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The Smitten Guide – Show 2.11 June 26th


The Smitten Guide – a summary of arts and culture events happening around Melbourne, Victoria and Australia.

Re – capping the events we mentioned during the show:

  • IF_WAS by Dancenorth will be performed at The Substation, 1 Market Street Newport in Melbourne from the 29th June to 2nd July.
  • Come Away with Me to the End of the World is being performed at Malthouse Theatre – the Beckett Theatre from the 5th – 24th July.
  • The Events is being performed at Malthouse Theatre, Merlyn Theatre until July 10th.
  • DEGAS: A New Vision: will be at the NGV International from 24th June to 18th September.
  • Land of Mine is screening as part of the Scandinavian film festival in Melbourne until July 27th
  • Final Frontier Festival will take place at the University of Melbourne, Parkville campus from Wednesday, 29 June to Sunday, 3 July.

Events happening around Melbourne, Victoria and Australia:

  • Town Hall Gallery presents Imagined Worlds, a new group exhibition that blurs the boundary between what is real and what is imagined. Showing from 25 June until 21 August, Imagined Worlds features the works of nine Australian artists who challenge traditional representations of landscape in their work, allowing the viewer to imagine life in a new world. The exhibition features paintings and sculpture works that question why artists are proposing new landscapes: is it escapism, fantasy or dreaming of a utopia? The selected works depict beautiful, ethereal imagery that is calming yet intriguing; familiar yet surreal. Town Hall Gallery is located 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn


  • Kids’ Own Publishing is pleased to announce the forthcoming season of The Grand Imaginarium at the Abbotsford Convent these school holidays. The Grand Imaginarium is a space where children can unleash their imagination as they work alongside a professional artist and other kids to create their very own books – published to take home. Public Event runs from 28 June until 1 July 2016 


  • Tinning Street Presents: CUTTING NATURE by AKIKO NAGINO, 30 June ~ 10 JULY Japanese paper-cut artist Akiko Nagino will be exhibiting a select few of her large-scale hand cut paper pieces, which she has produced in her Brunswick studio over the last year. The body of work is based on Nagino’s longstanding interest in patterns found in the everyday; the sky, walls, roads, leaves, vegetables, and insects (especially those which scare her, such as patterns found in butterfly wings). Tinning Street Presents gallery is located at 5/29 Tinning Street, Brunswick, Victoria


  • Skull of the Unknown Sheep b​y Jono Gooley at 524 Flinders Street – Jono Gooley’s upcoming exhibition Skull of the Unknown Sheep utlises a sheep’s skull as a means to examine art making processes. This in­depth series has been driven by Jono’s need to understand materials and techniques. Through skillful manipulation he explores multiplicity and we see the same skull shift and change. Jono’s inventive series makes use of everything from oil, acrylic, watercolour, airbrush and aerosol paintings through to charcoal, pencil, fine liner, ink and wood burnt drawings; etching, lino printing and sculpture. Jono graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2010 and has had a number of solo shows since. Last year Jono’s Archibald Prize entry, a portrait of Tom Iansek, was selected to be hung in the ANZ building in Sydney. Jono also plays bass with The Pretty Littles.

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