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The best art this month
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The best art this month

From blockbuster exhibitions to outdoor spectaculars, here's your hit list for September.

Liquid Light: 500 Years of Venetian Glass
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Liquid Light: 500 Years of Venetian Glass

Venetian glass is known across the world for its vibrant colour, elaborate designs and exquisite craftsmanship.

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality

For more than 2,000 years an army has stood guard at the tomb of Qin Shi Huang.

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

When you think Melbourne, some of the words that come to mind surely must be 'coffee', 'laneways' and 'street art'.

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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Haroon Mirza: The Construction of an Act
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Haroon Mirza: The Construction of an Act

There's a good chance you don't know Haroon Mirza's name just yet, but the London-based artist is making a huge impression overseas with his artworks, which combine installation, electricity and a frequently startling use of sound. This exhibition is Mirza's first solo show in Australia, and will utilise all of ACCA's gallery spaces as one giant musical instrument. From there, other artists will be invited into the space to collaborate. Read our interview with Mirza about all you'll experience in the exhibition.

Where to enjoy the AFL Grand Final in Melbourne
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Where to enjoy the AFL Grand Final in Melbourne

On Saturday, September 28 the last siren on of the AFL season will ring out across the hallowed grounds of the MCG. No matter who wins, Grand Final Day is always one of the most exciting days of the year for Melbourne, with even non-supporters keen to join in the city-wide celebrations. Of course the city’s bars and hotels are keen to get in on the action too, with a stack of special offers and packages available for those who want to watch the big game in style. Here are eight places to enjoy the AFL Grand Final in Melbourne.

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Motorclassica
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For some people, cars are a means to get from A to B. For others, cars are feats of engineering: intricate and beautiful machines that are mechanical works of art. If you're of the later persuasion, or leaning that way, then you'll be gratified to learn that for three days this October (11-13), Melbourne will be home to an exhibition of rare, vintage and collectible cars when Motorclassica comes to the Royal Exhibition Building. Motorclassica is Australia’s only internationally significant exhibition of cars and motorcycles. More than a car show, the three-day event showcases luxury vehicles from across the decades and has lined up a terrific program to celebrate its tenth anniversary.  Even before Motorclassica officially kicks off the celebrations will begin on October 10 with Tour Classica – a parade of elegant heritage cars from Alexandra Gardens to Royal Exhibition Building, where they’ll assemble for the show. Other highlights of Motorclassica include the Australian International Concours d’Elegance (the annual awards for rare and classic cars with estimated 140 entrants expected for 2019) and a heritage number plate auction – last year $525,000 changed hands for one number plate alone (the Victorian ‘911’ plate).  Visitors to Motorclassica will also be able to watch automotive artisans at work at the restoration theatre; see tributes to Bentley, Alvis, Citroën, Abarth and Mini; get behind the wheel with a vehicle test drive; and relax in style in the VIP Lounge. 

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Our top picks of the Melbourne Fringe Festival
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Our top picks of the Melbourne Fringe Festival

This year marks a new evolution for Melbourne's expansive Fringe Festival (Sep 12-29), which is packed with around 450 performances, exhibitions and events. After 20 years based in North Melbourne, Fringe is moving its hub to Trades Hall, which will be buzzing with art for the full three week program. We know as well as anybody that the Fringe program can be overwhelming. If you don't know where to start, here are some of our faves. You can check out the full program on the website. Only into comedy, cabaret or dance? Sort by section on the site and you'll find individual genres.  RECOMMENDED: How to score cheap theatre tickets and the best art exhibitions in Melbourne this month.