Public Art Collection
Public Art Collection
Public Art Collection

Arts Centre Melbourne is home to a significant collection of paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography and textiles. The Art Collection celebrates performing arts through the work of some of Australia's most significant visual artists.

Now comprising almost 800 works, the current collecting focus builds upon the original intention - to acquire works that explore the intersection between the visual and the performing arts. In particular the collection looks to the ways in which artists are inspired by music, dance, theatre or opera and the creativity of performance. It's now possible to browse over 500 works of art from the Public Art Collection that are currently available online, or go to our Search Page to look for something specific.

To contact the Art Curator phone 03 9281 8324 or 03 9281 8074 or email steven.tonkin@artscentremelbourne.com.au

Contemporary Collection
The future of the Art Collection lies in maintaining a dynamic approach to acquiring works by Australia's best contemporary artists. The Contemporary Collection comprises donations, commissions, and purchases acquired after the initial acquisition period of the early 1980s. There is a focus on late modernism to contemporary art.
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Foundation Collection
The Foundation Collection comprises works of art of cultural, social and historical significance to the Centre. It includes art that was specifically commissioned, purchased or actively sought during the foundation period in the 1970s and early 1980s, and is integral to the interior design scheme of John Truscott.
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Paintings
A rich and vibrant selection of paintings forms the basis of the Arts Centre's Public Art Collection. Hamer Hall and the three performance venues in the Theatres building are all home to paintings by some of Australia's greatest post-war artists.
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Sculptures
A number of significant works were acquired through the William Anglis Art Fund. Through the Fund, Inge King was commissioned to complete Forward Surge, the vast sculpture located on the lawn between the Theatres Building and Hamer Hall.
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Textiles
The Collection holds seven tapestries by the world renowned Victorian Tapestry Workshop - three of which are based on paintings from the Papunya Tula artists' co-operative, and began as the vision of the Victorian Arts Centre's architect, Sir Roy Grounds, who saw an exhibition of Papunya sand paintings and was taken by their texture and imagery.
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Works on Paper
An extensive collection of works on paper complements the Arts Centre's fine holdings of paintings, sculpture and textiles.
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