‘Tasty Chats’ with Art Series Hotels at Art Melbourne + giveaway!

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Tuesday 17th May 2011

Art Melbourne

You’d be living under a rock if you didn’t know Art Melbourne is happening this weekend in Melbourne.  Once billed as the ‘affordable art fair’, Art Melbourne brings together nearly 100 galleries and a vast number of Australian artists under one roof at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  It’s always a varied and eclectic event, and whilst I’ll admit ‘affordable’ is a somewhat subjective term(!), it’s always good for a sticky beak – even if you’re not in the market!

This year Melbourne’s award-winning Art Series Hotels are playing a key role in the event, creating their very own themed lounge on site at the Royal Exhibition Building.  Styled with furniture and artwork from each of the three hotels, this space will serve as a relaxing spot for visitors to rest, mingle, and learn a little more about each hotel’s namesake artist – John Olsen, Adam Cullen and Charles Blackman.  Here, Art Series Hotels’ in-house curator Jane O’Neill will also give a series of entertaining and informative talks entitled ‘Tasty Chats‘!  On Friday night, celebrate the end of the week with wine and cheese as you listen to Jane’s presentation on John Olsen, on Saturday morning tuck into cupcakes and bubbles as you learn about Charles Blackman, OR soak up that Sunday hangover with a Bloody Mary as you take in tales of Adam Cullen’s grunge influences (very fitting!).

The Art Series ‘Tasty Chats’ talks are FREE but tickets to Art Melbourne do cost $20.00… however we have 5 x Art Melbourne double passes to give away AND as an extra treat, Art Series Hotels have also offered an overnight stay at any of their hotels for one lucky TDF reader! (to be used at any time not just for this weekend!).  Ooooh what a lovely mini mid-winter getaway!

The Blackman Hotel on st Kilda rd – love those bikes!

To be in the running to win one of 5 double-passes to Art Melbourne AND/OR a night’s stay at any of Melbournes’ Art Series Hotels, simply leave a comment on this post TODAY, Tuesday May 17th by 10.00pm Melbourne time!  5 winners will be selected at random and contacted by email tomorrow.  *please note accommodation is for one night in a studio suite at either The Olsen, The Cullen or The Blackman Hotels, subject to availability, not available during special events, not transferable, offer valid for 6 months. Phew!

*UPDATE thanks so much for all your entries!  The winners have just been drawn!

Winner of 1 x doublepass to Art Melbourne AND A night at any Art Series Hotel – Lyn Cole with comment #188!

Winners of 4 x doublepasses to Art Melbourne are as follows – Miranda E with comment #65, Marianela with comment #117, Suzie with comment #144, Caro with comment #17!

Thanks so much to all who entered!

Art Melbourne runs this Friday May 19th – Sunday May 22nd 2011
Royal Exhibition Building

Art Series Hotels ‘Tasty Chats’ sessions –

John Olsen Presentation – 6.00pm Friday May 20, 2011

Indulge in the good life with gorgonzola cheese and wine on Friday night as Jane O’Neill presents on Australia’s greatest living painter.

Charles Blackman Presentation – 11.00am Saturday May 21, 2011

Bubbles on a whim with cupcakes and Moscato as Jane O’Neill presents on figurative artist Charles Blackman.

Adam Cullen Presentation – 11.00am Sunday May 22, 2011

Fearless Sundays with a Bloody Mary as Jane O’Neill presents on the enfant terrible of the art world, Adam Cullen.

Children Playing by Charles Blackman

Skipping Girls (left) and Two School Girls (right) by Charles Blackman

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Tuesday 17th May 2011


  • Helen W. 5 years ago

    Affordable art is just what I need. Have 2 large bare walls (for the first time ever in my life) that require something big and bold. This exhibition sounds like the right place to start!

  • Beth Cregan 5 years ago

    I have been working so hard of late that I had almost forgotten about Art Melbourne – an amazing event! Could think of nothing better than enjoying a real day out (and night too!) Just the chance to be totally inspired, swim around in my imagination for a few hours….and perhaps spend a little money. What’s not to love?

  • Toni 5 years ago

    I’d love to fly to Melbourne this weekend to see Art Melbourne. Could think of nothing better…

  • Gina 5 years ago

    Arghh Melbourne – it has the heart + soul and Sydney got the looks. How I wish I was a Melbournite!

  • Elizabeth 5 years ago

    Mmmm cheesey art.

  • Lauren 5 years ago

    OH Lovely – I have my best friend staying with me this weekend and she’d LOVE to go to this (as would I!!) Please pick me!!!

  • Bec 5 years ago

    i’d be crazy not to want to go to Art Melbourne right? yes please!

  • Georgina 5 years ago

    Art Melbourne looks amazing! Much more accurate name now too!

  • Josette 5 years ago

    I would sleep with olsen, cullen or blackman anytime….

  • paula 5 years ago

    would be heavenly… pick me!

  • Mel 5 years ago

    Pick me please. I’d love to go to this.

