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Melbourne has so much going on, and there are always plenty of events that are free. You may still need to book, however, so check individual events for details.

Gareth Sansom: Transformer - Friday 15 September 2017 to Sunday 28 January 2018 - Exhibitions

Gareth Sansom: Transformer

15 Sep 2017 - 28 Jan 2018, Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
This ambitious exhibition will surprise, with works engaging with pop culture, art history, Australian vernacular, religion, mortality and gender.
Akio Makigawa: Spirit and Memory  - Friday 25 August 2017 to Thursday 01 February 2018 - Exhibitions

Akio Makigawa: Spirit and Memory

25 Aug 2017 - 1 Feb 2018, Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
The exhibition, located in the foyer of NGV Australia, presents a selection of works by Akio, some of which have never been exhibited publicly before.
Del Kathryn Barton: The Highway is a Disco - Friday 17 November 2017 to Monday 12 March 2018 - Exhibitions

Del Kathryn Barton: The Highway is a Disco

17 Nov 2017 - 12 Mar 2018, Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
This exhibition highlights Del Kathryn Barton's distinct use of line and colour to represent exuberant and psychedelic imagination.
Bill Henson - Friday 10 March 2017 to Wednesday 23 August 2017 - Exhibitions

Bill Henson

10 Mar 2017 - 23 Aug 2017, NGV International
An exhibition of recent photographs by Bill Henson, selected by the artist, and encompassing themes including portraits, interiors and landscapes.
I See You Like This - Saturday 29 July 2017 to Sunday 10 September 2017 - Kids & family

I See You Like This

29 Jul 2017 - 10 Sep 2017, ArtPlay
A strange and beautiful exhibition of professional photo portraits art directed by children.
Inside Out - Wednesday 02 August 2017 to Thursday 24 August 2017 - Kids & family

Inside Out

2 Aug 2017 - 24 Aug 2017, ArtPlay
Drop in for some artful play! There will be all sorts of inspiring materials on hand for you to create artwork or build a play space together.
World’s Most Liveable City?  - Friday 18 August 2017, 12:15pm to 2:30pm - Talks & workshops

World’s Most Liveable City?

18 Aug 2017, Federation Square
Melbourne has ranked as the ‘world’s most liveable city’ for six consecutive years, but will it keep the top spot?
Rosie Weiss: The Trees are Falling into the Sea - Tuesday 22 August 2017 to Saturday 02 September 2017 - Exhibitions

Rosie Weiss: The Trees are Falling into the Sea

22 Aug 2017 - 2 Sep 2017, Fortyfivedownstairs Inc
An exhibition of watercolours documenting the effects of climate change along Melbourne coastlines.
Janita Ryan: Imaging the Filmic Gloriana - Tuesday 25 July 2017 to Saturday 05 August 2017 - Exhibitions

Janita Ryan: Imaging the Filmic Gloriana

25 Jul 2017 - 5 Aug 2017, Fortyfivedownstairs Inc
The purse-sized gouache miniature portraits of Queen Elizabeth I in this exhibition are a meditation on regaining authorship of one’s own story.
Growing Old Gracefully - Friday 04 August 2017, noon to 1pm - Talks & workshops

Growing Old Gracefully

4 Aug 2017, Royal Melbourne Hospital
Professor Andrea Maier talks on the cellular basis of ageing and how to change the script.

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