Our very favourite time of year is approaching when we welcome the Lucca Opera to Melbourne.
Join us at the Athenaeum this March 3rd to be swept into another realm by the heartbreaking voices of soprano Michele Buscemi, tenor Giancarlo Monsalve, and baritone Mattia Campetti.
Join on stage by conductor Greg Hocking, the troupe will showcase an exciting blend of opera arias, duets and traditional songs that contribute to the rich Italian repertoire that is world famous.
Tickets will be available via Ticketek.
To learn more of the artists, please read below.
Indulge in a delightful summer luncheon in the Franque Dining Room this Valentine's Day with Guy Mirabella's Italian fare (you'll fall in love!).
Linguine with zucchini, roasted pine nuts, roast pumpkin, spinach and peas, lemon
Baked Atlantic Salmon, chilli oil, herb and fennel salad
Char-grilled broccolini, green bean slaw
Italian style potato salad | sprout, sugar peas, capers
Smashed meringue roulade (pavlova), berries, passion fruit and raspberry syrup
We are delighted to present an exhibition of the artist Bruce Armstrong’s work at Franque. Please join us on the evening of Thursday 26th October at 6pm to celebrate.
Highly expressive, this exhibition describes the imaginative force that is Bruce Armstrong; imbued with all the aggression and poignancy - honest and raw - of existence, from human to animal.
The softness of an oil pastel, wielding emotion with an intensity equal to that of the axe or chainsaw, depicts figures familiar and strange, frightening and yet somehow reassuring. The duality of nature itself, both fierce and vulnerable, is a struggle the artist conveys with simplicity which promises to ensnare the viewer. How Armstrong can pierce the soul through the positioning of a black circle for an eye, is a seductive mystery we can only marvel at.
As the artist enters the third stage of life, we’re more than pleased to be the first gallery to show largely the 2-dimensional work he is now enjoying producing.
Bruce Armstrong on drawing: “It is a supreme form… What comes out from the drawings, is what would never come out from the paintings. It’s much more a window to a soul than painting or sculpture is.”
Proudly sponsored by Prancing Horse Estate.
“We taste the purity of the fruit, the air and soil, they are wines that fully engage the brain.”
Prancing Horse Estate owners, Tony and Cathie Hancy’s biodynamic vineyard is part of a relaxed costal lifestyle enjoyed on their beautiful Red Hill South property. Here in the cellar door they share ocean views and an impressive range if wines that truly express their individual terroir.
“We make premium biodynamic wines grown with minimum human intervention:
wines made in the vineyard” says Tony.
“These wines are produced in a gentle way, without herbicides and pesticides.”
He adds, “When you drink a Prancing Horse wine, you’re shaking hands with an ancient volcano with your back to a sea breeze. The cellar door experience embraces the biodynamic way.”
Join author Jane Webster in the Franque Dining Room to celebrate the release of French House Chic.
Dreaming of a French house…
It is more than twelve years since Jane Webster, the poster girl for selling up and following your dreams, bought Chateau Bosgouet, a derelict chateau in Normandy and moved her young family to France. In those twelve years, Jane has established an internationally renowned business, she has shepherded her children through their school years both in France and in Australia, she has made long-lasting friendships in her adopted home and she has spent countless hours observing French style.
French House Chic is a glimpse inside the most private of French residences: from supremely elegant Parisian apartments to lavishly upholstered sitting rooms in French country estates. From le salon to la salle de bain and every room in between, here is visual inspiration to achieve the most French look in any space. Or just to be momentarily immersed in all that Gallic flair.
This is Jane’s very personal story of a lifetime of cultivating an eye for style and bringing it to life in the home - a style that can be emulated with just some simple guidance. It is a book for rethinking: one that will make you want to rearrange your copper saucepans, reupholster your sofa, or book the next flight to Paris. And last but not least, this is the book that answers the question of what happens if you really chase your dreams.
About the author and photographer
Jane runs The French Table from her house in Normandy. She spends six months in France each year where she organises cultural tours and cooking classes throughout the region. She is the author to two best-selling titles At My French Table and French Ties (both Penguin).
