Nite Art: Melbourne’s galleries stay up late

In between one weekend and the next, anything can happen. This Wednesday night, a free contemporary art event will bring people, art and the city together. Running from 6pm to 11pm, Nite Art will open the door to discovery with a series of art walks, talks, gallery openings, exhibitions and installations, across the CBD and North Melbourne.

Interior Exterior - Robert Ashton

Interior Exterior – Robert Ashton

Melburnians and visitors can choose from a series of themed art walks through Melbourne; pop into a gallery, exhibition space or art bar; or take part in a Q&A session with artists, collectors and enthusiasts.

My Cosmic Rebellion - Catriona Hutchinson

My Cosmic Rebellion – Catriona Hutchinson

Sponsored by City of Melbourne and featured as part of this winter’s Look.Stop.Shop. program, the Nite Art project is created by people who love art and want to enrich the art experience in Melbourne.

We spoke to one of the founding partners – Deborah Stahle, of Artwalk Melbourne – about the project.

What excites you most about Nite Art?

This is the first time there’s been a simultaneous opening of 21 galleries in Melbourne. Bringing people and art together over one night in galleries and precincts is exciting. The depth and breadth of art practice to be experienced will be awe inspiring.

What will the Nite Art experience be like?

There will be over 30 exhibitions and 56 artists across a diverse range of mediums, including painting, photography, drawing, video, new media and installation.

Visitors can choose a precinct: Upper Bourke Street, Guildford Lane, North Melbourne, or Flinders Lane and the Nicholas Building. There are themed art walks, or the adventurous might like to curate their own, depending on their interests. Visitors can also meet curators, gallerists and many of the exhibiting artists.

Pots&Jugs&Pots - Matlok Griffiths

Pots&Jugs&Pots – Matlok Griffiths

What does a project like this mean for Melbourne?

Access to the arts is fundamental to the intellectual and creative integrity of a city. By embracing new and innovative formats, Melbourne’s cultural identity is strengthened and continues to evolve. A late night opening gives the community the opportunityof a rich cultural experience of art, food, wine, talks and performance.

Nite Art takes place from 6-11pm on Wednesday 24 July. Highlights to look out for include:

  • Dylan Martorell installation at Shebeen’s Art Bar
  • Publication launch at Sarah Scout gallery
  • Meet artist Fiona Abicare at the Hero residential building
  • West Space panel conversation, Is the Gallery Space Dead? (bookings essential)
  • Pop up exhibition by artist/photographer Bridget Mac at the Nicholas Building
  • Australian poet, songwriter and novelist, Gregory Day, opening Robert Ashton’s Interior Exterior, at Edmund Pearce gallery
  • Openings and talks at Gallerysmith, Gallery Funaki and Lesley Kehoe Galleries
  • Audience participation event at Flinders Lane Gallery with artist Claire Bridge
  • Preview of Hidden Spaces, Ready Stages by Gabriella Mangano and Silvan Mangano at the Arts Centre