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Art, art galleries and exhibitions in Melbourne

The best art in July
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The best art in July

From master painters to new media art, here's your hit list for the month. 

A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness
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A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness

ACCA's new exhibition features new works by ten leading Aboriginal artists.

NGV's two-part Colony exhibition is a magical and unflinching look at Australia's past
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NGV's two-part Colony exhibition is a magical and unflinching look at Australia's past

Colony could easily be controversial.

An immersive Escher exhibition is coming to the NGV this December
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An immersive Escher exhibition is coming to the NGV this December

A world-first exhibition of works by MC Escher is coming to Melbourne this spring. 

Art exhibitions to see in Melbourne

The best art in Melbourne

The best art galleries in Melbourne
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The best art galleries in Melbourne

Take in blockbuster exhibitions, local shows and state-of-the-art installations at Melbourne's best galleries

The best free art galleries in Melbourne
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The best free art galleries in Melbourne

Because getting up close to world-class art shouldn't cut a healthy slice out of your salary

Where to find the best street art in Melbourne
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Where to find the best street art in Melbourne

The street art hotspots that any self-respecting 'grammer should be snapping

Time Out's guide to Aboriginal art
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Time Out's guide to Aboriginal art

Many visitors want to take away a piece of Indigenous art as a souvenir, but it’s not quite that simple

Bluffer's guide to contemporary art
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Bluffer's guide to contemporary art

From Duchamp and Warhol, contemporary art can take a fair bit of untangling

What's on at

NGV International
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NGV International

Victoria's premier art gallery features major blockbuster exhibitions. The permanent collection includes a Rembrandt, a Bonnard and a Tiepolo

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
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The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

See NGV's extensive collection of Australian artwork, ranging from the Colonial period through to contemporary art

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)
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Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)

A not-for-profit gallery showcasing group exhibitions of sculpture, video, installation, photography, print and paint

Heide Museum of Modern Art
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Heide Museum of Modern Art

This bastion of Australian modernism and contemporary art also boasts an outdoor sculpture park and the 1960s home of founders John and Sunday Reed.

Arts Centre Melbourne
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Arts Centre Melbourne

Featuring temporary and permanent exhibitions from the Arts Centre's performing arts and public art collections

Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
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Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

The place to go for major exhibitions and screenings relating to film, television and gaming culture

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Thought your partying days were over? Think again. The award-winning Big Fish Little Fish (BFLF) Family Rave has been throwing kid-friendly dance events in London to increasingly large crowds since 2013, and hit Melbourne last winter with sell-out events. The first thing to know about BFLF is that it's a real-deal rave, with grown-up music like house, techno and rave classics, and this time around the event will be held at Chasers Nightclub on the party central Chapel Street in South Yarra. Don't worry though this matinée rave will be strictly age-appropriate, with the BFLF team transforming the club into a circus-themed extravaganza for kids aged zero to eight and their parents.   Headlining the rave is Anthony Pappa, who will be dropping serious club bangers (albeit at a much lower volume). The environment is designed to give big and little party animals an equally good time: there will be mesmerising performers, bubbles, balloons, face painting stalls, a play area with tents and tunnels to explore and a chillout zone for any babies who need some downtime. All that raving is sure to work up an appetite so BFLF is running a circus-themed cake stall to refuel at, while parents can order from the fully licensed bar. Crafty kids are catered for as well, with a dedicated crafts corner where tots can add to a giant mural, make themed crafts or get busy with some Playdoh. For the rave's grand finale there will be a parachute dance on the multi-sensory dancefloor so stick arou

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Head into Mercedes me for latte art and a coffee masterclass
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Head into Mercedes me for latte art and a coffee masterclass

The perfect morning coffee is easily the highlight of any Melburnian's morning, and now Mercedes me and St Ali are making it even better. The Collins Street Mercedes me store is set to host a serious coffee pro, when Australian latte art champion Shinsaku Fukayama comes in store for a residency on Thursday 19, Thursday July 26 and Thursday August 2. Guests can expect delicious coffee and skilful latte art by ‘Samurai Shin’ with every in-store purchase. As an added bonus, Mercedes me will also host a coffee masterclass with Shinsaku Fukayama and St Ali founder Salvatore Malatesta on Wednesday August 8 from 6pm. The complimentary workshop will give you the opportunity to get up close and personal with one of Melbourne's top coffee maestros and learn all about this daily indulgence alongside the best in the business. Find out more about Mercedes me.

Stay warm this season at College Lawn’s winter warmer beer garden
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Stay warm this season at College Lawn’s winter warmer beer garden

Hear that noise? That’s the blustery winds of winter blowing into Melbourne, and with it comes a whole lot of sport. Summer is great, but there’s no doubt that winter is the best time to enjoy a match, whether that be on the field or on the television. And since there’s no better time to enjoy sport, College Lawn Hotel in Prahran is making sure their beer garden is one of the best places in town to enjoy it. Head into College Lawn and chill out in their Winter Warmer Beer Garden. The team at College Lawn are passionate about their sports, both at home and at the international level. It’s the sort of place you can expect to catch the best of the international rugby season, starting on Saturday June 9 when Japan and Italy, New Zealand and France, and Australia and Ireland face off. They’ll also be screening matches on June 16 and June 23. For those who prefer their footy homegrown the College Lawn beer garden will also be screening their pick of matches starting from round 12, Geelong Cats versus North Melbourne. To get punters in the mood the bar will be serving free pots of Furphy beer between the first bounce and the first goal for selected matches (you can check out the list of selected matches on their website). The beer garden is dog-friendly so you can even bring your footy-loving canine. Then on Sunday you can round out your weekend with one of Melbourne very first Sunday sessions, Unplugged Sundays, with live music from 3pm to 10pm. Perk yourself up with a $15 Espr

Untold stories
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Untold stories

Untold Rum was born of a passionate collaboration between leading Australian bartenders and spirits experts. A range of subtle spices is added to a unique blend of smooth, two- and three-year aged golden rums; the result is a distinctive, full-bodied spiced rum that is made to mix. Untold Rum’s makers believe that our experiences are what enrich and define us. So we at Time Out invited three Melbourne bartenders to tell us a story about the life of their bar and to invent an Untold Rum cocktail that conveys the essence of that story. Melbourne’s bartenders are restless spirits who understand that life is a journey. Inspired by Untold Rum, here’s what they came up with. You can enjoy their Untold cocktails and share stories with their makers from July 10 to August 21, 2018. To hear more about the stories and watch filmed interviews with the bartenders, check out @UntoldRum. THE COCKTAILS Eau de Vie | The Rooks Return | Black Pearl