Taking place this Sunday is Melbourne’s newest multi-arts event, Open Spaces. Abbotsford Convent will host a plethora of cultural events – featuring live music, visual art, literature, food, dance and more! Some of Melbourne’s finest artists, including Simone Hine and Clare Rae, Hanna Tai, The SEAM, and Emily Floyd and Eddy Parritt, will feature on an ‘Arts Trail’ that will make its way through the Convent grounds. c3 Contemporary Art Space expands site-wide with crafted sound and sculpture dotted throughout the gardens.
30 of the Convent’s resident practitioners will open their studios to the public for workshops, exhibitions and demonstrations, while visionary dance theatre company KAGE present a curated programme of Auslan-interpreted performances. Meanwhile, the Shadow Electric has been busy putting together a stellar line-up of funk, disco and indie-rock, showcasing great local producers such as Alex Gow (Oh Mercy), Sleep D, and a special collaboration between Misty Nights and Andee Frost – ‘Misty Afternoons’.
Lovers of local wordsmiths and photographers will feel at home at the Open Spaces Book and Zine Fair. Particle Books, The Young Ones and Homegirlwill be in attendance, alongside author Chris Womersley of Cairo fame, author and cartoonist Kaz Cooke, and children’s book illustrator Roland Harvey. Assemble Papers is delighted to be part of the Book and Zine Fair, so stop by for a chat, and to pick up some printed issues of AP.
A well-rounded cultural event is never complete without a tantalising selection of local food and drink. Highway 1 Street Party will serve Cool Down Sunday, an enticing meal prepared by chef Josh Murphy (Moon Under Water, Builders Arms Hotel), the Shadow Electric bar will expand into the gardens, while Jerry’s Vegiburgers and Bursaria ice cream are just a taste of the other delights on offer.
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