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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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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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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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School Days - Education in Victoria

School Days - Education in Victoria

2 Mar - 2 Sep 2015

East Melbourne

School Days - Education in Victoria is a history of more than 150 years of schooling. Through a range of nostalgic displays be reminded of the days...

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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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Holden Hurricane coupe, concept car 1969

Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car

6 Mar - 12 Jul 2015

Melbourne

From $15 - $15

From steam-powered horseless carriages and the classic Aussie ute to muscle cars, racy V8s and dazzling concept vehicles, Australia has a rich legacy...

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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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War Pictures: Australians at the Cinema 1914-1918

War Pictures: Australians at the Cinema 1914-1918

10 Mar - 26 Jul 2015

Melbourne

Between 1914 and 1918, cinema attendance was on the rise and the local film industry was expanding with over 50 Australian feature films produced...

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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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Season of Excellence 2015 – Top Designs

Season of Excellence 2015 – Top Designs

21 Mar - 12 Jul 2015

Carlton

Top Designs exhibits the next generation of Victorian innovators, celebrating excellence in design and education. Top Designs VCE students have...

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Exquisite Threads: English Embroidery 1600–1900s

2 Apr - 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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Indigenous Art: Moving backwards into the future

Indigenous Art: Moving Backwards into the Future

4 Apr - 16 Aug 2015

Melbourne

Significant historical and contemporary Indigenous art works will sit side by side, exploring place and identity in this exhibition which will...

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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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Writing the War: Personal Stories from WWI

Writing the War: Personal Stories from WWI

9 Apr - 4 Oct 2015

Melbourne

Nurse, bank clerk, farmer, sports master, journalist, artist, activist – encounter seven ordinary Australians and hear their extraordinary stories of...

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The Great Hall, NGV International, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Medieval Moderns: The Pre–Raphaelite Brotherhood

11 Apr - 12 Jul 2015

Southbank

The NGV's holdings of works by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and their close associates are world renowned. They are richly varied and represent all...

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John Wolseley – Heartlands and Headwaters

11 Apr - 16 Aug 2015

Melbourne

Over the past four years, John Wolseley has explored the waterways and wetlands of Australia in a major series of new works commissioned by Sir...

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After fire – spiny-cheeked honeyeaters at Lake Monibeong

John Wolseley: Heartlands and Headwaters

11 Apr - 16 Aug 2015

Melbourne

For four years, artist John Wolseley has roamed the coastal floodplains of the Northern Territory through to the glacial lakes of Tasmania, exploring...

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Battlefield Gallipoli:Landscape of War and Memory

The Anzac Battlefield: Landscape of War and Memory

14 Apr - 31 Aug 2015

Melbourne

The enduring fascination with Gallipoli is explored in this exclusive exhibition which presents some 100 items recovered from the Joint Historical...

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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 - 16 Aug 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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Follow the Flag: Australian Artists at War 1914–45

24 Apr - 16 Aug 2015

Melbourne

Follow the Flag: Australian Artists at War 1914–45 is the NGV’s contribution to the rich and diverse cultural offerings being presented to the...

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Brent Harris (b.1956), ON BECOMING (YELLOW) #1, 1998, Colour screen print, Collection of Hamilton Art Gallery, Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

On Becoming: Brent Harris

25 Apr - 19 Jul 2015

Hamilton

Painter and printmaker Brent Harris is one of arts great individualists. Born in New Zealand and trained in Australia he is one of a group of...

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John Aslanidis, Sonic no.41, oil and acrylic on canvas 97x102cm, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and NKN Gallery, Melbourne.

After 65, Legacy of Op

25 Apr - 26 Jul 2015

Morwell

In 1965 the Museum of Modern Art in New York City staged the highly influential exhibition The Responsive Eye. The exhibition focused on the dazzling...

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Suzanne Moss

The Distillation Of Light

25 Apr - 26 Jul 2015

Morwell

The CBUS Collection of Australian Art presents The Distillation Of Light. Exhibition celebration and launch is Saturday 6 June, 1:00 to 3:00pm. The...

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Gods, Heroes and Clowns:  Performance and Narrative in South and Southeast Asian Art

Gods, Heroes and Clowns: Performance and Narrative in South and Southeast Asian Art

1 May - 30 Aug 2015

Melbourne

For centuries past, the many countries, ethnic groups and religions of South and Southeast Asia have enjoyed rich storytelling traditions, using...

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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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Jack Rowland, 'Future Falls', 2014, oil on linen

Linden Projects

8 May - 12 Jul 2015

St Kilda

Linden Projects series presents two individual projects Atmosphere and Paper. Atmosphere includes artists Jason Baerg, Atticus Bastow, Elisa Jane...

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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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Views of Windsor: PAUL SANDBY

Views of Windsor: PAUL SANDBY

13 May - 9 Aug 2015

Hamilton

Paul Sandby frequently returned to Windsor Castle as subject matter for his prints and arguably his finest works were his aquatints depicting Windsor...

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Seymour & District Art Society Inc Annual Exhibition

Seymour & District Art Society Inc Annual Exhibition

14 May - 4 Aug 2015

Seymour

The Seymour & District Art Society showcases the Annual Exhibition of works from almost all members. Works are of very high quality and demonstrate...

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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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Lesley Hall at the 1981 Spastic Society Miss Australia beauty contest, protesting the use of beauty pageants to raise funds for disability.

Grassroots Democracy: The Campaign for Disability Rights Exhibition

20 May - 29 Jul 2015

Ballarat

From $8 - $35

Grassroots Democracy: The Campaign for Disability Rights Exhibition explores the iconic Stella Young and the 'Every Australian Counts' campaign,...

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Photographic Abstractions

Photographic Abstractions

21 May - 12 Jul 2015

Ararat

Drawing on Monash Gallery of Art's nationally significant collection of Australian photographs, this exhibition highlights works by artists who use...

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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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Australia Will Be There

Australia Will Be There

30 May - 23 Aug 2015

Lilydale

Through historical photographs and personal stories, drawn from major collections and from the families of those who served, this Shrine of...

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Braving Bonegilla: A Photographic Exhibition

Braving Bonegilla: A Photographic Exhibition

3 Jun - 14 Aug 2015

Carlton

The Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre was the first and largest of 23 such centres in Australia. Originally an army camp, it was...

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Ryan Gander, Porthole to Culturefield Revisited 2010

Ryan Gander: READ ONLY

4 Jun - 2 Aug 2015

Southbank

One of Britain's most prolific artists, Gander is known for creating playful, engaging works in a range of mediums, from installation, sculptures and...

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