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Dock on Foot

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Published November 18th 2014
Even in scorching temperatures of 30C, Dock on Foot tour leader Chantal Wynter, managed to lead a group of 20 plus art enthusiasts to a list of eight creative spaces in Docklands, with a smiling face and energetic air.

A pilot initiative of Renew Australia, Docklands Spaces makes use of under-utilised spaces, for creative ventures. Commissioned by the City of Melbourne, MAB Corporation, and Places Victoria, the temporary residents are able to set up shop, at a reduced rent, until a full paying vendor requests the space. This initiative brings together community, encourages economic development, and promotes arts and creative industries across Australia.

Art created by 3D printing #BED
Artist explains 3D printing #BED

Dock on Foot is a two hour walking tour, which showcases these creative spaces. The tour begins at The Front, 424 Docklands Drive, with a short introduction by Chantal; and then continues through a list of eight creative spaces within Docklands. The well organised and thought out itinerary includes the following contributors:

The Front
Artist in residence Robert Lee Davis at Martitime Porthole Gallery
Studio Batch
The Umbrella Publishing Collective
The Food Court

While these galleries are open to the public throughout the week, the specialty of Dock on Foot tour is that at each space, Chantal arranges the leading artist (or creative director) to speak about the displayed work.

A diversity of art ventures from interactive sculptures, 3D creations, print, book production, and candle making, allows the participant an experience of education, and appreciation of the diversity of art and creative talent within Melbourne.

Time at each space is well mapped, with enough time to listen and question the artist, challenge one's senses viewing the artwork, and pencil in for a return visit.

Robert Davis #BED
Milk @TheFront424 #BED

My favourites for the day were the Martitime Porthole Gallery, where each of Robert Davis' paintings has a piece of material found in Docklands; and The Umbrella Publishing Collective, where their Suitcase Library has a selection of books for loan, for an infinite time. The condition being that the borrower tweets a picture of where in the world the book ends up, to @SuitcaseLibrary. My book has thusfar travelled from Docklands to the CBD, but will soon be sent on it's onward journey.

This free walking tour of creative Docklands spaces will be held quarterly, from January 2015. For further details on upcoming dates, keep posted on The Front 424 Facebook page.

@SuitcaseLibrary #BED
@SuitcaseLibrary #BED
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Why? Explore creative spaces
When: Dates posted on TheFront424 Facebook page
Where: Docklands
Cost: Free
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