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Exploring the places and spaces of Port Phillip

BY Media Unit | 11-Aug-2017
Two talented artists will explore the notions of ‘place’ and ‘space’ through artworks exhibited in The Gallery, St Kilda Town Hall, from 16 August.
Two talented artists will explore the notions of ‘place’ and ‘space’ through artworks exhibited in The Gallery, St Kilda Town Hall, from 16 August.

City of Port Phillip Mayor Bernadene Voss is inviting the community to discover the locally inspired paintings and photographs by artists Andrew Foster and Michael Kluge until 13 September.

“It’s a real privilege to experience two separate exhibitions that provide a sense of both the built and natural environments in Port Phillip and its surrounds,” Cr Voss said.

“Council is proud to support our local arts community by providing opportunities and venues for local artist to showcase their work.”

For several decades, long-time St Kilda resident and Italian-trained fine artist Andrew Foster has been transfixed by the changing nature of Port Phillip Bay, its landscapes, horizon and inhabitants.

His exhibition Across the Waters captures the local seascape and beyond, with sight lines across the bay to Newport and Williamstown.

In his paintings, the horizon is punctuated by the docks in Williamstown, Newport power station, gantries of Coode Island and the Westgate Bridge, empahisisng the changing colours and atmospheres according to the time of day and season.

Photographer Michael Kluge spent considerable time and effort researching the historical, cultural and social significance of several buildings and their interior spaces before gaining consent to document them for this project.

His photographic exhibition Behind the Façade, unmasks a diverse range of interior spaces of familiar buildings in the City of Port Phillip. Some of the spaces Kluge has captured have now changed dramatically.

Both exhibitions are free to the public and can been seen at The Gallery, St Kilda Town Hall, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda; from 8.30 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday; 16 August to 13 September.