According to the Facebook Page of National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), they are holding NGV Shop Sale at the Great Hall (the big indoor open space on the ground floor, at NGV International on St Kilda Rd) ending on Monday. NGV Shop is a great library of high quality art resources, photography books, and other art products. Those items normally are relatively expensive, but during the sale, they’ll be discounted so NGV can make space for new products on their shelf. Head down to NGV for brunch and pick up those inspiring material for a bargain price!
Little did I know it at the time, but a couple of weeks ago I was walking in the last week of winter in Melbourne.
It was dark, heavy and wet.
Some days, the cloud seem so heavy. You could see the spots of heavy rain across the horizon.
I realised that the art-filled winter is coming to an end. I jumped in to NGV to have a quick look at their Monet’s Garden exhibition. They are rather good. I’m hoping to check out again this weekend, before it closes on Sunday.
And one day, we woke up, to see the soft light shining through.
No more harsh cold wind. It’s just soft, hazy air out there.
People are starting to dress in shorter clothes.
Even the arrival of the night is not as depressing…
And we know…
The winter is gone.
Last weekend was the New Year on the Lunar Calendar. To bring about good fortune, Chinese Community put on their traditional acts of dragon walking through the towns and lions dancing in front of businesses, followed by thousands of fire crackers.
Before all the noise, though, I was photographing my friend Bee, the talented portrait painter busking on Swanston street, who performed HungWei’s water painting art at NGV. Unfortunately HungWei was unavailable on these Chinese New Year events, so Bee picked up his hand-made paint brush and stepped up on his behalf. She has worked with him on various collaboration projects, so it was nothing new for her as well.
During the week leading up to the Chinese New Year, she also performed in the Federation Court, the space inside the entrance of NGV, at a Chinese New Year Celebration function organised by Australia China Business Council and China Chamber of Commerce in Australia. Here are a few shots I captured with permission by the event organiser and NGV.
I’d like to thank National Gallery of Victoria for their kind permission to photograph Bee and her performance in the Gallery. As my regular audience of this blog would know, NGV is one of my favourite art space in this city, and it was a pleasure to finally get to work with their blessing.
I’d also like to thank Australia China Business Council and China Chamber of Commerce in Australia, for allowing me to photograph Bee during the private function. I hope my suggestion on how to set up the podium backdrop helped the photos your event photographers made during speeches. As you noticed, I have quite a bit of experience in working with events, both as event organiser and as an event photographer. I look forward to working with you in a future function.
And finally, I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to the artist Bee and HungWei, for always allowing me to closely document your work. I am, as ever, inspired by what you guys can do with only a bucket full of water. I am really hoping to travel inter-continent now, in order to follow your work, while I also capture works of people in those countries, artists, farmers, traditional craftsman, mothers and grandmothers, and any ordinary people. That is where I am going with my photography. Just wait till I lined up a few assignments to get my trip started!
Sorry for not updating the blog for a while. I’ve been busy doing this and that… As you would know if you are following my Facebook Page, there have been regular shoots going on, at the markets, on the street and sunset and sunrise as always. But just haven’t had time to properly publish them here, on my blog.
Now, before bringing you up to speed with what’s been happening in my photography world, I’d like to share with you what will be happening, in Melbourne, this week. I will be checking out some of them where I can, and others I recommend that you do. So here it goes…
1. Chinese New Year at NGV – Water Painting Art Performance by Bee
When: Wednesday 13 February 2013: 10am – 2pm
Where: National Gallery of Victoria International (St Kilda Road)
In place for HungWei the ‘Splash Baron’ who is unfortunately unavailable for the event, her friend Bee, who collaborated with HungWei on water painting work at various occasions, will be performing the water painting on the fore court of NGV International on St Kilda Road. This is the final of 3-day performance, so don’t miss it!
For more info:
Splash Baron: https://www.facebook.com/SplashBaron
Flying Bee’s Love Art Travel: https://www.facebook.com/loveartravel
Photos in my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.605284716154193.157041.175366942479308
2. Blenders Ln Artists Market
When: Wednesday nights 5pm – 10pm (only 3 more weeks to go!)
Where: 110 Franklin Street, Melbourne
Taking place on beautiful summer evenings, just around the corner from the night market at Queen Victoria Market is this laneway filled with artistic inspirations. Artists bring their craft and some produce their magic before your eyes. Live music moves you, all-naturale ginger ale cools you down and you may come home with bag full of one-and-only hand-made goodies!
Everyone kindly gives me permission to photograph their works, so I do have quite a few photos on my Facebook page. I might wrap them up and publish in this blog again, too. I’ll be back on your final night of the season in 2 weeks’ time. Looking forward to photographing your best works and your party dress. We’ll say good bye to summer in style, before going back to our workshop to start the creative process again!
