Summer 2021/2022

Melbourne, how we’ve missed you. Though pandemic life and La Niña appear determined to keep us apart, now more than ever we’re craving beauty, bold ideas, and moments experienced in commune. Read on and be inspired to make plans.

Exhibitions and Events

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Ceramicist Britt Neech (Clae Studio). Photographer: Lauren Bamford

Shaped Group Exhibition

Featuring more than 80 works from Australian artists, Shaped explores the relationship between maker and material. Expect to see works crafted from glass, wood, fibre, metal, ceramic and stone, each piece a study in innovative contemporary making and the careful consideration of both material and process. 

Where: Craft
Watson Place, Melbourne/Naarm

When: November 23, 2021 — January 22, 2022

Admission: Free

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Photo by Gina Cawley.

Wonder Wednesdays at TarraWarra Museum of Art

Take a midweek day trip into the Yarra Valley and make a stop at the TarraWarra Museum of Art for Wonder Wednesdays. As part of their Mythological Summer series, the museum is offering a range of activities and entertainment throughout the season including curator tours, drawing workshops, musical performances, and guest talks. 

And while you’re there, don’t miss Sidney Nolan’s latest exhibition, Myth Rider.
Tickets are available to be pre-booked.

Where: TarraWarra Museum of Art
313 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road
Wurundjeri Country, Healesville 

When: December 8, 2021 – February 23, 2022

Admission: Tickets from $8

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James and Fatu, Kenya 2020 - Nick Brandt

The Day May Break by Nick Brandt at Source Photographica

If you’re holidaying on the Mornington Peninsula this summer, Nick Brandt’s exhibition, The Day May Break, is unmissable. Currently showing at newly opened gallery Source Photographica in Sorrento, the exhibition features Brandt’s haunting series photographed in Zimbabwe and Kenya in late 2020. Portraying people and animals that have been impacted by environmental degradation and destruction, this exhibition reminds us that climate change is not a future catastrophe but a current crisis.

Where: Source Photographica
18 Ocean Beach Road
Sorrento (Boon Wurrung/Bunurong Country)

When: December 9, 2021 – January 16, 2022

Admission: Free

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Photo: Derek Swalwell

Pond[er] at NGV

Referencing the naturally occurring hue of Victoria’s inland salt lakes, this pink pond installation is the winning design for the 2021 NGV Architecture Commission. Designed by Taylor Knights and James Carey with a nod to Sir Roy Grounds’ open-air courtyards in the original design of NGV International, the installation invites visitors to explore the rectilinear shallow pond via a series of gentle ramps and accessible platforms. On warmer days, visitors can remove their shoes and take a wade through the blush-tinted water.

Made with consideration for the future life cycle of the materials used, and surrounded by a garden bed of Indigenous wildflowers that will bloom at different times, the installation highlights both the unique beauty and precarious vulnerability of Australia’s natural ecology.

Where: NGV International  
Ground Level, Grollo Equiset Garden
180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne/Naarm

When: December 6, 2021 – August 28, 2022

Admission: Free

Summer Read

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Scorcher by Tim Ross

Take a nostalgic stroll through Australian summers past with Scorcher, a new short story collection by comedian, Tim Ross. Casting a wonderfully wistful eye over the kind of sights, sounds and smells that feel deeply Australian, Ross reaches into our collective memory of long, hot summers spent salt-crusted from the ocean, footpaths burning white hot under our feet, and the unmistakable smell of freshly mowed lawns settling over the neighbourhood. Perfectly illustrated by images lifted from the National Archives of Australia, Scorcher is the ultimate summer read. 

Purchase a copy here.

Cocktail Hour

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Tommy’s Margarita: Don Julio tequila, Poire Williams, agave, lime and beeswax

Gimlet at Cavendish House

If you prefer your cocktails served with the perfect mix of glamour and nostalgia, you’ll want to check out Gimlet, Andrew McConnell’s new venture in collaboration with Acme & Co. Housed in the Chicago-style Cavendish House, a landmark 1920s building on Russell Street, the 150-seat cocktail bar and diner is ideal for martinis at the bar or Southern rock lobster in the intimate booths.

Where: Gimlet at Cavendish House
33 Russell St, Melbourne/Naarm

Escape

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Ross Farm

Keep the holidays rolling and book your next stay. Located in South Gippsland’s Meeniyan, two hours east of Melbourne, Ross Farm is a disused dairy farm reimagined as boutique accommodation. Offering three converted buildings including a cabin, barn and dairy, each restored with its own unique aesthetic, daughter and father team Andrea and Lindsay Moore have created accommodation that invites relaxation and contemplation.

Where: Ross Farm
84 Hewett St, Meeniyan (Bunurong/Gunaikurnai Country)

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