It’s a bit of a cultural week for me with the opening of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival this week and my pick of the events would have been the already sold out Pleats x Three runway show at 7pm on Friday 10 March at Alcastan Gallery featuring Kara Baker, Nevada Duffy and Edgeley showcasing the work of artisanal company Specialty Pleaters. I love a good pleat at the best of times and have long been a fan of Japanese designer Issey Miyake.
Also opening this week is the aforementioned show ‘Travelling Home’ by Art Fix at Lulu cafe and gallery at 506 Queensberry Street in North Melbourne featuring the work of 75 visual artists and poets from 20 countries to explore the idea of home and travel by the contrasts that link them together. It follows previous Art Fix events in Canada and will also include live music and spoken word performances. Opening night is this Thursday 2 March from 5.30pm, tickets are $8 at the door with all artworks for sale.
Charles Blackman: School Girls opens on Saturday 4 March at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen. Blackman’s Schoolgirls series, produced between 1952 and 1955, marked a turning point in the artist’s career as a significant painter of modern life in the post-war era. This exhibition includes more than fifty major paintings and related works on paper as well as a fascinating array of archival material.
There is also an Art Deco walking tour in East Melbourne being held on Saturday 4 March by Architours Melbourne, which sounds like a lot of fun.
I’ve been run off my feet (excuse the pun!) the past few weeks gearing up for both La Trobe University’s 50th Anniversary in 9 days’ time as well as my first Bold Thinking Series lecture being held in Bendigo. Have a great week!