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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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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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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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John Perceval, Goblets c. 1960, glazed ceramic various dimensions

Murrumbeena Pottery at Heide

25 Oct 2014 - 22 Mar 2015

Bulleen

From $12 - $16

Painters Arthur Boyd and John Perceval together with potter and philosopher Peter Herbst founded the Arthur Merric Boyd Pottery in 1944 in Melbourne...

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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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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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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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Flash!

Flash!

15 Nov 2014 - 29 Mar 2015

Southbank

From arrivals and rehearsals to backstage and performance, Flash! is a fascinating snapshot of Australia's performing arts history, captured through...

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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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China Up Close

2 Dec 2014 - 15 Mar 2015

Melbourne

China has the world's fastest growing economy which has triggered a dramatic transformation within Chinese society. China Up Close explores how this...

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Takahiro Iwasaki: Itsukushima Reflection Model

5 Dec 2014 - 6 Apr 2015

Southbank

Takahiro Iwasaki, recognized as one of Japan's new generation of emerging young artists, creates intricately detailed models that reinterpret...

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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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Sand Sculpting Australia - Friends, Foes and Super Heroes

Sand Sculpting Friends, Foes, Heroes

26 Dec 2014 - 26 Apr 2015

Frankston

From $10 - $40

Frankston's Waterfront is transformed as spectacular Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Starwars characters come to life in huge sand sculptures.

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Herring Island Summer Arts Festival

17 Jan - 6 Apr 2015

South Yarra

Herring Island Summer Arts Festival began in 2006 as a collaboration between the exhibiting arts groups, Parks Victoria and the Friends of Herring...

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Vignettes

Vignettes

2 Feb - 15 Mar 2015

Ballarat

Botanical art and natural history illustration will take pride of place in Vignettes at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, with works by Amanda Ahmed,...

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British Modern

British Modern

4 Feb - 3 May 2015

Hamilton

The Gallery holds an extensive collection of prints from the late 1600s onwards but perhaps one of the most unique groups is the collection of prints...

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Synthetica

Synthetica

7 Feb - 15 Mar 2015

Wangaratta

Immerse yourself in a fantastical world with Synthetica, presenting sumptuous experimental works by seven of Victoria's most cutting edge...

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Cecelia Tyler: Twenty One for a Year

Cecelia Tyler: Twenty One for a Year

11 Feb - 30 Mar 2015

Wangaratta

A series of dynamic images by young emerging artist Cecelia Tyler, focusing on body and self. These portraits are selected from the photo journal in...

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At Dusk, Under the Clocks

At Dusk, Under the Clocks

12 Feb - 21 Apr 2015

Melbourne

From 1968 to 1971, high school teacher Angus O’Callaghan walked Melbourne in the evening in his spare time, photographing its streets, people and...

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Dunkunjaka (Bush Medicine)

Dunkunjaka (Bush Medicine)

12 Feb - 31 Mar 2015

East Melbourne

Dunkunjaka (bush medicine) is an exhibition by Joe Geia. Geia's painting style combines his Aboriginal heritage with a contemporary approach. Joe...

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The Dreamers Photographic reflections on life and death

The Dreamers Photographic Reflections On Life and Death

14 Feb - 15 Mar 2015

Morwell

The La Trobe Regional Gallery will open a unique exhibition exploring themes of life, death and dreams by visual artist Pippa Wischer. The Dreamers...

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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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Exquisite Threads: English Embroidery 1600–1900s

2 Mar - 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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Arthur Boyd, Wedding Group 1957–58, oil and tempera on composition board 137 x 160 cm

Arthur Boyd: Brides

3 - 8 Mar 2015

Bulleen

From $12 - $16

Arthur Boyd's series Love, Marriage and Death of a Half Caste, more commonly known as the Brides, was painted between 1957 and 1960 after Boyd...

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Coral Sangria

Emerging

27 Feb - 2 Mar 2015, 6 - 9 Mar 2015

Yarra Glen

Art at Linden Gate is excited to present two new artists with differing styles of painting, Bell and Kerry Wilson in Emerging. Joan's colourful,...

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Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival

6 - 15 Mar 2015

Mildura South

From $10 - $10

The Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival is one of Australia's leading regional arts festivals, offering a rich and vibrant program in March each year....

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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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Country Women's Association Craft Exhibition

7 - 22 Mar 2015

Wandin North

From $2 - $2

Exhibition of embroidery & craft by local CWA ladies. This inaugural exhibition will offer a magnificent display of hand-crafted items. All items...

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This Used to Be The Future

This Used to Be The Future

11 - 28 Mar 2015

Melbourne

Artist Kirsty Lillico’s work explores Modernism’s promise to transform everyday life through order and reason. In ‘This Used to be the Future’, a...

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Towards (dis)satsifaction

Towards (dis)satsifaction

11 - 28 Mar 2015

Melbourne

Artist Anastasia Booth playfully interrogates representations of gender and sexuality through specific cultural groups in her exhibition Towards...

