Epic showcase of local creativity in Melbourne Now

23 March 2023

The latest NGV blockbuster Melbourne Now is putting Victorian creativity on show in a spectacular free exhibition that celebrates the work of more than 200 of the state’s most exciting artists and designers.

Colourful lights in a tall square shape
Installation view of Rel Pham’s Temple 2022-2023 on display as part of the Melbourne Now exhibition at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne from 24 March – 20 August 2023. Image: Sean Fennessy

The free exhibition opens to the public tomorrow at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia in Fed Square.

A huge showcase of local talent, Melbourne Now takes over all three levels of the gallery and features painting, performance art, sculpture, photography, product design, fashion, jewellery, architecture, video, virtual reality and more.

This is the second edition of Melbourne Now, a decade on from its inaugural showing in 2013. It features the work of creatives at all career stages and from all parts of the state, including many that are exhibiting at the NGV for the first time.

Visitors will get a first look at more than 70 never before seen works by local artists and designers that have been newly commissioned by the NGV – a major investment in Victorian talent.

Featured works include a giant ’temple’ made from hundreds of computer fans by artist Rel Pham and a 10-metre-long installation representing the 38 Indigenous language groups of Victoria by First Peoples artist Lee Darroch.

A hugely popular feature of the 2013 show, the Design Wall, returns to shine a spotlight on the Victorian-designed products that have made waves over the past decade. Visitors will also get the chance to see performance art, participate in interactive art making activities and catch film screenings.

Melbourne Now is on display from 24 March to 20 August at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Fed Square, Melbourne and entry is free.