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.

In 2018, 453 visitors aged from 2-97 attended, with a great mix of staff, students, local Carlton and Parkville residents, as well as first timers and dedicated regulars.

A local resident commented on the event saying, “Thank you for putting this night on! We got the flier in the mail. We haven’t come to the museum for years. We will come again to see the next exhibition.” Another local family commented, “Our friend got the invitation in the mail and invited us. We haven’t been here before but will come again. We didn’t even know the museum was here.”

The night’s entertainment included music and refreshments, a panel discussion and a talk from Associate Professor in Art and Head of VCA Art, Dr Kate Daw, who shared her insights into artist Stieg Persson’s most recent works showcased in the exhibition Stieg Persson: Polyphonic.

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Pictures by Olympia Nelson.