Saturday, November 05, 2005

Open House

Today during my 'art date' I attended the Open House at both the Arts Centre and National Gallery of Victoria. It was a fantastic day of discovering the treasures and secrets of these two venues.

There was also a special collaborative work between Melbourne's leading art and cultural venues. Besides the Arts Centre and NGV, there were also Artplay, Australia Centre for the Moving Image, Immigration Museum, Melbourne Museum, State Library of Victoria, and the Ian Potter Centre.

Of special interests were the tour of the Arts Centre, especially the tour of the back stage of the Fairefax Studio, the wardrobe, the make-up room and all the other major theatres. It was such an enjoyable experience! The Australian Collection of art in the Ian Potter Centre has over 30,000 items and includes paintins, decortaive arts, photography, prints and drawings, sculpture, fashion and textiles and jewellery - a collection of great depth and complexity, which reflects the manyb histories of Australian art from the famous to the unfamiliar.

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