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La Passeggiata Trequanda, Oil on Canvas

Momenti Catturati...Captured Moments...

11 - 30 Mar 2015

Mildura

Brian Reberger's artworks are inspired by his travels and are centred around capturing frozen moments in time. Moments that are intimate observations...

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Opening Night 2013

Castlemaine State Festival

13 - 22 Mar 2015

Castlemaine

40 years and 20 festivals on, Australia's most anticipated regional festival, the Castlemaine State Festival presents an anniversary program of...

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Friends of the Promenade Concert

Friends of the Promenade Concert

13 Mar 2015

Hamilton

Please join us at the upcoming 'Friends' Concert, to be held in the foyer of St Mary's Catholic Church Hamilton. Performing include Matt Toffolon...

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Studio Art

Studio Art

14 Mar - 12 Apr 2015

Wangaratta

'Studio Art' is an exhibition by members of the Wangaratta Artists' Society inspired by works they have created in their shared studio. Paintings,...

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VAMFF

Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival

14 - 22 Mar 2015

Docklands

Step out with the seriously stylish at Australia's biggest fashion event featuring fabulous entertainment, runway shows and workshops.

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Hamilton Botanic

Hamilton Botanic Art Group

17 Mar 2015

Hamilton

Do you enjoy working in a peaceful and picturesque surrounding? The Hamilton Botanic Art group has a strong focus on watercolour painting, however,...

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A Woman's Place...

A Woman's Place...

4 - 8 Mar 2015, 11 - 15 Mar 2015, 18 - 22 Mar 2015

Wandin

A Woman's Place is an exhibition and features demonstrations by creative women. Women express their individuality in diverse and creative ways. For...

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Gelibolu: A Turkish–Australian Perspective of Gallipoli

Gelibolu: A Turkish–Australian Perspective of Gallipoli

18 Mar - 25 Apr 2015

Melbourne

Ahead of the centenary Anzac Day, the City of Melbourne invites you to Gelibolu, a contemporary art project that explores the Turkish–Australian...

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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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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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Arts Trail in the Studio

Clyde Park 2015 Golden Plains Arts Trail

21 - 22 Mar 2015

Bannockburn

The Clyde Park 2015 Golden Plains Arts Trail is a weekend adventure showcasing the work of artists of the Golden Plains region. Visit usually private...

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Kim Westcott: It's all intertwined

Kim Westcott: It's all intertwined

21 Mar - 3 May 2015

Wangaratta

Kim Westcott is a leading Australian artist who has achieved high acclaim through major awards as well as being nationally and internationally...

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Elements Earth Win Fire and Water

Elements - Earth, Wind, Fire and Water

26 Feb - 5 Mar 2015, 8 - 12 Mar 2015, 15 - 19 Mar 2015, 22 - 26 Mar 2015

Lancefield

The Mad Gallery is inviting you to attend the exhibition, Elements - Earth, Wind, Fire and Water which will see the sale of paintings in silk paint,...

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15th Anniversary Mineral Sands Conference

15th Anniversary Mineral Sands Conference

24 - 25 Mar 2015

Melbourne

From $2,414.50 - $2,414.50

We are delighted to bring you the 15th Anniversary Mineral Sands Conference, which will be hosted on the 24th-25th March 2015 at the Rendezvous Grand...

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The Dream Children - World Premiere (Public) Screening

The Dream Children - World Premiere (Public) Screening

24 Mar 2015

Melbourne

Unable to adopt legally, gay couple Steven and Alex turn to the black market in order to become parents. Soon their ideal is realized and Steven,...

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Adam Cullen

Imagining Ned

28 Mar - 28 Jun 2015

Bendigo

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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Walhalla Easter Art Show

Walhalla Easter Art Show

3 - 6 Apr 2015

Walhalla

From $5 - $5

The third annual Walhalla Easter Art Show presented by the Walhalla Heritage and Development League will be on again in 2015. This event is proudly...

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Mount Beauty Art Exhibition

Mount Beauty Art Exhibition

3 - 6 Apr 2015

Mount Beauty

Come along to visit this exciting exhibition which displays a number of art works in various mediums and styles. Artworks are both framed and...

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Melbourne Latin Festival

7th Annual Melbourne Latin Festival

3 - 5 Apr 2015

North Melbourne

From $35 - $270

Latin America is taking over Melbourne once again in a three-day dancing festival of performances, workshops and parties. For the first time ever,...

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Radicals, slayers and villains: Prints from the Baillieu Library

Radicals, slayers and villains: Prints from the Baillieu Library

11 Mar - 2 Apr 2015, 4 - 12 Apr 2015

Hamilton

Radicals, slayers and villains shows controversial figures from history that have challenged the status-quo and helped shape our world. The striking...

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Wangaratta Artists Society - Unframed Easter Sale

Wangaratta Artists Society - Unframed Easter Sale

8 - 15 Apr 2015

Wangaratta

The Annual Wangaratta Artists Society - Unframed Easter Sale allows local artists to show their new works. Super Saturday sale is where members bring...

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