Collarts, Fitzroy Campus
Group exhibition – Curated by Zo Damage
The DIGS exhibition, curated by acclaimed photographer Zo Damage, features photographic and illustrative works by artists including Rennie Ellis, Philip Morris, Ponch Hawkes, Tim Molloy, Paul Pirie and many more.
The purpose of this exhibition is to pay homage to the array of musical milestones that positions Melbourne to be one of the most pivotal cities in both music and art culture in the nation.
DIGS features images from The Meanies live at The Club in Collingwood to the SLAM Rally where over 20,000 Melbourne citizens marched to protect the cultural hub of Melbourne’s live music scene. The Tote "Never Say Die" doors hang in exhibition along with other memorabilia, including original Pram Factory poster art by Carol Porter dating back to 1978.
I grew up in and around the Carlton music scene, the Pram Factory being its hub. As a kid, Mum would take my brother and I to Pram Factory Basement gigs, theatre performances, and art and photography exhibitions of artists from the Pram community.
The community itself, fuled by theatre, politics, literature, art and music, was a hotbed of creativity and rebellion that rings as true and powerfully today in Melbourne’s inner north as it did then. We will create. We will have a voice. We will act together.
It was the only world I knew.
As an adult I base myself in the north, where I am surrounded by creative forces too many to mention.
Despite the passing of decades, Melbourne’s inner north has retained its strength and its influence on live music and urban culture. That it continues to feed its community’s insatiable drive to create cannot be denied.
It is incredibly humbling and exciting for me to find myself curating a show that encompasses four-plus decades, a show that celebrates the creative hub of Melbourne's inner north and its community, strength and resilience.
Welcome to our digs.
Zo Damage – Curator, DIGS Exhibition