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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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trouble is my business

Trouble is my Business

11 Sep 2013 - 5 Sep 2014

Docklands

Tracing the very first time forensic techniques such as blood pattern analysis were used by maverick detectives in the 1920s to the creation of...

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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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Once upon a time: a world of children’s picture book art

21 Mar - 31 Aug 2014

Melbourne

Let your imagination run wild in this free exhibition celebrating the world of children's picture book art. See classic characters like Blinky Bill...

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DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition

Dreamworks Animation – The Exhibition

10 Apr - 5 Oct 2014

Melbourne

From $10 - $50

Take the journey from sketch to screen and see rarely seen drawings, models, original artworks and more from DreamWorks' much-loved animated classics.

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Inge King

Inge King: Constellation

1 May - 31 Aug 2014

Melbourne

At the forefront of Australian abstract sculpture for more than six decades, the formidable career of Inge King AM will be celebrated with a major...

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David McDiarmid

David McDiarmid: When This You See Remember Me

9 May - 31 Aug 2014

Melbourne

Defying classification, the work of David McDiarmid encompasses the complex and interconnected histories of art, craft, fashion, music, sex, gay...

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Fashion Detective

Fashion Detective

9 May - 31 Aug 2014

Melbourne

More than 70 unattributed garments and accessories from the National Gallery of Victoria's world-class Fashion and Textiles Collection will be...

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Sleepy Beauty

Enchantment: The Art of Disney and DreamWorks

10 May - 28 Sep 2014

Armadale

From $10 - $10

From Mickey Mouse's debut appearance in Steam Boat Willie in 1928, Walt Disney's creations have bought laughter and joy to millions of people around...

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Antonio Correggio, Italian c.1489–1534, Noli me tangere c.1525, oil on wood panel, transferred to canvas , 130.0 x 103.0 cm

Italian Masterpieces

16 May - 31 Aug 2014

Melbourne

From $10 - $65

Get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the Royal Court of Spain's extraordinary Italian masterpieces outside of Museo del Prado at Melbourne's NGV.

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Paola

Paola Pivi – You Started It...I Finish It

28 May - 31 Aug 2014

Southbank

You Started It. . . I Finish It is an installation designed for Federation Court encompassing eight life-size sculptures of bears adorned with...

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Mid–Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design

30 May - 19 Oct 2014

Melbourne

Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design is the first major exhibition dedicated to Australian furniture of the 1940s to the 1970s; a period...

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BOYD Emma - Landscape with Wattle

Dawn to Dusk

31 May - 16 Nov 2014

Morwell

Dawn to Dusk; Landscapes from the CBus collection of Australian Art. Representations of Australian landscape by non-indigenous artists could be...

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Maxims of Behaviour

1 Jun - 31 Aug 2014

Melbourne

Maxims of Behaviour, by artist Alexander Knox, is a seasonal artwork for Melbourne, illuminating the cityscape, from dusk until late, during the...

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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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RMIT Lightscape Projects at Melbourne Central

RMIT Lightscape Projects at Melbourne Central

17 Jun - 31 Aug 2014

Melbourne

Working with RMIT's School of Art, Melbourne Central is transforming its well-known Knox Lane into an outdoor urban art gallery showcasing five...

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Polly Borland: Wonky

27 Jun - 24 Aug 2014

Horsham

Polly Borland's series Wonky presents an idiosyncratic and touching meditation on love, juxtaposed with a unique selection of her documentary...

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Love, Desire and Riches: The Fashion of Weddings - Rippon Lea Estate

1 Jul - 30 Sep 2014

Elsternwick

"An exhibition that examines the intersection between film, historic fashion and the social narratives of weddings Love, Desire and Riches will help...

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Wedding dress worn by Kate Winslet in Sense and Sensibility

Love, Desire & Riches

1 Jul - 30 Sep 2014

Elsternwick

From $9 - $35

Stimulate your fashion senses and wear your heart on your sleeve by getting an exclusive look into significant fashion pieces of wedding couture from...

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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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Lake Tyers Mission crica 1950s

Walata Tyamateetj: Carry Knowledge

7 Jul - 31 Oct 2014

North Melbourne

This unique exhibition Walata Tyamateetj: Carry Knowledge at the Victoria Archives Centre Gallery showcases the extraordinary collection of maps,...

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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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Artists Emerge at WTC

16 Jul - 24 Aug 2014

Melbourne

The Artists Emerge at WTC exhibition follows on from the success of the 2013 collaboration between WTC and MARS Gallery, 25 Sculptures at the WTC,...

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John Borrack

Reflections: Australian landscape and still life

18 Jul - 28 Sep 2014

Bundoora

Bundoora Homestead Art Centre is delighted to present Reflections: Australian Landscape & Still Life curated from the Castlemaine Art Gallery and...

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Fiona Connor: Wallworks

18 Jul - 20 Sep 2014

Caulfield East

Presented across the entire museum, Wallworks is the first major solo exhibition in Australia by Los Angeles-based, New Zealand-born artist Fiona...

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An Englishman Abroad – At Home in British India

18 Jul - 21 Oct 2014

East Melbourne

The Johnston Collection house-museum, Fairhall, will be recreated as a British-style interior found in India in the 1830s. Presented as part of the...

