ‘evolving / revolving’ programming schedule.

Leela Schauble, See Through, 2017, Video Still.

FRAMES OF SEEING INSTALLATION AND PERFORMANCE 6.00pm-10pm ALPHA 60 CHAPTER HOUSE

Meet the artists and curator.
Frames of Seeing is an exhibition that explores stillness, transitions and relational zones that limit and stretch our visual perspectives. Curated by Nikki Lam and presenting works by Leela Schäuble, Hermione Merry and Henriette Kassay-Schuster, this exhibition will bring together two projects that transform Alpha60 Project space into a space for contemplation and an investigations into new frames for moving images.

Sam Leach, Avian Interplanetary, 2017, [installation view]. Image courtesy of the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney. Photograph: David Marks Photographer

SAM LEACH ARTIST TALK 6.30pm-7.30pm LINDEN NEW ART

Hear Artist Sam Leach discuss his practice and works from his solo exhibition Avian Interplanetary at Linden New Art in residence at the Domain.

Ken Smith Headlands 2017 Acrylic on Canvas 51 x 91.5cm

KEN SMITH ARTIST TALK 7pm FLINDERS LANE GALLERY

Ken Smith talks about some of the thoughts and processes behind the creation of his most recent exhibition “Coast Light – Recent Paintings” at Flinders Lane Gallery. This talk will reveal how a contemporary realist painter constructs his works.

SPLIT [SPALTUNG], Fabian Knecht, 2017 Australia Courtesy the artist Fabian Knecht

FABIAN KNECHT Lecture Performance 8-9.30pm FORUM THEATRE ARTS WEST THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

As the inaugural international guest artist for Nite Art, German and Berlin based artist Fabian Knecht will present a Lecture Performance that speaks to his recent global ISOLATION projects and a new work, SPLIT, created in this, his first visit to Australia. Knecht will travel to a remote conservation reserve in the Northern Territory to undertake its making. Drawing on the canon of the Land Art movement of the 1960s and ‘70s, SPLIT will bring into question the inherent values of the natural or built environment and our interpretation of these through art frameworks. See more in NEW.

Portrait of Hannah Quinlivan with her steel and aluminium wire drawing ‘Still Motion,’ 2015

HANNAH QUINLIVAN SPATIAL DRAWING AND VOCAL PERFORMANCE 8-8.20pm and 9.30pm-9.50pm

As the night draws on, Holding Pattern will inscribe the darkness of the street outside Flinders Lane Gallery with light and the human voice. This new work by Hannah Quinlivan, in collaboration with Louise Keast and Alexandra Hobba, will combine a spatial drawing from LED lights with a performance of classical vocals that respond to the qualities of light and space.

GIna Kalabishis I Wish I Was The Moon 2016 oil on linen 125cm x 87cm

GINA KALBISHIS LIVE DRAWING AND TALK 8.45pm

Gina Kalabishis investigates her painterly arēte, activating the Flinders Lane Gallery Showroom in shimmering blue light, themed “Once in a blue moon”. On the night the artist will be present to give an informal talk and will be creating a live night drawing responding back to Flower Vasette’s arrangement thus generating a full loop of captivating art making.

MEET PHEONIX STREET ARTIST AT NITE 9-9.30pm

Melbourne is known worldwide as one of the key hotspots for street art, with many of its artists enjoying international renown. Join Phoenix an elder identity of the street scene whose work reveals a deeply humanist streak and incisive political edge. He will also give a fascinating demonstration of his technique. Secret location to be revealed.

LOOP PROJECT SPACE & BAR - LATE NITE HUB

We’re excited to be welcoming Loop Project Space & Bar this year as part of our program and our Late Nite Hub through to midnight.

Pop in to see Hair caught in Kangaroo Paw, an installation by Siying Zhou, and Nikki Lam’s video work Uprooting Mandarin from 6pm.

In another first for Nite Art, immerse yourself in a live performance direct from Berlin of Electro acoustic bug beats - Felicity Mangan and Stine Janvin Motland presents Native Instrument via Stoneclap.

Stoneclap brings international performances to intimate audiences around the globe making the world more personal through live music. With Stoneclap, one audience and one artist connect over a 2-way livestream designed especially for music, sharing music and stories as if the artist were in-house.

Stick around as Loop becomes our Late Nite Hub and we celebrate the artistic wonder of Melbourne long into the night.

Nite Art 17 Art across Melbourne 27 July 2017