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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Summer Salon

29 Nov 2014 - 1 Feb 2015

Sale

The Summer Salon presents a cross-section of contemporary art making in Gippsland, from artists both emerging and established, and demonstrates the...

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Bill Henson: Dark Desire

29 Nov 2014 - 1 Feb 2015

Sale

Created specifically for Gippsland Art Gallery, Bill Henson: Dark Desire presents a selection of recent works from Australia's pre-eminent...

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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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SCULPTURES AT LUCINDA

Sculptures at Lucinda Estate Winery

6 Dec 2014 - 31 Jan 2015

Leongatha

Come and sample superb wines, whilst viewing the amazing talents of Gippsland's leading sculptors at Lucinda Estate Winery. Featured sculptors and...

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Fabulous Fibre Friday Exhibition

Fabulous Fibre Friday Exhibition

7 Dec 2014 - 31 Jan 2015

Yarragon

You are invited to the inaugural exhibition opening of the Fabulous Fibre Friday Exhibition at the Yarragon Station Gallery, presented by the Baw Baw...

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Title: 'Galahs Tjuta' – 2012 Artist:Cora Meruntja Medium: Hand stitched felt beanie with needle and emu feathers Dimensions: 13 x 20 x 20cm

Colours of the Country Three The Alice Springs Beanie Festival

12 Dec 2014 - 22 Feb 2015

Bundoora

Bundoora Homestead Art Centre is pleased to present COLOURS OF THE COUNTRY III: The Alice Springs Beanie Festival, running from 12 December 2014 to...

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Liz Ham, 'Vali Myers in her studio in the Nicholas Building', Melbourne (detail), 1997.

Bohemian Melbourne

12 Dec 2014 - 22 Feb 2015

Melbourne

Artist, rebel, hippie, hipster? Revealing Melbourne's enduring counter-cultures, Bohemian Melbourne celebrates a who's who of creative free spirits...

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

16 Dec 2014 - 1 Mar 2015

Geelong

Take a look at the world's most amazing wildlife photography, in Geelong until 1 March.

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Enchantment: Disney Exhibition

Enchantment: Disney Exhibition at Silver K Gallery

20 Dec 2014 - 22 Feb 2015

Armadale

From $5 - $10

The Art of Walt Disney and Dreamworks at Silver K Gallery. From Mickey Mouse's debut appearance in Steam Boat Willie in 1928, Walt Disney's creations...

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Yang Fudong: Filmscapes

Yang Fudong: Filmscapes

26 Dec 2014 - 15 Feb 2015

Melbourne

Filmscapes is Australia's largest-ever survey of China's pre-eminent moving-image artist, Yang Fudong, showing at the Australian Centre for the...

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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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ILLUMINATION: The art of Philip Wolfhagen

Illumination: The art of Philip Wolfhagen

2 Jan - 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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TRANSCENDENCE: photographs by David Stephenson

Transcendence: Photographs by David Stephenson

2 Jan - 1 Feb 2015

Hamilton

David Stephenson has photographed a range of subjects in countries around the world, including landscapes, skyscapes, cityscapes and cathedral...

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The Fabulous Shaw Bequest: Revisited

2 Jan - 28 Feb 2015

Hamilton

The 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...

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Wangaratta Camera Club Exhibition

2 - 30 Jan 2015

Wangaratta

Enjoy a selection of photographic works by the Wangaratta Camera Club members. The Wangaratta Camera Club meets every 2nd Thursday of the month...

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Namatjira & Beyond

Namatjira & Beyond

2 Jan - 1 Feb 2015

Wangaratta

Albert Namatjira was a Western Aranda speaking Aboriginal from the Western MacDonnel Ranges who was taught by Rex Battarbee and became one of the...

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13 Frames of Mind – Photography Exhibition

13 Frames of Mind – Photography Exhibition

7 Jan - 13 Feb 2015

Melbourne

An exhibition featuring 13 Diploma of Photo Imaging students, 13 frames of mind, 13 bold, personal, humorous, inspirational and adventurous visual...

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Desert Days Exhibition

Desert Days Exhibition by Warlukurlangu Arts Community

13 - 31 Jan 2015

Melbourne

Desert Days exhibition at Flinders Lane Gallery brings together a glorious and vibrant selection of quality works from the Warlukurlangu Arts...

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Jonas Ropponen – Pubism

Jonas Ropponen – Pubism

15 Jan - 1 Feb 2015

Melbourne

Jonas Ropponen is literally all over his new series of paintings for Chapter House Lane. Hair, blood, semen, saliva and fingernail clippings feature...

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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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Midsumma Festival

Midsumma Festival

18 Jan - 8 Feb 2015

Melbourne

Midsumma Festival is Melbourne's annual celebration of LGBTI arts and culture. With 141 events across 100 venues, 2015's program is set to be the...

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Spectacular view and amazing crowd at T-Dance 2011. Bimbo Jones plays to the setting sun.

Midsumma Festival

18 Jan - 8 Feb 2015

Melbourne

Move your feet at Melbourne's annual queer celebration with outdoor parties and city-wide cultural events, and show your pride at the closing march.

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SummerSalt Outdoor Arts Festival

23 Jan - 21 Feb 2015

Southbank

See outdoor music, dance, circus and theatre performances turn the Melbourne Arts Precinct on its head over five fabulous weekends this summer.

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Indigenous Art: Highlights from the Ron & Ross Aldridge Collection

Indigenous Art: Highlights from the Ron & Ross Aldridge Collection

27 - 31 Jan 2015

Wangaratta

The Foyer Gallery at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre will present this exhibition over December & January from the Collection of local...

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Summer Showcase

Summer Showcase

27 Jan 2015

Bairnsdale

East Gippsland is well known for its very active arts community and Summer Showcase does indeed showcase the diversity and talent of a selection of...

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Tetrapods: The Giant's Jacks

Play Pose Post

28 - 31 Jan 2015

North Melbourne

Award-winning mixed media / fibre artist Sarah Louise Ricketts presents Play Pose Post, an interactive 3D sensory installation at an exclusive...

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Friday Nights at Jean Paul Gaultier - Rat & Co.

Friday Nights at Jean Paul Gaultier - Rat & Co.

30 Jan 2015

Southbank

NGV's Friday Nights return in style during The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier. Meet up with friends and enter a world of fashion and music as...

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Libbly Witchell, Collected and Connected

Libby Witchell Exhibition, Collected and Connected

30 Jan - 24 Feb 2015

Bairnsdale

An exhibition that most country people will respond to. The exhibition coincides with the anniversary of the fires that swept through Libby's...

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Glenys Mann, Waiting

Glenys Mann Waiting Art Exhibition

30 Jan - 24 Feb 2015

Bairnsdale

For more than three years there has been a dearth of artistic endeavours from the studio of Glenys Mann. To get back to the realm of creativity...

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