Friday, December 2, 2011

Easing Out: RMIT Animation and Interactive Media Graduate Show


ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) is a special place for anyone into film. Located in the heart of Melbourne, the centre aims to celebrate and showcase the moving image with an endless program of film screenings, exhibitions, festivals, workshops and many other special events. This month, ACMI was also the location for RMIT’s 2011 Animation and Interactive Media graduate show, Easing Out. Read more...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

DEC11/JAN12: Melburnin' by Courtney Symes


December is a tricky month. In addition to work and everyday life, we find ourselves squeezing in frantic Christmas shopping, trying to meet unrealistic work deadlines to ‘get it done before Christmas’, packing in the Christmas parties (and discretely nursing hangovers at work the next day). To top this off, artists and galleries seem to be on a mission to showcase their finest exhibitions to woo us through their doors at this busy time of year. This month NGV have pulled out the big guns with highly anticipated exhibitions such as The Mad Square and British Watercolours 1760-1900, and we are spoilt for choice with a plethora of exciting exhibitions from ACCA, [MARS] and more. We hope you can survive the silly season, cause we don’t know where to start! Read more...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NOV 2011: Melburnin' by Courtney Symes


I received my first camera for Christmas from Santa when I was eight years old. It was a red Olympus - the closest match Santa could find to my requested ‘pink’ colour (or maybe it was just his favourite colour). My dog Coco was my favourite model. I filled a whole album with snaps of her, which was a good effort considering she was a reluctant subject that never sat still. However, I seemed to have more success capturing her than I did people. I became renowned for my skill of cropping heads, legs and other body parts from photos, realising from a young age that photographing people was no easy feat. This November NGV pays homage to several photographers with an enviable ability to photograph people effortlessly. Read more...

Saturday, October 1, 2011

OCT 2011: Melburnin' by Courtney Symes


It’s old-meets-new in Melbourne this month with a delightful mix of exhibitions that reach into the past or nod to the future. NGV’s This Wondrous Land: Colonial Art on Paper transports viewers back in time to Melbourne’s early settlement days, whilst 10 ways to look at the past details the personal journeys of ten artists as they explore their own history through memories and culture. Stepping forward in time, RMIT’s Space invaders focuses on the movement of art from the street to the galley and we travel into space with Star Voyager: Exploring Space on Screen at ACMI. Read more...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

SEPTEMBER 2011 – Melburnin' by Courtney Symes


It’s hard to believe that it’s been a decade since the September 11 Twin Towers terrorist attacks. Many people still clearly remember where they were and what they doing when New York’s worst nightmare unfolded. As I write this, London is still reeling after several days of riots, the value of the sharemarket has plummeted and we’re all staring down the barrel of a national carbon tax. Whilst doom and gloom threatens our little Melbourne bubble, Melbourne city continues to do what she does best - put on a festival. Read more...

Monday, August 1, 2011

AUGUST 2011 – Melburnin' by Courtney Symes


I was in a café a couple of Fridays ago when I heard the distinctive intro to The Cure’s Friday I’m in Love. Like a familiar old friend, the tune prompted a smile and a stream of happy memories - some songs never dull with time. The same can be said about certain art movements, such as Vienna’s art and design revolution in the early 1900s. Despite their popularity over a century ago, the unique and innovative pieces featured in the National Gallery of Victoria’s Vienna: Art & Design exhibition still hold their own today. In the same way that memorable tunes never die, exceptional art and design will also endure the test of time. Read more...

Monday, July 25, 2011

ManStyle, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

French c1775; Nutters 1771; Dior Homme c2000, ManStyle

ManStyle, a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is finally giving menswear the recognition it deserves. Set in two galleries, the NGV International building and the Ian Potter Centre, the exhibition showcases menswear from the 1700s through to the present day. Read more...

Friday, July 1, 2011

JULY 2011 - Melburnin' by Courtney Symes


Art has a healing quality that allows us to communicate our feelings and ultimately assist us in coping with various situations. Our relationships with the world around us, which encompass other people, our surrounding environment, and even our health, are just a few of the many catalysts that can prompt artistic responses. As a viewer, it is often rewarding to learn that the art we enjoy has had a cathartic effect on the artist as well. Exhibitions such as the Cancer Council Arts Awards and Libby Byrne’s Vision over Visibility are two excellent examples of how artists have employed art to recover from adverse health problems. Embark on a healing journey with us this month as we celebrate these artists’ roads to recovery, as well as other goings-on around Melbourne. Read more...

