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Melbourne-based artist Nicholas Ives has a relentless curiosity that, as a painter, often takes him to places even he doesn't recognise. Generally figurative in nature, his works are sometimes absurd, often dark, and usually very witty, with strange beings populating landscapes that are dream-like and ethereal. His fascination for ‘other-worldliness’ often forces the viewer into focusing on the narrative of the work, stealing our gaze away from the subjects he explores; religion, power, and authority.
14 Jun 2019
In this short film, Scott Lawrie talks about the latest V-Projects show at The Vivian, featuring the work of Martin Poppelwell
1 Jun 2019
A big, big thank you to everyone who came to the opening of our first V-Project last night – featuring the work of Martin Poppelwell. It was a blast! Thanks to all the team at The Vivian. The Sawmill Brewery - for their sponsorship, Raman Patel for the tunes, our lovely clients and guests for their continued support for all we do... and of course Martin and Megan for making it a night to remember!
27 May 2019
Work that has a social commentary that leads us into the unknown is always a winner at The Vivian - and these pieces by Nick Jamieson are fascinating, beautiful objects - with a darker, deeper meaning for us all. In November the world saw the birth of the world’s first genetically edited babies. This process of editing genes and creating the folded proteins is highlighted in these two works currently on show in ’Towards the Forest’ in the North Gallery.
12 May 2019
We are thrilled to welcome back internationally-renowned performance artist Ivan Lupi for the world-premiere performance of 'A Private Requiem’. Dark, deeply moving and brave, this 5-day endurance performance will take place each day 11-5pm from Thursday 16 May to Monday 20 May at The Vivian.
7 May 2019
Featuring a knock-out list of some of the leading artists in our region, you can expect gorgeous and large-scale visual wonders from Virginia Leonard, Glenn Barkley, Aaron Scythe, Stephen Bird, Lynda Draper, Stephen Benwell, Dean Smith, and Carlene Thompson.
13 Mar 2019
Don’t miss the last few days of ‘The Worlds of Quinn Mallory’ by Nicholas Ives – currently showing in the North Gallery. In this Artist Q&A, Nic talks about his works in the show and his practice. The show ends this Sunday so make sure you come along and see these in person!
9 Mar 2019
In this video Serj Tankian talks about his work 'Clock Crucifixion' – and the process behind its creation. Join us on Sunday 17 March 2019 at The Vivian between 1pm – 3pm, where Serj will be talking about his practice and signing prints of work available from the show.
8 Mar 2019
In this Artist Q&A we talk with Serj about his work, music, art and his passions during his show at The Vivian Gallery. Known primarily as the lead singer of the Grammy award-winning Armenian- American hard rock band, System of a Down (boasting sales of over 40-million records worldwide) Serj Tankian’s journey as an artist is long and varied.
5 Mar 2019
Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori was born about 1924 on Bentinck Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria. She only started painting around eighty years of age, and her career lasted only a decade or so, before she passed away in 2015.