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Victoria is a state in love with art and celebrates it everywhere, from big city galleries and renowned regional exhibition spaces to community festivals and local artists' studios. Travel the length and breadth of Victoria, taking in creativity at every turn. See the country's finest works and acclaimed international exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, head to openings at contemporary galleries hidden in Melbourne's labyrinthine laneways, and attend travelling exhibitions at famous regional galleries in Castlemaine, Benalla, Ballarat and along the Mornington Peninsula.

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Unset Typologies

30 Jan 2013 - 30 Dec 2015

Melbourne

Izabela Pluta has always been drawn to sites that invoke a longing for place, such as redundant urban landscapes and dilapidated or reused buildings...

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Raising the Rattler Pole – The Last of the Connies

28 Oct 2013 - 28 Oct 2018

Melbourne

Raising the Rattler Pole – The Last of the Connies, a public artwork by David Michael Bell, is a theatrical tribute to one of Melbourne’s iconic...

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Ten Dicta For Young Women Who Are Artists

14 Nov 2013 - 31 Dec 2015

Melbourne

Ten Dicta For Young Women Who Are Artists is a large-scale, monochromatic mural by Brisbane-based artist, Hazel Dooney. A departure from Hazel’s...

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Enlist in the Sportsmen's 1000

The changing face of Victoria

1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2016

Melbourne

Discover the people, places and events that have shaped Victoria. See Ned Kelly's original armour, read moving diaries and letters from World War...

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Sergeant Gordon Ayre guides his comrade, Private William Johnson, across Alan's Creek

The War on our Doorstep Australians in New Guinea 1943-45

11 Nov 2014 - 10 Nov 2015

Melbourne

Australian success in Papua, between July 1942 and January 1943, checked the Japanese southward advance; but the victories at Kokoda, Milne Bay and...

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Pierrot (Sabi) 2014 Lyndell Brown, Charles Green and Jon Cattapan

Voices From Afghanistan

11 Nov 2014 - 10 Nov 2015

Melbourne

This exhibition presents the perspectives of participants, of those affected by the war - both in Afghanistan and in Australia - and of eyewitnesses...

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Records of War

Records of War

11 Nov 2014 - 11 Nov 2015

Melbourne

Since the First World War (1914–18), Australia has shown commitment and vision in collecting and preserving records to commemorate the service and...

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Protest, Peace and Progress

Protest, Peace and Progress

28 Nov 2014 - 29 May 2015

Docklands

The 1960s was a period when Australians were questioning society, politics and the law in ways that would have a lasting impact. What would you do if...

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McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award 2014

McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award 2014

26 Dec 2014 - 19 Jul 2015

Langwarrin

Since its inception in 2003, the McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award has emerged as the most important biennial outdoor sculpture exhibition in...

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La fin du monde, Fernand Léger, 1919

Mirror of the world: books and ideas

1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2016

Melbourne

Books have the power to spark the imagination and change the way people think. This exhibition showcases rare and significant works that trace the...

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James Gleeson: Microcosms and Macrocosms

James Gleeson: Microcosms and Macrocosms

14 Feb - 10 May 2015

Morwell

The paintings of James Gleeson reveal powerful and complex relationships between the human psyche and human experience - between myth and reality....

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Nordic Cool: Modernist Design

28 Feb - 31 Dec 2015

Southbank

For many, the streamlined aesthetic of Scandinavian design, with its functional but humanist qualities and truth to materials, epitomises...

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School Days - Education in Victoria

School Days - Education in Victoria

2 Mar - 2 Sep 2015

East Melbourne

School Days - Education in Victoria is a history of more than 150 years of schooling. Through a range of nostalgic displays be reminded of the days...

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Glee Club at Kindred Studios

Glee Club at Kindred Studios

5 Mar 2015 - 5 Mar 2016

Yarraville

Now in its 10th year, Glee Club is a choir where there is no commitment to come every week, no solos and no showponies - just a big group sing of...

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Holden Hurricane coupe, concept car 1969

Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car

6 Mar - 12 Jul 2015

Melbourne

From $15 - $15

From steam-powered horseless carriages and the classic Aussie ute to muscle cars, racy V8s and dazzling concept vehicles, Australia has a rich legacy...

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Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car

6 Mar - 12 Jul 2015

Melbourne

In a first for an Australian art institution, the National Gallery of Victoria will host an exhibition of cars in 2015. Shifting Gear: Design,...

