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HELLENIC MUSEUM PRESENTS

BLOCK PARTY

With Live Street Art by Loretta Lizzio

Join us for a festival of street art, music and entertainment and watch internationally renowned Australian artist and muralist Loretta Lizzio paint live on the Hellenic Museum’s forecourt.

 

Part carnival and part urban art laboratory, the centrepiece of BLOCK PARTY will be a 3-part art commission, where Loretta will bring to life the stories of three ancient Greek women who broke the mould, contributing to history and myth. 

 

While Loretta’s artwork adorns walls and galleries from Vancouver and London to the silos of Brunswick, it’s a privilege to have her signature style exhibited at the Hellenic Museum. This family-friendly event encourages dialogue and discussion with the artist and exploration of the Museum grounds. 

 

BLOCK PARTY will also feature an exciting array of activities including Greek coffee tarot readings, Roman and Mesopotamian games, ceramic painting workshops, and live music in the evening. A plethora of Greek food and drink will be available to purchase to support the artistic commission.

Watch this space as more events and activities are announced closer to the date. 

 

A celebration of perseverance, womanhood and artistic expression, BLOCK PARTY will reconnect people and welcome visitors back to the city of Melbourne. 

 

Let us heighten your senses. Experience art live.

FREE entry

Sunday 12 December

2pm – Late 

The Museum is also free to attend on the day.

Festival Programme

2 – 4pm | Photogrammetry and object-based learning experience

2 – 5pm | Birds of Prey demonstration (owls and eagles) 

2 – 6pm | Ancient board games + Ancient Greek warriors

2 – 7pm | Children's petting zoo

3 – 6pm | Ceramic painting workshop, Portrait drawing with Natalie Rompotis and Greek coffee reading 

All day | Loretta Lizzio painting on the forecourt, live music + Greek street food

This event was made possible with support from the Multicultural Festivals & Events Program. The Hellenic Museum is committed to supporting female artists and is delighted to have engaged Loretta Lizzio with the support of commission champion Helen Mantzis. 

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LORETTA LIZZIO

Loretta Lizzio is a NSW-based artist whose work adorns walls and galleries throughout Australia and beyond. Her work explores romanticism, nature and evokes a strong sense of nostalgia. Forgotten fairy tales, spectacles of cinema, fleeting glances and dog eared National Geographic’s are Lizzio’s inspiration to make art and tell her stories.

In the early years of her art career, Loretta was very much taken by ancient history, particularly Greek mythology. She would base many of her sketches around the flowing hair, womanly curves and gazing faces she would see depicted in books and online. As she continues to grow as an artist, she strives to encompass this vibe in her own modern way.

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BRUNSWICK SILO ART

The image of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern embracing a Muslim woman after the Christchurch mosque attacks resonated around the world. 

Arguably one of Loretta Lizzio's most well-known and prolific works, the Brunswick old grain silo mural was painted by Loretta in May 2019 and is 25 metres high.