Take your art appreciation into regional Victoria’s fascinating public spaces. Wonder at the walls and silos, laneways and bollards transformed into open-air galleries, illustrating local histories, interacting with the environment and creating a deep sense of place.
Ancient Aboriginal art
Journey into the Grampians National Park for the earliest examples of public art, some dating back more than 20,000 years. Peer under rock shelters to discover striking representations of indigenous life and law on the sandstone walls. Five sites are open to the public, including Bunjil Shelter, Gulgurn Manja Shelter and Billimina.
Take a road trip through the Wimmera Mallee, where the humble grain silo – a symbol of the region's agricultural heritage – has become the site for stunning art installations. Stretching more than 200 kilometres, The Silo Art Trail links the once little-known towns of Victoria's wheatbelt, each with its own gargantuan silo murals, painted by celebrated street artists. Follow the trail over a few days, with stops and overnight stays in towns along the way.
Off the official trail, silos are also popping up at St Arnaud, Rochester, Picola and along the North East silo trail. Look for art projects such as murals, a sheep art trail, and the Stick Shed in Murtoa, too.
Capture the singular beauty of Wimmera’s iconic landscapes with your own camera, and a little help from the Framing the Wimmera art project. Follow the large-scale picture frames set up throughout the area, creating perfect compositions of the Wimmera's iconic vistas.
Taking it to the street
Walk past vivid portraits, graphic murals and intricate stencil work in Benalla, Geelong and Shepparton, regional cities that have become street art hotspots. See murals by world-renowned street artists like Adnate, Guido van Helten and Rone in Benalla, also famous for its annual Wall to Wall Festival. Discover the stories, places and faces of the industrial, maritime city of Geelong or Shepparton’s rich Indigenous culture through Adnate's portraits of prominent Indigenous community leaders.
Spot the cow and bayside bollards
Find iconic public works of great whimsy and joy. Spy colourfully decorated fibreglass cows on the mooove in Shepparton's parks, gardens and central spaces, or follow the trail of brightly painted bollards interpreting Geelong's history and identities along its waterfront.