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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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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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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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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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Centenary of the First World War (1914-19) - Shrine of Remembrance travelling exhibition

4 Jul - 18 Nov 2014

Melbourne

Through historical photographs and personal stories, this exhibition will present the chronology of the First World War (1914-18). It will provide...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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TarraWarra Biennial

TarraWarra Biennial: Whisper in My Mask

16 Aug - 16 Nov 2014

Healesville

The TarraWarra Biennial was inaugurated in 2006 as a signature exhibition to identify new developments in contemporary Australian art practice under...

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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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Delinquent Angel: John Perceval's Ceramic Angels

28 Aug - 23 Nov 2014

Shepparton

John Perceval AO is one of Australia's most celebrated artists renowned for his radicalism, expressiveness and prolific output, along with his...

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The Wimmera and The Great War

29 Aug - 23 Nov 2014

Horsham

The Wimmera and The Great War is a museum style exhibition that commemorates the centenary of World War I. A small brown leather diary lies open,...

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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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Hamilton Quilters: Two Colour Harmony

Hamilton Quilters: Two Colour Harmony

8 Sep - 2 Nov 2014

Hamilton

There has been a renewed interest in craft and needlework in recent years as traditional arts and crafts enjoy a revival with a younger generation....

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Warlayirti and Garnkiny

16 Sep - 8 Nov 2014

Melbourne

RMIT Gallery presents two important Aboriginal art exhibitions - Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo, and Garnkiny: Constellations of Meaning. Warlayirti:...

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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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Time & Place 2

Time and Place 2

19 Sep - 4 Nov 2014

Bright

From $5 - $5

Bright Art Gallery looks forward to another spectacular exhibition of Aboriginal art never before seen in North East Victoria. Works have been...

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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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'Moodscapes' Exhibition at The Convent Gallery

Moodscapes Exhibition at The Convent Gallery

28 Sep - 11 Nov 2014

Daylesford

The works in this exhibition explore the natural environment through a range of Moodscapes. These Moodscapes represent an alternative view of the...

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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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Archibald Prize 2014

Archibald Prize

4 Oct - 16 Nov 2014

Mornington

Visit the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery to see this year's contenders for Australia's most coveted portraiture prize. Book ahead online.

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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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Christina Thwaites – Body Transformations

Christina Thwaites – Body Transformations

7 Oct - 1 Nov 2014

Prahran

In a new body of work Christina Thwaites explores the female body and the transformations that it is able to undergo. In the past Thwaites has often...

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Hamish Carr – Perpetual Present

Hamish Carr – Perpetual Present

7 Oct - 1 Nov 2014

Prahran

Perpetual present is Hamish Carr's second solo exhibition with Anna Pappas Gallery. This recent body of work continues his interest in contemporary...

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Maria Hassabi, Intermission 2013. Courtesy the artist.

Framed Movements

10 Oct - 23 Nov 2014

Southbank

Presented by Melbourne Festival and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Framed Movements investigates the potential that lies at the shifting...

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Grasslands

10 Oct - 23 Nov 2014

Melbourne

Grasslands is a living installation that gathers over 10,000 indigenous plants. This organic composition aims to recreate the vast grass plains that...

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Grommets, grinds and gnarly dudes

Grommets, grinds and gnarly dudes

10 Oct - 23 Nov 2014

Brighton

The Gallery at Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre proudly presents Grommets, grinds and gnarly dudes. In this exhibition, contemporary artists Phillip...

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Gawang II

Gawang II - Aboriginal Portrait Exhibition

11 Oct - 21 Nov 2014

Mornington

In conjunction with the Archibald Prize exhibition at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Baluk Arts presents Gawang II - an exhibition of...

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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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Perception

15 Oct - 1 Nov 2014

North Melbourne

The deceptive interplay of memory and perception is the foundation of Kat Teede’s current exhibition, Perception. Through duplicitous portrait...

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For King and Country

16 Oct - 11 Nov 2014

East Melbourne

East Melbourne Historical Society presents an exhibition commemorating the service of East Melbourne citizens in the First World War. Though only a...

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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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'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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Pyramids and Labyrinths

17 Oct - 8 Nov 2014

Melbourne

Pyramids and Labyrinths is Tim Sterling's first solo exhibition in Melbourne since returning from a three-month Australia Council for the Arts studio...

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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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Kids Commission

Kids Commission

18 Oct - 8 Nov 2014

Docklands

The Front's latest exhibition, Kids Commission by Keith Wong, will inspire and engage children of all ages. It features an interactive work involving...

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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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Blindside Gallery

The Sculptor’s Photograph

22 Oct - 8 Nov 2014

Melbourne

The Sculptor's Photograph interrogates the relationship between sculpture and photography. Mimicking Brancusi's practice of photographing his own...

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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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Sunshine on the Super Il-legitimate

24 Oct - 15 Nov 2014

Melbourne

Sunshine on the Super Il-legitimate is the latest exhibition by Melbourne-based artist, Jacqui Shelton. Jacqui has recently had solo shows at West...

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Something Happened

24 Oct - 15 Nov 2014

Melbourne

Something Happened is a series of documented performances by Melbourne- and Perth-based artists Ross Coulter, Hannah Jackson, Tanya Lee and Stuart...

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Cloaked Combat 2, 3

24 Oct - 15 Nov 2014

Melbourne

Steaphan Paton's Cloaked Combat series is a visual exploration of the material and technological conflicts between cultures, and the roles they play...

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Percy Masters: A bonafide Gippsland Treasure

25 Oct - 23 Nov 2014

Sale

The paintings of Percy Masters (1893- 1998) are greatly admired for their charm as much as their historical value. Born in Walhalla in 1893, Masters...

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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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