Melbourne Art Scene

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From the kids that run the innovative Artist Run Spaces dotted all over the CBD to the suits over at the NVG, Melbourne has a bustling art scene. Melbournians have thick framed glasses down to a tee (though they’d definitely prefer coffee) and when it comes to visual art they mean business. So dress dark and get ready to grab a free chardonnay at the next exhibition opening at Blindside – Melbourne will not disappoint. But try not to smile…

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Author: Nicole Muir


Day 1 - Melbourne


There’s no better place than ACCA to paint a picture of Melbourne’s contemporary art scene. The building itself is a work of art and the gift shop is definitely worth a look-see. Take the tram or an easy walk to Anna Schwartz Gallery on Flinders Lane. You will pass the Victorian Arts Centre, National Gallery of Victoria and ACMI where Melbourne’s high art struts it’s stuff. Keeping on the contemporary theme, Anna Schwartz allows for a more intimate experience of the exhibitions. Stop of at Hairy Canary as you make your way to Blindside Gallery for a sneak peak into Melbourne’s independent Artist Run Spaces. Finally, make a stop at Gallery Funaki to check out some finely crafted bling from all around the world.


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Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

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Location:

111 Sturt Street Southbank
Southbank
3006 Melbourne, Australia

Phone:

+61 3 9697 9999


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Anna Schwartz Gallery

Location:

185 Flinders Lane
3000 Melbourne, Australia

Phone:

+61 3 9654 6131


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Hairy Canary

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Location:

212 Little Collins Street
3000 Melbourne, Australia

Phone:

61 03 9654 2471


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Blindside

Location:

37 Swanston Street
Room 14, Level 7, Nicholas Building
3000 Melbourne, Australia

Phone:

+61 3 9650 0093 / +61 432692184


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Gallery Funaki

Location:

4 Crossley Street
3000 Melbourne, Australia

Phone:

+61 3 9662 9446


Day 2 - Melbourne


Staying city side, make for ACMI and explore the art of cinema. The screen galleries and interactive game rooms are enough to keep you entertained for hours, or you could simply lay low and catch a flick upstairs. RMIT Gallery and West Space make for a cheap and easy afternoon culture injection, giving you more cash to spend at one of the many bars and restaurants in between. Order a cheese platter and sherry at the Order of Melbourne – it’s right across the road from RMIT Gallery and also boasts a rooftop garden.


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Australian Centre For The Moving Image (ACMI)

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Location:

Flinders Street
Federation Square
3000 Melbourne, Australia

Phone:

+61 3 8663 2200


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RMIT Gallery

Location:

344 Swanston Street
RMIT Storey Hall
3000 Melbourne, Australia

Phone:

+61 3 9925 1717


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West Space

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Location:

Level 1
15 - 19 Anthony Street
3000 Melbourne, Australia

Phone:

+61 3 9328 8712


Day 3 - Melbourne


Ditch the pavement for paddocks and head bush. Heide Museum of Modern Art is a piece of history; step back in time and enjoy the beautiful gardens and cottages once inhabited by the big guns of Australian art, Joy Hester and Albert Tucker. The café is more than just a kiosk and definitely warrants a relaxed glass of wine with your meal. With the big smoke further behind you, keep going till you hit the Yarra Valley. TarraWarra is easily one of the finest vineyards in the wine rich area, the Modern Art Museum and exquisite fine dining room raising the bar.


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Heide Museum of Modern Art

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Location:

7 Templestowe Road
Bulleen
3105 Melbourne, Australia

Phone:

+61 3 9850 1500


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TarraWarra Estate (Yarra Valley)

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Location:

311 Healsesville-Yarra Glen Road
Lilydale
3775 Melbourne, Australia

Phone:

+61 3 5962 2600


Day 4 - Melbourne


Final day so let’s go out with a bang. The National Gallery of Victoria is Melbourne’s most prestigious art gallery. Give yourself a couple of hours to explore all the exhibitions and browse the gift shop. Grab a take away snack from the Southgate complex on the Yarra and hot tail it over to the Royal Botanic Gardens for an impromptu picnic.


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National Gallery of Victoria

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Location:

180 St Kilda Rd
3000 Melbourne, Australia

Phone:

+61 3 9208 0203


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Yarra River

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Location:

Southbank Promenade
3000 Melbourne, Australia

Phone:

+61 3 9658 9658 (Tourist Information)


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Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)

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Location:

Birdwood Avenue
South Yarra
3141 Melbourne, Australia

Phone:

+61 3 9252 2300


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