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Things to do in Melbourne in July

July's best events in one place – it's your social emergency saviour for fun things to do in Melbourne in July

By Cassidy Knowlton, Nicola Dowse and Rebecca Russo

Wondering what to do in Melbourne in July? We can help. Check out our curated guide to all the fun things to do in Melbourne. Many performances, museums and venues have been closed and cancelled right so this list is a reflection of events happening around Melbourne, but also things to do at home and events that have moved online.

Here is a list of everything that is open right now in Victoria and here are Melbourne's current physical distancing rules explained


The best things to do in July

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. You'll be able to see some of Deacon's earliest video works (created in partnership with the late Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi photographer Michael Riley) as well new commissions created in collaboration with long-time collaborator and fellow artist Virginia Fraser (who worked with Deacon on the renowned 2005 installation 'Colourblinded'). Deacon was born in Queensland and studied politics and education before turning to photography (as a way to express herself and her beliefs) in her 30s. Her last solo exhibition –Destiny Deacon: Walk and don't Look blak – was in 2004 at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art (it went on to tour Australia, Japan, New Calendonia and New Zealand). 

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We've collected the best ways for you to experience Melbourne while staying at home here into this hub, so you can stay sane, comfortable, fed, watered and entertained at home – while helping small business owners, hospitality workers and creative people who desperately need your business.

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