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
Carlton

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