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Art & exhibitions

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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Winslow’s Roller Skates and packaging, belonging to Ruby Beyer at the age of 22 months, 1889, Realia

The changing face of Victoria

18 Dec 2013 - 31 Dec 2014

Melbourne

The changing face of Victoria exhibition brings together historical artefacts, photographs, drawings, maps, letters and diaries to tell the stories...

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Sailing into Melbourne

2 Jun 2014 - 15 Feb 2015

East Melbourne

This winter, the Old Treasury Building will feature an impressive display of nautical history highlighting the extraordinary past of Melbourne's...

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Bushido: Way of the Samurai

4 Jul - 30 Nov 2014

Melbourne

Bushido explores the fascinating world of the samurai who were the warriors, rulers and aristocratic elite of Japanese society for more than 800...

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Forgotten Chinese ANZACs Remembered

14 Jul - 19 Dec 2014

Melbourne

From $6 - $20

When World War One was declared in 1914, Australia rallied behind the Allied efforts. More than 330,000 mobilised personnel were called to action, of...

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The Fabulous Shaw Bequest

The Fabulous Shaw Bequest: Revisited

31 Jul 2014 - 28 Feb 2015

Hamilton

General consensus was that the superb showing of a selection of works from the Shaw Bequest organised in 2013 was on for too short a time so we are...

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Red Cross

The Australian Red Cross in the Great War

11 Aug - 12 Dec 2014

Melbourne

Celebrate 100 years of the Red Cross in Australia with this stunning photographic exhibition. Featured in the exhibition are striking images from the...

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Page Not Found exhibition

20 Aug - 20 Dec 2014

Melbourne

The famous Sands & McDougall Victorian Directory was the internet of its day, a vast web of information compiling the names of Melburnian...

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Mildura Revisited: Sculptures Exhibited 1961-1978

5 Sep 2014 - 26 Jan 2015

Mildura

Curated by Ken Scarlett, Mildura Revisited: Sculptures Exhibited 1961-1978 will focus attention on the Mildura Sculpture Triennials and the influence...

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Supercroc

19 Sep - 30 Nov 2014

Geelong

What eats dinosaurs for breakfast? Meet Sarchosuchus Imperator, 'flesh crocodile emperor,' the largest crocodilian to ever roam the earth. Supercroc...

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Hyper-Natural: Scent from Design to Art

25 Sep - 30 Nov 2014

Southbank

Anchored within the world of scent, Hyper-Natural explores how designers in the medium of scent select synthetic fragrances to put together...

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Clark Beaumont, Coexisting 2013

Art as a Verb

3 Oct - 16 Dec 2014

Caulfield East

Art as a Verb is a major thematic exhibition that takes as its starting point the concept of art as action, both inside the gallery and beyond....

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Robert Jacks: Order & Variation

3 Oct 2014 - 15 Feb 2015

Melbourne

The Oder and Variation exhibition will represent the first large-scale retrospective of Robert Jacks who is one of Australia's most significant and...

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Bruno Leti – Landscapes of the Soul

7 Oct - 23 Dec 2014

Carlton

The Museo Italiano hosts an exhibition of Bruno Leti's work revisiting some fifty years of art-making. Leti is represented in major Australian...

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Imhoff: a life of grain & pixels

Imhoff: a life of grain & pixels

11 Oct - 7 Dec 2014

Ballarat

An exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat highlights the work of Robert Imhoff, an Australian photographer and filmmaker who not only built up a...

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Stephen Wickham, From Stefan Weisz for Georg Weisz #1, 2000,

Element

11 Oct 2014 - 1 Feb 2015

Morwell

Element is a Latrobe Regional Gallery and Gippsland Art Gallery Collection Exhibition. Stephen Wickham's large brooding photographs of snow covered...

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Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales, Romance was Born, 2013

Express Yourself: Romance was Born for Kids

17 Oct 2014 - 22 Mar 2015

Southbank

Commissioned for the new dedicated children's gallery, Express Yourself: Romance Was Born for Kids is an interactive exhibition for children...

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Jean

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

17 Oct 2014 - 8 Feb 2015

Melbourne

From $10 - $60

Celebrate the unconventional and irreverent designs of the groundbreaking French couturier, Jean Paul Gaultier at an exclusive Australian exhibition.

