19 March - 8 June 2024

Pop-up Library 

Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre, Corner Walker aand Robinson St, Dandenong



We are pleased to continue our relationship with Walker St Gallery, Dandenong, and have contributed a further selection of books to complement the themes explored in their current exhibition A Tra$hy Dreamland.

MAL’s reading nook will be open througout the exhibition from 19 March until 8 June 2024.

A Tra$shy Dreamland Exhibition

You are invited to participate in this fun and immersive installation by artist Moon Girle. 

Engage with the community through self-reflection, mass production and ethical ways of reusing broken and unwanted objects. Explore this reflective space and foster important conversations about the environment and cultural diversity. Through play, collaboration and interaction let your creativity shine. The artwork encourages you to connect and reflect on the community’s nostalgic dreams through a unique sensory experience. 

A Tra$shy Dreamland is open 12-4pm Tuesday to Friday until 8 June at the Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre, Corner Walker and Robinson St, Dandenong.

30 May 2024

Play Magazine, A Wearable Library
Melbourne Design Week 2024

Testing Grounds Emporium, 438 Queen St



Presented by Sky Vermont 

Our relationship to fashion is so defined by consumption that it can be hard to imagine anything different. Welcome to the PLAY magazine library where a fashion collection is flat packed, folded down into an A4 magazine format and freely available to borrow. Could fashions future be one of creativity, tactility and trust?

Straddling the border of garment and published matter, this collection explores the entanglement of fashion, media and consumer culture through a collection of garments that fold down into A4 magazines. Attendees are invited to sign up to PLAY library and borrow a magazine before folding and tying it into a wearable clothing item. Without traditional seams, each garment is constructed through a series of ties and slits cut into the fabric, accessible without any sewing skills or equipment.

PLAY magazine is an attempt to recenter the material, sensory experience of fashion as opposed to focus on image and aesthetic. The magazine excludes images, instead allowing the image of the garment to arise in real time and space as the wearer constructs it. The construction of each garments calls for time and attention, direct experience and tactility each of which is marginalised in our consumer society.

Image: Supplied by the artist

28 May 2024

Design ‘Book Club’ with Duldig Studio

Online



Duldig Studio and Melbourne Art Library (MAL) have partnered to deliver a facilitated discussion exploring the broad topic of design.

The Discussion will run for three online evening sessions  with the final, fourth Book Club meeting taking place face-to-face at the Duldig Studio.

Two weeks before each session participants will be sent three articles based on a design focused topic. The Discussion will then be facilitated by the expert librarians at MAL encouraging participants to discuss the themes within the articles.

It will be a wonderful, inspiring and fun program that you can enjoy from home – encouraging you to reflect and discuss with others the impact of design.

The final fourth session will be held in the Duldig Studio on a date to be decided by the club.

Participants can book individual sessions but to create the best club experience we encourage you to book the series.

Image: Duldig Studio 

30 April 2024

Design ‘Book Club’ with Duldig Studio

Online 




Duldig Studio and Melbourne Art Library (MAL) have partnered to deliver a facilitated discussion exploring the broad topic of design.

The Discussion will run for three online evening sessions  with the final, fourth Book Club meeting taking place face-to-face at the Duldig Studio.

Two weeks before each session participants will be sent three articles based on a design focused topic. The Discussion will then be facilitated by the expert librarians at MAL encouraging participants to discuss the themes within the articles.

It will be a wonderful, inspiring and fun program that you can enjoy from home – encouraging you to reflect and discuss with others the impact of design.

The final fourth session will be held in the Duldig Studio on a date to be decided by the club.

Participants can book individual sessions but to create the best club experience we encourage you to book the series.

Image: Duldig Studio 

24 February 2024

Artists’ Syllabus: Jenna Lee

Testing Grounds Emporium, 438 Queen St



Melbourne Art Library was delighted to welcome Jenna Lee to lead our Artists' Syllabus in February 2024. 

Jenna Lee shared two essays which have impacted her artistic practice: ‘Around and Within’ by Freja Carmichael featured in Becoming Our Future – Global Indigenous Curatorial Practice (Art Gallery of South Australia, 2020) and ‘Mother Tongue’ (Gertrude Contemporary, 2018) presented as part of the Octopus exhibition series. 

