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Art after Dark shines a light on a late night celebration of culture

Pictured: Installation view of 'Mass' by Ron Mueck, 2017 (Photo:Sean Fennessy)

Celebrating art over two, free culture-filled nights, the NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia will be open from 6.00 pm to 1.00 am on this Friday, 13 and Saturday 14 May as part of Art After Dark Melbourne, a new major cultural event allowing audiences rare after-hours access to new artwork displays, performances and food and beverage offers.

As part of the event, the NGV International façade will be illuminated with an iridescent rainbow projection featuring works from the current landmark exhibition QUEER: Stories from the NGV Collection, which will inspire Art After Dark visitors to explore this popular exhibition which highlights the NGV Collection through a queer lens and celebrates the diverse stories embedded in more than 400 artworks.

On display for the first time since its world premiere in 2017, and for the first time ever at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, is Ron Mueck’s large-scale installation, Mass, 2016–17, comprising more than 100 hand-cast skulls, each measuring 1.5m and collectively weighing approximately 5 tonnes. The work will be activated throughout the night by local authors, performers and DJs, offering audiences the chance to experience this much-loved work in new and contemplative ways. A poignant monument for our times, the awe-inspiring work was a highlight of the inaugural NGV Triennial and will be on display on level 3 until January 2023.

Pictured: Ponch Hawkes No title (Two women embracing, 'Glad to be gay'), 1973

In NGV International’s Great Hall, artist Hannah Brontë’s immersive video installation EYE HEAR U MAGIK, 2020, explores notions of queer family making, as well as how women’s intuition is passed down through matriarchal communities. With a captivating and powerful blend of music and film, the work presents a foreboding sense of the future and explores the ways in which Brontë’s culture and spirituality have been, and continue to be, appropriated.

In Federation Court at NGV International, visitors can sample a selection of outstanding local wines at the Yering Station wine bar. While at the Four Pillars Gin Bar in the Great Hall, visitors can sip Four Pillars cocktails with unexpected twists on classic drinks such as the G&T and Negroni, and enjoy cheese and charcuterie sharing plates, sliders, fried chicken and other delicious late-night snacks options.

Visitors to the NGV will have late-night access to all levels of both venues, including performances curated especially for Art After Dark Melbourne that draw on themes of connection and community, as well as all current exhibitions and exclusive food and beverage experiences.

Pictured: Zaachariaha Fielding (Arrernte/Yankunytjatjara born), 'Untitled', 2020

Other Art After Dark events are being held around the city as well - see the visit Victoria website for a full listing.

Make sure you catch Art After Dark at the NGV this weekend!


Location: NGV International, St Kilda Road, and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Fed Square, Melbourne.

Dates: Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May 2022

Times: 6.00 pm to 1.00 am

Cost: Free entry

Art After Dark Website

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