JULY 2011 - Born to Concrete, Heide Museum of Modern Art


Concrete Poetry is the fusion of art and text. As an art form, it can be conveyed through a variety of mediums including printmaking, typed text, photography, sculpture and more. A rare exhibition subject, Concrete Poetry is the genre du jour at Heide Museum of Modern Art and the headline act of current exhibition Born to Concrete. Read more...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

SPECIAL FEATURE: Northern Exposure Festival 2011


Northcote’s 2011 Northern Exposure Festival is bringing the gallery to the street, with fifty artists collaborating with over thirty local businesses for a two week art extravaganza. This year’s festival will comprise of three main types of art displays: High Views: shop window installations; High Events: art related workshops, tours and events running throughout the festival; and Small Works, Small Spaces: a new category in this year’s festival, consisting of temporary and permanent displays along the main street and in unexpected places. Read more...

JUNE 2011 – Melburnin'


Art often acts a social snapshot, historically recording our reaction to specific events and life in general. Current Melbourne exhibitions such as Black and White: documenting Indigenous Australia, Eugene von Guérard: Nature Revealed, Albert Tucker’s Images of Modern Evil and Mannequin play an important role – artistically and historically – by providing social, political and environmental commentary on past and present Australian culture. Looking to the future is important too, and exhibitions such as Current 10: DUAL at Footscray Community Arts Centre nurture the work of emerging artists – our next generation of ‘social commentators’. Read more...

Sunday, May 1, 2011

MAY 2011: Melburnin'


Mark it on your calendar now: Mother’s Day, Sunday 8 May. Forgetting Mother’s Day could possibly be worse than forgetting your Mum’s birthday. The barrage of commercial reminders from numerous card and chocolate companies for weeks before Mother’s Day mean there’s really no excuse. However the exciting line-up of exhibitions this month could leave you slightly distracted. Read more...

Thursday, April 28, 2011

LMFF 2011: Runway 7


The atmosphere at L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival Runway 7 was electric. Perhaps it was Saturday night fever combined with the sensational line-up of White Suede, Talulah, Maurie and Eve, Joveeba, Bettina Liano, Wayne Cooper and Alannah Hill that had revellers bouncing in their seats. Whatever the reason, Runway 7 was a fabulous finale. Read more...

LMFF 2011: Runway 3


LMFF continued this week with L’Oréal Paris Runway 3, featuring Arthur Galan AG, Bianca Spender, Camilla and Marc, Carl Kapp, Flannel, LIFEwithBIRD, Lisa Ho and Yeojin Bae. The third show continued the stellar designer line-up at LMFF so far this week, offering a beautiful selection of pieces to cover all fashion bases this winter. Read more...

Loving...the 70s


It was my friend’s new ‘fro hairstyle that caught my attention and forewarned me of the revival of 70s fashion this coming winter. My dazzling friend is working her new look with confidence – picture a 2011 version of Foxxy Cleopatra. I plan to work this season’s 70s look more subtly and am enthused to discover that the resurgence of this era does not necessarily entail flared trousers or nasty synthetic fabrics. Read more...

et al Fashion Preview


The enormous energy that et al designers Chris Doughty and Anthony Capon put into the range is evident through the number of choices available within their Summer 2010 collection. Although key basics pop up within every colour palette, silhouettes used throughout the range are by no means repetitive. The extensive selection of styles makes layering a cinch throughout the transitional Spring months. Capon shares the story of et al’s pattern maker, explaining that she prefers to spend more time creating a new pattern instead of reusing an existing one. Signature styles this season, says Doughty, include the white shirt (with loose, boyfriend styling) and tailored vests. Tunics, skinny-leg trousers and cropped and full length jackets with gathering are also key. Read more...

We love...the Summer Blazer


When I asked her what her favourite fashion item was, a recent interviewee responded that she could never have too many stylish blazers. A blazer completes a look – dressing up jeans or lifting a plain outfit and luckily, stylish blazers more accessible than ever thanks to these Melbourne labels. Read more...

We love...the clutch


A couple of seasons ago, I snagged a cute little clutch bag from Mimco (on sale as well!). The soft, tonal mocha leather with subtle stud detailing goes with EVERYTHING I own. It has a detachable wrist strap and is the perfect size to fit phone, money/cards, keys, lippy, perfumes and tissues. When my clutch and I venture out together, we are showered with compliments from everyone – my Mum, friends, work colleagues, even random strangers! A versatile clutch is definitely a wardrobe essential, so bring yours up-to-date with a beautiful selection of clutches from these Melbourne designers. Read more...

