The National Gallery of Victoria has dropped an amplifier on an easel and turned its gallery space into a gig hall.

Featuring six emerging and established musicians and artists every Sunday over six weeks, the Unplugged Live series will be made up of discussions and live music performances.

Unplugged Live, beginning on July 5, unites art and music and encourages art to be viewed in a more inclusive, collective atmosphere. “It’s a chance to explore and interact with our current exhibitions in a different way,” explains NGV director, Tony Ellwood. "The series is one of the highlights of our evolving focus on art and music in the gallery.”

Jae Laffer of The Panics has worked with the NGV to curate the series and will host each event, joined in discussion every week by a different contemporary artist featured in one of the NGV’s current exhibitions. “I want to reveal some of the fascinating links we can make between song writing and art making as creative processes,” says Laffer. The discussions will also explore the inspiration behind the artists’ current pieces on display.

Laffer’s conversations will be followed by a live performance by emerging and established musicians, including Thelma Plum, Olympia, Megan Washington, Katy Steele, Oh Mercy frontman Alex Gow, and artist-musician Tom Iansek from Big Scary.

The NGV’s current exhibitions are Indigenous Art: Moving Backwards Into the Future, The Kaleidoscopic Turn, and Follow the Flag: Australian Artists at War 1914-1945. No bookings or tickets are required for this event.