What to see during Melbourne Art Week

Melbourne will be awash with art from 16 to 21 August as the city’s best boutique art galleries unite to showcase local and international artists for Melbourne Art Week.

The best bit: since the exhibitions are hosted by commercial galleries, many of the works will be available for sale. So here are our picks for arts inquisitives, budding collectors and expert investors, with some suggestions for refuelling stops inbetween.

Spring 1883

Spring 1883: contemporary art meets the historic Hotel Windsor

Spring 1883

Now in its third year, Spring 1883 is an art fair of its own, with 25 invited galleries presenting solo and group exhibitions across various spaces in the Hotel Windsor. The exhibitions cleverly juxtapose contemporary art against the historic surrounds of Melbourne’s most cherished grand hotel.

Refuel: take your outing to the next level with the famous high tea at the Hotel Windsor.

NotFair 2016

On the more progressive end of the art scale is NotFair 2016, an exhibition of emerging, unrepresented and independent artists. There’s also an event program with tours of city galleries and artists’ studios and a panel discussion on collecting emerging art.

Refuel: Swing by 5 & Dime for a traditional New York-style bagel.

Not Fair

A taste of what’s in store at NotFair 2016


A creative collaboration of nine Melbourne and Sydney art galleries, 602 is staged in the basement of a former electricity substation. The exhibition will feature art by more than 40 Australian and international contemporary artists, many of whom do not regularly show in Melbourne.

Refuel: Warm up with a little Caribbean island spice at Pretty Mama.

Blindside Festival: On the Verge

Blindside Festival takes art out of the gallery and onto the streets. An experiential festival of chance encounters, immersive soundscapes and intimate creative exchanges will materialise in Melbourne’s alleyways to disrupt, alter and transform spaces. Grab a map of the installations from Blindside Gallery inside the Nicholas Building.

Refuel: Stop for a map at the Nicholas Building, then head to the Organic Food and Wine Deli on Degraves Street for something nutritious.

Flinders Lane galleries

Head to Flinders Lane for Flair


The top end of Flinders Lane is known for its creative spaces and boutique galleries. Flair unites many of the galleries in this precinct with series of events and exhibitions. The program has been curated by ARC ONE Gallery, Arts Project Australia, Craft, fortyfivedownstairs and Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.

Refuel: Fill up after all your arts consumption with a little pizza consumption at Tazio Birraria Pizzeria & Cucina.

There’s plenty more to see and do during Melbourne Art Week. Explore the full program.