WHAT: The Big Design Market
WHERE: Royal Exhibition Building (Nicholson St, Carlton)
WHEN: Friday 4th Dec from 10am–9pm, Saturday 5th from 10am–7pm + Sunday 6th from 10am–5pm
COST: $2 admission - Free for kids 12 and under
This December The Big Design Market are bringing you the best of independent Australian & international design for 3 huge days of Christmas shopping at Melbourne's iconic Royal Exhibition Building. Discover a stellar line-up of over 230 stallholders across homewares, textiles, fashion, furniture, lighting, stationery, lifestyle & kids products. The market is a wonderland for Christmas shoppers, with thousands of distinctive, exclusive goods for sale. For those who place value on ethical production, sustainability, quality, originality and good design, this is a shopping event not to be missed.
Treat yourself to epicurean delights from Earl Canteen, Misschu, Taco Truck, Beatbox Kitchen, All Day Donuts, LuxBite and Billy van Creamy. Enjoy a crafted tipple from Moo Brew, Sofi Spritz, Faire Ferments & Willow Creek Vineyard, plus Love Tea and Sensory Lab will keep you caffeinated so you can shop, eat, drink & shop some more! Visitors to The Big Design Market can also enjoy free creative workshops hosted by our stallholders, High Tea in our new champagne bar, exclusive designer showbags, kids activities and much more! Visit www.thebigdesignmarket.com for more details.
WHAT: APOM Store 1st Birthday
WHERE: 326a Carlise st, Balacalava
WHEN: Sunday Nov 15th from 3-6pm
Melbourne clothing label APOM opened its first brick and mortar store towards the end of 2014 and this weekend marks the first birthday of their Carlisle St store! Like any birthday it’s time to celebrate with bubbly wine and cake. APOM are lucky enough to be collaborating with some great Melbourne brands for this event as well as Adelaide's Bird In Hand Winery who will be supplying the sparkling! The APOM shop is located on Carlisle St and showcases the whole range, sitting alongside a curated collection of independent and Australian designers and creators such as Julie White, Pirdy and State of Folly.
So put on your party dress this Sunday and join Kajsa and Kate to help celebrate the first year in their stand alone store. And if the bubbly and cake aren't enough to entice you, there will be a $300 voucher giveaway for one lucky person and 20% off all the new season stock for those attending.
WHAT: Craft Pop Up Shop 2015
WHERE: Melbourne Town Hall (Cnr Swanston & Little Collins St)
WHEN: 21st Oct - 21 Nov 2015 (Mon-Sun 11am-6pm, open until 7pm on Thur-Fri)
It’s back! Craft’s Pop-Up will again take over the Melbourne Town Hall for 32 days showcasing the best of Victorian craft and design.
Craft's Pop Up features over 70 established and emerging makers, showcasing handmade ceramics, jewellery, textiles, papercraft, mixed media and furniture. With triple the floorspace of Craft's home at 31 Flinders Lane, The Pop-Up allows Craft to generate new conversations about ways of making, and to celebrate the very best of Australian handmade contemporary craft. There will also be special events and demonstrations in the space including installations by makers Kim Jaeger and John Brooks, furniture designers Dale Hardiman, Coco Flip, Redfox and Wilcox and Tide Design. Craft’s Pop Up is free to enter, and all events are free of charge. For more info on the event head to the craft website.
WHAT: 'Risographica 3' Group Exhibition
WHERE: Lamington Drive (101A Sackville Street, Collingwood)
WHEN: Opens Wednesday Oct 14th from 6-9pm. Exhibition runs until November 7, 2015.
Following the success of Lamington Drive’s inaugural 'Risographica!' exhibition in 2010 and sequel, 'Risographica 2' in 2012, Lamington Drive are pleased to present the much-anticipated third incarnation of their (almost) biennial charity show, aptly titled 'Risographica 3'. This group exhibition will see 28 of Jacky Winter’s finest explore the medium of the A3 2-colour Risograph. All works will be sold in limited editions of 10 for $50.00 each, with all profits during the exhibition going to Oxfam’s International Crisis Fund – supporting the response to humanitarian crises worldwide, by helping those most in need when a natural or a man-made emergency occurs. Please join the Lamington Drive crew and participating artists for the opening on Wednesday the 14th!
WHAT: Magic Designer Sale
WHERE: 87 Kerr St Fitzroy, Melbourne
WHEN: Friday 4th - Sunday 6th September 2015
Fashion lovers and style aficionados alike, it's time to empty those piggy banks and get your purses ready! The amazing Magic Designer Sale is back again and as per usual, the sale features end of season pieces and samples from Melbourne labels such as Kuwaii, Kloke, Livia Arena Label, Verner, OK OK, This is Chorus, Witu, Rouda, Pageant, Baserange plus jewellery brands Seb Brown Jewellery, POMS and Two Hills! The sale will run from 10-6pm on Friday and Saturday, and 12-4pm on Sunday. More info at the MDS website.