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  • Jill 5 years ago

    Awesome. Love to see the inside of one of these gorgeous hotels. Pick me, pick me!

  • Leissa 5 years ago

    Pick me! Pick me! I would love to go!

  • katelyn 5 years ago

    i’d love a day out at Art Melbourne, just to escape this horror house of sick kids for n hour or two…

  • onefinelady 5 years ago

    Oooh yes please, how simply divine. I’d relish a night exploring one of these quirkily fine hotels.

  • caro 5 years ago

    ooh! we have been thinking about staying at the blackman for our honeymoon – the talks sound fascinating!

  • lauren 5 years ago

    great prize, would love to explore the art fair :)

  • Sian 5 years ago

    love the bicycles at the Blackman :)

  • Helen C 5 years ago

    As a Sydneysider, I NEED a trip to Melbourne! I need to see my sister, I need to see my sister-in-law and, of course, some Blackman is a must!

  • Simone 5 years ago

    Oh it would be a treat to get out of Sydney and explore the wonderful art culture of Melbourne. I have been lusting over the Art Series Hotels for a while. Would be fabulous!

  • Beth 5 years ago

    wow, that Skipping Girls painting is wonderful!

  • Luke 5 years ago

    wow wish I was going to be in Melbourne this weekend

  • sarah 5 years ago

    Yes Please!!!!! would love to visit this exhibition! and love the blog.

  • Kimbalee 5 years ago

    sounds fantastic…Melbourne has it all….so pleased to be a part of it . :-)

  • katey b 5 years ago

    Would love this prize

  • sandra 5 years ago


  • Katie Jayne 5 years ago

    Yes please, what an awesome prize! Haven’t stayed in a hotel for years!!

  • jo 5 years ago

    Pick me, pick me!

  • Emily Treganowan 5 years ago

    I would love this prize. My very talented best friend Hayley Scilini is showing work there You should all check her out.

  • Lauren 5 years ago

    Oh my gosh. Obviously I have been living under a rock. But I’ve come out again and would really love to win one of these great prizes. Thanks again!

  • Talia 5 years ago

    Yes please! :)

  • Craig 5 years ago

    What a fantastic prize! Would love to go along … and even better if I could pick up the night at one of the Art Series hotels!

  • Luz 5 years ago

    Yes please!

  • Joe 5 years ago

    : ) : )……

  • Candi 5 years ago

    Love to go!

  • Nicole 5 years ago

    Artfully select me please….

  • lord coconut 5 years ago

    you’re outdoing yourself once again! congratulations.

  • Michelle 5 years ago

    yes please…

  • Mel 5 years ago

    a night in an art series hotel… oh ok if i must!

  • jess 5 years ago

    ooh ooh ooh i would love to stay at one of the art hotels!!

  • Lou 5 years ago

    Too good to be true! Would be appreciated so much by a couple who is currently renovating and have no heating but more importantly will require Art for our new walls! xx

  • Tina 5 years ago

    Only spot left to fit any artwork is the roof! House is a mess, no room to put ANYTHING, weeds are high, vegie patch gone to the dogs…24 hours to not look at it? Sounds like art therapy to me!

  • Belinda 5 years ago

    cheese and art- delicious!

  • Liss 5 years ago

    Melbourne art – brilliant

  • noemie 5 years ago

    we’re so lucky in melbourne to have cultural events like this constantly evolving around us!

    would make my week to get some free tickets :)

  • neddy 5 years ago

    My weekend is planned!!!

  • Grant 5 years ago

    Art Melbourne at te Exhibition Buildings and Art Series hotels. How special.

  • Marti 5 years ago

    I love you Melbourne.

  • Christy 5 years ago

    How I’d love a Blackman to hang on my wall …

  • Louisa 5 years ago

    Ooh a night in a lovely hotel. Yes please!

  • Steph 5 years ago

    Excellent giveaway – I’d love to take part! Thanks :)

  • Rebecca 5 years ago

    Sounds lovely…

  • Jennie 5 years ago

    I heart Melbourne, I heart art. I’m going to melbourne this weekend so I would love to go to the Art Melbourne!!! Thanks for posting this great news here design files =) xoxo!!!

  • cleamoureuse 5 years ago

    would love to go!o) Sounds amazing!

  • Deanne 5 years ago


  • Jennie 5 years ago

    I heart Melbourne, I heart art.
    I’m going to melbourne this weekend so I would love to go to the Art Melbourne!!!
    Thanks for posting this great news here design files =)

  • Jacinta 5 years ago

    Sounds like a fantastic way to spend a weekend!

  • Caz 5 years ago

    Perfect combo. Would love to be in the running!

  • Tina 5 years ago

    Sleeping soundly surrounded by art – how fabulous!

  • Carol 5 years ago

    Please pick me! I would love to go to the Art Melbourne show!

  • Liz Roger 5 years ago

    I have never been to this event, I think its time to check it out!

  • Lee 5 years ago

    have a blackman charcoal on my wall … would love to go see the real thing and get some learning as well!!!