Robyn Lee is a photographer and the author of Dinner with Jackson Pollock (Assouline).
Title French House Chic
ISBN 9780500500965 Price AUS$59.99 NZ$65.00
Published by Thames & Hudson Publication date: October 2017
Join us for the opening of Mark Howson's North of the Divide at Franque.
Thursday 14th September, 6.00-8.00pm
A celebration of colour and form in the rural landscape: Mark Howson’s new exhibition North of the Divide describes the natural beauty of his home of Kyneton in the Macedon Ranges in a series of bold paintings. Deceptively simple shapes, an economy of line and vibrant colours, Howson’s work portrays an enlightened vision of our Australian landscape.
A founding member of Roar Studios, the successful 1980’s artist’s collective, and now well into his fourth decade as an artist Mark’s work is represented in the collections of the Australian National Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, Geelong Art Gallery, Ballarat Art Gallery, New Parliament House Canberra, Monash University, Art Bank and numerous private collections in Australia, Europe, Japan and USA.
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A wonderful convergence of three different practices- this exhibition assembles, arranges, and presents work by three established Melburnian artists, celebrating their current oeuvres within the singular context of Franque.
Carlo Golin is a long time painter, favouring still lives - dramatic depictions of fruits piled on tables, gently glowing, slowly decaying. In more recent years he has turned his hand to collage and photography, gaining much success with a series of photographic works describing flowers at various stages of wilting. New work follows on this thread, only the subjects are a little more gritty. Documenting various man-made artefacts in their decayed state, Golin's work calls to mind themes of 'Arte Povera'- finding beauty in the ugly and seemingly worthless.
Shannon McGrath - renowned interior and architectural photographer - has an eye for fine detail and sharp lines, as evidenced in her art practice of photography and projection in which she merges depths and plays with light, juggling perceptions of space within a single frame. McGrath will exhibit a projection piece within the Franque space for an immersive experience viewers are unwittingly active in, additionally situating her 2 dimensional photographic work within the context of a group show.
Geoff Nees' 'works on paper' are sculptural enquiries into 2-dimensional surfaces. Incisions and hand-folding bring geometric forms into being, delicately suspending them in white negative space of a page. Nees' process, in it's precision and repetition, is architectural, and his work has been much celebrated by the architectural world- his designs translating beautifully from paper to steel. Nees was commissioned to design the façade for the Australian Pavilion for the 2005 World Expo, held in Japan. Now he brings his smaller scale pieces into Franque, to be offset by some of his more experimental work...
We are delighted to join forces with our favourite bookseller My Bookshop by Corrie Perkin for a series of launches over the next few months. Stay tuned!
The unstoppable Monday Morning Cooking Club sisterhood returns with a stunning third book containing heirloom recipes and new classics. It’s Always About The Food is the result of a global search for the most-loved dishes that have been delighting family and friends for years and have nurtured communities from Cardiff to Nova Scotia to New York, from Sydney to Johannesburg to Jerusalem.
Corrie Perkin will lead a conversation with the girls, discussing their mission to honour and share stories of immigration and survival, joy and sorrow, family and connection. We hope you can join us.
WHERE: Franque, 597 Malvern Road
TICKETS: $25 per ticket (includes wine and pass-around food)
RSVP: Please call My Bookshop on 9824 2990 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your ticket. Past experience with the MMCC tells us that this event will book out quickly, so please let us know asap if you'd like to come along.
Guy Mirabella cooks lunch in the Franque Dining Room, the first of a monthly residency!
Menu: Minestra di verdura. Goulburn river trout, deboned and filled with golden raisins, pine nuts, mixed herbs and wrapped with prosciutto. French bean and fennel salad. S.M. Novella Firenze Liquore al Cioccolato biscotti. Espresso. Wine from Crittenden Estate.
