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The best art exhibitions in Melbourne this month

Discover Melbourne's best art exhibitions and events happening in July

By Nicola Dowse
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Art is back baby! Or to be more specific, art galleries are back. The Victorian government ruled galleries could reopen from June 1 with certain restriction in place. Most major galleries have now reopened, meaning Melburnians can once again venture out for their artistic fix. From Angry Penguin retrospectives to spectacular fashion surveys, here's the best art exhibitions to see in Melbourne this July.

Looking to get out of the gallery? See the best street art in Melbourne. Or check out Melbourne's best public artworks

Melbourne's best exhibitions in March

Two doll heads on a yellow backdrop with a wooden boomerang in front of them
Photograph: Supplied © Destiny Deacon

1. Destiny Deacon: Destiny

Art Photography The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne

It’s difficult to believe that it’s been 15 years since Destiny Deacon has had a solo exhibition. The Torres Strait Islander artist’s work offers a darkly funny and frequently poignant look at contemporary Australian life. Deacon is best known for her photography, but there’ll be more than 100 multidisciplinary works on show, including video, sculpture and installation, drawn from 30 years of work. 

Looking to get outside the gallery?

Croft Alley, Melbourne Street Art 2017, Photo credit: Graham Denholm
Photograph: Graham Denholm

Where to find the best street art in Melbourne

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Sure, street art covers almost every nook and cranny of our creative, colourful city, but there are more highly concentrated clusters than others. These are the street art hotspots that any self-respecting 'grammer should be snapping: the city's ten best street mural hotspots, in all their spray-painted laneway glory. 

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