The top end of Bourke Street has been transformed into one of Australia’s largest outdoor art galleries featuring 26 contemporary Melbourne artists including Bill Henson, Destiny Deacon and Polly Borland.
UPTOWN: an exhibition for our city is being delivered by the City of Melbourne and Creative Directors Robert Buckingham and Fiona Scanlan.
The free exhibition will become a major drawcard over summer to help encourage people back into the city to support shops, restaurants and cafes.
UPTOWN is a spontaneous expression of goodwill from Melbourne’s artistic community, transforming empty shops, businesses, windows, building exteriors and laneways to celebrate the city’s creativity.
Artworks will adorn prominent venues including The Windsor Hotel, Pelligrini’s, Grossi Florentino, Ombra, and Becco along with Job Warehouse, Meyers Place, and the former Metro nightclub.
The exhibition was devised as a response to the effects of COVID-19 on Victoria, encouraging visitors to take time to pause and reflect on the city we have created, and the city we want to inhabit.
The works will reflect on Bourke Street’s architecture, streetscape and history and will be located between Spring Street and Exhibition Street.
The exhibition will run from Tuesday 15 December 2020 until Sunday 28 February 2021.
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