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Melbourne Polytechnic make-up artists honour the great David Bowie

16 Jul 2015

If you’re not aware that there is a major David Bowie event about to kick off in Melbourne, you may be living under a rock or at least somewhere with no access to television, as this event has generated a lot of excitement on the airwaves.

The Australian Centre for Moving Images in Melbourne’s Federation Square is hosting
David Bowie is”, a ‘spectacular, multi-sensory exhibition’ that has travelled exclusively from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum to our shores. The exhibition features everything a David Bowie fan could hope to find, including costumes, stage set designs, handwritten lyric sheets, rare film, album artwork, photos, video, and much more.

Part of the three and half month event is a two-day academic symposium called
The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie”, running Friday 17 and Saturday 18 July. This event brings together artists, academics and cultural commentators from Australia and around the world, who will ‘reflect on the influences of and on David Bowie in rock, pop, film, art, fashion and performance'.

As part of this symposium, Melbourne Polytechnic Diploma of Specialist Makeup Services staff and students will be applying David Bowie inspired, Ziggy Stardust style make-up to delegates while attending the symposium in an academic capacity.

The Diploma of Specialist Makeup Services is designed for people who are interested in working as a make-up artist, special make-up effects artist freelance for TV, or as a make-up artist in theatre and film.

Members of the general public can have their faces made up by Melbourne Polytechnic Diploma of Specialist Makeup Services staff and students on 19 and 20 September during the full Bowie exhibition.  

“David Bowie is” runs from 16 July to 1 November at ACMI. For full details, refer to the ACMI website.

For more information about Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Specialist Makeup Services, please refer our website or phone 03 9269 8933.


Media enquiries should be directed to Melbourne Polytechnic Communications Officer, Anita Coia, on 03 9269 1251 or ua.ud1566497936e.cin1566497936hcety1566497936lopen1566497936ruobl1566497936em@sn1566497936oitac1566497936inumm1566497936oC1566497936

Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT) operates across six campuses and five specialist training centres throughout Melbourne. The institute delivers high quality vocational education in industry-standard facilities.