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Art, art galleries and exhibitions in Melbourne

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Degas: A New Vision

The French painter is the subject of NGV’s next Winter Masterpieces exhibition

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Painting. More Painting

ACCA's first large-scale survey of contemporary Australian painting in over a decade

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Win a double pass to Friday Nights at NGV

Take in NGV's blockbuster Degas exhibition to the soothing sounds of Jess Ribeiro

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Five things that could only happen at Dark Mofo

“You demand it. The Tasmanian winter demands it.” Welcome to Dark Mofo, a time when all that is veiled, dark and mystifying is given room to emerge

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Art exhibitions to see in Melbourne

The best art 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

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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

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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

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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

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Bluffer's guide to contemporary art

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

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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

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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

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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

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Heide Museum of Modern Art

A contemporary art gallery in a fantastic modernist house once owned by art collectors John and Sunday Reed

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Arts Centre Melbourne

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

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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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Friday night fireworks at the Docklands

Who doesn't love fireworks? This winter, put a bit of colour into your Friday night with free fireworks displays at the Docklands.  The action begins at the waterfront from 7.30pm, but rock up early for a line-up of food trucks, roving performers and live music. From kids to couples, everyone is welcome – just make sure to check social media before you head out if the weather isn't looking great.  While you're in the Docklands, why not make an adventure of it? Get there early for a spin on the ice at the O'Brien Group Arena nearby, hitch a ride on the glittering Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, or check out the range of pubs, bars and eateries in the area. Read more about Friday night fireworks at The Docklands.

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Dewar's Lock Inn

One of the great joys of being a whisky fan is trying the endless varieties that exist all over the world. In August and September, the world's most awarded blended whisky – Dewar's – is offering you the chance to enjoy free tastings, cocktails, sliders, scotch eggs and live music at a pop-up whisky cellar at the Grace Darling Hotel. Come join for a dram!

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