It's really cold here in Melbourne this week. The sludgy rain has set in and people are rugging up in boots and coats. Perfect weather to see a pop up book show by Paul Compton at Handheld Gallery. He has reconstructed some murderous and haunted sights, accompanying the whole thing is a perfectly miserable artists book that we cant wait to get our mitts on
Studio Ingot in Brunswick Street is showcasing the work of jeweller Michelle Kelly. Inspired by the cup fungi this is a perfect wet weather show! As the wind picks up and we draw our scarves around our necks we are going to check out the beautiful mobiles by  Jade Oakley now on at Australian Galleries. Aren't they intriguing? So weird, I've been thinking about mobiles for a couple of weeks now-
we may need a stiff drink to keep us going to the launch tonight at the meat market of the Next Wave festival main visual event 'Structural Integrity' (which quite frankly the ladies of HML can identify with). A group of artist run spaces from Australia and Asia have been invited to take part in a world-fair style extravaganza. Each group will be constructing 'pavilions' over the course of the event - so repeat visits are in order! This is so supercool!
We nicked the above and below images from the blog of Melbourne artist Lauren Brown who is also got something fab going on tonight at Horse Bazaar.  Her video installation is there as part of the plug 'n'play night that happens each month - You can catch her work at 9pm before getting the tram home in the rain.
Nice one Melbourne!

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