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Melbourne is home to a thriving arts scene and boasts more than 100 galleries ranging from large public institutions to smaller commercial galleries and artist run initiatives (ARIs).

Both sides of the Yarra

Visit Federation Square, home to the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia – the world's first major public gallery dedicated to to Australian art. For cutting edge video art and new media see changing exhibits at ACMI, or head down St Kilda Road and explore the National Gallery of Victoria's international collection.

An independent point of view

Discover groundbreaking works by local and international artists in galleries and cooperatives all across the city, which houses one of the world's highest densities of commercial galleries. For those with a keen interest in indigenous art head to galleries in Flinders Lane.

Figures in the trees

For those looking for outdoor experiences and sculpture gardens visit the Linden Arts Centre, Heide Museum of Modern Art or Herring Island.

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Public art

Take the City Circle tram or walk through city streets and laneways and along the Yarra River to see the city's street art and public artworks.

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RMIT Gallery

Experience a changing program of Australian and international exhibitions, including design, craft, architecture, technology, new media and fine art.

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The Dax Centre

The Dax Centre is a museum with an archive of 15,000 plus items of art made by people with lived experience of mental health or psychological trauma....

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Victorian Artists Society

The Victorian Artists' Society is for artists and art lovers. Since 1870 they have been actively contributing to the development of art in Australia....

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Linden New Art

Enjoy the free exhibition program, public talks, workshops and events at this public contemporary art gallery. Don't miss the annual postcard show.

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Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Get a fresh perspective. See works by the best international and Australian contemporary artists and attend inspiring workshops and public talks.

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MGA

Visit the home of Australian photography, housing more than 2000 photos and the only public gallery dedicated to collecting Australian photography.

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Backwoods Gallery

The art is certainly not backwards at Backwoods, where intriguing international and local street art is brought inside by people who totally get it.

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Sutton Gallery

Admire photography, installation and paintings at this cool, clean contemporary space in Brunswick Street, one of the main stays of the art world.

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Australian Tapestry Workshop

The Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) enjoys an international reputation as a leader in the creation of contemporary tapestry. Established in 1976,...

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The Ian Potter Museum of Art

Founded in 1972, the Ian Potter Museum of Art is the University of Melbourne's art museum. Housed in an award-winning building opened in 1998, the...

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Junior Space

Junior Space is an independent not-for-profit arts space showcasing artwork by local emerging and established artists. Comprising of two gallery...

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Centre for Contemporary Photography

Focus your attention on a diverse range of contemporary photo-based art exhibitions from local and international, emerging and established artists.

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