  • Oishun 5 years ago

    A perfect way to spend the weekend!

  • miranda 5 years ago

    a night in the big smoke…….surrounded by art ….cool!

  • Andi 5 years ago

    Looks amazing…yes please!

  • Erin Walsh 5 years ago

    John Olsen artworks + cheese and wine = my perfect night!
    I shall not miss!

  • jacQueline 5 years ago

    and to think I didn’t know where to start looking for my birthday prezzo…..

  • Katherine 5 years ago

    Charles Blackman is my all time favourite painter, the Alice in Wonderland series at the Ian Potter a few years ago was so magical, I could have stayed for days. I would love to go to Art Melbourne but at the moment a night at the Blackman would win hands down! What a great giveaway TDF.

  • G 5 years ago

    Sounds fantastic! I’ll pack now!

  • Kylie 5 years ago

    Great activity suggestion for this weekend. I’m in!

  • Rachael Conroy 5 years ago

    A weekend with wine, Olsen and cheese,
    Mascato and Blackman – oooh yes please!!


  • milena 5 years ago

    oh the getaway is just what i need right about now!

  • Robyn 5 years ago

    What an exciting prize!

  • Liza 5 years ago

    This sounds GREAT….I would love to go!

  • Dianne 5 years ago

    Perfect event to take my Perth houseguest to this weekend!

  • Mitchell 5 years ago

    yes please! what a lovely way to spend the weekend! i adore art and would absolutely love to be able to attend! <3 X

  • Tanya 5 years ago

    Love Art Melbourne!!

  • Ebonnie 5 years ago

    My walls are white.

  • Bev 5 years ago

    Art and a night away would be heaven

  • Daniel 5 years ago

    Went last year and it was brilliant. Would love to go again this year.

  • Sinead 5 years ago

    Nothing like some great inspiration from Melbourne Art and a beautiful art experience indulging with sleep!

  • katrina 5 years ago

    It would be a truly amazing privilege to attend Art Melbourne. As an art mad Sydney-sider, I haven’t had the chance to view any works from Melbourne, so this would be the perfect opportunity.

  • Naomi Boyd-Field 5 years ago

    Oh Thank you Design Files – i was going to skip this event thinking it another ‘town hall’ sale but now its the market and then bubbles and art… sounds like a perfect weekend!

  • Zoe 5 years ago

    how good does the exhibition building look in pink!

  • Penelope 5 years ago

    I’m already off to see Art Melbourne on Thursday with my mum, but I know my arts student, cash-poor brother and sister would love the chance to come with us as well!

  • Sarah Ritchie 5 years ago

    woo hoo! how terrific!

  • Paula 5 years ago

    Oh this would SO make my day….

  • jen hall 5 years ago

    wow the exhibition centre looks so good in pink. i have never been to the art sow, and would just LOVE to go. x

  • Rhiannon 5 years ago

    Would love to go!

  • Diney Phillips 5 years ago

    An orgy of Art in my favourite Melbourne building. I can’t resist.

  • Sharon 5 years ago

    Love Love Art Melbourne. Haven’t been for 3 years since the kids came along, time to dust off the cobwebs and be me again and perhaps purchase something for the dining room. <3

  • Jen 5 years ago

    The exhibition looks great!
    Would LOVE TO GO!

  • kristen 5 years ago

    A dreamy night in a hotel is just what this lady needs. Fingers crossed.

  • JN 5 years ago

    would love to go
    pick me please!

  • Vanessa 5 years ago

    These hotels are fabulous, great to see the pride in the Melbourne art scene.

  • jacki 5 years ago

    Would love love love it!!!

  • Jo 5 years ago

    This is an amazing prize! Please pick me TDF!!! xxxx

  • lesley 5 years ago

    always something fabulous in my home town!!

  • Tam 5 years ago

    This little Sydney-sider would dearly love a night in Melbourne to explore the places that get delivered to my inbox at 7am :-) Keep up the great emails/blog, you lead me to many beautiful purchases!

  • Giselle 5 years ago

    I really need a break. So bad. Would love the Blackman.. I have “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” illustrated by Charles Blackman. It’s just WOW!

  • Emma 5 years ago

    Please pick me!

  • Kathryn 5 years ago

    I cannot wait to attend my first Art Melbourne!! Looking forward to seeing what’s on offer and getting my inspiration on!

  • S-J 5 years ago

    the giveaways at the moment are something else..thanks Lucy (& Jenny) last time i was in melb, i stayed at the blackman…quirky and all kinds of amaze! i would be mad not to enter and try my luck at winning accommodation at the art series again..

  • Thanh 5 years ago

    It seems that I have been living under a rock. Looks great, thanks for the heads up.

  • Serena Lindeman 5 years ago

    Great post, great offer….. Good luck everybody, especially me!!!

  • Julia 5 years ago

    yes pleeeeeeease!!

