Neighbourhood Night at the Museum

Neighbourhood Night at the Museum is an annual arts and music event held by the Ian Potter Museum of Art to encourage interactions with the local community.

Neighbourhood Night at the Museum is an initiative by the Ian Potter Museum of Art to encourage interactions with the local community.

The museum’s collections are opened up after-hours for an evening of art and music where visitors, primarily from the Carlton neighbourhood, engage with a variety of exhibitions.

The 2016 edition was held in October and drew in 533 visitors, including Carlton and Parkville residents, University of Melbourne staff and students, exhibiting artists, and local business owners – a significant number of whom were engaging with the University of Melbourne for the first time.

A local resident commented on the event saying, “I have just moved to Carlton and walk the dog each day. I see the same people in the park but haven’t said hello. Tonight I struck up the courage to introduce myself to them and we had a great conversation and are looking forward to seeing each other next time we see each other in the park.”

The cultural events on show included the Victorian College of the Arts’ (VCA) Painting Choir singing the Australian national anthem upside down and back to front as part of ‘Two Homes Another World’ by Kate Daw and Stewart Russell in the Basil Sellers Art Prize 5 exhibition; the ‘Orchestra in Blue Denim’ by Jessie McClure, activated by VCA dance students and ‘Noise is Free’ played by Yuval Rosinger, as part of the Calling Percy exhibition; and local indie, pop, electro rock band Paper House playing an acoustic set with rhythm guitar, double bass, violin & mini harp featuring songs from their latest album ‘A Certain Kind of Now’.

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Pictures by Olympia Nelson.