THE LAST LINE OF DEFENCE - Presented by Sea Shepherd + Samantha Jurada
Oct
12
to Oct 14

THE LAST LINE OF DEFENCE - Presented by Sea Shepherd + Samantha Jurada

Sea Shepherd Australia and Melbourne artist Samantha Iurada will be presenting “The Last Line of Defence”, a charity exhibition to help raise awareness and much needed funds to support the work of Sea Shepherd Australia.

An exhibition of 20 emerging and notable Australian and International artists who are joining the fight by creating and donating artwork to help raise awareness of the plight of the Great Barrier Reef. 100% of proceeds from the auction will go directly to Sea Shepherd Australia to support their battle to defend, conserve and protect the reef and our precious oceanic ecosystems. We are please to announce some of featured artists are Marisa Purcell, Brad Teodoruk, Lilli Waters and Melinda Schawel. 

OPENING NIGHT
Friday 12 October 2018
6.30pm - 8.30pm

OPENING HOURS
Saturday 13 October 2018
12.00pm - 3.00pm

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‘Waves’ Solo Exhibition by Deams
Sep
21
to Sep 29

‘Waves’ Solo Exhibition by Deams

Abstract painter Deams presents ‘Waves’, a collection of reductive paintings-as-remedy, inspiring a deceleration of experience and a deepening of self-awareness. Central to the work is the release of the light, colour and energy that become bound by waves, both physical and metaphysical. An oscillating relationship between object and observer allows for subjective meaning to arise in the absence of a prescribed narrative. This space of exchange creates an opportunity for an imminent internal experience: a rare moment of reflection on the still surface of a calm sea.

Opening Night / Public Reception
Friday 21st September
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Exhibition Hours
Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 22 and 29 September 12 -5pm
Sundays closed.
Exhibition finishes Saturday 29 September at 5pm.

Artist Links
www.swoopandmelodie.com
Instagram - @vividdeams

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The Next Level - Melbourne 2018
Aug
31
to Sep 7

The Next Level - Melbourne 2018

Wacom and Just Another Agency are teaming up to bring a one-of-a-kind event to a city near you, exhibiting and launching Wacom’s annual artist publication, featuring a range of digital artists’ work from across the globe.

The exhibition and publication will showcase the winners of The Next Level Instagram competition alongside six elite artists, whose designs are created using various Wacom tools. We’re pleased to announce the feature artists for this year are Kelogsloops, Loretta Lizzio, Mark Conlan, Mateusz Witczak, Nosego and Paul Braddock.

OPENING NIGHT
Friday 31 August : 6.00pm - 9.00pm

GALLERY HOURS
Saturday 1 September 2018 : 12.00pm - 5.00pm
Monday 3 - Friday 7 September 2018 :  10.00am - 5.00pm

Closed Sundays 

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‘Party People’ - Niko Sopelario
Aug
1
to Aug 4

‘Party People’ - Niko Sopelario

What makes us, us?
Is it our traumas, our coping mechanisms? Is it where we are at in status? Are our success measures judged by how we are perceived on our social media accounts? Is it about the likes, our followers?

These questions are a natural offcut to the very fast-paced world of technology. We must adapt or update. We must supply the demand for visual consumption of our ‘lives’. The facetious nature of what we are forced to project in order to be deemed socially ‘successful’ have made us lose touch with our truths and who we really are.

‘Party People’ is the second movement from performing and visual artist Niko Sopelario. It is here he asks us to look at our place amidst the social media smoke screens and review our own disconnection to ourselves.

His first collection of work aptly named ‘Melancholia’ bravely delved into the emotional landscapes which shaped his adolescence. The impressions of his traumas and memories were our introduction to the visual of just one facet of Niko’s deep inner realms.

The shadows of our psyches are always present and semblances of these darknesses can even flood out into our existence - ones we aren’t even consciously aware of. This type of exploration is not foreign to the artist.

In ‘Melancholia’ the pieces are reflective of nightmarish scenes - depictions of never-ending lands that have kept the characters hostage in their pain. Niko hoped for the viewer to see his humour in these dramatisations. The resounding sadness which echoes throughout the work hints at the satirical nature of Niko which gives incidental light to the body of work. This theme is prevalent again with ‘Party People’ however rather than looking at the pain of our past, we are to question the ills of the present and the culture it has bred.

