“Wherever art appears, life disappears”- Robert Motherwell.
Sure you may like to travel places, appreciate beautiful scenery, learn to speak another language or watch a classic film but in this coming of age when we are always on the go, trying to pay our bills and survive in this doggy dog world, we scarcely to get the chance (or even choose to make the time) to stop think, see and experience art. Or do we?
INSPIRATION A world without art is unthinkable- it is all around us and within us. Yes, it’s even right here at home down under. Australian contemporary artists are celebrated by the Art Series Hotel Group, where they take design inspirations from the ‘namesake artists’ and exhibit original artwork in and around the hotels. Now at a time where creativity, inspiration and visionary is highly driven in modern arts and culture, contemporary artists are now being put on a pedestal. A hotel dedicated to an Australian contemporary artist, the Cullen Hotel showcases Adam Cullen’s original artwork in Prahran, a Melbourne suburb committed to local art scene. Exhibiting across Australia and overseas, Cullen was known for his controversial subject matters in his pieces whilst depicting a combination of humor and social commentary and for notably taking the win for the Archibald Prize in 2000. Deriving inspiration from Cullen’s work, the captivating modern hotel boutique continues to be recognised as a tribute to the dearly departed artist and his work.
LOCATION When accommodating in Prahran, you will have no problem experiencing a memorable and worthwhile stay. Along with a convenient one-minute walk to the Prahran Market tram stop, the closest attractions to the hotel are the National Gallery of Victoria, and from Federation Square which are both around four kilometres in distance. The Cullen, located in Commercial Road, will not only facilitate awe-gushing views of Melbourne CBD but you will get to dine in their two restaurants on the ground floor of the hotel. If you wish, you can also dine out to Prahran’s café and restaurants locations.
TASTI-NATION While works of Australian artists are celebrated, the food in The Cullen offers dining experiences from diverse cultures from abroad. New York-inspired restaurant, Gramercy Bistro offers American styled food like significant sized plates of egg benedict, cheesecake, sandwiches, burgers and salads with a selection of wines and cocktails to complement your meals and is conveniently available for anyone from the crack of dawn at 6:30 in the morning until late. An aesthetically Chinese furnished restaurant, HuTong Dumpling Bar is opened for dinner each night, also facilitates two dining areas and a bar, popular dumpling dishes are served including Xutong Xiao-long-bao and Hutong Peking roast duck. It entails traditional Chinese décor with a modern touch.
FACILITATION Have you ever stayed in a hotel and loved it so much that you wish you can live there so you won’t have to leave? Well good news, The Cullen can actually grant that wish for you by allowing you to become a resident in one of their suites at the hotel boutique. It will make you want to say ‘adios amigos’ to your current pad now and move into the Prahran hotel apartment in a jiffy! Being a five star hotel, you are provided with the incentives with fully furnished rooms and an equipped kitchen, no utility bills, free Foxtel, free gym access, full service cleaning and the 24 hour concierge and security service, Wi-Fi access and being a hotel dedicated to art, you are also serviced to in-house curation.