Art in Melbourne's North

If any of the galleries below tickle your fancy, why not head in and check them out.

Melbourne has long had a love affair with art. Whether that be in the major galleries around the city or hidden down some laneways in the form of Melbourne’s infamous street art, it’s never too far away. This week, we visit some of the best kept art secrets in Melbourne’s north.   

1. Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen

Heide [7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen], as it is affectionately known, began life in 1934 as the home of Melbourne couple John and Sunday Reed and since has evolved into one of Victoria’s most important cultural destinations. Although the museum is now State owned, a significant amount of the collection found around the Heide grounds was assembled by the original owners. The museum sits on 16 acres of land and while much of the collection sits inside the buildings walls, you will also find some modernist sculptures dotted around the property. Wander through the museum before finding the perfect place to sit down and have a picnic with that special someone, but beware, you may feel you are being watched by some of the surrounding sculptures!


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Image credit: John Gollings [Inge King, The Rings of Saturn, 2005-6]

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Heide, Bulleen

2. Incinerator Gallery, Aberfeldi

The Incinerator Gallery [180 Holmes Road, Aberfeldi] is the City of Moonee Valley's centre for visual arts. Offering a curated program of contemporary art, in a Walter Burley Griffin designed incinerator - the only remaining one in Victoria. Although the name is a little frightening, the Incinerator is a community based gallery run by friendly people who are all about giving up-and-coming artists a fair go. Walk around the space and be inspired by the pieces, if you feel the urge to try some painting for yourself the gallery offers art workshops for adults which you can check out here

3. Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Bundoora

Darebin City Council has restored historic Bundoora Homestead [7 Prospect Hill Drive, