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Festival Melbourne2006

Festival Melbourne2006

Cultural Producers - Global Art Projects

Festival Melbourne2006, the cultural celebration of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, was Australia’s most diverse festival of arts and culture. Funded by the Victorian and Federal Governments, the free festival featured performing arts, exhibitions, youth, regional and indigenous programs.

The Exhibitions Program was developed and produced by Global Art Projects on behalf of the Office of Commonwealth Games Coordination. Curated by GAP to be of broad appeal, the program of exhibitions built partnerships with many of Melbourne’s major art and exhibition venues as well as with independent art curators and project managers, and attracted audiences in excess of 350,000. 


The Program highlighted the work of more than 200 artists across a wide range of media including painting, photography, film, sculpture, textiles, traditional and contemporary craft and performance. It also offered the opportunity to bring elements of everyday life in Commonwealth countries into a different context – from Karachi mini-bus decoration applied to a Melbourne tram, to barrel-making from Sri Lanka, the diversity of indigenous carving practices in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, and the weaving of traditional homes of the Borana people of East Africa. 


Spirit of the Games - The Opening Ceremony Revealed (Melbourne Museum)
2006 Commonwealth Contemporary (National Gallery of Victoria Federation Square and Australian Centre for the Moving Image)
Common Goods - Cultures Meet Through Craft (Melbourne Museum)
Game On!: Sport and Contemporary Art (Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne)
Threading the Commonwealth: Textile, Tradition, Culture, Trade and Politics (RMIT Gallery)
Carve - Indigenous Carving from the Commonwealth (Melbourne Museum)
Medalling: 8 Designers on a Quest (RMIT Gallery)
Worldly Things: ‘Fantasy’ Coffins from Ghana (45Downstairs)
LILA/PLAY: Contemporary Miniatures and New Art from South Asia (Span Galleries)
The Buddy System - Ani O'Neill and friends (Arc One Gallery)
Flash: Australian Athletes in Focus - photography (Silvershot Gallery)
NEW06 and +Plus Factors (Australian Centre of Contemporary Art)
Single Currency (Victoria College of the Arts Gallery)
William Kentridge: 9 Drawings for Projection (National Gallery of Victoria International)
NAGAA – BORANA RELOCATION (nagaa - peace, happiness, safety, health) (National Gallery of Victoria)
The Best of the Best: Celebrating the Comonwealth Photographic Award (Immigration Museum)
W11: Karachi to Melbourne (Pakistani Decorated Trams)
Geoglyphs - Andrew Rogers (Geelong)

March 2006

Presented in venues throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria

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