Arts Project Australia - Art Collector

Installation view of Knowing Me, Knowing You, 2014

Arts Project Australia runs an independent not-for-profit gallery in the inner Melbourne suburb of Northcote that represents artists who work in its studio. The organisation was founded in 1974 by Myra Hilgendorf OAM to promote and support artists with an intellectual disability.

The gallery expanded to an adjacent premises in 1993, and in 2004 began operating from a purpose-built building at its current location.

Arts Project Australia celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2014.

Exhibition program

Arts Project Australia’s exhibitions are curated by staff as well as prominent external curators. Arts Project also curates and participates in over 20 external exhibitions and art prizes annually.


There are three parts to the Arts Project Australia collection. The permanent collection traces significant developments in the work of selected artists from the studio. The Sidney Myer Fund Permanent Collection features over 500 works on paper originally shown in the seminal touring exhibitions Minus/Plus (1975) and Tommy’s World I (1980). The Archive Collection contains documents and items pertaining to organisation and its artistic and social history. In addition, the stockroom offers a wide range of work for sale by current studio artists.


The Arts Project Australia gallery was established in 1988 in a rented shopfront premises in Northcote. It expanded to an adjacent premises in 1993. In 2004 the gallery began operating from its own purpose-built current location.


Membership is open to the general public. Arts Project Australia members:
• Can purchase exhibition artwork prior to an opening
• Receive special previews of exhibition artwork
• Receive regular e-newsletters and special offers
• Are invited to all openings and special events
• Can help shape the future of the organisation (the board of management is drawn from the membership base, elected at the annual general meeting)


Arts Project has a stockroom of over 5,000 artworks. The gallery runs a leasing program and an artwork image licensing service. It also sells artist cards, calendars and catalogues.

Arts Project Australia
24 High Street
Northcote VIC 3070

Phone: 03 9482 4484
Fax: 03 9482 1852
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Closed public holidays. A behind-the-scenes stockroom tour is run on the first Saturday of every month, and tours of the studio and gallery can be made by appointment.