He spoke eloquently on how the work is chosen, the Gallery”s content and the the building in which it is housed.
A visit to the Mission to Seafarers , Australian Tapestry Workshop , and Malthouse theatre , whetted my appetite in 2012 .
Marvelling , I steeped into the portico of the squat , iconic Mission building in Flinders St . It was a building I had passed on a daily basis in transit to my city job . Its closeted chapel revealed intricate stained glass windows depicting sea misadventures , and well polished wooden pews warmed by the bums of many seamen . In the silent sancturary of the Norla Dome , home to changing art exhibitions of marine themed works , I felt the history of the building .
The bustling Australian Tapestry workshop , housed in a unique 19th century white filigreed building , was a plethora of colour and action . Massive , striking , woven canvases were draped across enormous frames , as the weavers diligently performed their timeless craft . All manner of stories were being told in thread , from afl footy matches , to delicate indigenous themes .
Malthouse , the stark modern theatre buit on an industrial site of a working brewery , is home to Melbourne’s avant garde theatre . Rehearsal rooms , costumes , sets and theatre spaces were explored with some dexterity by the zealous guide . Forced to forgo a visit to the police horse stable as the queue snaked around the corner and down the street , I remembered it had also been a daily backdrop to my working life .
In 2013 , I want to visit the grotesque edgewater towers in St Kilda , Melbourne’ s first high rise dwelling built in 1959 . The quirky , Cairo , art deco bachelor apartments in fitzroy, and the majestic , distressed ballroom , atop flinders st railway station . Conversely , I have been fortunate enough to enter , via the stagedoor , the Palais de Danse theatre in St Kilda . I too have danced on the rollingstage , crept up into the roof space and peered out from the juliet balconies.
How successful is Open House Melbourne ? I regularly attend the gallery space at the Mission to Seafarers , have attended a woodcut printing workshop at the tapestry workshop , and enjoyed several performances at the Malthouse Theatre . Fingers crossed that I win the ballot , and get the chance to peek inside the compelling , ruined splendour of the Railway Ballroom , this year .