Melbourne & The Arts
There is so much art to discover in Melbourne city. There are hundreds of museums, art galleries and exhibits to explore. Musical and theatrical performances are being staged left and right. Architectural feats, festivals and street art — all of these reflect the creative minds of Melbournians.
If you need help in finding all these great works of art in Melbourne, the best place to be in is the Southbank precinct. It’s where you will find The Arts Centre, the Malthouse Theatre, the Melbourne Recital Centre and the National Gallery of Victoria.
The Arts Centre Melbourne
The Arts Centre is the go-to venue for the performing arts in Victoria. It is a complex of theatres and concert halls, including the Hamer Hall, State Theatre, Playhouse, Fairfax Studio and the Sydney Myer Music Bowl.
Watch the following companies perform here: Opera Australia, Melbourne Theatre Company, The Australian Ballet, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and more. International performances are also shown here.
This venue was an old brewery that is renovated to stage contemporary dance and drama theatrical performances. The Coopers Malthouse in Melbourne, a performing arts organization, host their performances here.
Melbourne Recital Centre
This venue features two auditoria for the performance of ensemble music. Watch the performance of the world’s finest soloists and ensemble groups, including Opera Australia’s productions.
The National Gallery of Victoria
This is the oldest, biggest and most visited art museum in Melbourne. It is listed in the Victorian Heritage Register.
Explore the massive encyclopedic art collection inclusive of Australian and International art. See the painting masterpieces, drawing and photo prints of world-renowned artists like Picasso, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Bernini and Veronese as well as national artists like John Perceval, Hugh Ramsay, Margaret Preston, Tom Roberts and John Russell.
Visit the above places and you get a good sense of Melbournian art and culture. If you want to see more and experience a real display of art, catch the different celebrated art festivals held every year in Melbourne. Watch out for the Melbourne Fringe Festival, National Play Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival and Melbourne Music Week.
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