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'Asylum' by 2013 Nikon–Walkley Press Photographer of the Year Kate Geraghty

Nikon - Walkley Press Photography

17 Oct 2014 - 8 Feb 2015

Melbourne

Take a look through the lenses of Australia's best press photographers in the Nikon-Walkley Press Photography exhibition, showcasing 89 works by...

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William Hogarth - Characters and Caricatures

William Hogarth: Characters and Caricatures

22 Oct 2014 - 24 Jan 2015

Hamilton

William Hogarth was most famously known for his biting commentary on 18th century manners and morals. A controversial and individualistic character...

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…every yard of earth had been ploughed up by shells and trenches and the only way to get over this country was along the duckboard tracks… - Major Donald Dunbar Coutts Western Front, Belgium 22 October 1917

Australia Will Be There: Victorians In the First World War (1914 – 1919)

23 Oct - 2 Dec 2014

Bairnsdale

Australia Will Be There, honouring the centenary of the First World War, will present, through historical photographs and personal stories, a...

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Rohan Wealleans, Freyja, 2011, colour photograph, 143 x 117 cm

Rohan Wealleans: In Space No One Can Hear You Collect Rocks

23 Oct - 29 Nov 2014

Melbourne

New Zealand artist Rohan Wealleans creates paintings and sculptures comprised of multitudinous layers of house paint that are then incised to reveal...

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Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts

Linden Postcard Show

25 Oct - 6 Dec 2014

St Kilda South

The Linden Postcard Show is a unique open entry competition that sees hundreds of small format contemporary artworks adorn the gallery walls at...

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Christmas at the Johnston Collection

6 Nov 2014 - 24 Feb 2015

East Melbourne

Artists and makers from Victoria's Geelong and Surf Coast region come together to create a spectacular new arrangement for Christmas at the Johnston...

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Hamilton TOPS 2014

Hamilton Tops 2014

8 - 30 Nov 2014

Hamilton

Now in its twelfth year, Hamilton Tops 2014 features work created by local VCE students undertaking studies in Studio Arts and Visual Communication...

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Garden of Forking Paths

Garden of Forking Paths

8 Nov 2014 - 15 Feb 2015

Lilydale

Ever wanted to touch the artwork? Now you can. Play an original 1980s computer game, the world's first ever art game, on a historic Commodore 64...

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The Garden of Forking Paths

The Garden of Forking Paths

8 Nov 2014 - 15 Feb 2015

Lilydale

Sure to strike a chord with gamers from ages 8 to 88, The Garden of Forking Paths revisits examples of very earliest computer games running on the...

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Ronnie Woods Art Exhibition

8 Nov - 14 Dec 2014

Armadale

From $5 - $10

To celebrate the Rolling Stones current Australian tour, Silver K Gallery is delighted to present a beautiful collection of artwork from the famous...

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Nicky Winmar

In Celebration of Photography of The Age Exhibition

11 Nov 2014 - 30 Jan 2015

Docklands

A collection of some of the famous and memorable photography of The Age, selected from the book of the same name by Kathleen Whelan, In Celebration...

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Maiden, Mother, Crone

12 - 29 Nov 2014

Melbourne

Maiden, Mother, Crone expands Aldhan's research in contemporary feminist studies and alternative spiritualities, responding to the modern-female...

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Time Lapse

Time Lapse

12 - 29 Nov 2014

Melbourne

Christopher Handran is a Brisbane-based artist whose practice explores the mediation of experience by technologies and seeks to foreground the...

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Jeremy Blincoe: Chimera of Control

12 - 30 Nov 2014

Fitzroy

When was the last time you went on a bush trek or hiked a mountain just to see the view? Melbourne's answer to Jon Krakauer, artist Jeremy Blincoe,...

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Kiera Brown Untitled 2013 Linocut on paper

Dear Joy

13 Nov 2014 - 17 Jan 2015

Maffra

Dear Joy is an imaginary exchange between Joy Hester (1920-1960) and Gippsland artist Kiera Brown, whose preoccupation with the life and work of...

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ILLUMINATION: The art of Philip Wolfhagen

Illumination: The art of Philip Wolfhagen

13 Nov 2014 - 1 Feb 2015

Hamilton

This exhibition Illumination: The art of Philip Wolfhagen is the first major survey of this Tasmanian artist. A landscape artist, Wolfhagen is a...

