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Your guide to April in The District’s art precinct

Wharf Street Open Night

Friday, April 6, 6-9pm

The Docklands Art Collective is hosting the Wharf Street Open Night. Various groups will throw open their doors and invite the public to several new exhibitions. Participating are: The Artist’s Guild, At Current Gallery, Dodgy Paper, Crowther Contemporary, Tiger in the Jungle and The Blender Project Space. See specifics under the artist’s info.

The Artist’s Guild:

Oblique - Exhibition Opening

Opening night Friday, April 6, 6-9pm  


A group show of five women artists responding to the word “oblique”, meaning not expressed or done in a direct way, through the medium of paint. The artists Alysa McHugh, Chantel Camilleri, Cy O’Neill, Julie Vinci and Nicole Thibault met while studying Visual Art in 2017, coming from backgrounds in different mediums such as painting, music, textiles, photography, video, drawing and print. Realising they shared similar ideas themes and in their work, the artists have created new work for this exhibition to explore personal responses to the set of common parameters as outlined above.

On the Hearth: Petra Kleinherne – Exhibition opening

Opening night Friday, April 6, 6-9pm  


Petra uses the model as a starting point. Sometimes she sketches the figure roughly with charcoal or pencil and then goes off with the oil paint. Likeness is not the goal but rather the feeling that is evoked by the presence of the model, the viscosity of the oil paint and colour. The materiality of the paint takes over and the result is dictated by the painting itself. Each work happens over three hours and Petra tries to load the paint as much as possible to get a thick texture.


Monthly artistic circle for female artists

Sunday, April 15, 7.30-9.30pm

$30pp or $15 concession

Are you a female artist craving connection and a bunch of like-minded souls to share your creative journey?  Come and try our artistic circle.  

Tea and coffee provided.


DIY abstract tote bag workshop

Saturday April 7 and 14, 12pm 

$30 – tote included!

Inspired by Oblique, this workshop allows you to create your own slogan or abstract design to take home on a tote bag.

All materials will be provided and the artists will be on hand to guide you through it.

You can also make your design on a T-shirt (extra cost) or make a free poster!

Children under 12 are free (but does not include tote).

Bookings essential:


The Fat Yarn Store

Macrame workshop, fat wool-knitting workshop

April 7 and April 14 respectively

$75 - $220

Tickets here:


Tiger in the Jungle

Nabeel Khan Exhibition

April 6, 6-9pm

From April 6, Tiger in the Jungle will be introducing fresh cut flowers and to help promote the launch it will be exhibiting the floral geometric artwork of Nabeel Khan. Find him on Instagram: @nabeel_khan_art


Crowther Contemporary

New perspectives exhibition

Opening night on April 6, running until April 25

A group exhibition showcasing the work of six recent art graduates from Melbourne universities. It looks at the diverse nature of contemporary art today and how the next generation of artists see and respond to the world around them.


Dodgy Paper

Group exhibition and first birthday

April 6, 6-9pm


To celebrate the first birthday of Dodgy Paper, we are having an exhibition of all the works made by our Dodgy Day residents in the window. All works were created in the Dodgy shop, by local artists, on Dodgy Paper. It’s also our first birthday! So come get dodgy with us!


Tree paper comics

Life-Drawing @ Tree Paper Comics

Every Thursday in April from 6.30-8.30pm

$20 or $15 concession

The Artists Guild, Tree Paper Comics and At Current Gallery organise a weekly life drawing class in Docklands.  Held in the Tree Paper comic studio on Wharf St, it is an unguided class and a safe place for people of all levels to further develop their skills. All materials are provided.  

Hosts: The Artists Guild, At Current Gallery, Tree Paper Comics


The Australian Cartoon Museum

Head High Tackle – Paul Harvey exhibition

Wednesdays – Sundays, 11am to 4pm


The Australian Cartoon Museum has recently opened an exhibition of original caricatures of footballers by Paul Harvey for the beginning of the football season. Paul Harvey will be at the museum most Sundays between 12pm and 2pm for signing postcards, limited edition prints and, if you’re lucky, a caricature of yourself!


Janicke Johansen

Social art afternoon

April 9 and May 14, 12-2pm


A chance for people to create and explore their own art in a calm and supportive environment. Not a teaching class, but support and feedback is encouraged. BYO supplies, most mediums are fine as long as they are not smelly, loud or disruptive to others.

Contact: [email protected] to confirm your attendance, as numbers are limited.

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