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WE♥ABATTOIR

Georgie Mattingley

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WE ♥ ABATTOIR displays glamourised portraits of Victoria’s abattoir workers in public spaces across Melbourne and Colac.

Captured by Melbourne artist and meat worker, Georgie Mattingley, the portraits depict her colleagues posing in their uniforms within colourful photo studio settings, to provide an intimate and empathetic look at the people who provide our meat. Both real and confronting, yet endearing and uplifting, Georgie’s portraits humanise the world of industrial slaughter and invite us to embrace the physical realities and labour behind the food we eat.

WE ♥ ABATTOIR

Date: 1 May - 8 June

Location: The Substation, 1 Market St Newport VIC 3015

Time: Wed to Sun 11am - 5pm

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

Notes: Portraits displayed on the building façade and an installation in the Community Access Gallery.

Ticket Prices: Free

WE ♥ ABATTOIR - Platform ARI

Date: 1 - 23 May

Location: Platform ARI, Campbell Arcade (Degraves Street Subway), Melbourne VIC 3000

Time: Mon to Fri 7am – 7pm, Sat 9 – 5pm

Accessibility: Publicly accessible

Notes: Portraits displayed in the Vitrine at Platform ARI.

Ticket Prices: Free

WE ♥ ABATTOIR - Self Portrait

Date: 1 - 11 May

Location: Arts House Meat Market, 5 Blackwood St, North Melbourne VIC 3051

Time: Wed to Sun 9am - 11.30pm

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

Notes: A Portrait hung on display in the entrance of the Metropolitan Meat Market.

Ticket Prices: Free

WE ♥ ABATTOIR - Abattoir Kiss

Date: 1 May - 11 May

Location: Trades Hall, 54 Victoria Street, Carlton VIC 3053

Time: 7 days a week, 6am - midnight

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

Notes: Portrait displayed on the façade of Trades Hall.

Ticket Prices: Free

WE ♥ ABATTOIR - Love Songs From the Kill Floor

Date: 1 May - 11 May

Location: Chin Chin (bathrooms), 125 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

Time: 7 days 5pm - 11pm

Accessibility: Publicly accessible

Notes: A soundtrack played in the bathrooms at Chin Chin Restaurant.

Ticket Prices: Free

WE ♥ ABATTOIR - Floor Boy & Abattoir Cleaner

Date: 1 May - 11 May

Location: Arts House - North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne VIC 3051

Time: 7 days, 7am - midnight

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

Notes: A portrait on display in the light box in front of Arts House and another in the laneway behind the Arts House at North Melbourne Town Hall.

Ticket Prices: Free

WE ♥ ABATTOIR - Colac Abattoir

Date: 1 May - 30 May

Location: Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre (COPACC), 2-6 Rae St, Colac VIC 3250

Time: 7 days, 10am - 8.30pm

Accessibility: Publicly accessible

Notes: A book and a large portrait on display at Colac Otway Performing Arts & Culture Centre (COPACC).

Ticket Prices: Free

WE ♥ ABATTOIR - Abattoir Lane

Date: 1 May - 30 May

Location: Johnston St Lane, Colac, 1 Johnstones Ln, Colac VIC 3250

Time: Mon to Fri 9am - 5.30pm, Sat 9am - midday

Accessibility: Publicly accessible

Notes: Portraits on display in Johnstones Lane.

Ticket Prices: Free

WE ♥ ABATTOIR - Rubbish Weigher & Dumper

Date: 1 May - 30 May

Location: Dancing Dog Cafe, 42A Albert St, Footscray VIC 3011

Time: Mon to Wed 10am – 11pm, Thur to Fri 10am - 1am, Sat 11am - 1am, Sun 11am - 9pm

Accessibility: Publicly accessible

Notes: A framed portrait hung above the fireplace in the Dancing Dog Café.