Artists’ Syllabus invites local artists and designers to select and share a text that has been influential to their practice. By sharing selected passages, the artist will give unique insight into the significance of the text from their perspective. Through this exploration we will seek to discover the direct, tangential or unexpected ways the text has had an impact on the artists’ chosen discipline/s, creative process, and approach to presenting completed works. In group discussion, we will untangle the themes explored in the text and bring attention to those formative passages which sparked an ‘ah-ha moment’ or cemented in the mind. More broadly, we will get together to exchange our ideas (and our reading lists).

Supported by City of Melbourne Arts Grants and Michael Robertson.

Image: Gianna Rizzo.


Jenna Lee is a Gulumerridjin (Larrakia), Wardaman and KarraJarri Saltwater woman with mixed Japanese, Chinese, Filipino and Anglo-Australian ancestry. Using art to explore and celebrate her many overlapping identities, Lee works across sculpture, installation, body adornment, moving images, photography and projection.

With a practice focused on materiality and ancestral material culture, Lee works with notions of the archive, histories of colonial collecting, and settler-colonial books and texts. Lee ritualistically analyses, deconstructs, and reconstructs source material, language and books, transforming them into new forms of cultural beauty and pride, and presenting a tangibly translated book.

Driven to create work in which she, her family, and the broader mixed First Nations community see themselves represented, Lee builds on a foundation of her father’s teachings of culture and her mother’s teachings of papercraft.

Represented by MARS Gallery in Naarm (Melbourne, Australia).

8 December 2023

Distribution Forum: Artist Run Initiatives

Testing Grounds Emporium, 438 Queen St

What power dynamics are at play in the distribution of information? How democratic is ‘collective’ knowledge? And how are individuals and collectives disrupting the flow of information?

The Distribution forum series prods, unravels, makes-visible, and excites non-mainstream ways of information sharing. Engaging publishers, editors, and alternative institutions, the series explores active projects in Naarm/Melbourne that question the traditional flow of information.

Join Isabella Hone-Saunders of Seventh Gallery, Sophia Cai of Bus Projects and Beatrice Rubio-Gabriel and Katie Paine of KINGS Artist Run Initiative as we discuss the role of artist run initiatives in knowledge sharing.

Supported by the City of Melbourne.

29 November 2023

Artist’s Syllabus: Scotty So

Testing Grounds Emporium, 438 Queen St




Melbourne Art Library was delighted to welcome Scotty So to lead our Artists’ Syllabus in November 2023. 

Scotty So discussed opera divas, gay men, and cross-identification while reading an extract from Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics by José Esteban Muñoz (1999).

Artists’ Syllabus invites local artists and designers to select and share a text that has been influential to their practice. By sharing selected passages, the artist will give unique insight into the significance of the text from their perspective. Through this exploration we will seek to discover the direct, tangential or unexpected ways the text has had an impact on the artists’ chosen discipline/s, creative process, and approach to presenting completed works. In group discussion, we will untangle the themes explored in the text and bring attention to those formative passages which sparked an ‘ah-ha moment’ or cemented in the mind. More broadly, we will get together to exchange our ideas (and our reading lists).

Supported by City of Melbourne Arts Grants and Michael Robertson.

Image: Supplied by the artist. 


Scotty So is a Melbourne-based artist who works across media, using painting, photography, sculptures, site-responsive installation, videos, and performance. Driven by the thrill of camp, he explores the often-contradictory relationship between humour and sincerity referencing lived experience. Born and raised in Hong Kong, So’s work has been shown in Australia, China, Hong Kong, and Europe. 

Represented by MARS Gallery in Naarm (Melbourne, Australia).


11 November 2023

Artist’s Syllabus: Cats Like Plain Crisps

Blindside Gallery, Nicholas Building, 7/37 Swanston St




Melbourne Art Library is delighted to welcome multidisciplinary collective, Cats Like Plain Crisps, to lead our next Artists' Syllabus at Blindside Gallery. 
 
With the artists, we will discuss two texts by Carolee Schneemann: ‘Of Cats, Dream and Interior Knowledge’ (1989) and ‘From More than Meat Joy’ (excerpts published in Happenings and Other Acts, ed. Mariellen Sandford, 1995).
 