Loving...Black Jewels


I was jumping out of a cab when my favourite black beaded necklace met a horrific fate. Beads bounced and scattered in every direction – under the cab, into the gutter and across the road. Despite my best attempts to gather them all, not even a re-string managed to return my treasured piece to its former glory. In honour of my lost gem, here is a selection of ink-hued jewels. Read more...

We love...Blue shoes


Not even footwear can escape the Avatar influence this season with Navi inspired blues. It may be getting cooler, but there’s no need to be glum. Get the blues in a good way and cheer up your winter wardrobe with a bright blue hue. Any of these shoes would work back brilliantly with cool greys, charcoal and black. From cobalt to indigo and purple, there is no shortage of styles in these colours from Melbourne labels who have cleverly interpreted this look. Read more...

We love...two-tone shoes


My favourite summer shoes are a pair of Topshop two-tone wedges in dark pine/sage green with a wooden stack heal. I bought them several years ago and although green shoes may sound tricky to wear, they are surprisingly versatile because of the two colours which actually match a lot in my wardrobe. Read more...

Smooth as Cylk


Designer Emily Nasr and brand manager Keshia Abeysekera are the brains and beauty behind cylk, a label that predominantly produces garments in a seamless knit. They use a circular knitting technique to create their seamless and shaping underwear, as well as fashion outerwear pieces that are ideal for layering. Read more...

Fashioning a Career in the Media


Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” is a saying that many would be familiar with. Have you ever wondered how those “living the dream” with a successful career doing what they love made it there in the first place? Read more...

Fashioning Melbourne


Where is your favourite place to shop? Janice Breen-Burns’ chosen shopping destination relates to her mood – if she wants a “hyped up, glossy experience” she will hit the new luxury precinct at Chadstone Shopping Centre. For quirky boutiques and an “espresso crawl” the fashion editor will stick to the inner city lane-ways, whereas Debra Mar prefers discovering precious pre-loved items at Shag. The favourites expounded by each panelist at the Fashioning Melbourne discussion were varied, understandable given the diversity of shopping experiences this city has to offer. Read more...

Melbourne Fashion Festival Trunk Shows


Fashionistas throughout Melbourne have their high heels and lip gloss at the ready for an action packed week thanks to the L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival (LMFF), running from 14-20 March.

Although the Docklands runway shows generally take centre-stage, there is also an intense program of exhibitions, seminars, forums and other events to complement the main shows throughout the week. Read more...

Carnival of Suburbia


Three bedroom brick house with double garage? Check. Lawnmower? Check. Hills-Hoist clothes line? Check. BBQ? Check. Nosey neighbours, à la Ramsey St? Check. Looks like your all set for the Carnival of Suburbia set to take place at the Oakleigh RSL from 10-20 March. Read more...

Brimbank Park


Brimbank Park is located in the Maribyrnong Valley near Keilor East and is accessible by road (from Keilor Park Drive, off the Western Ring Road) or via the trail along the Maribyrnong River. This extensive park has numerous BBQs, picnic areas, walking/bike trials, playgrounds and even a café. On a warm summer day Brimbank Park is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic or BBQ with family and friends. Read more...

Karavan! International Gypsy Music Festival


Dig out that gypsy skirt and peasant top from the back of your wardrobe and get ready for Karavan! International Gypsy Music Festival at the Corner Hotel in Richmond on Saturday 26 February.

Gypsy music has been a growing underground trend, quietly bubbling away over the last few years. Many new groups have recently emerged and drawn inspiration from this bohemian music genre, merging it with their own signature styles. Read more...

Carlton Gardens


Carlton Gardens are centrally located near the Melbourne CBD on the corner of Nicholson and Victoria Streets and are a picturesque example of Melbourne's finest parkland. With the Melbourne Museum and IMAX Theatre located to the north of the gardens, a trip to either of these attractions would definitely be enhanced with a stroll through Carlton Garden's tranquil and immaculately maintained grounds. Read more...

Lace in Fashion at NGV


Like many beautiful things man has created, lace developed out of boredom, explains Patricia Begg during her Floor Talk for the Lace in Fashion exhibition at NGV. Lace was originally developed as a decorative fashion textile during the sixteenth century to add interest and individual flair to plain garments. Read more...

Australian Made at NGV


The Australian Made: 100 Years of Fashion exhibition at the Ian Potter Centre, NGV is a tribute to Australia's fashion history, featuring pieces from NGV's fashion and textiles collection from the 1850s to 1950s. "The idea for the exhibition grew out of researching the earlier part of the Australian fashion collection, namely surveying the 19th century dresses in the collection," explains curator Laura Jocic. Read more...

