This September, the National Gallery of Victoria will be presenting the latest project of US based contemporary artist Harrell Fletcher, The sound we make together (Melbourne).

Harrell Fletcher is best known through his work with people outside the art world, where he has created art through collaboration and participation. Harrell Fletcher’s first Australian project will be a collaboration with seven Melbourne based community groups including Arts Project Australia, CERES, Crooked Rib Art, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Grainger Museum, Hell Gallery, RISE, and two individuals, Herb Patten and Jeff Sparrow.

The participants will each reveal an aspect of contemporary and historical Melbourne, whether it is immigration, art and community, identity, urban agriculture and sustainability, urban history and politics, and even music. In addition to reflecting Melbourne’s past and present through an assortment of organisations and individuals, the project is ultimately situated in an art gallery. Fletcher saw this as an opportunity to involve participants in selecting works from the NGV Collection as a central part of the exhibition.

In the first weekend of his Melbourne residency, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 August, Harrell Fletcher will collaborate with nine Melbourne community groups. Over the two days, members of each group, and other invited guests, will present or perform for 20 minutes. The documentation of these programs will form part of Fletcher’s exhibition at the NGV. Become part of Fletcher’s relational art practice by witnessing this weekend of art making. This free event will be facilitated by Harrell Fletcher and Alex Baker.

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The exhibition ‘Harrell Fletcher: The sound we make together (Melbourne)’ will be on display at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square from 11 September 2010 to 30 January 2011.