Guests to The Larwill Studio, Parkville, will be invited to stay inspired by one of Australia’s most legendary, distinctive and philanthropic artists, the late David Larwill.
Boasting 96 ‘Workspaces,’ the first Studio property in Melbourne for Art Series Hotel Group will swing open its doors in September and provides an affordable, compact version of the brand. Adjoined to The Royal Children’s Hospital; Flemington Road, the hotel provides an uplifting environment for contemplation, creation and positive thinking.
Will Deague, CEO, Art Series Hotel Group Says; “David Larwill was part of the William Creek and Beyond project where the Art Series Hotel Group was first conceptualised so we are really proud to attribute the second hotel in the Group Studio portfolio to his life and remarkable career. His energetic and fun works will captivate any visitor to the hotel and will have a positive effect on the emotional wellbeing of travellers, locals, families of patients visiting the hospital and health professionals alike.”
“David Larwill was part of the William Creek and Beyond project where the Art Series Hotel Group was first conceptualised so we are really proud to attribute the second hotel in the Group Studio portfolio to his life and remarkable career”
Will Deague, CEO, Art Series Hotel Group
The Larwill Studio celebrates the powerfully poignant works of this neo-expressionist artist and reflects his workspace that was well documented over the course of his career. With a theme throughout Larwill’s pieces of projecting moods and feelings through the use of stylized human figures in childlike form, all rooms and public spaces have an openhearted and playful atmosphere for any age to enjoy.
An intense colour palate of burnt oranges, reds, blues, pinks and teal are used in the hotel from the furnishings to finishing touches such as colourful drip hooks and door hangers – celebrating Larwill’s love of bold, bright colour to tell a story and stir spirit in the onlooker. Large windows frame a view of the cityscape or across the $6 million renovated Royal Parklands – a stunning green landscape perfect for peaceful walks, playing, picnics or bike riding on one of the hotel’s Lekker bicycles.
An enormous Larwill original greets guests on entry to the grand multi-functional lobby, aptly titled ‘Remember Me’ (insert Year, size, materials used). Visitors are to take inspiration from the piece and are invited to unleash the artist within; utilising sketchpads and utensils provided whilst pouring over one of the many art books from the eclectic public library or private collection in every room.
The Larwill Studio ‘Workspaces’ are offered across King and Twin rooms sizes with many offering interconnecting doors for families. Every room showcases two large Larwill prints – giving the viewer time to explore the compositions and the complexity that lies beneath. The Larwill Studio rooms combine Art Series Hotel Group’s signature comforts with the latest technology including 42 inch TVs, docking stations, free WI-FI, coffee pod machine, microwaves and luxe EVO amenities.
Nestled between the CBD and the cultural hubs of Melbourne’s inner north, Parkville enjoys the best of both worlds. The hotel is a stone throw away from the myriad of cafes and restaurants and boutiques from Lygon Street to Victoria Street in North Melbourne. The hotel is the perfect launch pad for enjoying local attractions that the city has to offer including The Queen Victoria Market and The Melbourne Zoo.
All staff at The Larwill Studio will be fully trained by Art Series Hotel Group’s art curator and be able to offer art classes, informative tours of the hotel while offering the best insights to cultural experiences available in Melbourne. For guests looking to venture further afield, Smart Cars will be available for hire.
About Art Series Hotel Group
The Art Series Hotel Group is the brainchild of Melbourne entrepreneur, Will Deague. The Cullen hotel was the first Art Series Hotel to open in 2009, followed by The Olsen and The Blackman in 2010. In May 2014 the group introduced an innovative evolution of the brand with the expansion to unique locations around Australia at an affordable price point. The Schaller Studio in Bendigo is the launch property of the Studio concept which opened in May 2014 and celebrates Melbourne born artist Mark Schaller.
About David Larwill
David Larwill was born in Ballarat, in 1956. Together with several other young artists, such as Mark Schaller, Larwill established Roar Studios in Melbourne’s Fitzroy. This gallery space was run as a cooperative, an egalitarian collective set up by artists who were having trouble finding a studio to work with and who found it difficult to show their work in the established mainstream galleries. The artists helped each other spiritually and financially, and their work was sold privately and also purchased by the State Galleries and the National Gallery in Canberra. Larwill exhibited widely throughout Australia and overseas, and his work has been translated by the internationally renowned Victorian Tapestry Workshop into several giant tapestries, the largest hanging tin the Esplanade – Theatres on the bay in Singapore. David Larwill is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, most State and Regional Galleries and in the British Museum, London.
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