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NEW15

NEW15

14 Mar - 17 May 2015

Southbank

ACCA's annual commissions exhibition for rising Australian contemporary artists. This year curated by Matt Hinkley, artists include George...

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StArt Up: Top Arts 2015

19 Mar - 28 Jun 2015

Melbourne

For over 21 years, this popular exhibition has presented outstanding work by students who have completed Art or Studio Arts studies in the Victorian...

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Yohji Yamamoto womenswear catalogue 1986

Inspiration by Design

20 Mar - 14 Jun 2015

Melbourne

See stunning art, graphics, photography and illustration from the renowned Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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The Kaleidoscopic Turn

20 Mar - 23 Aug 2015

Melbourne

Continuing the NGV’s representation of current tendencies in contemporary art, The Kaleidoscopic Turn brings together works by artists working with...

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Inspiration by Design

Inspiration by Design

20 Mar - 14 Jun 2015

Melbourne

Premiering at State Library Victoria, this free exhibition showcases some of the world's finest book art, graphics, photography and illustration....

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Inspiration by Design exhibition floor talks

Inspiration by Design exhibition floor talks

20 Mar - 17 May 2015

Melbourne

Premiering at the State Library from 20 March, Inspiration by Design: Word and Image from the Victoria and Albert Museum showcases some of the...

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Season of Excellence 2015 – Top Designs

Season of Excellence 2015 – Top Designs

21 Mar - 12 Jul 2015

Carlton

Top Designs exhibits the next generation of Victorian innovators, celebrating excellence in design and education. Top Designs VCE students have...

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Japanese Art after Fukushima: Return of Godzilla

Japanese Art after Fukushima: Return of Godzilla

26 Mar - 30 May 2015

Melbourne

Japanese Art after Fukushima: Return of Godzilla is part of the Art + Climate = Change 2015 festival, celebrating and identifying Australian and...

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A Golden Age of China: Qianlong Emperor (1736-1795)

A Golden Age of China: Qianlong Emperor (1736-1795)

27 Mar - 21 Jun 2015

Melbourne

Hidden treasures from Beijing's Palace Museum in the Forbidden City will come to Melbourne for the first time, in an Australian exclusive exhibition....

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Imagining Ned

28 Mar - 28 Jun 2015

Bendigo

From $8 - $10

Ned Kelly remains a highly mythologised character in Australian history. Some say he was a murderous villain and outlaw, while others proclaim him a...

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Batmania

Batmania

1 Apr - 31 May 2015

Melbourne

See 200 flying bat sculptures suspended from the cavernous heights of The Atrium in an awe-inspiring new exhibition by Melbourne artist, Kathy...

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Concrete Post 2

Concrete Post 2

2 Apr - 14 May 2015

Carlton

Concrete Post is a bad pun and a loose, changing association of artists and academics centred at RMIT. This collaboration investigates the known and...

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Exquisite Threads: English Embroidery 1600–1900s

2 Apr - 12 Jul 2015

Southbank

Exquisite Threads displays nearly 60 works through the themes of education, fashion and the home, each representing important aspects of embroidery's...

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Indigenous Art: Moving backwards into the future

Indigenous Art: Moving Backwards into the Future

4 Apr - 16 Aug 2015

Melbourne

Significant historical and contemporary Indigenous art works will sit side by side, exploring place and identity in this exhibition which will...

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Portraits of a Tea Cosy

Portraits of a Tea Cosy

8 Apr - 14 May 2015

Melbourne

Stories of family, tradition and the immeasurable consequence of making and passing on hand made objects are all brought to life at the Royal...

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Portraits of a Tea Cosy

Portraits of a Tea Cosy

8 Apr - 14 May 2015

Melbourne

Stories of family, tradition and the immeasurable consequence of making and passing on hand made objects are all brought to life at the Royal...

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The Art of Dr. Seuss

The Art of Dr. Seuss

8 Apr 2015 - 8 Apr 2016

Melbourne

Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery presents The Art of Dr. Seuss - an extensive range of Limited Edition Dr. Seuss artworks, all for sale. You will find...

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Soldier letter

Writing the war: personal stories from WWI

9 Apr - 4 Oct 2015

Melbourne

Hear extraordinary stories of war in this moving exhibition about the Australian experience of World War One. Nurse, bank clerk, farmer, sports...

