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The Smitten Guide – Show 2.12 July 3rd


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:


Events happening around Melbourne, Victoria and Australia:

  • Soon to be exhibiting at fortyfivedownstairs gallery is Unspoken by Bronni Krieger Unspoken brings us before a series of paintings of animals whose physicality is so lovingly rendered that one is called to pause and enter the intensely felt space of the artist. Krieger’s technique, in which every muscle, hair and eyelash is delineated, has something of the precision of 19th century naturalism, but her gaze is not a documentary or scientific one.  Rather the slow loving attention to detail brings the viewer to a state of emotional presence. – written by curator Sarah Tomasetti


  • Metro Gallery, at 1214 High Street Armadale, is pleased to introduce several new oil paintings by Adelaide based artist Joshua Miels. This solo exhibition In Two Minds will open on the 21st July and run until the 21st August.


  • RMIT Gallery’s upcoming exhibition Quiddity (1 July – 20 August at RMIT City Campus) explores a different side of the university’s extensive art collection and its ongoing use as a teaching tool. Works are not displayed traditionally as objects selected by a curator, but as objects viewed from the perspective of the conservator. Quiddity (Latin meaning ‘the essence of a thing’) is co-curated by RMIT MA Arts Management Students, and explores the idea of thinking about artworks as physical objects rather than seeing them as items invested with meaning or expressing emotion. Quiddity gives audiences the chance to see this side of art conservation, which is usually hidden from the public – and also asks audiences to consider the value of a reproduction in light of the destruction of the original. A very old teaching tool becomes relevant again in the digital age.


  • Always… Patsy Cline is a musical tribute to the country music legend, whose short life will be forever remembered by so many iconic songs, twenty seven of which appear in the show, including Crazy, Sweet Dreams, and Walking After Midnight. Based on a true story in 1961 of one wild night in Houston, when single mum Louise Seger became fast friends with her idol, Ms. Patsy Cline. Louise recreates her evening with Patsy, as well as many of the singer’s highlights, in this touching, country musical comedy. Always… Patsy Cline is being performed for one night only by Australian country music sensation Courtney Conway, 7.30pm at the Hawthorn Arts Centre, Thursday 14th July.


  • The Wheeler Centre’s Revolting and Ridiculous: A Roald Dahl Retrospective event on Thursday 7th July is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth. The Wheeler Centre is getting revolting and ridiculous on stage with guests including Andy Griffiths, Benjamin Law, Kate McLennan, Tim Rogers, Anna Burke and more to wax nostalgic, perform extracts from Dahl’s vast body of work, delve into the recurring themes of his stories and discuss the life of this incomparable, sometimes controversial, author. 

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