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Melbourne Art Scene

Destination(s): Melbourne

From the kids that run the innovative Artist Run Spaces dotted all over the CBD to the suits over at the NVG, Melbourne has a bustling art scene. Melbournians have thick framed glasses down to a tee (though they’d definitely prefer coffee) and when it comes to visual art they mean business. So dress dark and get ready to grab a free chardonnay at the next exhibition opening at Blindside – Melbourne will not disappoint. But try not to smile… read more about Melbourne Art Scene

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

  • 111 Sturt Street Southbank
  • Southbank
  • tel:+61 3 9697 9999
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3006

With a focus on exhibiting rather than collecting, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) is dedicated to the promotion of innovative, evocative, creative and challenging art.

Designed by Melbourne based architects, Wood Marsh, the building itself is an iconic masterpiece, the rustic steel mass a landmark in Melbourne's inner city art precinct.

ACCA hosts five exhibition seasons each year by both local and international artists. Their exhibitions remain innovative through commission; artists are allowed encouraged to produce new work specifically for ACCA, a process that fosters creativity and experimentation.

Be sure to visit the ACCA shop to peruse current art journals and publications and even take a little piece of art home with you. read more about Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Australian Centre For The Moving Image (ACMI)

Australian Centre For The Moving Image (ACMI)

  • Flinders Street
  • Federation Square
  • tel:+61 3 8663 2200
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000

More than a just a refuge for film buffs and gaming geeks, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) provides an interactive multimedia experience for all ages. The world's largest screen gallery, ACMI is devoted to the promotion of innovative cinema, television, new media and games, inviting punters to experience multimedia art with the same consideration often restricted to more traditional art forms.

Opening 2002, ACMI is nestled in Melbourne's iconic Federation Square. Conveniently located opposite Flinders Street Station, it's easy to pop in for a film, talk, creative workshop or exhibition. Get lost in the maze of interactive screen galleries and make your own moving image story. read more about Australian Centre For The Moving Image (ACMI)

Heide Museum of Modern Art

Heide Museum of Modern Art

  • 7 Templestowe Road
  • Bulleen
  • tel:+61 3 9850 1500
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3105

History and the contemporary unite at Heide Museum of Modern Art. Hidden within sixteen acres of tranquil gardens in Melbourne's outer suburb of Bulleen, Heidi was once home to infamous Melbourne art collectors John and Sunday Reed and also housed iconic Australian artists such as Sidney Nolan and Joy Hester for stretches between the 1930s and 1950s.

The debauchery between these strained lovers and friends is long gone, but their creative spirit is still present in the walls of Heide. The original house is now Heide I, one of the three gallery spaces open to the public. Exhibiting modern and contemporary art exhibitions, Heide finds its difference in the unique combination of the natural landscape drenched in artistic and social history and its firm embrace of the new through modernist architecture.

Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Heide Café, so fresh you can look out the window and watch it grow.

Most easily accessible by car, Heide Museum of Modern Art is well worth the 20 minute drive from Melbourne's Central Business District. read more about Heide Museum of Modern Art

National Gallery of Victoria

National Gallery of Victoria

  • 180 St Kilda Rd
  • tel:+61 3 9208 0203
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000

Located on the tree-lined St Kilda Road, The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is home to a world-class international art collection. The permanent display offers visitors some of the biggest names in international art, but be sure to check the temporary exhibition program in advance to make the most out of your visit. The worldwide collaboration between leading curators provides for an exciting catalogue of work.

Don't miss The Great Hall with its rainbow prism stained-glass ceiling or the Water Trail permanent display out front. The easiest way to get round is to take a free tour-guide so you don't miss any of the displays. read more about National Gallery of Victoria

Anna Schwartz Gallery

Anna Schwartz Gallery

  • 185 Flinders Lane
  • tel:+61 3 9654 6131
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  • Melbourne, 3000
RMIT Gallery

RMIT Gallery

  • 344 Swanston Street
  • RMIT Storey Hall
  • tel:+61 3 9925 1717
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  • Melbourne, 3000
TarraWarra Estate (Yarra Valley)

TarraWarra Estate (Yarra Valley)

  • 311 Healsesville-Yarra Glen Road
  • Lilydale
  • tel:+61 3 5962 2600
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  • Yarra Glen, 3775

TarraWarra Estate is the simplest way to enjoy Victoria's Yarra Valley. Complete with a fine dining restaurant, museum of art and of course, an open cellar door, it's the perfect country escape.

Sit hillside in the WineBar café and let the Allen Powell's carefully crafted architecture carve the landcape views for you. Powell won the inaugural Premier's Design Award for his work on the Museum, the architecture growing seamlessly from the landscape. With a menu built to compliment the current vintage, this is no snack bar. Be prepared for a serious culinary experience and remember to book in advance.

The popular Tin Cows wine focus on vibrant fruit and pure varietal character, and are named after the permanent metal cow sculptures in the gardens. An easy hour-long drive from Melbourne, pity the designated driver who can't get stuck into the plonk. But there's plenty of non-alcoholic entertainment next door at the TarraWarra Museum of Art. read more about TarraWarra Estate (Yarra Valley)

Yarra River

Yarra River

Hairy Canary

Hairy Canary

  • 212 Little Collins Street
  • tel:61 03 9654 2471
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  • Melbourne, 3000
West Space

West Space

  • Level 1
  • 15 - 19 Anthony Street
  • tel:+61 3 9328 8712
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000

One of Melbourne's most prolific artist run initiatives, West Space exhibits challenging and innovative contemporary art on par with the Big Boys. Founded in 1993, West Space epitomises the throb of Melbourne's underground art scene, encouraging dialogue between the public and artists, and of course, free booze at exhibition openings.

Hidden in the Central Business District (CBD), West Space is well worth seeking out. The engaging program covers all things contemporary with collaborations that blur boundaries of traditional art practice. read more about West Space

Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)

Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)

  • Birdwood Avenue
  • South Yarra
  • tel:+61 3 9252 2300
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  • Melbourne, 3141
Blindside

Blindside

  • 37 Swanston Street
  • Room 14, Level 7, Nicholas Building
  • tel:+61 3 9650 0093
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  • Melbourne, 3000
Gallery Funaki

Gallery Funaki

  • 4 Crossley Street
  • tel:+61 3 9662 9446
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  • Melbourne, 3000