VCA artists collaborate with Melbourne’s Windsor Hotel for Marvel exhibition

August 14 / 141

"Victoria", by Patrick Dagg.

Students from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) have collaborated with Melbourne’s Windsor Hotel to transform it into a public gallery while competing for the Windsor Art Award, a $10 000 scholarship recognising Australia’s best emerging talent.

As part of this collaborative exhibition, visual art students will install works that are conceptual and material interpretations of the exhibition theme, Marvel.

The installations will feature in many of the hotel’s unique spaces including the heritage listed lace iron lifts, Victorian windows, renowned tea room and even a once secret hotel entrance.

Head of the VCA School of Art Jan Murray said the partnership with the Windsor presented a unique opportunity for honours and graduate students to offer their interpretation of the city’s history and experiment creatively in a new environment.

“The idea of Marvel is intertwined with the city of Melbourne and its artists,” she said. 

“At the VCA, we encourage artists to contribute to the artistic character of this city. I look forward to seeing each artist’s vision of how Melbourne is marvellous to them, using the Windsor as their blank canvas.”

The exhibition highlights the partnership between two of Melbourne’s most cherished institutions that share a combined history of more than 280 years.  

In 2017, the VCA School of Art will celebrate 150 years since the establishment of its predecessor, the National Gallery School. Established in 1883, the Windsor is Australia’s oldest Grand hotel and is one of the world’s most revered hotels of Victorian architecture.

The Marvel exhibition opens on Melbourne Day, 30 August, and runs until 14 September. The exhibition and Windsor Art Award will be judged by a prestigious panel, including Heide Museum of Modern Art director Jason Smith and artist Julia DeVille.

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