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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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Federation Bells

22 Jan 2014 - 20 Nov 2016

Melbourne

Federation Bells are controlled by a computer which is programmed to play more than 30 compositions three times a day. Visit the ground-breaking...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 - 4 Oct 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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Rallying the Spirits: Sport on the Home Front in WWI

25 Apr 2015 - 28 Feb 2016

East Melbourne

As Australians commemorate the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day, a new exhibition at the National Sports Museum explores the impact World War I had on...

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Miss Fisher Exhibition

Miss Fisher Exhibition

1 May - 30 Sep 2015

Elsternwick

Step into Rippon Lea and enter the opulent 1920s world of the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher and her crime fighting associates. Based on the novels of...

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Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition

1 May - 30 Sep 2015

Melbourne

The National Trust in association with Every Cloud Productions present Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition, a collection of costumes...

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Transporting Art

Transporting Art

2 May - 9 Oct 2015

North Melbourne

Transporting Art, showcasing tram art and history, is now showing at the Victorian Archives Centre in North Melbourne. Between 1978 and 1993 the...

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Snowcatchers, waiting for winter by David Doyle

Jindivick @ Narkoojee Sculpture Show 2015

9 May - 27 Sep 2015

Jindivick

The 2015 Jindivick and Narkoojee Sculpture Show features three acquisition awards, with a total prize pool of $8500. This makes it one of the largest...

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John Immig

Transmission: Legacies of the Television Age

15 May - 13 Sep 2015

Melbourne

Beamed directly into living rooms across the globe, television has had an undeniable impact upon contemporary culture. A new NGV exhibition,...

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Ryan Trecartin: Re’Search Wait’S

Ryan Trecartin: Re’Search Wait’S

15 May - 13 Sep 2015

Southbank

American video and multimedia artist Ryan Trecartin presents his first major Australian exhibition at the NGV. From being a highlight of the 2013...

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Open House: Tromarama for Kids

Open House: Tromarama for Kids

23 May - 18 Oct 2015

Melbourne

A wondrous and immersive house of fun has been built in the gallery, where furniture hangs from the ceiling, pink flamingos talk and cheeky garden...

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New Glass

New Glass

10 Jun - 4 Oct 2015

Hamilton

The Gallery holds an extensive collection of glass and continues to develop this part of the collection. In the past few years groups of glass from...

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Punuku Tjukurpa

Punuku Tjukurpa

12 Jun - 13 Sep 2015

Carlton

Punuku Tjukurpa is the first touring exhibition of artworks from the Maruku Arts archive, based at Mutitjulu, near Uluru in the Northern Territory....

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Prevaricated Frequencies

Prevaricated Frequencies

25 Jun - 5 Sep 2015

Melbourne

Formerly known as Platform Gallery, the twelve glass display cases in the commuter underpass of Campbell Arcade have been renamed The Dirty Dozen....

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Melania - Sisters reunited after 17 years

The Right to Know: 100 Years of the Australian Red Cross International Tracing Service

1 Jul - 25 Oct 2015

Melbourne

From $12 - $12

In 2015, the Australian Red Cross International Tracing Service celebrates 100 years of reconnecting family members or clarifying the fate of those...

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The Right to Know

1 Jul - 25 Oct 2015

Melbourne

At the centre of these centenary celebrations is The Right to Know: 100 Years of the Australian Red Cross International Tracing Service, a special...

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The Story of Our Planet Unfolds

1 Jul - 21 Sep 2015

Docklands

Since 2007 photographer Michael Hall has been working to document human civilisation's response to the risks and opportunities of climate change....

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Feathering the Nest: Richard Nylon Meets William Johnston

7 Jul - 20 Oct 2015

East Melbourne

Renowned Melbourne-based milliner, Richard Nylon, is the guest curator of Fairhall House Museum at the Johnston Collection as part of the continuing...

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Nitet Yapeneyepuk: Gather Together

10 Jul - 8 Nov 2015

Carlton

From $12 - $12

An exhibition highlighting award winning artists from Gallery Kaiela Shepparton exploring through art and photography the strength of a Koorie...

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Nail Can to Knighthood – Sir Macpherson Robertson

Nail Can to Knighthood – Sir Macpherson Robertson

15 Jul - 18 Dec 2015

Melbourne

Melburnians are invited to celebrate the life of the man who brought you Freddo Frog and Cherry Ripe, as the Royal Historical Society of Victoria...

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David Bowie is

David Bowie is

16 Jul - 1 Nov 2015

Melbourne

From $15 - $40

Put on your red shoes and immerse yourself in a celebration 50 years of one of the era's most influential artists in rock, pop, fashion and performance.

