The NGV's playful new architecture commission
This surreal take on a car wash is like a neon pink playground for adults
Lee Mingwei: The Moving Garden
Take a fresh flower and give it to a stranger at Lee Mingwei's colourful The Moving Garden at the NGV
Melbourne, meet Sister Corita Kent
This ex-nun made some of the '60s most iconic art – and it's coming to 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
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
The street art hotspots that any self-respecting 'grammer should be snapping
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
From Duchamp and Warhol, contemporary art can take a fair bit of untangling
Art exhibitions this week in Melbourne
Salon des Refusés
A cheeky counterpoint to the Archibald Prize with portraits that are no less fascinating than the winning entries
NGV Architecture Commission 2016
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What's on at
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
See NGV's extensive collection of Australian artwork, ranging from the Colonial period through to contemporary art
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
A contemporary art gallery in a fantastic modernist house once owned by art collectors John and Sunday Reed
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)
The place to go for major exhibitions and screenings relating to film, television and gaming culture
Art news and announcements
The NGV's 2017 Winter Masterpieces exhibition is Van Gogh and the Seasons
The NGV’s next Winter Masterpieces exhibition will be Van Gogh and the Seasons, opening April 28 2017. Today, the NGV announced the exhibition by unveiling a...
A huge Banksy exhibition is coming to Melbourne
A Banksy retrospective, featuring more than 80 of his best-known works, and exhibited in a gallery space. Does it sound like something that the British...
9 ways this year's Melbourne Festival will transform the city
Every year, the Melbourne Festival (October 6-23) aims to transform the city into a hub for world-class contemporary and classical music, theatre, dance,...
The Archibald Prize goes to...
The winner of the 2016 Archibald Prize is first-time finalist Louise Hearman, for her portrait of iconic Australian performer Barry Humphries. It's not the...
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The Melbourne Cup Carnival kicks off this spring, culminating with the Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday November 1. Whether you're going to the races or having a flutter at your local pub, some of Melbourne's best pubs are getting in the spirit with pre and post-race events, Happy Hour deals, and guaranteed good times.
The party vibes are already strong on an average weekend in Fitzroy, and Fitzroy Social is adding to that with its sprawling, high-ceilinged bar space. Open seven days a week, Fitzroy Social really takes off on Bloody Mary Sundays, when Bloody Marys fly off the bar counter for $12 all day, from 11am to closing time. Choose from four varieties, including the Classic Bloody Mary, the Bloody Maria with Olmeca Altos tequila, the Spicy Sailor with house made spiced rum and a cinnamon sugar waffle, and Bloody Hell with bacon-infused vodka. Lock in Happy Hour in your calendar every day from 5-7pm and 8-10pm, and make Fitzroy Social your local summer bar, they'll be pouring frozen Margaritas and Frosés for $10 a pop to quench your thirst. The bar food menu caters for whatever mood you're in. Get in on the brunch burger and Bloody Mary deal all day on Sundays, and top it up with pizzas and chicken wings to share. Set menus are available for those special weekend dinners, and check out the vegan and gluten-free menus for those with dietary requirements. Brought to you by the team behind Asian Beer Café, Father's Office, The Shaw Davey Slum and The Bank on Collins, Fitzroy Social takes up the space left behind by the Little Creatures Dining Hall. The colourful space is adorned with artwork by renowned local artist David Bromley, whose work grace the venue's custom upholstery, wallpaper, and the statement mural running the length of the dining room. The icing on the cake is Bromley
Every trip to Melbourne Zoo is different. Despite being Australia’s oldest zoo, this vibrant animal world is constantly evolving with new exhibits, events, and of course, creatures great and small. A trip to Melbourne Zoo done right takes a day. The largest exhibit is the majestic Wild Sea, where penguins and seals bask on land before slipping into clear waters and showcasing their elegant aquatic skills. Another highlight is the sprawling Orang-utan Sanctuary, where a family of beautiful, intelligent orang-utans swing from tree to tree, play with each other and feed high off the ground. Then there’s the Trail of the Elephants; an immersive Asian village and garden where five Asian elephants thrive. We could go on and on about the lions, lemurs, meerkats, butterflies and native animals that you’ll encounter, but we’ll let you discover it all for yourself. Throughout your Melbourne Zoo experience, you’ll learn about all the conservation work that happens behind the scenes; saving wildlife, conserving habitats and raising awareness of initiatives like Palm Oil labelling. For children and adults alike, a trip to Melbourne Zoo is a way to reconnect with our animal friends and gain a closer understanding of the delicate ecosystems of the world. If it’s been a while between visits, then there’s a world of adventure waiting for you. Children aged 0-15 get in for free on weekends and public holidays (Mon-Fri $16.30) and adult prices range from $24.90 (concession) to $32.50.
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