Artists’ Syllabus invites local artists and designers to select and share a text that has been influential to their practice. By sharing selected passages, the artist will give unique insight into the significance of the text from their perspective. Through this exploration we will seek to discover the direct, tangential or unexpected ways the text has had an impact on the artists’ chosen discipline/s, creative process, and approach to presenting completed works. In group discussion, we will untangle the themes explored in the text and bring attention to those formative passages which sparked an ‘ah-ha moment’ or cemented in the mind. More broadly, we will get together to exchange our ideas (and our reading lists).

Supported by City of Melbourne Arts Grants and Michael Robertson.

Image: Supplied by the artists. 

 
Cats Like Plain Crisps
Carolee Schneemann’s Cats is the inaugural exhibition of the international collective Cats Like Plain Crisps—whose members’ practices include visual art, sound art, filmmaking, performance, and writing—and explores the potential of the feral lurking within the domestic. Borrowed from an old piece of graffiti, the group’s name encapsulates some of their concerns: public art, fieldwork, objets trouvés, and text/writing. It also speaks to a posthuman and ecofeminist orientation as well as a playful, inclusive creative approach.



Members include Yang Yeung, Hong Kong; Shauna Laurel Jones US/Iceland/UK; Viv Corringham, UK/US; Roseanne Bartley, NZ/Australia: Johanna Hällsten Sweden/UK; Iris Garrelfs, Germany/UK and Cath Clover, UK/Australia.


9 November 2023

Distribution Forum: Indipendent and Alternative Libraries in Naarm

Testing Grounds Emporium, 438 Queen St



What power dynamics are at play in the distribution of information? How democratic is ‘collective’ knowledge? And how are individuals and collectives disrupting the flow of information?

The Distribution forum series prods, unravels, makes-visible, and excites non-mainstream ways of information sharing. Engaging publishers, editors, and alternative institutions, the series explores active projects in Naarm/Melbourne that question the traditional flow of information.

Join Melbourne Art Library, Another World Library, and Murmur Library as we discuss the role of independent and alternative public libraries.

Supported by the City of Melbourne.

Another World is a library and research project for imagining socially and ecologically sustainable futures in community. The library is focused on theory, poetry, and fiction that opens up possibilities for radical change. AW has previously been in residence at Bus projects, Watch This Space Gallery, and Arts Gen, and has run multiple workshop series on utopian and speculative theory and fiction.The Utopian Visions Research Collective has developed as an offshoot of the AW Utopian Visions workshops, with the group meeting regularly to learn together and think about possibilities for the future, through writing, excursions, readings, art, and film.

The Murmur Library is dedicated to providing a space for people and their stories to exist outside of the white gaze. Their focus is to highlight and house Black, Indigenous and other culturally diverse voices in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, children’s literature, zines and magazines.


4 November 2023

Artists’ Syllabus: Jessie French

Testing Grounds Emporium, 438 Queen St





Melbourne Art Library is delighted to welcome Jessie French to lead our next Artists' Syllabus.

For this Artists' Syllabus, Jessie will be leading a discussion around Karan Barad's essay ‘On Touching: The Inhuman That Therefore I Am.’ Jessie will also draw on experience from her own practice.

Artists’ Syllabus invites local artists and designers to select and share a text that has been influential to their practice. By sharing selected passages, the artist will give unique insight into the significance of the text from their perspective. Through this exploration we will seek to discover the direct, tangential or unexpected ways the text has had an impact on the artists’ chosen discipline/s, creative process, and approach to presenting completed works. In group discussion, we will untangle the themes explored in the text and bring attention to those formative passages which sparked an ‘ah-ha moment’ or cemented in the mind. More broadly, we will get together to exchange our ideas (and our reading lists).

Supported by City of Melbourne Arts Grants and Michael Robertson.

Image: Jessie French working with large sheet works in the Other Matter Studio, 2022. Photo: Phillip Huynh.


Jessie French is an artist and experimental designer based in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia. Housed within an ethos of consumption, sustainability and regeneration, her practice invites engagement with the possibilities of a post-petrochemical world. Through experimenting with materials, she explores the potential of closed-loop systems, (re)use, conscious consumption and interaction with objects. In 2020, French founded OTHER MATTER, an experimental design studio working with algae-based bioplastics which tangibly explores application of new materials she develops though objects, experiences and futures.

12pm-5pm, Thursday-Sunday

Melbourne Art Library, Naarm
Testing Grounds Emporium,
438 Queen St,
Naarm / Melbourne VIC 3000
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