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Writing the War: Personal Stories from WWI

Writing the War: Personal Stories from WWI

9 Apr - 4 Oct 2015

Melbourne

Nurse, bank clerk, farmer, sports master, journalist, artist, activist – encounter seven ordinary Australians and hear their extraordinary stories of...

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Expert insight: art, fashion and photography

Expert insight: art, fashion and photography

9 Apr - 2 Jun 2015

Melbourne

Delve into art, fashion or photography at the Library as you discover highlights from this incredible collection. These insightful sessions are...

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Tarrawarra Abbey: A Contemplative Vision

Tarrawarra Abbey: A Contemplative Vision

9 Apr - 5 May 2015

Healesville

Tarrawarra Abbey: A Contemplative Vision is a photographic exhibition featuring a rare and intimate glimpse into the life of Tarrawarra Abbey....

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John Wolseley – Heartlands and Headwaters

11 Apr - 16 Aug 2015

Melbourne

Over the past four years John Wolseley has explored the waterways and wetlands of Australia in a major series of new works commissioned by Sir...

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The Great Hall, NGV International, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Medieval Moderns: The Pre–Raphaelite Brotherhood

11 Apr - 12 Jul 2015

Southbank

The NGV's holdings of works by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and their close associates are world renowned. They are richly varied and represent all...

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Anzac spirit

Anzac Centenary Photographic Exhibition

11 Apr - 16 May 2015

Wonthaggi

Chris Lermanis (a local photographer specialising in film based photojournalistic style images) has put together a retrospective collection of black...

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Dead Still Standing, 2014

Guirguis New Art Prize

11 Apr - 31 May 2015

Ballarat central

The prestigious $20,000 Guirguis New Art Prize (GNAP) has been awarded to Melbourne based artist Lou Hubbard. Lou's work Dead Still Standing, 2014 is...

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After fire – spiny-cheeked honeyeaters at Lake Monibeong

John Wolseley: Heartlands and Headwaters

11 Apr - 16 Aug 2015

Melbourne

For four years, artist John Wolseley has roamed the coastal floodplains of the Northern Territory through to the glacial lakes of Tasmania, exploring...

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Buddha's Birthday Education Project

Buddha's Birthday Education Project

13 Apr - 5 Jun 2015

Melbourne

Welcome to the Buddha's Birthday Education Project, a multimedia art exhibition and range of educational activities celebrating the birth of the...

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Looking Forward, Looking Back

Looking Forward, Looking Back

16 Apr - 14 May 2015

North Melbourne

View an exhibition of new and selected retrospective paintings by Joy Elsner and contemporary art jewellery by Phaedra Gunn. Since emigrating from...

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'Five Scenes' Jewellery display

'Five Scenes' Jewellery display

17 Apr - 6 May 2015

Warburton

Jewellery artist and Warburton local, Alison Fitzgerald presents her recent work, jewellery with beads and semi-precious gem stones. Come and see a...

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Luminaire on the Water

Luminaire on the Water

17 Apr - 6 May 2015

Docklands

Luminaire on the Water is a collaborative affair hosted by Joshua Stevens and Elizabeth McInnes. It re-invigorates The Food Court space as the...

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Moving into the New: The Creative Legacy of Lassya Maksymyschyn

Moving into the New: The Creative Legacy of Lassya Maksymyschyn

17 Apr - 12 May 2015

Warburton

Rediscovering and integrating time-honoured traditions with new discoveries. Ukrainian born artist Lassya Maksymyschyn arrived in Australia in 1950....

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Theatres of War

Theatres of War

18 Apr - 20 Sep 2015

Southbank

To commemorate the Anzac Centenary, Arts Centre Melbourne presents a fascinating exhibition examining the sometimes overlooked importance of theatre...

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WW1 Centenary Exhibition

WW1 Centenary Exhibition

18 Apr - 12 Jul 2015

Carlton

From $20 - $90

The WW1 Centenary Exhibition is now on at Melbourne Museum and commemorates the Centenary of the First World War. This is the most historical and...

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The Call: Melbourne Responds to the Great War

The Call: Melbourne Responds to the Great War

21 Apr - 21 Jun 2015

Docklands

Focusing on Melbourne's war effort, this World War I exhibition depicts the stark contrast of the fanfare of departure to the sombre return. From...

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