Ticket Prices: Free

WE ♥ ABATTOIR - Old Richmond Abattoir

Date: 1 May - 30 May

Location: Old Richmond Abattoir, 440 Burnley St, Richmond VIC 3121

Time: 7 days, 6am - midnight

Accessibility: Publicly accessible

Notes: A series of portraits at the Burnley Depot in Richmond

Ticket Prices: Free

WE ♥ ABATTOIR - Water Wastage

Date: 1 May - 11 May

Location: Newport Station, Newport Railway Station, Newport VIC 3015

Time: 7 days, 6am - midnight

Accessibility: Publicly accessible

Notes: Portrait displayed in a poster cabinet at Newport Train Station

Ticket Prices: Free

WE ♥ ABATTOIR - Q.A.O

Date: 1 May - 11 May

Location: Footscray Station, Footscray Railway Station, Footscray VIC 3011

Time: 7 days, 6am - midnight

Accessibility: Publicly accessible

Notes: Portrait displayed in poster cabinet at Footscray Train Station

Ticket Prices: Free

WE ♥ ABATTOIR - Carton Stacker

Date: 1 May - 11 May

Location: Tottenham Station, Tottenham Railway Station, Tottenham VIC 3012

Time: 7 days, 6am - midnight

Accessibility: Publicly accessible

Notes: A Portrait displayed in poster cabinet at Tottenham Train Station

Ticket Prices: Free

WE ♥ ABATTOIR - Chiller Hand

Date: 1 May - 11 May

Location: Sunshine Station, Sunshine Railway Station, Sunshine VIC 3020

Time: 7 days, 6am - midnight

Accessibility: Publicly accessible

Notes: A portrait displayed in one of the poster cabinets at Sunshine Train Station

Ticket Prices: Free

WE ♥ ABATTOIR - Cháo Lòng

Date: 1 May - 11 May

Location: Thanh Phong Vietnamese Cuisine, Shop 7, 240 Victoria Street, Richmond VIC 3121

Time: 7 days, 10am - 10pm

Accessibility: Publicly accessible

Notes: A portrait of a meat worker couple on the wall and an invitation to taste a steaming hot bowl of Cháo Lòng made from rice and pig’s innards, at Thanh Phong Vietnamese Cuisine.

Ticket Prices: Free

WE ♥ ABATTOIR - Kill Floor Manager

Date: 1 May - 30 May

Location: Peel St Park, Corner Oxford St & Peel St, Collingwood VIC 3066

Time: 7 days 6am - midnight

Accessibility: Publicly accessible

Notes: Portrait at the Peel St Park

Ticket Prices: Free

WE ♥ ABATTOIR - Friends

Date: 1 May - 11 May

Location: Federation Square Big Screen, Corner Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Time: Various

Accessibility: Publicly accessible

Notes: Video on the Big Screen at Federation Square.

Ticket Prices: Free

WE ♥ ABATTOIR - Famous Quality Halal Meats

Date: 1 May - 11 May

Location: Famous Quality Halal Meats, 112 Nicholson St, Footscray VIC 3011

Time: 7 days, 6am - midnight

Accessibility: Publicly accessible

Notes: A framed portrait of a worker from a Halal abattoir hangs on display behind the counter of Famous Halal Quality Meat & Groceries.

Ticket Prices: Free

WE ♥ ABATTOIR - Slaught

Date: 1 May - 11 May

Location: Majorca Cabinet, 17 Degraves St, Melbourne 3000

Time: 7 days, 6am - midnight

Accessibility: Publicly accessible

Notes: Portrait in the Majorca Cabinet, Degraves Lane.

Ticket Prices: Free

WE ♥ ABATTOIR - Mi Goreng

Date: 1 May - 31 May

Location: Chin Chin Wall of Art, 125 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

Time: 7 days 6pm - 11pm

Accessibility: Publicly accessible

Ticket Prices: Free

Georgie Mattingley

Georgie Mattingley Principal artist
Jacob Beydler Photographer
Isaac Carné Video Producer

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. 

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