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The District Docklands - November 2019

30 Oct 2019

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ArtVo returns with brand new art

By Ivana Molnar

15 artists, 1000 litres of paint, 800 hours and over 80 new artworks, ArtVo immersive gallery is re-opening for business!

Readers of this column will know by now that The District Docklands is all about supporting artists and creativity. We hold a monthly Makers Market showcasing handmade arts and craft, while MAGNET Galleries opened back in December 2017 and today holds regular art and photography exhibitions and Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) is currently exhibiting its annual student art in the precinct.

And, of course, The District is home to ArtVo. If you haven’t been to ArtVo, you’re missing out on something incredible! ArtVo is not your traditional art gallery, where a photograph of the art or even the thought of touching it is forbidden. ArtVo is an immersive art gallery, where you are encouraged to touch the art and become part of it by taking photographs from designated points on the floors of the gallery.

ArtVo is fun, and, if you’re planning a visit, don’t forget to charge your phone and bring an extra battery for your camera … you’re going to need it! It is a self-guided exhibition suitable for all ages, groups small or large. Allow plenty of time, as there are over 80 photo opportunities to photograph.

The gallery first opened at The District in 2016. First of its kind, it quickly became popular with families and tourists, people travelling from far to see what all the fuss was about. It was all worth it, with people taking hundreds of photographs with family and friends, memories that will last a lifetime. Just take a look at the ArtVo Instagram page (@artvo_melbourne), not short of inspiration for your next visit.

ArtVo will re-open its doors on Saturday, November 16 at 10am after closing for 16 weeks, where 15 artists were involved in the design, set up, installation and painting of the gallery. And there’s a new theme - fantasy - spanning the entire course of the gallery. The fantasy theme will see people explore the ocean, polar ice caps, space and the forest. Plus, the dreamscape art will see some very exciting interactive experiences. The lead artist at ArtVo Jun Park is excited to welcome all customers, and invites everyone to visit and experience the new art. Jun said: “We are creating a world for people to enjoy and we want to celebrate important occasions throughout the year with our visitors, like Christmas, Australia Day, Valentine’s Day and birthdays.”

Conveniently located at The District, ArtVo is the perfect place to visit any time of the week. And rain, hail or shine (we know Melbourne weather), ArtVo will be open. You can spend as long as you like at ArtVo, but we recommend you allow up to two hours to immerse yourself in the experience and explore the full gallery. And if you’re not sure what to do, ArtVo staff are on hand to show you how to take the best photo.

If you have been to ArtVo before, you’ll be blown away by the new art. And if you haven’t experienced it before, you’re in for a treat. There will be surprises (we can’t give it all away!) and you must come along and see if for yourself.

ArtVo immersive gallery

Level 1, Wharf St

The District Docklands

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