  • Hannah 5 years ago

    After recently completing a 6 month home renovation which meant living with no toilet, no bathroom and no internal running water, I can’t think of a better way to reward myself for the hardship than browsing Art Melbourne for a painting to hang on one of my new bare walls… not to mention a night of pampering at the Art Series Hotels!

  • Rebecca W 5 years ago

    WOW – thanks for reminding me this was coming up! Too excited!

  • helen 5 years ago

    I was planning on going to this as wanted to buy a special piece for my big birthday that I just had – 2 free tix would be lovely!!!

  • Ashley 5 years ago

    Please, please, PLEASE! I’ve always wanted to stay at the Art Series Hotels… Such a great idea to put art back on the radar throughout the city without the formal gallery structure! And a trip to Art Melbourne would be a great way to spend a wintery Melbourne day.

  • juliet 5 years ago

    yes please!

  • Scarlet Jones 5 years ago

    Just the thing to inspire on a cold Melbourne day. The Art Fair couldn’t get a better venue.

  • jacqui 5 years ago

    Greatest prize EVER. Thank you design files!

  • Laura 5 years ago

    love love love to win this one xo

  • Clare 5 years ago

    Oh, I can’t get to Art Melbourne, but I’d love an overnight stay at an art hotel. Through sheer stupidity I enrolled in a unit at Melbourne Uni (I’m travelling insterstate to study there) that coincides with my first wedding anniversary. Oops. So now my partner is thinking of flying over with me, but to be honest, we can’t really afford that, or a nice hotel. A night at an Art Hotel would sure be appreciated!

  • Marianela 5 years ago

    I’m from Argentina and I have been in Australia for a little more than 2 years alreday. I used to never miss an ARTEBA, kind of the Buenos Aires version of Art Melbourne. How happy I am that I finally get to know there is a gallery fair, that gives us the opportunity to see what’s happenning in the art scene. Really looking forward for this weekend!! Thank you!!!

  • joanna 5 years ago

    loooooooooooooooooooooove to go to the art fair! x

  • joan 5 years ago

    I am about to complete a 16-month work assignment in Melbourne and I am so excited for my first and only Art Melbourne weekend as it may provide me an opportunity to get something affordable for my wall back in my home country to remember my wonderful Melbourne stay!

  • Amanda S 5 years ago

    Another incredible giveaway…will be making an appearance at Art Melbourne one way or another, a ticket win would be a brilliant bonus!

  • Lee 5 years ago

    What a fabulous giveaway! And thanks for the timely reminder that Art Melbourne is on again. Keeping my fingers crossed that I may be lucky enough to win tickets.

  • chloe 5 years ago

    oh just what we all need. a pretty picture and a decent sleep. delicious.

  • Amanda 5 years ago

    The walls of my lair,
    Are so very, very bare,
    They need some colour and spice.

    But what’s barer than bare,
    Is my financial affair –
    I can barely afford to eat rice!

    So if I do win this ticket,
    I’ll jump up like a cricket,
    Or a grasshopper to be more precise.

    Because I’ll be finally able,
    To put food on my table,
    And buy some art at an affordable price!

  • Jen 5 years ago

    My boyfriend treated me to a stay at this very hotel for my last Birthday. It was divine! We decided within an hour of being there that we would love to live there. Unfortunately my budget doesn’t really agree with my want, but another stay at The Blackman would suffice (Maybe!).

    I think I have been living under a rock, because I knew nothing of this art event, thank you for informing me, Design Files :)

  • Carly Wallman 5 years ago

    How delightful it would be to be surrounded by such amazing creative talent, especially if paired with the opportunity for some languid creative thought on a weekend away!

  • Bridie 5 years ago

    This could be the last excursion I make before hibernating for Winter.

  • Niccola 5 years ago

    The Cullen is one of my all time favourite hotels, dangerously located near to some of my all time favourite shops, and right next door to my all time favourite dumpling restaurant. Pick me! Pick me! Oh please pick me?

  • Groomstreet 5 years ago

    What a fabulous giveaway. Would be so honored to win this one.

  • Stephen 5 years ago

    Sounds like an amazing treat!

  • Faun 5 years ago

    I love Art Melbourne, I go every year and spend hours ambling around. Would be great to win a double pass for the weekend and even better a night at one of the Art Series Hotels!

  • Karen 5 years ago

    Would love to attend Art Melbourne this year, what a celebration of creative talent and also nourishes the soul!

  • Laura 5 years ago

    what an amazing way to spend the weekend – surrounded by inspiring art. yes please! <3

  • nicki 5 years ago

    Please pick me. Please.
    Thanks Lucy.

  • Lisa 5 years ago

    Wow what a great giveaway – once again.

  • Alison 5 years ago

    I must have been living under a rock… or just consumed by new baby…I actually didn’t realise show was this weekend. Can’t wait to attend those Tasty Chats! Free entry would really seal the deal :)

  • Poppy 5 years ago

    My friends are going to Europe next week. They’ll be going to The Louvre, Musee D’Orsay, The Musee National Gustave Moreau etc etc while I stay here and house sit for them.
    So thank you TDF, for reminding me just how well Melbourne can step up and put on an art exhibition.

