Centre of Contemporary Photography
Photography has been around since 1839 and has evolved from recording faces and places to being a way for artists to explore their creative ideas, resulting in work that is abstract and intriguing for the viewer.
“The Centre of Contemporary Photography is a beautifully architecturally designed building that houses has changing exhibitions of both national and international artists,” Wignell says.
“The space is dedicated to photography, video and related fields, and you’ll see a broad range of contemporary practitioners here, from emerging artists, professional photographers diversifying their practice and established artists pursuing new directions.”
404 George St, Fitzroy, Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-5pm
Arts Project Australia
Arts Project Australia is a social enterprise that supports artists living with intellectual disabilities. It has earned an international reputation for its innovative exhibitions and programs. The gallery is located in a new arts precinct in Collingwood, while its studio is in Northcote.
“They have engaging exhibitions highlighting the work of their studio artists, and often feature guest curators to explore different themes,” Wignell says.
Arts Project’s group exhibitions offer a chance to appreciate the diverse mediums and styles employed by the artists, who all have distinctive practices.
Level 1, Collingwood Yards, Perry St building. Enter via 30 Perry St. Wednesday to Friday, 11am-5pm and Saturday and Sunday, noon-4pm
Hidden down a suburban street in Kew, Housemuseum Galleries has a fascinating and unique history. Since 2009, Architect Corbett Lyon and his partner Yueji have opened their hybrid home and gallery, Lyon Housemuseum, to the public for viewings of their exceptional Australian art collection.
Then, three years ago, they opened the purpose-built Housemuseum Galleries next door, and apart from a hiatus during COVID, it has been a much-lauded space for national and international exhibitions of art, architecture and design.
“Their exhibitions are drawn from their personal collection and networks,” Wignell says. “They have open days, hold talks, and the Housemusuem Galleries are like an extension of their private residence next door.”
A new exhibition presenting selected works from the Lyon Collection, including new acquisitions, is on until 13 November 2022.
Housemuseum Galleries, 217 Cotham Road, Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-4pm. Entry $10 per person. Gallery is closed public holidays. Original Housemuseum tour dates to be announced.