Got some free time coming up? Here are five shows worth checking out in Melbourne right now. Some even share a gallery, or are next door to each other, so you don’t need to travel far.

Paul Yore at Neon Parc Brunswick and Claire Lefebvre’s Luminous Numinous at Tinning Street

These two colourful, brash shows open this Friday night in two galleries a stone’s throw from each other in Brunswick.

Paul Yore hasn’t had a solo show in Melbourne since 2013, when he became one of two artists accused (and acquitted) of peddling child pornography (see also Bill Henson). The new show is the result of a two-year pilgrimage to Europe, and invokes excess, pop culture, porn and cartoons. Expect large textile collages, as well as sound and video installations, all in the frantic, kindergarten-nightmare Yore style.

Up the road at Tinning Street, Claire Lefebvre’s work is a calmer experience: all silken lines and flowing, warm, velveteen splashes of colour made by pouring paint straight onto the canvas.

Paul Yore's solo exhibition runs at Neon Parc Brunswick until June 18.

Claire Lefebvre’s Luminous Numinous runs at Tinning Street Presents until May 1.


Dancing Umbrellas and Making History: Angry Penguins at Heide Museum of Modern Art

Heide plays host to two very different shows at the moment.

The big show is Dancing Umbrellas, a dazzling show spanning decades of Australian artists and turns the white-walled gallery into a clash of colour, light and movement. The first thing that strikes about Dancing Umbrellas is how raw and DIY it is. The artists revel in ordinary objects and light sources: paper, foil, cardboard, slinkies, GIFs, fluorescent light bulbs, turmeric, coffee – all are mined for their colour and texture.

Meanwhile, Making History: Angry Penguins draws on the gallery’s own history. In the first half of the 20th century, Heide was a hotbed of revolutionary painters including Arthur Boyd, Joy Hester and Sidney Nolan – a movement known collectively as the Angry Penguins. This retrospective is a strong record of a big part of our art history.

Dancing Umbrellas runs until June 5 at Heide III: Central Galleries.

Making History: Angry Penguins runs until November 6 at Heide I.


Bill Henson’s Oneiroi at the Hellenic Museum

In a bold move, the Hellenic Museum gives legendary Australian photographer Bill Henson access to several millennia-old Greek artefacts for his latest project.

Downstairs in the museum, items from antiquity are encased in glass. But upstairs in a darkened room, Henson takes artefacts out of quarantine and returns them to their original purpose through a series of atmospheric photographs. A pair of earrings is to be hung from ears, a golden crown is to be worn, and a cup is to be drunk from. Henson has photographed these moments in rich golds and blues, intimate, passionate and compelling. The title, Oneiroi, is a reference to dreams in Greek mythology, and the photos project an incomplete, dreamlike world.

Bill Henson’s Oneiroi opened on Friday April 8 at the Hellenic Museum as a permanent exhibition.