Wednesday 1 August: 10am - 5pm
Thursday 2 August: 10am - 5pm
Friday 3 August: 10am - 5pm
Friday 3 August Opening Night: 6pm - 9pm
Saturday 4 August: Open 12 - 5pm

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What is art doing in the contemporary lifestyle of the multi-faceted Australian culture scene?
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

What is art doing in the contemporary lifestyle of the multi-faceted Australian culture scene?

Art¹ (verb) 
This group exhibition at Besser Space explored and interrogated present values throughout multiple communities within our local context, delving into the exchange of dialogue around the function of art in the high friction societal hierarchy we find ourselves in today. 

Artists:
Vlona Mehmedi, Stephanie Babinczky, Jodie Mae + Orlando Saint Sebastien

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Culture Matters: Presented by Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency Art Mentoring Program
Nov
15
to Nov 19

Culture Matters: Presented by Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency Art Mentoring Program

Culture Matters celebrates the work of five young people exploring their cultural knowledge and identity through various art mediums. Inspired and mentored by the stories, experiences and practices of Artist’s Maree Clarke (Mutti Mutti/Yorta Yorta and Boon Wurrung/Wemba Wemba), Emma Bamblett (Wemba Wemba) and Peter Waples-Crow (Ngarigo), the young people have created a body of work that expresses their personal cultural journey. Culture Matters is proudly presented by the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) as an outcome of their 2017 Art Mentoring Project.

For more information on VACCA: www.vacca.org

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End of Year Exhibition by the Victorian College of the Arts
Oct
25
to Oct 28

End of Year Exhibition by the Victorian College of the Arts

The Victorian College of the Arts presents the End of Year Exhibition for the first time at Besser Space!

Join us for a diverse selection of artworks from the following VCA’s Visual Art Short Courses: Advanced Drawing, Contemporary Painting, Drawing Foundations, Extended Practice, and Painting Techniques.

For more information about the VCA’s Short Courses, visit: vca.unimelb.edu.au/study/short-courses

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For Better, For Worse by SKL0
Oct
3
to Oct 15

For Better, For Worse by SKL0

Lo, who also goes by the moniker SKL0, has a distinguished reputation in Singapore as an activist and artist critiquing the social-political norms of her first world island state home. 

FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE
In her third solo exhibition, and first in Australia, we encounter an artist who is obsessed with the way Singapore's inhabitants interact with the urban landscape and how their lives are directed by social expectations, government directives and collective habit. Lo questions what it means to be a citizen in an ostensibly free state in which behaviours are observed by security cameras and crossing the road at the 'correct' time is a matter of obligation. 

For images visit www.pegasos5.com

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For Syria's Children Fundraising Exhibition by E.L.K. & Emma Zoller
Sep
28
6:00 PM18:00

For Syria's Children Fundraising Exhibition by E.L.K. & Emma Zoller

Formed in mid-2017 by international artist ELK (Luke Cornish) and Emma Zoller, For Syria’s Children (FSC) is an Australian fundraising project aiming to provide financial assistance to young Syrians that have been tragically affected by the relentless Syrian civil war.

All funds raised via the auction of artworks and donations are allocated directly to a selection of local Syrian organisations, including orphanages, hospitals and on-the-ground health care services, spread across a number of Syria’s most heavily devastated cities. 

The show featured an extensive list of Australia’s most respected urban artists including Adnate, Anthony Lister, Rone, ELK, HA-HA and more. 

Follow their journey post event www.instagram.com/forsyriaschildren

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Streetview by HoMie
Sep
14
to Sep 16

Streetview by HoMie

Streetview is an exhibition which aims to shine a light on the often unspoken world of Melbourne's growing homeless community. Capturing life on the streets, seven people experiencing homelessness documented their lives via disposable cameras. These images uncover a side of our city which is confronting and real.

For more about HoMie  
 

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Milkali Kutju - One Blood by ROBERT FIELDING
Aug
2
to Aug 12

Milkali Kutju - One Blood by ROBERT FIELDING

Milkali Kutju, meaning ‘one blood’ in Pitjantjatjara language, is a call for unity, for an end to racial prejudice. I’m asking people to look beneath the surface and see that our differences are only skin deep. It doesn’t matter what colour or race you are, we all have blood running through our veins. In these works the paper is like a skin, and the piercings I’ve burnt through its surface invite the viewer to look a little deeper, and consider what lies beneath: Milkali Kutju – One Blood.

- Robert Fielding

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