  • Vanessa 5 years ago

    wow that time of year already? love Art Melbourne, though my wallet is not a fan… :)

  • Phoebe 5 years ago

    Can’t wait for Art Melbourne.

  • Christine 5 years ago

    Yes please! How womderful. I’ve never been picked. Maybe this is the one?

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    Sounds like a perfect weekend! Yes please!

  • Liz Kennedy 5 years ago

    This all sounds fantastic, what a great way to spend the weekend…thanks for the reminder.

  • Gabriela 5 years ago

    I love Mister Blackman, I used to work at a gallery that showcased his amazing work!

  • Sharon 5 years ago

    So need to win the overnight hotel stay prize. Needing a cultural experience!.Thanks.

  • suzie 5 years ago

    The hotels look beautiful!

  • Em 5 years ago

    What an amazing and definately inspiring event to attend, I know I’ll be there a winner even if I don’t win this competition. Thanks again for the team at TDF’s for keeping us up to date, keep up the hard work!

  • Kylie 5 years ago

    How I love Skipping Girls…would give prize to melbourne friends if I won

  • rachel 5 years ago

    love the subtle advertising on the bikes!!!

  • KATE 5 years ago

    I have many walls desperate to be adorned with new art, and I could do with some personal inspiration too. Fingers and everything else crossed! xk

  • Kieran stanley 5 years ago

    Great prize!

  • jes 5 years ago

    can’t wait for the fair this weekend – even better for a free ticket!

  • Lauren 5 years ago

    Looks fantastic!! Tried to win Art Series comp for a nights stay when they started out. No luck .. maybe this time.

  • nina 5 years ago

    …art ahoy!

  • susan frances 5 years ago

    I just love Art Melbourne, very inspiring to just wander round and wish and dream that I could take something home. (Good for people-watching too!)

  • Juanita Nguyen 5 years ago

    I love Art hotels and Boutique style hotels, beats staying in places with thousands of poky and tasteless rooms.
    Also have just finished renovating a period home in Melb into a modern, livable interior for my young family.
    Would love Melb art on my bare white walls!

    Oh and have fashion buyers from Sydney visiting this weekend, might take them to Art Melb.

  • Oh I’ve always admired those beautiful hotels! Their branding is amazingggg!!

    Thank you for another wonderful giveaway Lucy :)

  • Ebony Morehouse 5 years ago

    Would love to stay at one of the Art Series’ Hotels . . . my fingers and toes are crossed x

  • Ellie Schroeder 5 years ago

    Loving how much Melbourne celebrates art. The chance to stay at one of the art series hotels would be amazing!

  • Tracy 5 years ago

    I have lived in Melbourne for 15 years and never been. I will have to go and check it out this weekend.

  • Binky 5 years ago

    LOVE IT!

  • sarah g 5 years ago

    oh ART, I am never randomly generated as a winner, now is the time to start!

  • Lyndal 5 years ago

    Love Adam Cullen. Cannot wait for this weekend!

  • Dyani 5 years ago

    I’ve clearly been living under one of those rocks as this slipped under my radar. Too much work and not enough play for this little workaholic. That’ll change this weekend, thanks for the tip :)

  • John B 5 years ago

    Nice giveaway. Thanks.

  • victoria McKenzie 5 years ago

    tasty for sure

  • teresa 5 years ago

    Would love the opportunity to stay at one of the Art Series Hotels and to get along to Art Melb too!

  • Juli 5 years ago

    Wow! The Royal Exhibition Building looks like a great location for the exhibition! I’d love to go on a spontaneous arty weekend trip!

  • lizzie 5 years ago

    ooh! what a special treat. I’ll put up my hand for that little package of gucci-ness xx

  • Catherine H 5 years ago

    send me to The Olsen. To be surrounded by his art would be HEAVEN!

  • Noni Edmunds 5 years ago

    A brilliant winter warmer!! Just the thing to add some colour to these grey Melbourne days.Love to get out what’s there!

  • leah 5 years ago

    Great giveaway. Love to see the inside of one of these gorgeous hotels. Fingers crossed!

  • Jane 5 years ago

    What a fantastic prize. I would LOVE an overnight stay in Melbourne and all that art…

  • Jennifer 5 years ago

    There are always fascinating finds at Art Melbourne. Speaking of which, the Art Series Hotels are new to me, but sound fabulous!

  • jessica 5 years ago

    ohhhhh please pick me!!

  • Emily 5 years ago

    OOOH amazing! Would love a night in a luxe hotel! Pick me!

  • Ania 5 years ago

    My friend and I did a half marathon last weekend – would love to go there with her for a recovery girls’ weeekend!

  • siska 5 years ago

    yay. this is so cool…

  • Jon 5 years ago

    Completely missed this one – thanks for posting it. I need to enrich my walls with Art.

  • Emily 5 years ago

    Wahoo! What a giveaway. Art Melbourne is brilliant!