Boite Singers' Festival at Daylesford


Whilst an excuse to escape to Daylesford was never really necessary, the 21st Boîte Singers' Festival running from 13-16 January 2011 certainly justifies a visit to the spa country.

This four-day festival is packed with six concerts and over forty workshops across a mixture of traditional and contemporary genres, ensuring that there is something for everyone. There's even a Childrens' Festival for the little ones. Read more...

Melbourne's Best Bikini Boutiques


Shopping for a new bikini or swimsuit can be a terrifying experience. Bikini shopping often takes place at the start of summer when we are contemplating upcoming summer holidays. Our pale winter skin craves for some sunny days, we have comfort-eaten our way through the cold months and a bit of waxing wouldn't go astray. Read more...

Moving House Survival Guide


If you were asked to name your ten favourite weekend activities, chances are they wouldn't include moving house. Moving is unfortunately a necessary occurrence that is impossible to avoid and usually gobbles up the best part of a weekend or two. Read more...

Grow African Violets


Whilst apartment living has its advantages, there are sometimes restrictions. Lack of garden space is one such challenge, so house plants can be a great way of getting your green-thumb-fix whilst making the best of limited space. There are numerous varieties of space-saving plants (and pots) available these days specifically designed for those leading a compact lifestyle. African violets are one such plant variety that require minimum space and reward your efforts with delightful floral displays. Read more...

Shopping on Coventry Street


As the oldest operating market in Melbourne, South Melbourne Market has been a landmark for the local area since 1867. A short stroll along from the market is Coventry St, another local landmark and home to a treasure trove of unique boutiques. Read more...

Melbourne Hill Runs



Since registering for the half marathon distance for the Melbourne Marathon in October, I have been steadily increasing my long runs. However, building up mileage is not just about running as far as you can. Variety in training that encompasses hill and interval sessions as well as long runs will challenge your body and engage your mind. Read more...

National Gallery of Victoria Tea Rooms


The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) may be a much-loved Melbourne attraction with world-class permanent and temporary collections, yet one of the most charming, tranquil places in the NGV building is not found within its galleries. The NGV Tea Room, located on the level 1 balcony is illuminated with golden light that gently highlights the exotic floral arrangements and mirrored walls. Secluded seating encourages visitors to linger over their steaming brew (and a scrumptious plate of warm scones). There is a choice of seating inside the Tea Room (for those partial to quiet conversations) or on the balcony overlooking the gallery's water-wall entrance. Read more...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Melbourne Athenaeum


A hub of art and culture, the Melbourne Athenaeum has remained an iconic Melbourne feature since its foundation in 1839. The original rendered two-storey building was built to house Melbourne's first Mechanics' Institution as well as a Hall for Council meetings, a library and a reading room. The Athenaeum has undergone many changes along the way and previously contained a museum, theatre, cinema, gallery and library. The current building now consists of three levels with a classical façade and is home to the Athenaeum Theatre, Ticketmaster, Comedy Club, Bistro D'Orsay, the Opal Gallery and the Athenaeum Library. Read more...

Monday, April 4, 2011

L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival: Graduate Showcase

Jason Hewitt & Detail, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology; Kate Sala, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival’s National Graduate Showcase last month featured collections from twelve designers selected from fashion colleges across Australia. Sponsored by fashion retailer, Sportsgirl, this prestigious event offered these emerging designers the opportunity to present their work to industry professionals, the media and fashion experts. Read more...

Friday, April 1, 2011

APRIL 2011: Melburnin'


Last month many people (including myself) seemed to be dropping like flies from a miserable summer flu and an assortment of other ailments. Those I knew who weren’t sneezing and wheezing their way through the month seemed to be suffering with relationship breakdowns, family issues and other mystery illnesses – all quite depressing really. Read more...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

MARCH 2011: Melburnin'


March is a manic month in Melbourne with the L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival and Melbourne Food and Wine Festival drawing all the fashionistas and foodies out of the woodwork. Whilst everyone else is strutting and slurping their way through the month, break free from the crowds and check out some other worthy Melbourne offerings from these talented artists, performers and curators. Read more...

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

FEB 2011: Melburnin'


It’s no surprise that school holidays result in more family-friendly events and exhibitions, but the start of 2011 has been jammed-packed full of incredible events that have the power to magically whisk us back to those golden years of childhood. It’s all about fun, fantasy and fairy-tales in Melbourne this February. Read more...