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Slipping Away: New Works by Dorota Connellan

Slipping Away: New works by Dorota Connellan

14 Nov 2014 - 30 Jan 2015

Melbourne

Slipping Away will invite audiences to take a journey of reflection, to imagine and believe, to be inspired, to seek, to discover and choose. Dorota...

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Alex Prager

Alex Prager

14 Nov 2014 - 19 Apr 2015

Southbank

Alex Prager is an American photographer and film maker. In her elaborately conceived staged photographs, Prager openly references the aesthetics of...

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David Shrigley: Life and Life Drawing

David Shrigley: Life and Life Drawing

14 Nov 2014 - 1 Mar 2015

Southbank

This summer, NGV presents David Shrigley: Life and Life Drawing, a comprehensive exhibition – his first major survey in Australia – of new and recent...

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'Evoke II' - Celine Donegan Exhibition

Evoke II - Celine Donegan Exhibition

15 Nov 2014 - 13 Jan 2015

Daylesford

Evoke II is a Celine Donegan exhibition that will be held in The Convent Gallery in Daylesford. Celine Donegan is an expressionist style painter,...

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GOTAFE EXIT '13

EXIT 2014

15 - 30 Nov 2014

Wangaratta

Wangaratta Art Gallery is a small Gallery located in an old church in the centre of the Wangaratta Cultural Precinct. The Gallery has a variety of...

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Summer Art @ Old Post Office Seymour

16 Nov 2014 - 11 Jan 2015

Seymour

Held at the Old Post Office Seymour, Summer Art is a group exhibition. In the Main Gallery a selected artist holds a solo show for the first five...

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The Alcove Art Shop Christmas A'Fair Exhibition

The Alcove Art Shop Christmas A'Fair Exhibition

17 - 29 Nov 2014

Box Hill

The annual Alcove Art Shop Christmas A'fair will bring together a wonderful array of beautifully hand-crafted items by their artisans. The artists...

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In The Groove: A simple portrait of musicians in the moment

In The Groove: A simple portrait of musicians in the moment

19 - 30 Nov 2014

Wangaratta

Groove: A simple portrait of musicians in the moment features a series of dynamic black and white images by photographer Warren Tait, focusing on...

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 Exhibition

19 Nov - 14 Dec 2014

Wangaratta

Wangaratta is delighted to be the only Victorian host venue for The National Photographic Portrait Prize 2014. This is an annual exhibition by the...

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Dank: Spectres of Lignite

Dank: Spectres of Lignite

20 Nov - 7 Dec 2014

North Melbourne

Dank: Spectres of Lignite is inspired by the strange aesthetic of the photographer's home in the Latrobe Valley, the centre of the brown coal power...

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A Necessary Evil

A Necessary Evil

21 Nov - 13 Dec 2014

Melbourne

A Necessary Evil is an exhibition by artists Bryan Spier, Noriko Nakamura, Renee Cosgrave, Merryn Lloyd and Dionisia Salas, that stage the process of...

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Emily Floyd: The Dawn

Emily Floyd: The Dawn

21 Nov 2014 - 1 Mar 2015

Melbourne

Emily Floyd: The Dawn is a survey exhibition of the work of Melbourne based artist Emily Floyd. The exhibition will feature keynote works dating from...

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The Global Dust Project

The Global Dust Project

21 Nov - 13 Dec 2014

Melbourne

The Global Dust Project is an artwork by Hannah Bertram that explores the material and poetic possibilities of dust. It is a shape-shifting work that...

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Therapy

Therapy

21 Nov - 13 Dec 2014

Melbourne

Therapy is an investigation by artist Meg Stoios into the material and symbolic visual culture embedded within institutional mental health...

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Penelope Metcalf - Out of the Ordinary

25 Nov - 6 Dec 2014

Melbourne

Whether working in her studio or in front of her kitchen cupboard, Penelope Metcalf adopts a plein-air approach and transforms her still life...

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The Sea, The Shore

Meg Cowell – The Sea, The Shore

25 Nov - 19 Dec 2014

Melbourne

Meg Cowell’s The Sea, The Shore exhibition presents a series of large-scale photographic works that illustrate a ritual shift from garment to...

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