  • Keenan 5 years ago

    I was under the rock, it was cosy and nice….but you lifted the rock…thats nice too…take in some art on my way to a new hiding place..perhaps?

  • Mimi K 5 years ago

    What a treat it would be to win this fantastic giveaway.

  • Lucy 5 years ago

    Oh please pick me, I have been dying to stay at the Art Series hotels, and would love to browse through the Show and purchase some new Art for my home.

  • Carly 5 years ago

    Me please!!!

  • Georgie 5 years ago

    I live in the country. Not exactly Bob Katter country, but the country nevertheless. I really need a culture fix.

  • Marcello Ricciuti 5 years ago

    I. ____. ____.
    I. \. \. /. /. ART MELBOURNE
    I. \. HEART. /
    I. \. /
    I. \. /
    I. \. /

  • Vin 5 years ago

    I went to Art Melbourne for the 1st time last year – FANTASTIC! Can’t wait to go again this year!

  • Geraldine 5 years ago

    I went to this last year, and it was great. I’d love to go again.

  • Liza 5 years ago

    love love love xxx

  • lyn cole 5 years ago

    pls pls have my name come out of the hat!

  • Claire 5 years ago

    Headed down to Melbourne for a catch up with my man very soon. Would love a luxurious night in an Art Hotel!

  • Molly 5 years ago

    Sounds lovely! fingers crossed.

  • Belinda 5 years ago

    would be lovely

  • Nik 5 years ago

    I’ve been living under a rock! Please pick me, it would make my weekend! Aren’t the hotels fabulous?

  • Monique 5 years ago

    I am flying down to Melbourne tomorrow for a month to introduce my new baby girl to family and friends. I am sooo excited to see that my trip is coinciding with Art Melbourne. Just what I need – a big luscious Melbourne arty cultural fix.

  • Madeleine 5 years ago

    Oh yes please! Thanks for the chance x

  • sylvia 5 years ago

    yes please…in need of some inspiration!

  • Helen 5 years ago

    Wow – I Love my daily dose of The Design File – and what a fabulous give-away. Please pick me!!!!!!!!!!

  • Annie 5 years ago

    Great prize with double happiness daughter and me

  • Jonathan 5 years ago

    worth a try ;)

  • lauren 5 years ago

    i’d love to try out someone else’s bed

  • Eleanor 5 years ago

    there have been so many amazing giveaways recently on TDF but this surely ‘takes the cake’ YES PLEASE :) xx

  • Gabriela 5 years ago

    i’d love one please!

  • jaqpot 5 years ago

    Your blog is STILL the best.
    Thank you for always putting a little sunshine in my everyday :)

  • Tash 5 years ago

    Yes please! I went a few years ago and have been wanting to repeat the crazy whirlwind of art overload again.

  • Meaghan 5 years ago

    Yes please! Thanks for the reminder!
    Fingers crossed for good weather and if not, tasty warm treats at the end!

  • emma g 5 years ago

    what a fabulous offer!! My fingers are crossed!!!!

  • Lydia B 5 years ago

    How lucky that I am visiting Melbourne this weekend!

  • Esz 5 years ago

    AWESOME! I wont be able to make it to Art Melbourne cos I’m in Tas for the weekend (and will definitely be hitting up MONA!) but a chance to stay at one of the Art Hotels is too cool to miss :-D

  • Astrid McGinty 5 years ago

    Thanks for reminding me that the Art show is on this weekend…. I must go to source the masterpiece for my new apartment. maybe I can pick up the next “Blackman “?

  • Michelle F 5 years ago

    Thanks for letting us know about Jane’s presentation on John Olsen. I’m definitely heading to the Exhibition Building this Friday night. Great site here Lucy, I love seeing all of these beautiful discoveries of yours and find it all so inspiring.

  • Camila 5 years ago

    Art Melbourne – yes please! Hotels looks pretty awesome too!

  • CJ 5 years ago

    Would love to go!

  • Kathleen 5 years ago

    This is the perfect opportunity to chose a piece of art for my parents to buy us as a wedding present! Excellent!

  • Anne 5 years ago

    What a great way to spend the weekend – got to just love this city! Am so looking forward to this one even if it’s just for eye candy!!

  • Helen 5 years ago

    I want to go to Melbourne!!!!

  • Ingrid 5 years ago

    I’ll be putting aside some time to check out the fair this weekend. And I’ve been eyeing off the hotels since they opened, a night at one would be a treat.

  • laura 5 years ago

    without a doubt you had me at hello art melbourne. Don’t mind if I do please!!! xxx

  • Gaynor 5 years ago

    Worth the two hour trip to Melbourne!!!

  • Yvette 5 years ago

    The perfect way to fill that blank space in the hallway!

  • Katie 5 years ago

    Affordable art AND an art hotel…bliss!

  • Mummageorge 5 years ago

    I’ve never been to Art Melb, nor an Art Hotel, but would like to.