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Le Miserables

Victor Hugo: Les Misérables - From Page to Stage

18 Jul - 9 Nov 2014

Melbourne

Take a journey from the 19th-century Paris of Victor Hugo's novel, Les Misérables to today's blockbuster stage musical at the Sate Library of...

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Undressed

Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion

19 Jul - 26 Oct 2014

Bendigo

Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion at the Bendigo Art Gallery features highlights from the V&A's extensive collection of underwear, this...

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Basil

Basil Sellers Art Prize 4

22 Jul - 26 Oct 2014

Parkville

Sport and art come together again with 16 finalists competing in the fourth biennial Basil Sellers Art Prize. With $100,000 awarded to the winner,...

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Threaded Journey

Threaded Journey

24 Jul - 26 Sep 2014

Melbourne

The Threaded Journey exhibition, focusing on the importance of the string bag, brings together husband and wife team Naup Waup, Papua New Guinean...

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Craft Cubed 2014

1 - 31 Aug 2014

Melbourne

This August Craft Cubed returns, this time with a major focus at Federation Square as well as venues big and small across Melbourne & regional...

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Ulm School of Design Exhibition

1 - 30 Aug 2014

Melbourne

This exhibition in the RMIT Gallery focuses on the educational concept of the so-called 'ulm model', revealing how it still affects today's design...

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East Gippsland Art Gallery

Bound/Unbound

1 - 26 Aug 2014

Bairnsdale

Paper Arts Gippsland East's members are all interested in paper - its manufacture, use and inherent qualities that make it an extremely versatile...

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High Rise

Peter O'Doherty - From the Street

2 - 30 Aug 2014

South Yarra

Peter O'Doherty will be holding his first Melbourne show in almost a decade at Gould Galleries. Peter O'Doherty's first artistic incarnation emerged...

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The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece

The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece

2 Aug - 9 Nov 2014

Bendigo

The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece is a visually stunning and thought-provoking exploration of the human condition seen through ancient Greek eyes;...

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2014 August Occasion - Agnes Szetey @ Old Post Office Seymour

3 Aug - 28 Sep 2014

Seymour

August Occasion is an Annual Art Exhibition held at the C1872 Old Post Office Seymour. Two world recognised solo artists alternate. Odd years Paul...

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Australia Will Be There

5 Aug - 12 Oct 2014

Melbourne

Through historical photographs and personal stories, this exhibition presents the chronology of the First World War (1914-19) with particular...

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Prints: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions

Prints: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions

6 Aug - 12 Oct 2014

Hamilton

The Hamilton Art Gallery holds over 1500 prints spanning from the 17th century onwards. They frequently come into the collection as the result of...

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Vanished Into Stitches

8 Aug - 9 Nov 2014

Geelong

These are not your usual animal skins! Australian artist Ruth Marshall has spent years researching museum collections and has transformed scientific...

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Stitching Stories Quilt Exhibition

11 Aug - 26 Sep 2014

Docklands

Contemporary Art & Traditional Quilts featuring diverse quilting techniques & each with its own unique story to tell on display in this gorgeous...

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Stitching Stories Quilt Exhibition

11 Aug - 26 Sep 2014

Docklands

Contemporary Art and Traditional Quilts featuring diverse quilting techniques and each with its own unique story to tell on display in this gorgeous...

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Glow Winter Arts Festival

Glow Winter Arts Festival

14 - 24 Aug 2014

Malvern

Launching in 2014, the Glow Winter Arts Festival embraces the strong artistic communities of Armadale, Malvern, Prahran, South Yarra, Toorak and...

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Enigma

Australian Mixed Media Roadshow

20 - 24 Aug 2014

St Kilda

From $65 - $136

Join the Australian Mixed Media Roadshow for five days of mixed media workshops, special events and Art Trunk; featuring Internationally recognised...

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Mont De Lancey Annual Art Exhibition

Mont De Lancey Annual Art Exhibition

20 - 24 Aug 2014

Wandin North

The Mont De Lancey Annual Art Exhibition showcases and encourages talented local artists from the Yarra Valley. It is held within the beautiful...

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Page Not Found exhibition

20 Aug - 20 Nov 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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MWF at BMW Edge 2012

Melbourne Writers Festival

21 - 31 Aug 2014

Melbourne

Prepare for larger-than-life characters and stories that leap off your page as talented writers descend on Melbourne to celebrate the written word.

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Ines Hochgerner

22 Aug - 18 Sep 2014

Carlton

In this exhibition at RMIT Project Spce, Hochgerner's works put the relationship between human beings and common technological devices under...

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Streetworks

22 Aug - 18 Sep 2014

Melbourne

Streetworks explores ways that art connect with audiences in real life situations and how spontaneous interactions on the street can animate public...

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Exhibition

Wade Marynowsky: Autonomous Improvisation

23 Aug - 19 Oct 2014

Melbourne

In August 2014 NGV Studio will host an extraordinary exhibition where visitors will be greeted by a group of bizarre interactive human-like robots...

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‘Drawing on Drysdale’

Drawing on Drysdale

24 Aug 2014

Ararat

Drawing on Drysdale presents drawings by an icon of 20th century Australian art, Russell Drysdale (1912-1981). This touring exhibition is built...

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