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Nite Art 2017

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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
One brilliant night of art around Melbourne city streets
Nite Art will be again brightening Melbourne's streets in a one-night festival that starts from 6pm on Thursday 27th July.

With a program that encompasses the work of more than 60 artists across 25 galleries, museums, artist run initiatives (ARIs) and areas not normally accessible to the public, Nite Art 2017 offers a program sure to appeal to art lovers and night owls.

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US artist Jordan Eagles' blood projection work 'Illuminations' will be displayed in a surprise location

This year there will be two main precincts - the University of Melbourne, and Central City. The Central City precinct includes Flinders Lane (with 10 galleries and outdoor spaces), the iconic Nicholas Building, as well as a raft of ARIs and independent art spaces. Highlights include the Nite Art Curatorial project at Alpha 60 (Chapter House) (curated by Nikki Lam), in which works by Victorian artists transform the building into an exploration of new frames for the moving image, as well as exhibitions at CAVES, Fort Delta, Blindside, Sofitel Hotel and Linden New Art in residence at The Domain.

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Leela Schauble's 'Dark Waves' will be projected at Alpha 60 (Chapter House)

The University of Melbourne precinct will host the exhibition BLOOD, which will be exclusively previewed and presented by the University's new Science Gallery. One of only five science galleries worldwide, Melbourne's Science Gallery, which is due to be completed in 2018, offers a preview space for Nite Art.

In another exclusive, Science Gallery has engaged US artist Jordan Eagles to host his blood projection work, Illuminations, in a surprise location not usually open to the public.

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German artist Fabian Knecht will present a lecture on his recent global ISOLATION projects

Another highlight is a visit by German artist Fabian Knecht. Knecht will present a lecture at the University on his recent global ISOLATION projects, and a new work, SPLIT. The latter has been created by Knecht at Karlu Karlu (the Devil's Marbles Conservation Reserve) in the Northern Territory during this, his first visit to Australia. Perhaps best known for setting the roof of the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin alight in 2014, Knecht's work has been shown at leading art museums in cities all over the world including Zagreb, Reykjavík, Tokyo and Berlin.

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A work from Fabian Knecht's ISOLATION project

Other feature events at the University of Melbourne precinct include commissioned performances by musicians and sound artists at the Grainger Museum, VCA Honours student Teresa Hsieh's self-made inflatables at the George Paton Gallery, and Arts West - object based learning labs featuring various artists.

All events are FREE, so get involved in this festival, which aims to change the way people view and interact with art.

For full program details, go to the website, and follow Nite Art on Facebook for updates.
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Why? A free one-night festival of art exhibitions and installations in two main precincts
When: From 6pm til late on Thursday 27th July
Where: Various locations in the CBD and University of Melbourne precincts
Cost: FREE
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