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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.
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'