06/07/2015
Marina Abramović, Melbourne hip hop jazz, The Staple Store granola and strong coffee.

Words by

Elle O'Donnell

Grey Gardens is making winter a whole lot better for those still here battling it out. After a booming opening night, last Friday marked the official opening of Melbourne’s newest mixed-use project space to the public.

It also marks the first permanent home for the formerly perma-travelling Speakeasy Cinema, which was always supposed to be so much more than just a room with a cinema screen.

Grey Gardens invites artists, curators and event-makers to bring the space between a black box and a white cube to life, with all kinds of creativity accepted and encouraged.

So the July lineup is already looking amazing and it goes a little like this. A reprise of Marina Abramović: The Artist is present, The Australian of lo-fi new-age sci-fi For the Plasma and the launch of Speakeasy kid’s cinema.

And it doesn’t stop there, Speakeasy will also feature re-score producers Hear My Eyes to bring you Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Palme d’Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, which includes a live, improvised recount by Melbourne hip hop jazz musicians 30/70.

New work from Melbourne’s long-form poet Magic Steven is also set to exhibit, as well the colourful works from audio-video artist Xanthe Dobbie.

Don’t forget about the Coffee bar + Larder. The short menu finds mindful, healthy and organic eating its focus, with a ‘Little Edie’ bespoke buckwheat granola courtesy of The Staple Store, home-made broths, a selection of smørrebrøds (open sandwiches), pressed juices, deliciously good cinema snacks and a monthly rotation of Melbourne’s best beans as chosen by Three Thousand Thieves. Lunchboxes and dinner smorgasbords will also be on offer during Speakeasy Cinema sessions and various Grey Gardens events. 

Grey Gardens
Where: 51 Victoria Street, Fitzroy (note Street, not Parade)
Coffee Bar + Larder: Open Tues-Sat 8am-4pn
Gallery: Open Tues-Sat 10am-6pm
Check out www.greygardensprojects.com to plan your visit 

Photography: 
Bec Capp @ AEVOE

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