Art Events and Programs

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Open Studios & Exhibitions Art Trail

In 2018 our community was invited to discover #creativemelville and explore more than 36 studios, galleries, creative spaces and Artist Run Initiatives when they opened their doors in September for the second annual City of Melville Open Studios and Exhibitions Trail.

The event, which debuted in 2017, showcases the many artists and creatives who live or work within the City, offering the community a chance to see artists at work, participate in art activities and purchase art from local residents.

Are you an artist, designer, or maker?  Register your interest for the 2019 event at 

Find out more on our dedicated event page.

View the Open Studios & Exhibitions Art Trail video#1 and video#2 and also the album.


ART IN PLACE is the City of Melville’s new series of temporary public artworks that aim to engage the community by giving residents and visitors unique opportunities to experience and encounter contemporary art in significant and accessible locations across the City.

Planning for the City of Melville’s 2019 ART IN PLACE installation, Sonic Hill, is underway, with installation aiming to connect people to the past and present through the clever use of sound. Sonic Hill is a site-specific audio-sculpture collaboration by artists Tom Muller and Ned Buckeley. Further details will be released in late 2018, while the event is anticipated to take place in April 2019. 

The inaugural 2018 commission for ART IN PLACE asked artists to respond to the theme of ‘spotlight’, with artworks that encourage audiences to look above the ground, toward the horizon and up, to where the water, earth and built environment meet the skyline.

Perth-based artists VJzoo (Kat Black and Jasper Cook) collaborated with Kambarni (Kamsani Bin Salleh) to deliver Confluence, a projection-based installation across the body of water and illuminated on a fleet of boats, where the Swan (Derbarl Yerrigan) and Canning (Djarlgarro Beeliar) rivers met.

You can also view the Confluence video and facebook albums.


Canning Bridge Art Trail

As you stroll along the Canning River foreshore you may notice some eye-catching sculptures and art pieces decorating the way.

Did you know there are 17 unique public artworks that stretch the foreshore from Point Heathcote to Mount Henry Bridge?

Download our pocked-sized Canning Bridge Art Trail brochure or pick one up from Heathcote Cultural Precinct and go on your own art treasure hunt. The brochure shows the location of each artwork and gives an overview of the piece and the artist.

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