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Arts & Museums
The Victoria Police Museum showcases the work of the state's police force since its beginnings in 1853. Highlights include old and modern police equipment such as the first breath analyzer machine, old uniforms, a fingerprint display, a motorcycle, communications equipment and the noted bush ranger Ned Kelly's armor, along with his signature in a watch house book. Students and researchers are invited to take advantage of the historical records kept on site. The gift shop sells police literature and memorabilia.
Multicultural Melbourne has been created by people from all over the world. Whether they left their homelands by choice or by force, their experiences are relived at the Immigration Museum, beginning with the long sea voyage on a real sized boat, brought to life with true stories from past immigrants. The Museum is often used by researchers and schools to trace migratory patterns and family trees. The cafe and the gift shop will tempt you to prolong your visit.
Brightly coloured tapestries hang from the walls and artists wander in regularly for workshops, just as they have done for countless millennia. The Koori Heritage Trust Inc. safeguards a way of life that was born in the Stone Age and survived the onslaught of the white invader.There are many artefacts, weapons, utensils and other memorabilia on display as well as Koori artists hard at work on selected days. With the gift shop selling a range of books and memorabilia, the Koori Heritage Trust is a first stop for anyone wanting to learn more about Australia's true cultural roots.
Outre is a retail art gallery specializing in weird and unusual art. This encompasses underground and alternative styles. Outre also sells related books, postcards and paraphernalia.
Blindside is located inside the historically famous Nicholas building and provides a platform for contemporary artists to unleash their creativity. The studio also allows the artists to use the space at the venue for informal discussions and communication with fellow mates. Experimentation, innovation and freedom of expression are highly encouraged. The program mentors artists, writers, curators to explore their hidden talents. Read perspectives of your favorites in the studio's publications and stay in touch with their work through periodic exhibitions held at this studio.
Art lovers will find the latest in glass art and sculpture at Kirra Gallery. This gallery showcases interesting yet stunning displays of glass and wood art. The collections available here are contemporary and diverse in content. Works of artists like Arnold Christian, Leslie Baxter, Lisa Cahill, Deborah Cocks, Anne Clifton are on display here. They also have a stunning collection of Australian jewelry to choose from.
Anna Schwartz is the director of the Anna Schwartz Gallery, which showcases contemporary art. Works of well-known artists like Daniel Von Strummer, John Young, Mike Parr, Louisa Bufardeci and many other talented ones are exhibited here. At this much fascinating gallery, you will find eclectic art forms and theme-based displays. Periodic exhibitions are held at this gallery which give artists a platform to unleash their creativity. A must-visit for somebody who appreciates experimental and innovative art forms.
The Australian Center for Contemporary Art is situated in park lands near the Royal Botanic Gardens. It is a modern art space presenting Australian and international cutting-edge contemporary art. As well as painting, sculpture and photography, the visitor will find exhibitions in a wide range of media and creative forms. Video and electronic imaging and new developments in sound, movement and popular culture are always featured. Stimulate your senses and challenge your view of what art can be by exploring this exciting gallery space.
Located at the bustling Federation Square, you have to visit Ian Potter to get a glimpse of Australian Treasures. The building is a beautiful glass matrix structure which is visually appealing in itself. Housed here are beautiful paintings of Australian artists like Barak, Judy Watson, Emily Kngwarray and Uta Uta Tjangala. Known to be the first gallery dedicated to Australian Art, the center has regular exhibitions on a number of themes. A permanent exhibition of Aboriginal and Tiwi Islands artists is on display here.
This is one of Australia's most exciting public art galleries, with a changing program of exhibitions of Australian and international contemporary art, design, craft, architecture and new media. The gallery also hosts open lectures, forums, and performances which contribute to the lively discussion and experience of contemporary culture. Exhibit include such varied areas as fashion photography, furniture design, architecture and pottery. You will find work by indigenous Australian artists, ethnic groups, and international cultural bodies. This gallery never fails to entertain and delight: well worth a visit.
Located beside the Victorian Arts Centre, the National Gallery of Victoria has been the focus for the local arts community for years. Its world renowned collection of European Masters includes Rembrandt, van Dyck, Picasso, Monet and Turner. A fine display of contemporary Aboriginal art sits alongside works by famous Australian artists such as Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd and Albert Tucker. The redeveloped gallery will include a new water wall, a Federation Hall and the Grimwade Gardens. It will also boast better physical access, teaching facilities and an improved range of eateries.
One of the more exciting libraries you could ever visit, The Wheeler Center not only provides thousands upon thousands of books, but it is also a hub for many different artists who will entertain you at their 200 seat performance space. It is also worth mentioning that many different events and programs were organized here by the The Wheeler Center, and there are always new ones being added to their calendar. Be sure to check out their web site for more details, since each month there is something new to learn or experience.