The exhibition will mark the ten-year anniversary of the inaugural 2013 exhibition, which was a bold and unprecedented survey of some of the most exciting local contemporary creators.
Melbourne NOW will again highlight the latest art, architecture, design, and cultural practice shaping the cultural landscape of Melbourne. The NGV will dedicate an initial $1.5 million commitment to acquire, commission, and present new works by local Victorian artists, designers, and architects, with new commissions and acquisitions beginning this year. This process will continue for the next three years, after which the works will be premiered as part of the 2023 exhibition.
The NGV is delighted to be able to support our local creative community with the second iteration of Melbourne NOW. [The exhibition] will celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of our creative sector.
— TONY ELLWOOD, DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA.
The original exhibit in 2013 was a beloved event for Victorians and visitors alike, presenting the most exciting art and design from one of the world’s most creative cities. A decade later, Melbourne NOW 2023 will be just as culturally significant while also playing an important role in the post-COVID recovery of Victoria’s creative sector.
“Although we’ll need to wait a while to see the exhibition, the NGV will start investing in the work and careers of local artists now - when they need it most.”
— MARTIN FOLEY, MINISTER FOR CREATIVE INDUSTRIES.
Celebrating new and ambitious local art and design, Melbourne NOW will cross a range of contemporary disciplines, including fashion and jewellery, painting, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, video, performance, printmaking, and publishing. The exhibition will also mark the second edition of the hugely popular ‘Design Wall’, showcasing work by dozens of the city’s most innovative design practitioners, as well as popular NGV Kids interactive projects.
Bold in scale, Melbourne NOW will be on display throughout all levels of The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia including the permanent collection galleries, showcasing new works and commissions by emerging, mid-career, and senior practitioners as well as local collectives - many presenting for the first time in Australia’s most visited art gallery.
At the heart of Melbourne NOW will be a collaborative approach to the celebration of Melbourne’s artists and designers, working closely with a range of community, cultural, and educational partners. In 2013, the first edition delivered a history-making exhibition at the NGV that surveyed the enormous breadth of artistic talent in the local community. Marking the first time the NGV had exhibited designers alongside visual artists, the exhibition was an overwhelmingly inclusive experience, with the NGV offering free entry to visitors.
Ten years later, the next edition of Melbourne NOW will again offer free entry to NGV audiences and will be complemented by an extensive public program and exhibition catalogue, providing further insights into unique aspects of the exhibition.
Melbourne NOW will take place in early 2023 at NGV Australia, with further information to be announced soon.
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