Usually, an artist in residence merely contributes to an existing space or art institution. In the case of the new pop-up bar Residency on Flinders Street, acclaimed artists are being invited to completely remodel a warehouse space – in essence being handed a blank canvas.
The artists are being chosen with help from Melbourne gallery Utopian Slumps, and given so much room to move there are bound to be some intriguing outcomes. First up in the series is Australian visual artist Thomas Jeppe, whose minimal, dance-oriented design draws inspiration from “classic clubs” and is popping up just in time for Melbourne Music Week.
For three nights this week Residency will welcome a cohesive line-up of DJs and live music, including Misha Hollenbach (of fashion label PAM) and Laila (Day Care) on Thursday, Michael Ozone and Simon TK on Friday and headline act SAFIA with support from Moon Holiday on Saturday.
Don’t worry, the drinks have not been forgotten: Shebeen has designed a menu especially for the occasion and profits from the bar will be split between the artist and a fund to bring a permanent Residency bar to life.
Residency will be open from Thursday November 20 to Saturday November 22 at 524 Flinders Street, Melbourne.
Thursday and Friday nights are free. Tickets for Saturday night are $20 ($25 at the door) and can be purchased here.