The top of town has been transformed for summer, with art installed in 26 different locations for Melbourne’s newest outdoor art exhibition Uptown. Featuring the work of Melbourne artists, we’ve wrapped up the highlights of the installations breathing life back into Bourke Street.

Destiny Deacon

A few blocks away from Destiny Deacon’s NGV exhibition Destiny, large-scale reproductions of some of her most famous works have been pasted at the entrance of Windsor Place. Destiny’s models are all Melbourne locals, including the dolls who are often found at second-hand shops around town.

Destiny Deacon's Man and Doll, 2005
Destiny Deacon's Man and Doll, 2005

Bill Henson

Above the tram lines at 20-30 Bourke Street sits Bill Henson’s luminous Untitled 2000-01. This larger than life installation from one of the artist’s iconic series is something to marvel at.

Bill Henson's Untitled, 2000-01
Bill Henson's Untitled, 2000-01

Polly Borland

Rounding the corner from Spring Street and you’ll be met eye-to-eye with Polly Borland’s stunning Untitled (Nick Cave in a blue wig) 2010 in the corner window of the Hotel Windsor. The artist has long collaborated with musician Nick Cave who is unrecognisable in this photograph.

Polly Borland's Untitled (Nick Cave in a blue wig), 2010
Polly Borland's Untitled (Nick Cave in a blue wig), 2010

Kenny Pittock

Melbourne maker Kenny Pittock packs a sense of humour into all that he creates, and his contributions to Uptown are no exception. Delight in his works, created to bring optimism and joy to Melbourne - they can be found in Meyer Place, Hill of Content, Pelligrini’s and Crossley Street.

Kenny Pittock's Exciting things are a foot
Kenny Pittock's Exciting things are a foot

The Huxley's

You’ll feel like you’re late to the party, when met with the Huxley’s installation at 50 Bourke Street. Celebrating the queer alternative world of Melbourne’s underground performance art scene, you’ll be forgiven for lingering too long at this mesmerising spectacle.

The Huxley's Death of a Disco Dancer, 2020
The Huxley's Death of a Disco Dancer, 2020

John Gollings

Melbourne’s night scene looks a little different these days. Head to the wall of Madame Brussels after dark (10pm to 2am) to be met with projections of John Gollings scenes at Temple Nightclub; it’s the exact kind of throwback we need right now.

John Gollings' Gavin Brown and the Temple Nightclub, 1992
John Gollings' Gavin Brown and the Temple Nightclub, 1992

Uptown runs until 28 February 2021 and is free to view and wander.

Last updated on Tue 22 Dec 2020

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