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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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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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Compound Interest Centre for Applied Arts

This Collingwood creative hub serves as a gallery, cafe, bar, speakeasy cinema and printing press, and houses a bespoke framer and independent bookshop.

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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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Incinerator Gallery

The Incinerator Gallery is the City of Moonee Valley's centre for visual arts offering a curated program of contemporary art in a Walter Burley...

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The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre

Bayside has long been associated with the arts and has a rich cultural heritage. The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, located in the...

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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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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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Manningham Art Gallery

Manningham Art Gallery presents an eclectic program of contemporary art exhibitions that includes curated group exhibitions, shows by emerging and...

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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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Cowen Gallery Exhibition

The Library's elegant Cowen Gallery features one of Australia's most significant collections of Victorian artworks. Explore aspects of Victoria's...

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Mailbox Art Space

Enter the foyer of 141 Flinders Lane to find one of the city's teeniest art galleries, where art is exhibited in a strip of restored mailboxes.

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This event is held at various locations, please see website for further information. Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts is an...

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Contemplate Van Gogh's life and experiences through his observations of seasonal change at NGV Melbourne's internationally exclusive exhibition.

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