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Brunswick is an artistic hub.
As part of MoreArt, Moreland City Council's public art event, popular Melbournian art tour specialists Art Aficionados are running a special series of free, contemporary art excursions.
Called 'Walk the Line', the group will lead participants along a shared walking/bicycle path in the Brunswick-Coburg area and point out highlights of the MoreArt 2011 exhibition.
A bicycle path?' I hear you ask; and yes, the tours are conducted outdoors because one of the themes of the MoreArt 2011 program is to give 'artists and their community a chance to re-imagine the place they live in'. So, for this event, organisers have abandoned traditional gallery spaces, in favour of the Upfield railway line as a venue for showcasing the artists' work.
On disused public land, in vacant buildings and in some commercial spaces (like the Safeway carpark in Brunswick), artists will reveal pieces which aim to 'celebrate our city's unique urban character'.
Landscapes, performances, sculptures, illustrations, installations and a multi-media interface will all be included in the display. At RMIT's Brunswick campus, which itself contains the Textile Facility; a building well-known for its panelled, timber facade, more than fifty fine-arts, design and fashion students will present their work.
The 'Walk the Line' tours, which would normally cost up to seventy dollars per person, are absolutely free during MoreArt. Unfortunately, there will only be three groups taken out so book (via enquiry) early to secure your place for either Sunday October 2nd, Sunday October 9th or Sunday October 16th and be ready to depart from the outside the front of the Coburg Uniting Church at 2:00pm.
To get to the meeting point you can travel by car and leave your vehicle in the station carpark on Bell Street (which has no ticket machine, no time limit and plenty of spaces). You can travel on the number 19 North Coburg tram, alighting at Sydney Road walking the short distance to the church, or catch either the number 513 or number 903 bus, which each have stops outside.
The 'Walk the Line' tour will take about three hours to complete. It ends conveniently close to Brunswick's, Green Refectory Café where you can reward yourself with a well earned treat after the walk. Wear shoes that you a going to be comfortable walking, carry a drink bottle along the way and look forward to seeing some of the 'culture' that Melbourne is famous for.