Mildura Arts Centre Regional Gallery - Art Collector

Mildura Arts Centre after its renovations in 2012. Courtesy: Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria

Mildura Arts Centre’s Regional Gallery was established in 1956 through the generous bequest of RD and Hilda Elliott. The centre has five gallery spaces across which a rotating program of exhibitions is scheduled. Visitors can expect to see a vibrant and engaging mix of temporary exhibitions of selected collection works, contemporary local artist exhibitions, touring exhibitions and the work of visiting artists.

The collection

The Mildura Arts Centre permanent collection is comprised of more than 1500 objects. It includes the largest single collection of paintings by anglo-Irish artist Sir William Orpen, a circa 1897-90 pastel by Edgar Degas, Femme à la baignoire se coiffant, as well as works by Sir Frank Brangwyn and a number of important Australian artists including Frederick McCubbin, Arthur Streeton and William McInnes. The gallery also has a significant collection of sculpture acquired from the Mildura sculpture events held from the early 1960s to the mid 1980s.

Exhibition highlights

Mildura revisited: sculptures exhibited 1961-1978
From late 2014
Guest Curator: Ken Scarlett
Comprised of sculptures and documentation from Mildura’s collection together with key loans from public and private collections, this extensive exhibition reflects on the Mildura sculpture triennials from 1961 through to 1978 and the influence of Mildura Arts Centre directors Ernst Van Hattum and Tom McCullough.

Centenary of Anzac Day and WWI commemorative exhibitions
February 2015 to May 2015
Mildura’s strong ties to the First World War through enlistment and the establishment post-war of Soldier Settler townships in the region will prompt a suite of exhibitions throughout the galleries including a touring exhibition from the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne and Mildura Arts Centre’s
Anzacs bathing by George Lambert, Sir William Orpen’s Major General Maude and Looking towards Thiepual War Picture, and numerous war sketches by Sir Frank Brangwyn.

Diamond anniversary celebrations
From May 2016
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the opening of Mildura’s public gallery, works from Mildura Arts Centre’s permanent collection will sparkle throughout the galleries in a specially curated exhibition.

Visitor information

Mildura Arts Centre offers visitors the following facilities:
  • Cafe
  • Sculpture park
  • Gallery shop
  • Air conditioning
  • Parking
  • Wheelchair access
  • Theatre
  • Historic building

Mildura Arts Centre Regional Gallery
199 Cureton Avenue
Mildura VIC 3500

Phone: 03 5018 8330
Fax: 03 5021 1462

Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 5pm. Closed Christmas Day. Check the website for details about evening theatre and foyer performances - the art centre doors open one hour prior to these performances.