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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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City Gallery

Delve into the past as the City Gallery presents a free, annual program of exhibitions that draw on the City of Melbourne's extensive art and heritage collection and archives.

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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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Maroondah Access Gallery

The Maroondah Access Gallery is devoted to showcasing the talents of artists and artist groups with a specific connection to the community. The...

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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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NGV International

See one of the Southern Hemisphere's most impressive collections of European, Asian, Oceanic and American art at this iconic Melbourne gallery.

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Koorie Heritage Trust

The Koorie Heritage Trust was founded to preserve and promote the living culture of south-eastern Australia's Indigenous people.

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Heide Museum of Modern Art

Be inspired by three dedicated exhibition spaces, two historic kitchen gardens and a sculpture park, all located on 15 acres of beautiful landscape.

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West Space

West Space is an artist led contemporary art space. The programming foregrounds engaged artistic practice which is challenging, experimental,...

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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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The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

See superb collections of Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous art on permanent display as well as special exhibitions at The Ian Potter Centre.

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Trocadero Art Space

Trocadero Art Space is an artist run initiative located in the heart of Footscray and only 10 minutes from Melbourne's city centre. Trocadero...

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fortyfivedownstairs

Head downstairs for independent, experimental and thought-provoking visual art, theatre and live music at this not-for-profit theatre and gallery space.

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