What the museum sector is offering in Victoria for 2020

Posted 23 January 2020

What the museum sector is offering in 2020

Museums throughout Victoria have an exciting selection of programs coming up throughout the year.

The National Wool Museum is hosting it’s first – We The Makers Design Festival.

A UNESCO City of Design festival, We The Makers is a major new biennial Design Festival from the National Wool Museum in Geelong that showcases the work of makers, designers and artists across Australia and internationally.

We The Makers Design Festival invites makers, designers and artists to exhibit and sell items of headwear, neckwear (scarves), bodywear and footwear that respond to the inaugural theme: ‘Design for the Future: Sustainable and Ethical Textiles and Fashion’.

The Immigration Museum in Melbourne is big on public programs in 2020.

Kicking off with Tales of a Migrant Plantation – a fusion of performance, dance, art and storytelling shared through the lives of LGBTIQA + individuals from the Pacific diaspora on 23 January. The day includes the Pacific Essence panel discussion with artists Amao Leota Lu, Jaiyah Saelua, Andrew Fitisemanu and Joseph Sikulu.

The Immigration Museum is also looking at the culture of the tattoo. Documenting the Body has been curated by Stanislava Pinchuk and explores contemporary perspectives on tattooing as it intersects with themes of immigration, journeys, the body, heritage and identity. Exhibiting until 5th of April.

It is paired with Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World – a photographic exhibition by Kip Fulbeck and Takahiro Kitamura.

Treasures of the Natural World will shine at Melbourne Museum.

Travelling from London’s Natural History Museum, this incredible exhibition is a first for Australian audiences that will map out over 200 specimens from the unique or extremely rare to the mysterious and astonishing, each objects selected for its historical importance and its contribution to science. 23 May – 11 October

‘Their discovery, and the unconventional minds behind them, remind us how curiosity and creativity enrich our lives,’ said Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley. Museums Victoria director and CEO Lynley Crosswell added natural history collections are vital in understanding our planet’s extraordinary biodiversity and how it is being impacted by our changing environment. Ticketed.

In Autumn, the Australian Centre of the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne will reopen its doors.

After a multi-million dollar upgrade of exhibition spaces, access, and visitor engagement, ACMI will start rolling out details of its new programming and exhibitions in February. Stay tuned!

Melbourne Museum partners with Midsumma Festival in February with their Nocturnal program.

Nocturnal x Midsumma on 7 February is an after-hours party where you are invited for exclusive night-time access to permanent galleries, expert talks with curators and scientists, as well as back of house collections displays.

Nocturnal x Fashion on 6 February will be a tailor-made night of culture, fashion and a massive line-up featuring: Banoffee, Romance Was Born x Chunky Move, Rainbow Chan, Mojo Juju (DJ Set), Purple Sneakers, Feels, Pania, SaD, and Hey Drums.

And Nocturnal x Asia TOPA takes over the museum on 21 March and celebrates China’s most exciting new music, curated by tastemakers IndieWorks China. And on 21 February ground breaking South Korean multi-instrumentalist and composer Park Jiha is in Australia for the very first time, and will present a genre-defying performance Play On at the Museum.

With a practice grounded in South Korean classical music, Jiha’s compositions exist at the intersection between old and new, transcending the space between South Korean traditional music and an otherworldly futuristic aesthetic.


Find out more about various museum programs throughout wider Australia.

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