With the popularity of White Night, the Gertrude Street Projection Festival (on now) and the 24 Hour Experience, it’s pretty clear Melburnians have an appetite for art after dark.

Joining this wave is Nite Art, a one-night festival showcasing Melbourne’s art scene across eight precincts, 28 art sites, 35 exhibitions and more than 80 artists.

A founding partner of Nite Art, Deborah Stahle says the night has been curated to encourage new ways of experiencing art and to build relationships across commercial galleries, artist-run spaces, museums and unusual architectural spaces.

Though it has been dormant for 30 years, Citipower’s J Substation, a red-brick building at the corner of Lonsdale and Spencer streets, will come alive on Wednesday night when it hosts a group art show as part of Nite Art's partnership with Open House Melbourne.

A remnant of Melbourne’s industrial past – that once powered the western CBD – the decommissioned substation will be home to Supply, a site-specific group exhibition that explores the meaning of “power” in all its guises.

Eric Demetriou, one of six artists involved, has two pieces in the exhibition. The site-specific 50hz, a collaboration with Travis John, uses low frequencies designed to physically engage with the resonant hum produced by power. Demetriou is not only excited about the unusual space, but about a platform such as Nite Art that elevates his work. “[It’s] an incredible opportunity to do more justice to Melbourne’s arts scene – it’s gathering it all in the one place.”

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Other highlights include The Shake of Leir, a selection of paintings by Melbourne-based artist Sarah Hendy at the usually members-only Kelvin Club at Melbourne Place, and Luke Paulding’s Vessel, which will be inside a service tunnel that supplies steam and oxygen to the Royal Melbourne Hospital and surrounding area.

“Nite Art goes out of its way to demystify ‘art-speak’. We take familiar spaces and present them in a new context,” says Stahle. “Of course it’s difficult to realign people’s preconceptions about what the art world represents. The challenge can be as simple as getting people to feel confident enough to walk through the gallery door.”

Nite Art 2014
Wednesday July 23, 6pm–late
Various locations around Melbourne


We’re giving away a special Nite Art experience for you and three friends, including dinner at Bar Nacional and a private tour of the J Substation. To win, email us at win@broadsheet.com.au with “Nite Art” in the subject line.

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