Category Archives: Melbourne Art

June 21

SODA_JERK: Challenging the Status Quo Illusion and Delusion in Australian Film

‘Change the culture, the stories, change people’s understanding of the world and you will change politics’   Ian Milliss  The air crackles when artists first exhibit work that is joining the zeitgeist. It’s not about who was there or how many of us, it’s about a collective recognition that what has been produced and exhibited has […]

April 11

Finding the Field

The NGV need me. Well not me per se, more us. They need our help bless. ‘Do you have a pioneering abstract artwork hanging in your rumpus room or stacked in the garage?’ the NGV pleads via an expensive video callout, infomercial promo-thingo. Riffing off the incredibly popular formula of Antiques Road Show, the NGV […]

August 21

Unpacking Gerty’s Move

Gertrude Contemporary is an up-to-the-minute arts institution, combining exhibition space with an art studio complex. Gertrude Contemporary is part factory/part showroom and they’ve just relocated from the street of their name, to some place out in the sticks that nobody has ever heard of. There is an old-person-gambling-den situated right across the road, offering new […]

July 06

A Weekend in Sydney: Class and Culture Wars

    ‘Economics are the method but the object is to change the heart and soul.’ Margaret Thatcher  Everyone loves a weekend in Sydney. It’s always good. Not as good as it used to be, but hey, it’s not Sydney’s fault it’s been transitioned into a nanny state. Getting a drink after 1.30am is now […]

May 17

The End of Time. The Beginning of Time

After 32 action packed years, that launched the careers of more art stars into the cultural stratosphere than the Apollo Space program, Gertrude Contemporary is on the move. Gerty will join Melbourne’s burgeoning and vibrant inner north where vibrant live music venues like the Northcote Social Club, the Croxton, Tago Mago and Open Studio are […]

April 13

Bursting Bill’s Bubble: The Plebs vs. The Poseurs

Curating art is a profession of exclusion rather than one of inclusion. Not that curating is a competition. No. No wait, it is. Show us ya curatorial umbrella. Not that there’s too many artists (there can never be enough artists, peaches of hope and optimism that we are) sprinkling the fairy dust of hipster gentrification […]

December 05

Winners are Grinners: The 10th EMSLA Award; Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery

It’s a tough gig being a distinguished judge, but hey! Someone’s gotta do it. Michael Fitzgerald, editor of Art Monthly Australasia, Julie Fragar, celebrated, award winning painter and I judged the $20,000 EMSLA Award in Coffs Harbour the other week. We came together on the land of the Gumbaynggir and pay our respects to the […]