Unique is an overused word. But it just might be appropriate for the City Gallery at Melbourne Town Hall. No other such space has offered a sustained program of free, regular exhibitions focused exclusively on central Melbourne, backed by an authentic collection and supported by loans and new commissions.
Some numbers: more than 50 exhibitions held since the gallery opened in 2002; an average of three exhibitions per year; the work of more than 300 living artists shown; considerably more than 1000 artworks, photographs and artefacts displayed.
Besides its symbiotic relationship with the City Collection, the gallery’s hallmark is the quality of its curatorship and design. Many of its curators have spent years working in and around their subject, and the space gives a voice to them and the artists and other city documenters shown. No two shows look the same, and the prize-winning catalogues are coveted records of exhibitions.
Melbourne Town Hall, 110 Swanston Street, Melbourne.
(enter via Halftix)
Monday 10am to 2pm; Tuesday to Friday 11am to 6pm; Saturday 10am to 4pm
Closed Sundays and public holidays
11 May to 11 August 2018
Rowdy, impassioned mobs have frequently and conspicuously occupied roads, parks and open spaces in central Melbourne, demonstrating their concerns around all manner of political and social issues.
Curated by Malcolm McKinnon
Malcolm McKinnon is an artist, filmmaker, curator and ghost-wrangler working mainly in the realms of social history and digital media. He has an abiding interest in the labyrinths of living memory and the peculiar beauty of local vernacular. Over the past 20 years his work has encompassed documentary filmmaking, oral history, urban planning, public and community art projects, critical writing and exhibitions.
Visit City Gallery for past exhibitions.