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Wednesday, November 15th 2017 by

Summer is upon us and to help get into the spirit of all things social and outdoors, we have created a love list of the best things to fill our days full of art, design and inspiration as we move into the warmer months. These events are sure to keep your creative mind alive all summer long.

1. Mikala Dwyer – A Shape of Thought, Current – 4th February 2018 (NSW)

Step into the world of one of Australia’s most innovative, contemporary artists, to marvel at playful sculptures and to be stopped in your tracks by installations of bold colour, striking shape and imagination. This is an experience to unleash your inner child and let your imagination run wild. The exhibition’s Modernist design explores shelter, childhood and the relationship between people and objects, with works that transform their architectural settings.

This exhibition will leave you feeling inspired and ready to infuse colour, pattern and shape into your own home.

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2. The Costume Designer – Edith Head and Hollywood, Current – 21st January 2018 (VIC)

Celebrating the incredible career of Edith Head, who spent over 50 years as a renowned costume designer for motion picture. She is considered to be one of the most pivotal figures in the industry and has been the creative force behind some of the most loved movies of our time.

The exhibition showcases an array of costumes worn by leading ladies and men of the Hollywood silver screen during the twentieth century; impeccably tailored suits, day dresses, evening gowns and period performance costume. This is a must see exhibition for lovers of both fashion and film alike.

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3. Yayoi Kusama – Life is the Heart of the Rainbow, Current – 11th February 2018 (QLD)

The international phenomenon Yayoi Kusama is bringing her contemporary art to Brisbane in a not to be missed exhibition event. The Life is the Heart of the Rainbow show covers key pieces that span her 60 year career, featuring painterly experiments, her famous ‘net’ paintings and infinity rooms, performance art, sculpture and large scale installations. Get lost in the patterns and embrace all things bold with this expressive display of modern art.

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4. Louise Paramor – Palace of the Republic, Current – 12th March 2018 (VIC)

Louise is known for her colourful and quirky art installations around Australia and the NGV is bringing them together under the one roof. Her works blend formal concerns and pop-inspired sensibility with bold colour and distinctive shapes. The exhibition will combine paper sculptures representing some of her early work as well as her more modern plastic installations that she has become renown for. This feel good exhibition is both quirky and fun and will push the boundaries of statement art and as well as your creative spirit.

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5. Reko Rennie – OA_CAMO, Ongoing in 2018 (SA)

Reko Rennie is an interdisciplinary artist who explores his Aboriginal identity through contemporary media. The Melbourne based artist has become an established fixture in Australian contemporary art. His works explore identity through vibrant colour, pattern and scale on architecture, vehicles, and large-scale light and public art installations. The exhibition includes a site-specific installation as a part of the artists “Visible Invisible” series. This is a great opportunity to nurture your love of pattern.

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Image source: Reko Rennie

6. The Big Design Market, 24th – 25th November (SYD) and 1st – 3rd December (MEL) 

The Big Design Market brings you the best of independent design for three huge days of holiday shopping! Discover a stellar line-up of over 200 stallholders across homewares, textiles, fashion, jewellery, ceramics, stationery, lifestyle products, tech accessories and gifts for kids.

Australia’s most creative designers and artists come together to showcase their work and give you the ultimate chance to snap up the most original and creative present for your loved ones (or yourself!). Go for your holiday gift shopping or simply to be inspired by all the incredible work on show.

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7. Del Kathryn Barton – The Highway is a Disco, Current – 12th March 2018 (VIC) 

Del Kathryn Barton is a two-time Archibald Portrait Prize winning artist. The Highway is a Disco is a major solo exhibition of her work.

Working across a vast array of mediums, including collage, sculpture, textiles and film, the exhibition showcases a rarely seen depth of skill and creativity. Featuring ornate decoration of human and animal subjects that is exuberant, psychedelic, eccentric and imaginative, it’s like creative eye candy for the soul! A must see exhibition celebrating a truly gifted contemporary Australian artist.

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8. Mofo Foma, 12th-14th January (Launceston) & 15th-22nd January 2018 (Hobart) (TAS)

Mona Foma is the summer equivalent of Hobart’s famous annual music and arts festival, Dark Mofo. Be prepared for the unexpected and ready to indulge in all things art, theatre, design and music. This ten day festival is brimming with entertainment, food and festivities. While you are in the area you can make the most of your time by taking in the incredible artwork in MONA (Museum of old and new art) and let your hair down to enjoy the ultimate summer festival of all things fabulous.

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