Best things to do in Melbourne in September
It’s unlikely that any photographer boasts a portfolio like Australian artist Polly Borland’s. It’s as chock full of celebrities as it is with fetishists. But it’s the wild diversity of her work that is perhaps its most distinctive quality. In Polyverse, the upcoming showcase of her new and recent work at the NGV, another facet of Borland’s photography will be on display. These otherworldly images feature human subjects distorted with stockings, gags and lumps of padding; smeared with make-up; bodies straining and restrained in poses that are both sexually charged and monstrous.
Body Worlds: Vital is an exhibition that will help you better understand your body and the way it works. An educational exhibit about human anatomy, it features 150 real human bodies, which have been 'plastinated' and put on display. There are whole bodies, individual organs and transparent 'body slices' that demonstrate the human body in all its forms – healthy, diseased and everywhere in between. All of the specimens have been voluntarily donated for this express purpose, and the process of donation has been thoroughly documented.
A world-first exhibition of 50 jaw-dropping wildlife photographs is being shown at Melbourne Zoo, giving visitors a look at some of the world's most beautiful creatures in their native habitat. The photographs come from one of the world's best-known wildlife publication, National Geographic, and reflect some of the best pictures published during the 130 years of the magazine's history.
Do you want to learn how to cook like your favourite MasterChef contestant? The Adelphi Hotel's restaurant, Om Nom, is hosting a series of masterclasses to help you do just that. From September to December Om Nom Kitchen’s Jo Ward is teaming up with different MasterChef alumni to run a series of cooking workshops. Each session runs for 90 minutes and will cover two delectable dishes, which will change from evening to evening depending on the guest chef. These include dumplings with Tamara Graffen (Tuesday, September 25), desserts with Bryan Zhu (Tuesday, October 16), seafood with Jess Liementara (Tuesday, November 20), or chicken liver pâté with Reece Hignell (Tuesday, December 4).
The Archibald Prize is the exhibition that stops a nation – well, a city anyway. Everyone has an opinion about who and what is most deserving of the $100,000 top gong – and the annual exhibition of finalists (this year there's a whopper 57 paintings) offers plenty to argue over. The top gong for 2018 has gone to Yvette Coppersmith for her self-portrait, emulating the power of New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern, who was unavailable to pose.
The Westin's High Cheese brings together creamed Giorgio Cravero reggiano, tiramisu with a cheesy twist, cannoli with a ricotta filling, fresh figs stuffed with gorgonzola and drizzled with honeycomb, the rare Carles Roquefort with cognac and pain d’épices and even a Holy Goat organic strawberry and thyme mille-feuille. The coup de gras (pun intended) will be a whole baked Normandy camembert served with mini baguettes that you can rip apart and dip into the cheese, like your very own cheese fondue.
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