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Tales from the Greek:  Live Art and Storytelling with John Hughes and Marco Luccio
Tales from the Greek:  Live Art and Storytelling with John Hughes and Marco Luccio

Tales from the Greek: Live Art and Storytelling with John Hughes and Marco Luccio

Art and storytelling collide as Greek myths are read aloud while art is created live

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22 Mar 2022, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Hellenic Museum, 280 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia


We are thrilled to welcome internationally renowned contemporary artist Marco Luccio and multi award-winning author John Hughes to the Hellenic Museum for our live art event presented as part of The Melbourne Art Book Fair.

John and Marco met while Marco was an artist in residence at Sydney Grammar in 2010. John, the Head Librarian, invited Marco to collaborate on his book The Garden of Sorrows after seeing his artwork. They subsequently collaborated again to produce the breathtaking Tales from the Greek: Myth, Beauty and Brutality coffee table book in 2021.

This live event explores the connections between art, publishing and language. John will be doing a reading from their book, while Marco creates a new art piece reflecting the unfolding narrative. The Tales from the Greek book will be available for purchase on the night, featuring modern interpretations of Greek myths contrasted against the dramatic drypoint technique of Marco’s striking artworks.

The stories require no prior knowledge of the myths on which they are based, but will appeal to readers who know and enjoy Greek myth and take pleasure in seeing how these timeless stories can be recast and reshaped into creative new forms.


Italian-born, Melbourne-based Marco is a Contemporary Artist whose work is represented in over 40 public and corporate collections internationally. He is an accomplished printmaker and painter celebrated for his signature emphatic style and known widely for his drypoint cityscapes.


John is an award-winning Sydney-based writer and author of seven books. His first book of autobiographical essays, The Idea of Home, was widely acclaimed and won the 2005 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction and the 2006 National Biography Award. He is currently Senior Master in English and Senior Librarian at Sydney Grammar School.


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