We acknowledge the traditional owners and sovereign custodians of the land on which Collingwood Yards is situated, the Wurundjeri people of the Woiwurrung language group. We extend our respect to their Ancestors and all First Peoples and Elders past, present, and future.

Saturday Night at Collingwood Yards
Melbourne Art Fair

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Melbourne Art Fair has kicked off their festivities this week and Collingwood Yards have joined in throwing open the doors until late for Saturday Night, part of their Late Night program presented by Broadsheet.

While the main MAF event won’t begin until 6pm there’s plenty that can be done in the meantime.

Bringing art, music, food, discussion and more to the yards, we’re unveiling the full program below so you can plan out your Saturday Night and ensure you get a chance to experience all the action. 

Get prepared with Stefanino Panino.

This is going to be a big night so make sure to start it the way any Collingwood Yards event should be; with a coffee and a panini from Stefanino Panino

(Stefanino Panino | Coffee from 9am | Panini from 10am)

Take in a workshop at The Social Studio at 2pm

Get yourself up to The Social Studio, in the Perry St Building’s first floor, where you can experience the Afghan community’s traditional embroidery skills through a ticketed workshop. Learn the intricate patterns of Hazara and Pashtun embroidery, many of which carry deep and historic importance that can be traced back decades.

Part of PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Independent Programme for 2024. 

Tickets can be picked up through here. $80pp.

The Social Studio’s production workroom will be open until 8pm for visitors to get a glimpse at their Ethical Clothing Australia Accredited manufacturing space, as well as their school – where an RMIT accredited Certificate III in Apparel, Fashion + Textiles is taught for free to people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

Part of PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Independent Programme for 2024. 

Tickets can be picked up through here. $80pp.

(Community Threads: Afghan Hand Embroidery Workshop at The Social Studio | 2pm – 5pm)

PHOTO 2024 Preview

While upstairs in Perry St you can pop into Arts Project Australia’s gallery to get a preview of Eden Menta’s powerful work The little things we fight for or head down to the courtyard and get a preview of Eve Tagny’s installation Mnemonic Gestures. Both part of the upcoming PHOTO 2024 experience. 

In Mnemonic Gestures, various racialized people enact ritualised gestures in conjunction with nature’s materials and cycles. These actions and movements are performed with the aim of developing an embodied language that tends to collective and personal grief and realigns disrupted cycles onto nature’s seasonal rhythm.

(The Little Things we fight for – Eden Menta at Arts Project Australia | from 12 – 8pm)
(Mnemonic Gestures – Eve Tagny in the courtyard | All hours)

Check out the retail options at the Perry Street Buildings

Shop a range of ethically made garments, woven with social purpose in every fibre at The Social Studio’s shop front, located in the Collingwood Yards courtyard.

Browse an enormous collection of pre-loved vinyl at and vintage hi-fi equipment at Licorice Pie.

Uro Publications, a multi-award-winning publisher of architecture and design books, is hosting a snap sale across all art books in Bookshop by Uro at Collingwood Yards.

Jack and Jason the Amazing Hot Dog 

Official Music Partner of Melbourne Art Fair, Hope St Radio invites visitors to enjoy a night of food, music and community. Jason Phu returns for a second year in the LATE NIGHTS program, joining Hope St Radio’s Jack Shaw in the courtyard for an evening on the grill, with live music from 6.00pm.

(‘Jack and Jason the Amazing Hot Dogat Hope St Radio | 6pm onwards) 

Listen in at West Space with Kyra Mancktelow in conversation with Coby Edgar at 6pm

Back in the Perry St building’s First Floor make sure to catch Kyra Mancktelow’s artist talk with Coby Edgar discussing her work ‘Unconstitutional Love’.

Unconstitutional Love centres around a wedding dress that honours the artist’s Ancestors. With this work, Kyra continues to explore the history of garments in Australia as a means by which to address the ongoing impact of colonisation in this nation. 

Presented in partnership with Agency Projects.

(Unconstitutional Love at West Space | 6 – 7pm)

Dither_ Media and The Art Paper NZ Media Wall

Share your thoughts on Melbourne’s art scene and highlights from the Melbourne Art Fair in a playful quick-fire interview in front of a media wall by Riley Beaumont.

(Dither_ Media Wall in the courtyard | From 6pm onwards)

Composite’s Film Screening

Visit Composite Moving Image Agency to experience the exhibition A lesson in Bliss by Collingwood Yards studio artist Rowan McNaught.
A lesson in Bliss invites you to come and learn to read Bliss (1949–1985), a universal language, made of little pictures, honed for decades by Charles K. Bliss—formerly Blitz—who worked mostly from the office of a boarding house near Coogee Beach. Explore the precinct to discover a series of signs written in Bliss presented as part of the exhibition.

(A lesson in Bliss at Composite | screening 12 – 8pm)

Special Showcase at CY Space presented by Composite

Just across the hall from Composite, you’ll find CY Space where Composite is offering a glimpse into the wealth of multimedia and moving image works created by Collingwood Yards artists. Featuring works by APHIDS, Andy Butler, Arts Project Australia artists Chris O’Brien and Danny Lyons, the collaborative group Kate Beynon, Rali Beynon and Michael Pablo (AKA TudoFAM), and Luke George.

(Special Showcase presented by Composite at CY Space | 5 – 8pm)

Open Studio with Nicky Tsekouras and Kate Beynon and Rali Beynon (Tudofam and TudoKB)

Head up to level 2 of the Perry St Building to get a glimpse inside the studio of our resident artists here at Collingwood Yards Nicky Tsekouras and Kate Beynon and Rali Beynon from 7pm.

(Nick Tsekouras and Rali Beynon’s Open Studio at Perry St Building| 7pm until late)

Take it easy with  Runner Up

Take a break at any time and head to Runner Up to look out over the courtyard from a birds eye view.

(Runner Up at Johnston St rooftop | until Late)

Part of the Late Nights program presented by Broadsheet. 

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