News » POSTED 07.11.2013

Melbourne Now Exhibition at NGV

Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the complex cultural landscape of creative Melbourne. This ambitious and far-reaching exhibition across NGV Australia and NGV International will show how visual artists and creative practitioners have profoundly contributed to creating a place with a unique and dynamic cultural identity.

The exhibition will represent Melbourne as a dynamic centre for the production of, debate about, and participation in contemporary art, architecture, design and performance - innovative creative practice in all its forms. Melbourne Now will encompass an ambitious program with well over 300 artists and projects as well as architectural and design projects and commissions, commissions for kids and families and a community hall, which will host a rotating program, encouraging community expression from choirs, workshops, multicultural groups, performance artists, cake decorators, philosophers and poets, among many other activities, public programs and events.

Three 'exhibitions within the exhibition' focus upon architecture, design and the demographics of the city, curated by Fleur Watson, Simone LeAmon and Ewan McEoin respectively.

Architecture Curator: 
Fleur Watson, RMIT Design Hub Curator

A major new initiative for the NGV is the engagement with architecture and design in all its forms. Melbourne Now presents a suite of architectural commissions by leading practitioners, including a Community Hall designed by McBride Charles Ryan; a large geodesic dome construction by Rory Hyde; as well as Ashton Raggatt McDougall who will set up office at NGV Studio as an incubator for urban thinking focussing upon contentious sites across Melbourne.  

Sampling the City: Architecture in Melbourne Now curated by Fleur Watson, curator at RMIT Design Hub, reveals the complex web of personalities, factions and trajectories that make up Melbourne’s vibrant contemporary architectural culture.  Additional architectural projects include a Reading Room designed by architectural collective SIBLING, and an exhibition design for contemporary jewellery by Muir Mendes, among other projects.

RMIT Architecture and Design affiliated exhibitors include:
Antarctica, Practice Director: Graham Crist, RMIT Master of Architecture Program Manager
ARM, Practice Directors: Ian MacDougallHoward Raggatt, RMIT Architecture Adjunct 
Edmond and Corrigan, Practice Director: Peter Corrigan, RMIT Architecture 
Kovac Architecture, Practice Director: Tom Kovac, RMIT Architecture Professor
McBride Charles Ryan. Practice Director: Rob McBride, RMIT Architecture Adjunct Professor
Minifie van Schaik Architects. Practice Directors: Paul Minifie, RMIT Architecture Assoc Professor; Jan van Schaik, RMIT Architecture Senior Lecturer
Greg More, RMIT SIAL Senior Lecturer
Studio Roland Snooks, Practice Director: Roland Snooks, RMIT Architecture Lecturer
Leon van Schaik, RMIT Architecture Professor
Michael Spooner, RMIT Architecture Lecturer
Fleur Watson
, RMIT Design Hub Curator

Contributing architects and designers include:

BKK Architects
Denton Corker Marshall
Elenberg Fraser
Cassandra Fahey
Fender Katsalidis Architects
Stuart Geddes
Michelle Hamer
Rory Hyde
Jackson Clements Burrows
John Wardle Architects
Kerstin Thompson Architects
LAB Architecture Studio
Simone LeAmon
McGauran Giannini Soon Architects
Lucy McRae
Make Architecture
March Studio
Muir Mendes
Monash Vision Group and Monash Art, Design and Architecture
NH Architecture
NMBW Architecture Studio
Outerspace Design
Paul Morgan Architects
Peter Elliott Architecture
Phooey Architects
Preston Zly Design
Rijavec Architecture
Nick Selenitsch
Six Degrees Architects
Wood/Marsh Architecture