  • Samantha 5 years ago

    Art Melbourne l love it and have gone since its exception with babies or toddlers in toe hoping upon hoping l would be able to snavel a piece to adorn my barren walls – but by the time my husband and l made our way back to where we had seen “the piece” it was already sold! What a treat it would be …

  • Q 5 years ago

    Ooh how lovely! Yes please!!!

  • Erin 5 years ago

    Ooooh the art melbourne exhibit sound lovely. Luckily, its pay week this week…..

  • blue fruit 5 years ago

    Well I will just pop out from under my rock where I have been living, to admit that I had forgotten it was on this weekend! Yikes! Thank you for pointing it out so that I can ear mark for the weekend’s adventures.

  • karen 5 years ago

    lovely venue, great diversity of art works, win a night away from the kids…..OK….

  • susie 5 years ago

    very very keen to stay at the cullen and go to the fair!! yipppee, cant wait. thank you xxx

  • kathryne 5 years ago

    i would love love love to see art and to stay in it!

  • Brenda Nash 5 years ago

    Not only would I love to go to Art Melbourne but to stay at one of these hotels would be a real bonus!

  • meg 5 years ago

    What an amazing giveaway,something to warm the cockles of my heart and to share with my beloved this winter – thanks Lucy!:)

  • Jen C 5 years ago

    One of the most wonderful prizes to date!! The Art Series Hotels beautifully complement Melbourne’s thriving Art culture; an undeniable addition to our wonderful City.
    Would love to win either prize for a new and exciting taste of Melbourne…

  • Grace 5 years ago

    ah wow, pick me! pretty please : )

  • Leigh Hofman 5 years ago

    Perfect. Glad you reminded me it was on. I am meant to have chosen a piece of art for my wedding present – got married over a year ago!! My sister is about to kill me. Will have to try and get down there this weekend so that I can finally have some colour on my walls for my new bub to look at.

  • Emma 5 years ago

    Art and Food = Melbourne……………..x

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    Thanks for reminding me it is on.
    I have actually only been once before but did manage to pick up a surprisingly affordable painting by Melbourne based artist Ahern, whose work I continue to adore.
    I would love the opportunity to go again and be introduced to more great local artists.

  • Eliza Phillips 5 years ago


  • Marg Pullen 5 years ago

    Ooooh for a warm tasty treat in an arty-Melbourne-suite

  • Jana 5 years ago

    A M A Z E B A L L S

  • Michelle 5 years ago

    gosh I’d love to go!

  • wendy june 5 years ago

    another great prize! You are killing me.

  • Jackie 5 years ago

    Melbourne is the best place to live!

  • Andy B 5 years ago

    Awesome prize!!!

  • TL 5 years ago

    You mean the Cullen isn’t named after Edward from Twilight? Ohhhh, better get to the Art Fair and brush up on the greats.

  • Melanie 5 years ago

    My ticket to a(rt) perfect weekend.

  • Clare 5 years ago

    Was away for last years event but have had this years circled on my calendar for months can wait! Would love to see the insides of the beautiful art hotels!

  • Melissa 5 years ago

    Yes please! I went last year and picked up a gorgeous piece for my daughter’s birthday. Could be my turn this year!

  • Roisin 5 years ago

    Art & Footie at the weekend what more can a girl what:)

  • lou 5 years ago

    OH yay! Im sick of making my own bed
    yes please :)

  • jo 5 years ago

    pick me please so i can escape into art

  • Tars 5 years ago

    I am a out of work designer, a trip to the art fare is just what I need for inspiration!

  • Bree 5 years ago

    A day away to view some art or a night away to view some art – a break from this crazy house for either would be amazing!

  • Luci 5 years ago

    Wow…250 comments – this is a long shot: yes please! Thanks for the chance.

  • Matthew 5 years ago

    Art Melbourne is fantastic love going to this

  • James 5 years ago

    It would be wonderful to attend such an iconic Melbourne event

  • Catherine 5 years ago

    I covet an Olsen. The grand man of the art world…

  • Judy 5 years ago

    Wow, I’ve been dreaming of staying in one of these new Art hotels since they opened. How gorgeous would it be!!

  • Fiona Wilson 5 years ago

    I would love to go!

  • elissa c 5 years ago

    I’ve always wanted to stay at one of those hotels but couldn’t figure out how to do it without offending Melbourne friends and family.

  • Annalisa Giudici 5 years ago

    A night at one of these fab hotels would be a lovely break from my noisy and crowded digs. Thanks!

  • kaz 5 years ago

    babysitter booked – fingers crossed we are off to the art show and finding the love again in a divine hotel!!

  • Narelle 5 years ago

    Popular giveaway – but you’ve got to be in it to win it

  • Jackie 5 years ago

    I’ll take my son!! He’s only 6 months but it’s never too early to start them started on art!

  • pavel 5 years ago

    :insert obligatory comment here:

  • suzie 5 years ago

    I would love a trip to Melbourne, it’s the best city and full of inspiring art!