Blenders Ln Artists Market: https://www.facebook.com/Blendermarket
Photos in my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.556161997733132.149822.175366942479308
3. Sidney Myer Free Concerts with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
When: Wednesday/Saturday 4pm open for 7pm start – wed 13, sat 16, wed 20, sat 22 February
Where: Sidney Myer Music Bowl
Melbourne as Arts Capital of the region at its best – Melbourne Symphony Orchestra puts on free public concerts, not just one, but FOUR CONCERTS, in the park. You can bring in your picnic blanket, wine, cheese, tomato and olive and chill out lying on the green stuff up the hill, or sit in the best front-row seat in the house and enjoy the acoustic of the natural sound of orchestra. Doors open early, so make your way and secure your spot.
Be careful – no breakable glassware allowed, so you cannot bring those nice wine glasses.
Plastic ones, please.
Ah… it sort of happens on the same evening at Blenders Ln…
For more info, check out the MSO website: http://www.mso.com.au/whats-on/2013/sidney-myer-free-concerts/
4. PEACE Exhibition: Opening Talk at Monash Gallery of Art
When: Saturday 16 February 2013: 2pm
Where: Monash Gallery of Art (860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill)
‘Degree South’ the Australian photographer co-op, or group of documentary photographers, will be presenting their works from assignments around the world, focusing on ‘what peace looks like’. Michael Coyne and Ben Bohane will take the podium to talk about their works. I’ve seen their works in some exhibitions and in their first book ‘WAR’ that I have in my bookshelf.
People who face the disasters have a sense of appreciation for peace, order, safety and health. Many documentary photographers in the past captured the world of love and peace, including the well known war photographer Robert Capa, whose best photography, in my personal preference, is among those when he pointed at children, ladies and family away from the bullets and bombs.
If you would like to tag along for this, please let me know. MGA is not the easiest gallery to reach if you are based near the city like me. I’ll be driving up for the talk, and come back in time for the concert at Sidney Myer Bowl in the evening.
For more details, check out MGA’s website: http://www.mga.org.au/exhibition/view/exhibition/117
It was a long day at work. But I managed to get more out of a day after that. While waiting for my coffee at cafe this morning, I was flipping through a paper and saw an article about the gallery cutting down on some services, at the back of a disappointing below-expectation response to this event. Apparently. Today was a member free viewing day for the current Winter Master Piece series, ‘Vienna: Art and Design’, so I wrapped up my day relatively early and headed down to the NGV. It was pretty good. I almost bought the catalogue at the gallery shop. … but I didn’t! Why are these gallery books so expensive? 40-50 bucks for an exhibition catalogue? Are they made of gold?
To be honest, I didn’t see the man inside the door – I only saw the painting. Is he real? Was he coming to the door as I put camera in front of my face and looking for focus in the magnified view? A bit creepy I’d say.
Sat down in Chinatown for a bowl of Malaysian noodle soup, had a haircut, and that was more than enough for one day. But just before hopping on train, I decided to walk around to Fed Square.
Well, good night CBD. I’m off. So looking forward to falling into my bed… Good night, everyone. Have a great weekend!
For the past few years since I started visiting National Gallery of Victoria with more serious intention of experiencing art, they have impressed with every winter exhibition. There was the European Masters, The Impressionists, Dali and Picasso. The quality of work displayed are amazing and it is always a great learning experience.
According to the member newsletter email, before the exhibition opens to the public on Saturday the 18th of June, there will be a member-exclusive ‘preview’ opening on the 17th. For $18 admission for a member, this will be a great opportunity to take your time to admire the works without being pushed around by all these tourists, student groups and other art lovers. Though it is probably slightly easier, those member preview days are very popular among NGV members, so avoid the peak hour and go the first thing in the morning if it is possible for you. I may make it in the evening, but I’ll see how I go. If you do go and see me there, please don’t be shy and say hello!
For the members, there will be a couple of ‘member free day’, two of them during the duration of exhibition as usual. Currently they seem to be listed as 28 August and 16 September. But keep checking the exhibition programme on NGV site, as the dates and times may change.
Enjoy great pieces of art and use the inspiration in our own creative work 🙂
“Sure, Member’s Lounge is a cool place to meet new people. But it never gave me as much artistic inspiration“, says little Kaius. “Nothing’s within my reach! No drinks, no computer with lots of buttons, nothing! It’s as if it is designed for those tall people. It is outrageous! I’m a visitor too you know. You wanna see my member card?”
It seems NGV has listened. Continue reading “Kaius at NGV Kids Space”