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An art show with a different twist
SPRING 1883 returns to The Hotel Windsor for four days, from 1st to 4th August 2018.

Floral art

SPRING 1883 is an interesting art fair that is hotel-based. It draws on the traditions of the Gramercy Park Fair, New York and showcases the best of contemporary art pieces from Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Art with a difference!

SPRING 1883 was established in 2014 by Geoff Newton, Vikki McInnes, Kate Barber and Vasili Kaliman, an art advisor. It was first held at The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne in August 2014. The fair was then presented at The Establishment Hotel, Sydney in 2015 and again in 2017, and The Hotel Windsor in 2016.

The success of the hotel-base idea of creating an immersive narrative for art is that some galleries have entirely stopped the old "bricks-and-mortar" way of doing business. Kalli Rolfe, a contemporary artist has, as an example, shown that a gallery can represent a well known and popular artist such as Howard Arkley and Juan Davila, without having the traditional shop front.

Now the fifth edition of SPRING 1883 will take place at The Hotel Windsor, and as well will be part of Melbourne Art Week. The idea was conceived by galleries, for galleries, and participation in SPRING1883 is by personal invitation. This allows the project to "evolve out of shared conceptual engagements".

As well as being part of Melbourne Art Week, SPRING 1883 coincides with the Melbourne Art Fair. On show will be the best art from 24 galleries. Each gallery will take a suite from this iconic Hotel and they will take up the four opulent floors of Melbourne's grandest heritage hotel!

Floral art at SPRING1883

Admission to the works is FREE and opening hours are as follows:

Wednesday 1st August – VIP and media previews by invitation
Thursday 2nd August from 12 noon to 7.00 pm
Friday 3rd August from 12 noon to 8.00 pm. After this session, there will be the SPRING 1883 Artist Party
Saturday 4th August from 12 noon to 7.00 pm

This artist party will be held on Friday 3rd August from 8.00 pm to 11.00 pm, in The Grand Ballroom at The Hotel Windsor. Entry to this is also FREE and there will be DJ's plus you can buy your drinks at the bar.

In Bloom, curated by Madé Spencer-Castle and Jeremy Eaton will be a flamboyant installation of floral-themed artworks and flower arrangements created by Cecilia Fox. This will be a display of still life and floral art.

Art blooms

It will have up and coming as well as established artists displaying their creations.

Since 2003, Third Drawer Down has got together with the most significant artists of our time. Some of their works have been translated into gifts and home-wares collections.

Third Drawer Down's SPRING 1883 experience has been carefully chosen to showcase a special selection of ingenious goods from local and international artists.

Some of these artists include:
David Shrigley
Louise Bourgeois
Guerrilla Girls
Yayoi Kusama
Reg Mombassa
Margaret Preston
Plus one very special inflatable collaboration with Cindy Sherman

Murray White Room - Melbourne
Alaska Projects - Sydney
Arts Project Australia - Melbourne
Blockprojects - Melbourne
Bowerbank Ninow - Auckland
CAVES - Melbourne
Darren Knight Gallery - Sydney
Neon Parc - Melbourne
Station - Melbourne
Fort Delta - Melbourne
Gagprojects - Adelaide
Dutton - New York
Sutton Gallery - Melbourne
Jan Murphy Gallery - Brisbane
Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art - Melbourne
Lon Gallery - Melbourne
Mars Gallery - Melbourne
Michael Bugelli Gallery - Hobart
Negative Press - Melbourne
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery - Sydney
Sarah Scout Presents - Melbourne
Galerie pompom - Sydney
Daine Singer - Melbourne

Art by Daine singer

For more information and to see more details on each gallery, go to this link.
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Why? For a fabulous art show
When: From 1st to 4th August, 2018
Where: The Hotel Windsor
Cost: FREE
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by Danielle Norton on 10/08/2018
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