Yes, it’s a long weekend coming up. Melbourne is a sporting city, and this Friday October 2 has been declared a public holiday, in honour of the AFL grand final. But wait – according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, going to cultural venues and attending sporting events as a spectator are all popular pastimes for many Australians.
So why not do both on the newly minted Grand Final eve public holiday. RMIT Gallery will be open as usual from 11 am to 5 pm. And also from 12 noon to 5 pm on Saturday 3 October.
The AFL Grand Final Parade will take place from 12pm AEST. Marching bands and roving entertainment will join in from the Old Treasury Building to Yarra Park at the MCG.
The participation and attendance surveys conducted by the ABS indicate that people who participated in sport and physical recreation went to both cultural and sporting events, more so than non-participants. So, if you are in the city for the Grand Final eve festivities, come along to RMIT Gallery as well.
You can collect your free artwork at Spanish artist Julio Falagán’s exhibition Power to the People! The artist invites audiences to become art collectors by taking home posters of the five original works made through the manipulation of popular prints bought in flea markets.
Meanwhile, in Performing Mobilities, the majority of the new and experimental works invite you to engage in your own forms of performing mobility. A number of projects even invite you to leave the Gallery with a particular aspect of an artwork as part of participating in mobile performances.
According to exhibition curator Mick Douglas, “Performing Mobilities invites us to challenge ourselves about the way in which we think about and experience mobility.”
“A number of the different artworks invite you to playfully engage with them, even to take the artworks out of the Gallery and interact with them in the city.”