Category: Exhibitions

Ulanda Blair on Top Arts

‘Big Fish, Little Fish’ (Top Arts, 1997) was inspired by my move as a teenager from a tiny desert town in remote North West Victoria, to the Mornington Peninsula. It was a mixed-media work containing large-scale photographic prints, bleached fish …  More

Italian Masterpieces – Young Researchers

Imagine if you could spend two whole days in a gallery discovering the tricks of the trade of master artists such as Raphael and Michelangelo and understanding what they did that forever changed how people saw their world!   Well …  More

Grant Featherston’s R152 Contour chair

It was sometime in 1950, while playing with a tram ticket, that Grant Featherston came up with the idea to bend and join two pieces of plywood to form the shell of a chair.  He patented this method in 1951 …  More

Come into the parlour – A room for kids

Fashion Detective is an exhibition of unattributed works dating from the nineteenth century conceived of as a series of ‘cases’ requiring investigation. Presented as small vignettes telling different stories of analysis and deduction, the exhibition is conceptually and visually playful. …  More

The Man

Fashion Detective author Sulari Gentill and Sisters in Crime Australia authors Leigh Redhead and Phillipa Martin led a fiction writing workshop at the NGV inspired by the mysterious objects in Fashion Detective. Here is one of the best stories, as …  More

Faking it

These ice skating boots in Fashion Detective are a bit of a mystery. The catalogue entry reads: ‘early to mid 20thC skating boots’…and not much else. Peer a little closer (or with a stereomicroscope and x-ray, very close) however, and …  More

Remembering Top Arts 2001

As an artist and photographer I look back fondly to when I was selected for Top Arts 2001. It was an important step for my very early career and came as reassurance to my creative endeavors and dreams to pursue …  More