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FLAIR Melbourne Art Weekend

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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
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Four days of art excellence in this curated event
FLAIR Melbourne is an exciting new art weekend to be held from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 August. The event will showcase Melbourne's diverse art community across various locations at the top end of Flinders Lane. With a program curated by fortyfivedownstairs, Arc One Gallery, Craft, Arts Project Australia and Sofitel Melbourne, artists and art lovers will have plenty of opportunity to interact with each other through forums and discussion panels.

FLAIR Melbourne 2016
FLAIR Melbourne features a series of curated exhibitions, talks and experiences at the top end of Flinders Lane.


Visitors to the festival will be able to experience a range of curated exhibitions, as well as having opportunities to meet the artists and sit in on forums and panel discussions with creatives.

The major events of the program are the FLAIR Progressive Degustation (Friday 19 August) and FLAIR Keynote Address (Saturday 20 August).

The Progressive Degustation will involve visiting five venues in three hours to enjoy fabulous vegetarian food, wine and art in intimate and exclusive settings. It is being held in association with local restaurants such as Cumulus and Pei Modern.

Note that diners will be standing (no seats available). There are two sessions - the first starts at 6.00pm, the second at 7.00pm.

The Degustation is a ticketed event only, with the number of tickets limited to 50 per session. Tickets are $100 each. Click here to purchase your tickets and view the menu.

FLAIR Melbourne 2016
Textiles by maker and designer Elise Cakebread, 2015, photographer Matthew Stanton (from the craft.org.au website)


The Keynote Address, which takes place from 2.30-3.30pm on Saturday 20th August, is being delivered by Michael Lynch CBE AM. Having recently returned to Australia after many years working abroad, Michael Lynch will speak on Returning to Australia and How it is to be an Australian Artist in 2016.

The Keynote Address takes place at Arthur Streeton Auditorium, Level 1 Collins Place, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne. This is a FREE event but seats must be reserved. To reserve your seat, please email Renata.Kopinski@sofitel.com or call Renata on (03) 9653 7738.

FLAIR will also feature various exhibitions. A unique exhibition will be Robyn Stacey's Are you experienced?. In this project, a hotel room at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins is turned into a camera obscura. Small groups of visitors will be invited to view this art installation.

FLAIR Melbourne 2016
Robyn Stacey's unique exhibition will be displayed in a room of the Sofitel Melbourne during FLAIR. Image credit: Robyn Stacey, 'Room 3907 Sofitel on Collins, Morgan', 2013.


Here And Now, featuring the work of twelve Arts Project Australia artists and curated by Global Arts Project will also be exhibited 24 hours a day at the Sofitel.

Two photographic exhibitions will be housed at fortyfivedownstairs, featuring A City Unpolarised by Steve Greenaway and The Coloured Girls by Lisa Minogue. Both with foundations in fashion, Greenaway encourages audiences to explore layers of shop fronts and international urban streetscapes, while Minogue's vibrant series of photographs explores identity and race.

This is just a taste of what will be on offer during FLAIR. The full program will be released on Thursday 14th July. Check the website or visit the Facebook page for the full details.
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Why? A Melbourne art event 18-21 August featuring a series of curated exhibitions, talks and experiences
When: 18-21 August 2016
Where: Various locations at the top end of Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Cost: Check the program for event costs.
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