  • lizzie kennedy 5 years ago

    Another fantastic give away!

  • annee 5 years ago

    It would be great to have tickets to Art Melbourne this weekend

  • Karen 5 years ago

    Art Melbourne this weekend would be awesome

  • Erica 5 years ago

    This sounds too good to be true! I must be dreaming… best leave a comment just in case;)

  • Mandy 5 years ago

    Aaaaaaagh what an ace arty prize! Yes please!

  • annette ford 5 years ago

    Melbourne IS art! Let’s celebrate our city and our artists this weekend. Can I come too?

  • Sarayh 5 years ago

    Just bought a house and haven’t put anything up on the walls yet… so need to go to this!

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    Would be interesting to see which Cullen’s they put in the most expensive rooms……??

  • Nichola 5 years ago

    I was wondering what to do this weekend and this could be it :)

  • Jenny 5 years ago

    Might this be the day I get an email from The Design Files? I could really do with some more art and some more rest :)

  • Anna 5 years ago

    ooooh how I love this blog.. I love art too!

  • Anne 5 years ago

    please, please enter me – we neeeeed a break and this would be perfect!

  • Amy 5 years ago

    This would be absolutely lovely!

  • asha 5 years ago

    I love Charles Blackman, but i guess any excuse for some bubbles on an Saturday morn

  • Sienna Primrose 5 years ago

    over the weekend i was mistaken for charles blackman’s daughter. i don’t know whether i am ashamed or proud that i went along with it to get a free drink. regardless this is a wonderful prize.

  • Alissa 5 years ago

    Oh BOY!!! I’m making the big move to Melbourne shortly and events like this make me so excited and reinforce that we are making the right decision. I can’t wait to explore the city and have events like this at my fingertips. Hmm…. now, just to pick some affordable artwork to go on the walls of our new apartment. xx

  • Chris 5 years ago

    viewing art, talking art and then an art hotel to dream of art – Bliss!

  • Gael Joyce 5 years ago

    John Olsen my all time favourite artist

  • adrian 5 years ago

    jess says we need to stay at an art hotel.
    p.s great blog lucy!

  • Kellie 5 years ago

    Dreaming of Blackman, Cullen or Olsen. Loving your blog!

  • Kellie 5 years ago

    Dreaming of Blackman, Olsen or Cullen! Congrats on the blog, I look forward to it everyday.

  • Amber 5 years ago

    Yes, yes, yes. Please, please, please! What a wonderful prize.

  • Michael 5 years ago

    Having visited the Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart, I would love to explore both Art Melbourne and one of the Art Series Hotels in Melbourne. I’ve already been considering the Charles Blackman. Regardless of the random draw – keep up the great work! You are doing a wonderful job of promoting Australian designers and artists through this blog. Well done Lucy.

  • Rebecca 5 years ago

    Am DESPERATE for a Melbourne hiatus!! Pls pick me!!!

  • Phil 5 years ago

    I’d like to go very muchy please :-)

  • Sharyn 5 years ago

    Oh my……the chance to see some doers instead of procrastinators is nigh on irresistible !!

  • Ami bassett 5 years ago

    Oh gee! This would be A-mazing! Fingers crossed…

  • Brigid Sundborn 5 years ago

    I’ll be there even if you don’t pick me!

  • Amber 5 years ago

    Sounds like the perfect way to spend a weekend (I’m booking the babysitter now!).

  • Margo Carlon 5 years ago

    what can i say, melbourne here i come.

  • Caitlin Marks 5 years ago

    What an art-astic event – and giveaway! Oooh, here’s my hand shooting up in the air, saying here I is! Please make my year and make me grinner-winner!

  • Sally 5 years ago

    Crossed Fingers

  • Nicole 5 years ago

    Would love to spend just one night in any of these hotels – I think I would pick the Cullen though!

  • Gina Ropiha 5 years ago

    I have never been to this event -which is shameful really. An overnight stay and an opportunity to learn stuff sounds hard to resist.

  • Shelley Panton 5 years ago

    A night at the art series? great idea !

  • Mellie 5 years ago

    Yippie, thanks for sending this to my inbox. I have been trying to put a little cash aside each week so I can buy some Melbourne art and this weekend has spending sock draw money written all over it!!

  • Jen 5 years ago

    Affordable art….priceless inspiration!

  • RHYS 5 years ago

    yes please mr blackman

  • karen 5 years ago

    day at art melbourne, night at the blackman = great weekend

  • frankie 5 years ago


  • adrian 5 years ago

    yes!! made it before 10 pm, even though it says 10.43pm here.

  • hannah 5 years ago

    Beautiful hotels!

  • Charlotte 5 years ago

    Amazing – I love living in Melbourne

  • Kimberlea 5 years ago

    I will definitely be there!

  • Rachel 5 years ago

    Looks like I know what I’ll be doing this weekend!
    Melbourne = awesome.

  • Rabia 5 years ago

    Oooh, so many fabulous things – and I’ve always wanted to stay at one of those hotels…

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