Art Exhibitions & Shows Opening This Week

A bunch of great art exhibitions and events are kicking off this week at various venues around Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. Thanks to all the students, artists and gallerists who have contributed to our weekly art round up with great tips for events and exhibitions. Our world would be a less beautiful place without you. Here’s our picks of the week in art…

What To coincide with their fifth birthday celebrations, retailer/gallery/publisher Somedays is hosting a new show by Melbourne based art/design duo tin&Ed. United Eye is a new collection of risographic prints by two super talented dudes whose work explores beauty in the banal expressed in their distinctive aesthetic.
When Opens 1st December 2010 – 30 January 2011. Opening night is 6-8pm on Wednesday, 1 December and you can RSVP here.
Where Somedays – 72B Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills NSW

What The enfant terrible of the Young British Artist movement needs no introduction. Metro Gallery is exhibiting the only set of Hirst’s iconic spot wood cut prints released in Australia. The edition is 48, printed on 410 gsm Somerset white textured paper. Each of the twelve works are signed by the artist on the front and numbered on the reverse. They’re expensive because – like any of Hirst’s work – they’re highly collectible.
When Opens 1st December 2010 – 24 December 2011. Opening night is 6-8pm on Wednesday, 1 December.
Where Metro Gallery – 1214 High Street, Armadale VIC

Who Curtin University Degree Show (Perth)
What Check out the future of Australian visual arts at the Curtin University Degree Show (Western Australia) which will feature over 50 artists of all ages and backgrounds, some with only uni exhibitions behind them and some who are already exhibiting nationally and internationally. From the graduating class and Honours students of Curtin University Department comes work ranging from all disciplines from painting, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, jewelry and print to performance based works and video.
When Opening times: Friday 3rd December 6pm – 10pm; Saturday 4th December; Sunday 12th December 10am – 4pm
Where Curtin University: Buildings 202, 203, 212, Brand Drive (off Manning Road) South Entrance, Bentley Campus Perth WA

What The awesome traveling typographic exhibition is making it’s next stop at the No Vacancy gallery in Melbourne featuring another great lineup of artists and designers: Mike Giant, Parra, Travis Millard, Hedof, Ozzie Wright, Sofles, Bones, Siggi Eggertsson, Well Dressed Vandals, Lachie Goldsworthy, and John Siddle. Yew.
When One night only: Wednesday 1 December 2010.
Where No Vacancy Gallery – 34-40 Jane Bell Lane, Melbourne VIC (entrance off Russel Street)

What Presented by The Papermill Gallery Not Even These Images Will Last combines the photographic work of Patrick Boland, Dean Golja, Craig Proudford with mixed-media work by Julie Burke. These artists explore issues of memory, time and the temporal nature space and location.
When One night only: Wednesday 1 December 2010.
Where The Papermill Gallery – 1 Angel Place, Ash Street, Sydney NSW

Who cosine presents A SECOND FUNCTION
What Visually-driven zine cosine is holding another exhibition to show off the work of the talented emerging artists that appear within its pages. Curated by cosine’s creative mastermind Costa Vakas, the exhibition features artworks by: Kevin Tran, Madeleine Love, Le Pie, Beth Dillon, Brad Robson, Shannon, and a cosine/Alex Rahr collab.
When Opens Wednesday 1st December – Sunday 5th December 2010
Where Pocket bar – 13 Burton Street, Darlinghurst NSW

What He’s better known for his work in Australia’s music industry but Daimon Downey’s creative output also falls within the realm of visual arts. His graphic and colourful first solo show of sculpture and paintings will be staged in a raw space as a pop up gallery.
When Opens 2 December until 22 December 2010
Where Post Building Shop 1, Corner Macleay Street and Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point NSW

What Secret Wars’ latest battle will be a cracker: Ken Taylor is an illustrator that is famous all over the world for his amazing style in the close nit world of rock poster art. He has designed posters for Ben Harper, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and the Arctic Monkeys to name but a few. Deb is one of Australia’s premier female artists, working on the street, commercially and in exhibitions. Deb has an iconic style that is instantly recognisable and is only the 2nd girl to participate in Secret Wars in Australia.
When Wednesday 8 December, 2010, Doors open 6:30pm
Where 1000 £ Bend – 361 Lt Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC

What Spare Parts continues! Don’t miss this unique exhibition that bring together a diverse range of artists all using pre-loved prosthetic limbs as their canvas. The show will create and promote over 40 individual pieces of art and parallel to this, a positive and open conversation about prosthetics.
When Open until 5th December 2010
Where Brisbane Powerhouse – 119 Lamington Street, New Farm QLD

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Main image via Spare Parts