Across March we’ll be Reading the City; shining a light on the many ways we understand and talk about Melbourne itself. From the city as an abstract concept to the physical landscape in all its permutations, we’ll be hearing from visual artists and architects, policy makers and designers, novelists and historians. The City of Literature becomes the focus, and you’ll never read it the same way again.
Art in the City
From the vibrant graffiti scene to statues of Victoria’s Victorian governors to everything in between, what place is there for art in the city?
Marcus Westbury is the inaugural CEO of Contemporary Arts Precincts Ltd that is leading the development of the Collingwood Arts Precinct in Melbourne. He is also the founder of the multi award-winning Renew Newcastle and Renew Australia projects that have reopened more than a hundred vacant properties to creative and community uses across Australia.
Dr Chris McAuliffe is Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art at The University of Melbourne. Prior to that he was for ten years a lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne.
Tom Nicholson is a Melbourne-based artist and He is part of the upcoming Auckland Triennial, Last Ride in a Hot Air Balloon.
Dr Christine Dew is a writer, photographer and community cultural development worker, formerly a senior lecturer in the history programme at La Trobe University.