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Free Skateboard Exhibition @ NGV Studio

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Board is a new exhibition currently running at the NGV Studio. This free exhibition and artist workshop series celebrates skateboarding culture and in particular skateboard art.

Skateboarding culture was in full force in the mid 1980s - just look at the cult films Thrashin', starring Josh Brolin and Gleaming the Cube, starring Christian Slater. Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk also makes an appearance in both of these American feature films.

More recent examples of skateboarding films include the documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001), Grind (2003), Lords of Dogtown (2005), the Australian film Deck Dogz (2005) and Paranoid Park (2007).

This exhibition features the work of fifty Australian artists. Accompaning this event is a running series of 'Live Painting' Artist Workshops, organised by Just Another Agency. During these 'Board Artists-in-Residence' events, you can see artists turn the humble skateboard into a work of artwork. The Board exhibition Facebook profile follows these free events, which are held on a fortnightly basis.

Upcoming 'Board Artists-in-Residence' events include;

15 17 December 2011: Kaitlin Beckett and Makatron.
5 7 January 2012: Sear and Leisha Muraki.
19 21 January 2012: Ken Taylor and Cam Scale.
2 4 February 2012: 23rd Key and Deb.

In addition to 'Board Artists-in-Residence' events, there is also a special public lecture with former pro-skater Tony Hallam. This special event will occur on 19 January at 6pm.

For all the latest on the free NGV Studio exhibition, head to the National Gallery of Victoria website and the Board Exhibition Facebook Profile.

The Board exhibition @ NGV Studio will run from 12 November 2011 to 5 February 2012.
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Why? A Celebration of Skateboard Art
When: 12 November 2011 - 5 February 2012
Where: NGV Studio - The Atrium, Federation Square, Melbourne
Cost: Free
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