Under the Radar
Our new monthly round up of 'hidden gems' - quirky and interesting new discoveries as well as creative people, products and events that might have escaped your notice.
Animators converge at ACMI (Melbourne) - Melbourne is not only a major creative hub for animators, it’s also the home of the biggest animation festival in Australia: the Melbourne International Animation Festival will be screening animation from Australia and around the world June 19 – 27.
New mobile exhibition space opens in a bus (Melbourne)
Artist-run exhibition space Bus Projects, previously located at Little Lonsdale Street premises in the CBD, will be re-launching the gallery in a 1981 MAN SL200 town bus bought second hand from National Buses. Currently being fitted out with gallery walls, a projection screen and track lighting, the bus will become a mobile gallery popping up at various locations within Melbourne’s CBD. The bus will be making its first stop sometime in June 2010. Subscribe to the Bus Projects newsletter (www.busprojects.com.au) for more information.
Innocent Bystander becomes cellar door for White Rabbit Brewery (Healesville)
Customers who visit Innocent Bystander/Giant Steps in Healesville can now try locally brewed beer at the cellar door as well as wine. Originally located inside the brewery - which opened next door to Innocent Bystander in 2009 – the White Rabbit Brewery cellar door has closed to accommodate increased production demands.
Sustainable agri-tourism in West Gippsland
Eight hectares of land that has been transformed into a ‘living classroom’, Peppermint Farm in Tynong offers regular Sunday workshops such as how to grow organic vegetables, find and prepare bush food and how to create sustainable living practices at home. Don’t miss a stroll through their extensive indigenous gardens too.
Kids’ circus workshops at Federation Square - Take your child to ArtPlay at Federation Square in June and July to learn circus skills from Australia’s leading circus company, Circus Oz. Among the workshops to choose from: acrobatics, clowning, juggling and diablo. There’s also ‘little and big circus’ workshops where adults and kids can learn together and a special class for pre-schoolers.
Old Post Office Gallery (Seymour) - Built in 1872 to be a post office with postmasters residence, the Old Post Office is now a renowned a multi-roomed fine art gallery and a fully licensed restaurant. Don’t miss its current exhibition, Hans Van Vlodrop - Places and Faces, on until June 14.