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National Gallery of Victoria Presents Unplugged Live

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Missy Higgins

A synthesis of art and music is hitting the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) this winter with a new intimate program of sense-saturating sounds for Unplugged Live: Portrait of an Artist, featuring some of Australia’s best established and emerging artists including Missy Higgins, Bob Evans and Paul Dempsey with Adalita, Melody Pool and New Gods.

Curated by Jae Laffer of The Panics, Unplugged Live: Portrait of an Artist will showcase ten of the country’s best emerging and established musicians and bands over ten weeks. On Sunday afternoons Laffer and NGV Curators will discuss themes and ideas in iconic works in the Gallery’s 19th and 20th Century Australian Art collection, followed by a live and acoustic performance of a handful of songs by the musicians. 

Jae Laffer said, “Being involved in Unplugged has given me the opportunity to bring musicians into the surroundings of great Australian art where I can pay my respects to the two art forms of songwriting and visual art in the one space.”

“Each week I will lead a discussion of the themes and inspirations behind the songs of a well-loved songwriter, and make comparisons to some of the great Australian visual art on display in the NGV. I want to show that a great song and a great painting are equal and come from a similar place in the heart of an artist,” Laffer said. 

Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV said that Unplugged Live: Portrait of an Artist is the latest in the NGV’s evolving music program.

“We have worked closely with some of Australia’s most renowned singers and songwriters to create something unique, celebrating the interconnections between music and art. We are particularly pleased that this series will complement the highly successful Friday Night music series that will continue as part of the Italian Masterpieces exhibition, with Unplugged offering a dedicated focus on Australian art and music in an intimate setting.

“Unplugged adds another important dimension to our programming and reinforces our belief that the Gallery is a relevant platform for the celebration and expression of a wide variety of art forms and styles of engagement, with artists on center stage.”

Unplugged Live: Portrait of an Artist will be held in the 19th and 20th Century Australian Art galleries on Level 2 at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Sundays 2-3pm from 6 July to 7 September, entry is free. #unpluggedngv


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