Beyond the inspiring experience of the National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, there are a myriad of galleries across Melbourne’s neighbourhoods and regional Victoria that allow those with an artistic flair to challenge their imagination.
From contemporary and indigenous art to the Silo Art Trail and sculpture parks, plan the next creative adventure today.
Heide Museum of Modern Art, or Heide as it is affectionately known, began life in 1934 as the Melbourne home of John and Sunday Reed and has since evolved into one of Australia's most unique destinations for modern and contemporary Australian art. A mere 20 minutes from the centre of the city, Heide boasts fifteen acres of beautiful gardens, three dedicated exhibition spaces, two historic kitchen gardens, a sculpture park and the Heide Store. Café Heide, located in the sculpture plaza opposite the main entrance of the museum, serves coffee, breakfast and a delicious lunch-time menu that focuses on seasonal produce grown in the kitchen garden. 7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen, Victoria, 3105.
Centre for Contemporary Photography is one of Australia's pre-eminent galleries for the exhibition of contemporary photo-based arts, providing a context for the enjoyment, education, understanding and appraisal of contemporary practice. Established in 1986 by the photographic community as a not-for-profit exhibition and resource centre, CCP has played a pivotal role in the support of photo-based arts and public engagement with photography. It has six exhibition spaces, including the Night Projection Window viewed after dark and features a diverse range of photo-based arts from emerging to established artists. 404 George St, Fitzroy, Victoria, 3065.
Designed by renowned architects Fender Katsalidis, Buxton Contemporary is located in the heart of the Melbourne arts precinct where it provides a creative forum through which the University of Melbourne’s art school engages local, national and international audiences with the best of contemporary Australian and international art. It is the result of a landmark gift to the University of Melbourne by the art collector Michael Buxton, who founded the Michael Buxton Collection with the aim of developing a museum quality collection of contemporary Australian art. The museum uses the Michael Buxton Collection as a foundation and inspiration for exhibitions, performance, research, teaching and publishing. Cnr Southbank Boulevard &, Dodds St, Southbank, Victoria, 3006. (03) 9035 9339.
The Lyon Collection is one of the largest and most significant art collections of its type in Australia, and continues to grow with the acquisition of new works by emerging practitioners.
The Housemuseum Galleries are a major expansion of the original Lyon Housemuseum that was established by Corbett and Yueji Lyon in Melbourne, 2009. The Galleries’ exhibitions, programs and events explore how contemporary art, architecture and design address, reflect and shape our communities and our futures. Its innovative exhibition program rotates through the Galleries biannually, drawing on a wide range of artists, ideas, and media. 217-219 Cotham Rd, Kew, Victoria, 3101. (03) 9817 2300.
The Koorie Heritage Trust is a bold and adventurous 21st century Aboriginal arts and cultural organisation, offering an inclusive and engaging environment for all visitors. As an Aboriginal owned and managed organisation, the gallery takes great pride in their ability to develop and deliver an authentic and immersive urban Aboriginal arts and cultural experience in a culturally safe environment that cannot be duplicated by any other arts and cultural organisation in Melbourne. It embraces Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their history and culture. Levels 1 & 3, The Yarra Building, Federation Square, Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000. (03) 8662 6300.
Celebrate the rich heritage of Victoria's Wimmera and Mallee region with a journey along the 200-kilometre Silo Art Trail, soon to become the country's biggest outdoor gallery. Cruise from town to town and witness this innovative art project that sees renowned street artists from Australia and across the globe transform wheat silos into giant works of art. For more than 100 years, Victoria's towering wheat silos have defined the state's rural landscape and when Brisbane street artist Guido Van Helten created his famous 'Farmer Quartet' on the Brim silos in 2015, it captured the imagination of the town and inspired the Silo Art Trail. The Trail brings together internationally recognised street artists - Julia Volchkova, Guido van Helten, Fintan Magee, Matt Adnate, Kaff-eine and Rone - and takes in six of Victoria's smallest towns. Murals in Sheep Hills, Brim, Patchewollock, Lascelles and Rupanyup are already complete, while a new work by Kaff-eine is planned for Rosebery. A unique art project that is still evolving, the Silo Art Trail has already revitalised the towns and brought thousands of new visitors to the region.
Established in 1887, Bendigo Art Gallery is one of the oldest and largest regional galleries in Australia. Bendigo Art Gallery has developed a reputation for an outstanding national and international exhibition program, presenting exhibitions such as Grace Kelly: Style Icon and The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece, with Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion set to open this month. Bendigo Art Gallery's collection is extensive and varied. It includes Australian painting, sculpture, ceramics, decorative arts, photography, works on paper from the 19th century to the present day. The Collection also includes important 19th century British and European paintings, sculpture and decorative arts. Bendigo Art Gallery delivers a dynamic and varied suite of public programs and events alongside significant international and travelling exhibitions, attracting diverse audiences from across Victoria, and from metropolitan Melbourne. 42 View St, Bendigo, Victoria, 3550. (03) 5434 6088.
TarraWarra Museum of Art is located in the beautiful Yarra Valley wine region, a one hour drive north-east of Melbourne. Throughout each year it presents seasonally changing exhibitions within an award-winning building set in the rolling hills of the natural Australian landscape. Since opening in 2003, the Museum has become recognised as a cultural icon in the region, providing visitors with an enjoyable, inspiring experience which combines stunning architecture with the very best of modern and contemporary art. TarraWarra Museum of Art captures the vision of its founders, philanthropists Eva Besen AO and Marc Besen AC, passionate collectors of Australian art from the 1950s to the present day, who gifted both the building, and the public collection featuring many significant Australian artists who were instrumental in the development of modern art in this country, to the public. 313 Healesville-Yarra Glen Rd, Healesville, Victoria, 3777. (03) 5957 3100.
The Pt. Leo Estate Sculpture Park houses an ever-evolving outdoor gallery of over fifty Australian and international pieces. Experience the breathtaking work of Australian artists such as Deborah Halpern, Bruce Armstrong and Dean Bowen, as well as international artists including Tony Cragg, Jaume Plensa and Zadok Ben-David to name a few. The diversity of context does not only apply to the art but also the native flora and fauna that links the sculptures to the building, the vineyard and the sea. 3645 Frankston - Flinders Rd, Merricks, Victoria, 3916.
The Convent Gallery in Daylesford offers a wide range of experiences. Uniting history, spirituality, art and culture all under one roof, the Convent houses seven galleries featuring work by over 100 local, national and international artists. Featuring fine art, sculpture, limited edition prints, ceramics, glassware and textiles, the exhibition program, changing every eight weeks, showcases a diverse array of traditional and contemporary artwork. 7 Daly St, Daylesford, Victoria, 3460. (03) 5348 3211.
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