WHAT: KUWAII Resort SS15-16 preview
WHERE: Cathedral Arcade (37 Swanston St, Melbourne)
WHEN: 28 August 2015 from 6-8pm
As part of the MSFW Retail Program, Kuwaii invite you to after work drinks this Friday evening at their Cathedral Arcade store! The Melbourne label are excited to have their latest resort SS1516 collection on show, as well as their amazing collaboration with Maryanne Moodie. Kuwaii’s latest collaboration with the ex-pat Australian artist & weaver extraordinaire blurs the boundaries between craft and fashion with a soft and feminine nod to all things Kuwaii. In sync with Kuwaii’s aesthetic, Maryanne’s woven tapestries in a stunning array of soft colours and textures complement Kuwaii’s simple yet sophisticated, timeless yet modern styles. For the collaboration, Maryanne has produced a wearable woven tapestry as part Kuwaii’s resort collection. This beautiful piece is half art work and half garment, and will produced in extremely limited numbers, and will be available for pre-order on the night. For more info head to the Facebook event page.
WHAT: Falls Music & Arts Festival 2015
WHERE: Lorne (VIC), Marion Bay (TAS), and Byron Bay (NSW)
WHEN: New Years 2015
Lorne - Dec 28, 2015 until Jan 01, 2016
Marion Bay - Dec 29, 2015 until Jan 01, 2016
Byron Bay - Dec 31, 2015 until Jan 03, 2016
Take in some of the finest contemporary tunes from across the globe with interactive arts, sustainable initiatives, yummy food and good people at this years Falls Festival! Tried, tested and perfected over the past two dozen years, Falls proudly delivers all your number ones: rolling green amphitheatres, multiple stages, stunning locations, bountiful nature, free camping, sustainable and environmental processes, curated foodies, interactive arts and all the best sounds with even better memories. The 2015 lineup includes: Alpine · The Avener · Birds Of Tokyo · Bloc Party · Børns · Courtney Barnett · Disclosure · Django Django · Foals · Gang Of Youths · Gary Clark Jr · Halsey · Hiatus Kaiyote · Hilltop Hoods · King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard · Kurt Vile And The Violators · Little May · The Maccabees · Mac Demarco · Meg Mac · Oh Wonder · Paul Kelly & Merri Soul Sessions Featuring Clairy Browne, Dan Sultan, Kira Piru, Vika & Linda Bull · RUFUS · Seth Sentry · Toro Y Moi · Young Fathers + More.
If you'd like to get your mitts on some tickets, the Ticket Ballot is open now! So pop your name into the draw if you're looking for a summery getaway at Lorne, Marion Bay or Byron this NYE. There will also be General Sales for those who miss out in the Ticket Ballot, starting at 9am AEST on Wednesday August 26.
WHAT: Find me a Castle by Beci Orpin
WHERE: Lamington Drive (101A Sackville Street, Collingwood VIC)
WHEN: Opening Saturday August 15, 2-5pm. Exhibition continues until Saturday September 5.
Lamington Drive is pleased to present Find me a Castle — a book launch and solo exhibition by Beci Orpin. To celebrate the launch of Beci’s latest publication, 'Find me a Castle' a children’s look-and-find picture book published by Penguin, Beci brings together a look-and-find exhibition to match. Illustrations from the book are extracted from the pages and transformed into a larger than-life-scale. The gallery walls are divided into giant pages where viewers can search for hidden objects – an elephant stamp, a beetle, even a giant toothbrush. Join Lamington Drive and Beci for the launch on Saturday August 15 for wall-to-wall fun with kid’s activities, All Day Donuts and much, much more to discover. Bring the whole family – children and pets alike. ‘Find me a Castle’ books, prints and merchandise will also be available for purchase.
WHAT: All Things Now - Sarah Kelk Exhibition Opening
WHERE: 311 Smith Street, Fitzroy VIC
WHEN: Thursday July 23rd from 6-8pm
All Things Now by Melbourne-based painter Sarah Kelk, is a warm interpretation of the world around us, evoking visual memories and allowing the viewer to decode their own meanings. Sarah's soft edged abstract paintings have an exquisite balance of strength and lightness to them that makes them so appealing. Please join Sarah and Modern Times for a drink to celebrate this wonderful exhibition at the opening on Thursday 23rd July. The exhibition will be on show at Modern Times until August 6th.
WHAT: Heavy Leisure by Evie Cahir & Gemma Topliss
WHERE: Backwoods Gallery (25 Easey St, Collingwood)
WHEN: April 17th from 6-9pm
Backwoods Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of illustrations by two young artists, Evie Cahir & Gemma Topliss, who are representative of the bright future of Australia art. In Heavy Leisure, opening on the 17th of April, Cahir and Topliss will present a series of delicate, illustrative works. The collection re-evaluates the seemingly mundane moments, objects and routines of daily life, imbuing them with emotional undertones. The exhibition will be on display until the 26th of April.