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Reading the City: Art in the City


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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

Chris McAuliffe and a panel of experts, including Christine Dew, Tom Nicholson and Marcus Westbury explore public art in Melbourne.

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

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 properti... Read more

Chris McAuliffe

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. Dr McAuliffe has researched and written extensively in the area of contemporary art, and is the ... Read more

Tom Nicholson
Tom Nicholson

Tom Nicholson is a Melbourne-based artist and He is part of the upcoming Auckland Triennial, Last Ride in a Hot Air Balloon. He was included in the 2006 Biennale of Sydney, as well as group shows such as Animism, at Extra City and MUHKA, Antwerp; Since we last spoke about monuments, at Stroom Den Ha... Read more

Christine Dew
Christine Dew

Dr Christine Dew is a writer, photographer and community cultural development worker, formerly a senior lecturer in the history programme at La Trobe University. She is the author of Uncommissioned Art: An A-Z of Australian Graffiti (Melbourne University Publishing, 2007) the first Australia-wide st... Read more


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