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ST Gill, The Australian Sketchbook by S.T.G. (detail), 1864–65, Hamel & Ferguson

Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of ST Gill

17 Jul - 25 Oct 2015

Melbourne

Step back in time to colonial Australia in this stunning free exhibition. Premiering 17 July, Australian sketchbook: Colonial life and the art of ST...

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Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of ST Gill

Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of ST Gill

17 Jul - 25 Oct 2015

Melbourne

Step back in time to colonial Australia in this stunning free exhibition. 'Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of S. T. Gill' provides a...

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Diggers Wedding in Melbourne (detail), ST Gill, 1869

Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of ST Gill - Guided Tour

20 Jul - 25 Oct 2015

Melbourne

Take a guided tour of the exhibition Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of ST Gill. Australian sketchbook provides a window onto the...

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Light Speculation Exhibition

23 Jul - 8 Sep 2015

Carlton

Light Speculation communicates the wonderment of light as a phenomenon, and explores play as a source of discovery and innovation. Bubbles,...

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Bunyips and Dragons: Australian Children's Book Illustrations

25 Jul - 4 Oct 2015

Melbourne

Enchanting large-scale works from more than 60 of Australia's best-loved book illustrators will feature in Bunyips and Dragons: Australian Children's...

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Arnhem Land artist Narritjin Maymuru

Coat of Arms by Narritjin Maymuru

28 Jul - 1 Dec 2015

Ballarat East

From $0.01 - $35

On display at M. A. D. E for a limited time is rare bark painting Coat of Arms by Narritjin Maymuru (1963). Maymuru is a highly respected Aboriginal...

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Frans Snyders  Flemish 1579–1657  A concert of bird's 1630–40 oil on canvas 136.5 х 240.0 cm  The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg  Acquired from the collection of Sir Robert Walpole, 1779 (Inv. № ГЭ-607)

Masterpieces from the Hermitage

31 Jul - 8 Nov 2015

Southbank

From $10 - $65

Melbourne Winter Masterpieces: Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine The Great features over 400 works from the personal collection of Catherine The Great.

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Masterpieces from the Hermitage

Masterpieces from the Hermitage

31 Jul - 8 Nov 2015

Southbank

The Masterpieces from the Hermitage exhibition features over 400 works from the personal collection of Catherine the Great. Catherine the Great’s...

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Buwurr: Cloaks past and present by Lorraine Connelly Northey

Buwurr - galang: Cloaks past and present by Lorraine Connelly Northey

1 Aug - 20 Sep 2015

Wangaratta

In a major exhibition, Wiradjuri artist Lorraine Connelly-Northey combines the crafts of her Indigenous mother and the collecting nature of her Irish...

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Tree Treasures: Celebrating Significant Trees of Wangaratta

Tree Treasures: Celebrating Significant Trees of Wangaratta

1 Aug - 30 Sep 2015

Wangaratta

The Wangaratta Urban Landcare Group aims to highlight significant trees found in Wangaratta's urban environment through celebrating trees. Drawing on...

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Craft Cubed Festival

1 Aug - 21 Sep 2015

Melbourne

Presented by Craft Victoria, with support from City of Melbourne, Craft Cubed 2015 showcases the breadth and diversity of Melbourne’s maker...

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Hands In Print

4 Aug - 4 Nov 2015

Melbourne

Hands In Print, an art installation recognising 14 leading authors and celebrating the wonder of the written word, is on display at Melbourne's...

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Victorian Indigenous Art Awards 2015

Victorian Indigenous Art Awards 2015

8 Aug - 20 Sep 2015

Ballarat central

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards which celebrate the quality and diversity of art practice among...

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Dean Kahan - The Glass Garden

Dean Kahan - The Glass Garden

8 Aug - 13 Sep 2015

Ballarat central

Dena Kahan's work is a meditation on desire and the gap that exists between fantasy and reality, imagination and execution. This exhibition draws...

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Carlos Amorales: We'll See How All Reverberates

8 Aug - 8 Nov 2015

Southbank

Renowned Mexican artist Carlos Amorales will present a dynamic, interactive sculpture as part of the National Gallery of Victoria's ongoing series of...

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Bernhard Sachs - Redux: During Philosophy and After 1988-2008

8 Aug - 25 Oct 2015

Morwell

During Philosophy is concerned with the representation of history, through a re-imagining of the so-called 'history picture' prominent in 19th...

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Melanie Caple: I wake to see the world gone wild

8 Aug - 6 Sep 2015

Morwell

Exploring the delicate and personal interactions that occur within the world, Melanie Caple's exhibition navigates these themes and seeks to amplify...

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