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Liminal Highways by Greg Wood
Please join us to celebrate the opening of Greg Wood's latest body of work at Franque from 6.00-8.00pm Thursday 20th July
Beyond the tele-visual car windscreen expands a space less explored in modern transit. Liminal Highways deliberately focuses on the in-between and less often considered spaces that go passed by and only momentarily noticed. Wood documents the almost immediately disappearing scenes that in our haste to arrive at our destination, we don’t see. Gaps opening to distant sea views, just as quickly closed by dense green and back again to seemingly endless open fields of rich dry grass; Cyprus windbreaks and winding driveways. Wood then reverts to the studio to paint these images and manifest further layers of spatial explorations through his contemplative studio work. Liminal Highways offers up visions of Victorian landscapes as glimpsed from the road travelled, requesting a closer and finer engagement with space and what lies in-between.
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Join us to celebrate the opening of an exhibition of Marnie Haddad's work curated by Franque.
Marnie Haddad’s settings explore illumination through a constant light source and utilise grain to enhance the surroundings and mood. A exploration of colour and extravagant environment, Marnie’s carefully created scenes reflect a deep love for classic film, from romantic undercurrents to cinematic staging.
Master portrait painters and films great directors are the creative idols of photographer Marnie Haddad- the rich, atmospheric influence, combined with a passion for colour and technical precision form the signature of her work.
Haddad’s renaissance palette remains truly contemporary. The artist conquers the marriage of subject and set, fearless of colour and composition. She explores the moment- brave but truthful.
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Melbourne ceramic artist David Ray's sculptures trespass the border between beauty and ugliness; riff on traditional notions of decorative ceramic design and entwine with political references to produce fantastical and wondrous creations, imperfect and top-heavy, and moulded directly by the [sub]consciousness of the artist.
Prominent Melbourne artists Bruce Armstrong and Peter D. Cole spend an evening with established sommelier Peter Healy, divine art through wine, and discuss their respective disciplines.
Join us at Franque and be part of what will undoubtedly be a fascinating conversation and a chance to share an intimate space with some truly inspiring figures.
Bruce Armstrong is one of Australia’s most acclaimed sculptors. Melbourne-based Armstrong is best-known for his monumental totemic figures which can be seen in public spaces around the country.
Peter D Cole is based in the Kyneton District of Victoria, where he has established himself as one of Australia’s senior and most renowned contemporary sculptors, drawing on the landscape as a source of inspiration.
Peter Healy is one of only a hand full of Australians to be internationally accredited as a Sommelier. Peter is well known for the easy to understand, colourful descriptions and wine language he has all of his own.
Tickets are $55 per person and include wine and cheese.
Buy Tickets here or call 03 9827 9940.
[Please Don’t Tell Me]
WHAT TO WEAR
A worldly discussion about women’s dressing
Tuesday 21 March, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm at the Franque Salon
Joined by a distinguished panel of professionals, we discuss dress codes for women in a world where a female minister makes headlines when she wears shorts to a meeting; where a woman cannot wear a burqa on a beach; where a brand can make a billion dollars out of black leggings; and some still see women wearing trousers as nothing less than sinful.
Robyn Baillieu, Non-Executive Director
Katherine Brazenor, Barrister
Susan Cohn, Designer, Director, Workshop 3000, Artist Trustee, NGV
Virginia Dowzer, Stylist
Gulliver Giles, Sales Director, The 8 Percent
Annemarie Kiely, Melbourne Editor, Vogue Living, Director, ACCA
Megan Quinn, Co-Founder, Net-A-Porter, Company Director
Fiona Scanlan, Creative Director at Large
CHAIRED by Jonathan Wilkinson, Barrister
HOSTED by FRANQUE Founder Sarah Hook & MATERIALBYPRODUCT Founder Susan Dimasi
This is a free event. Bookings essential via TryBooking
WHEN | Tuesday 21 March, 6.30-8.30pm
WHERE | Franque, 597 Malvern Road, Toorak
DRESS CODE | NO DRESS CODE
Be refreshed with drinks, food, fashion, flowers, debate and conversation.
Join us for an evening of opera featuring the mesmerising soprano Michelle Buscemi and baritone Mattia Campetti in the intimate and opulent setting of Franque.
St Louis crystal filled with Santa Maria Novella and Capi cocktails will be served as you are treated to the sonic beauty that is the Lucca Opera Festival.
Limited tickets available for $80 per person.
Franque 597 Malvern rd, Toorak, VIC 3142.
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