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Unplugged Live at NGV Australia

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Warm up with live music, conversation and art in the gallery
Thanks to the National Gallery of Victoria Sundays are when art and music intersect and the people of Melbourne are the beneficiaries. Their NGV Summer Sundays were the perfect way to chill out during a hot Melbourne summer, but now the temperatures are dropping something a little more comfy and intimate is what's called for to beat the Melbourne winter blues.

Unplugged Live, a program of music performance and conversations with the artists, will take over The Ian Potter Centre at NGV Australia on Sundays from 5 July to 9 August and entry is free. Some of Australia's favourite and emerging singers, musicians and songwriters will showcase their work alongside some of Australia's best contemporary artists right in the gallery spaces.

And what better way to present an event like this than with the involvement of a music and arts insider? This year's Unplugged Live has been curated by Jae Laffer, popular front man of the Melbourne-based indie rock band, The Panics. Jae, who is carving out a place presenting talks with musicians (including last year's Unplugged Live and this year's Perth Writers Festival) will also host each session.

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Megan Washington will appear on 19 July

Jae describes the program this way - 'Each week, a different contemporary artist and I will unlock the inspiration behind their works on display, followed by a conversation and short live acoustic performance with a musician, all set within the gallery space. I want to reveal some of the fascinating links we can make between songwriting and art-making as creative practices'

The featured contemporary visual artists will be some whose work is featured in the gallery's current exhibitions: Indigenous Art: Moving backwards into the future, The Kaleidoscopic Turn and Follow the Flag: Australian Artists at War 1914-1945. Details of the artists will be announced soon.

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Alex Gow will appear on 2 August

The talented musical line-up has already been announced and includes Thelma Plum, Olympia, Megan Washington, Katy Steele, Alex Gow and Tom Iansek.


Each event will run from 2pm to 3pm each Sunday from 5 July to 9 August.

Sunday 5 July: Indigenous singer / songwriter Thelma Plum won Triple J's Unearthed as a 17 year old in 2012. Her song How Much Does Your Love Cost? was an Australian hit in 2014.

Sunday 12 July: Olympia (Melbourne-based singer / songwriter Olivia Bartley) is a multi-instrumentalist whose new album is set for release later this year.

Sunday 19 July: Megan Washington is a multiple ARIA award winning indie rock songwriter and performer.

Sunday 26 July: Katy Steele was the lead singer of the acclaimed Little Birdy from 2002 to 2010 and is currently working on a new solo album.

Sunday 2 August: Alex Gow is the front man of indie rock band, Oh Mercy, whose album, When We Talk About Love, has just been released.

Sunday 9 August: Tom Iansek is one half of the duo Big Scary with Joanna Syme.

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Thelma Plum will appear on 5 July

So spend a wintry Sunday afternoon (or six) this year at The Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia, and indulge in some musical, artistic and conversational excellence.

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Why? Free music, art and conversation
When: Sundays from 5 July to 9 August at 2 pm
Where: NGV Australia, Ian Potter Centre, Federation Square
Cost: Free
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