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22 May 2018

Melbourne Art Foundation has announced the program for Melbourne Art Week 2018, running 30 July to 5 August, and featuring the return of Melbourne Art Fair and the Visual Arts Awards.

Excerpt from artwork by Chiharu Shiota, Absent Bodies, 2016.

Excerpt from artwork by Chiharu Shiota, Absent Bodies, 2016. Installation view Anna Schwartz Gallery. Photography: Zan Wimberley. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Over 50 Victorian cultural organisations, institutions, art spaces, satellite fairs and galleries will come together for Melbourne Art Week with a dynamic program of exhibitions, events, talks, performances and workshops.

The centrepiece event for the week, the Melbourne Art Fair will run from 2-5 August, and will present some of the newest and most respected artists from Australia, New Zealand and the region. The Fair will be housed for the first time within the Melbourne Arts Precinct, alongside the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and the Victorian College of the Arts. The Art Fair’s opening night celebration - Vernissage - will take place on 1 August.

This year also marks the return of the Visual Arts Awards, to be held on 4 August at ACCA. The Awards recognise excellence and outstanding contributions to the Australian visual arts sector. Nominations for the Visual Arts Awards are now open.

Additional Melbourne Art Week highlights include a VCA Open Studios event, and Weaving Workshops: Bush Toys and Baskets, a hands-on workshop led by senior weavers from the Victorian Aboriginal Weaving Collective that will explore traditional and contemporary weaving practices.

Melbourne Art Week runs 30 July-5 August 2018.

Visit the full program