#BohemianMelbourne

It’s been hot in Melbourne lately. One great way to beat the heat is to step into the beautiful State Library of Victoria. There’s always something good going on there and this summer there’s a fantastic exhibition that shines light on Melbourne’s cultural misfits. Bohemian Melbourne celebrates the lives of writers, visual artists, rock stars and other rebels who made art their lives and their lives an art form. Explore history’s backstreets with their cafes and studios to…

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NGV, the National Gallery of Victoria

Melbourne is full of wonderful museums. I was in the city recently and decided to pop into the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). The NGV has two locations. One is the Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square, which is a home for Australian art, presenting Indigenous and non-Indigenous art from the colonial period to the present day. It’s excellent and I highly recommend it. The other location is NGV International on St Kilda Road. NGV International houses collections…

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White Night Melbourne 2014

Today’s prompt in the Expat Blog Challenge is a photo prompt: a hidden gem. Considering it draws about 300,000 people and it takes place in the heart of Melbourne, White Night is not exactly hidden, but, surprisingly, a lot of people don’t know about it. I discovered it quite by accident last year and only a few days prior to the event. And although the event is massive, it’s full of hidden hidden gems if…

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Scenes from White Night Melbourne 2013

On Saturday night, Melbourne became the first Australian city to join in the all-night global celebration of art in public spaces. White Night Melbourne drew over 300,000 people to the city center between 7pm and 7am and featured over 80 events in music, film, performance, light and sounds, art, and food. The White Night Festival was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, but it really took off in Paris, and now it’s arrived in Melbourne. There…

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Matcham Skipper

The best camera is the one you have with you. All I had with me was my low-battery iPhone when Theo and I decided to go with friends on an impromptu trip to Montsalvat. I’d been to this beautiful artist community once before, but this second visit turned out to be extra special.

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William Ricketts Sanctuary

The William Ricketts Sanctuary is one of the most beautiful and serene places I’ve visited. Located in Mt. Dandenong, the William Ricketts Sanctuary features amazing and haunting clay sculptures of Aboriginals nestled among the trees. Although not an Aboriginal himself, Ricketts (1898-1993) had a deep respect for Aboriginal spirituality and a profound love for the natural world. His vision of a modern Australia that embraces these themes, as well as his sadness over the treatment…

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