A unique exhibition showcasing the work of emerging artists from The Social Studio is set to decorate the streets of Melbourne throughout October.
Outside Melbourne (17 to 31 October) uses guerrilla "postering" techniques to break the habitual appearance of advertising in public space.
The exhibition playfully explores issues surrounding the contentious definition of the "outsider" artist through the lens of migration, social inclusion and exclusion, and access and participation in Melbourne's city streets.
The exhibition allows artists from The Social Studio - a social enterprise that celebrates the creativity, skills and talents of new migrant communities in Melbourne - to showcase their distinctive artwork.
The project is curated by Dr Grace McQuilten, Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellow in the Centre for Art, Society and Transformation at RMIT University's School of Art.
Dr McQuilten said Outside would provide an exciting opportunity for The Social Studio artists to make their mark on the visual landscape of urban Melbourne.
"Outside creates a bridge between contemporary art practice in Melbourne and the experience of artists from diverse cultural backgrounds," she said.
"The exhibition presents a platform for visual communication and storytelling, allowing artists to contribute their unique voices to the vibrant contemporary art community of Melbourne."
Locations for the Outside exhibition will be announced via the Outside Melbourne website and social media throughout the duration of the event.
The exhibition is held in conjunction with Arts Victoria and RMIT for Contemporary Outsider Art: The Global Context Conference, presented by Arts Project Australia and the University of Melbourne.
RMIT School of Art and Speakeasy Cinema will also hold a film screening as part of the conference, followed by a public conversation presented by RMIT Pro Vice-Chancellor Design and Social Context and Vice-President, Professor Paul Gough, and Museum of Everything's James Brett.
The film, Turning the Art World Inside Out, plays on Sunday, 26 October, 5:30pm, at the Capitol Theatre, with the conversation starting at 6:45pm.
Information for arts and event listings
What: Outside Melbourne
When: Friday, 17 October - Friday, 31 October
Where: Big Screens, Federation Square and various locations in Melbourne's CBD
What:Turning the Art World Inside Out film screening and public conversation
When: Sunday, 26 October, 5:30pm
Where: Capitol Theatre, 113 Swanston St, Melbourne
Cost: $15 pre-sale or $18 at the door
For interviews: Dr Grace McQuilten, (03) 9925 0196 or 0425 647 501.
For general media enquiries: Kelly Bosman, Marketing Manager, (03) 9925 5033 or 0424 031 565.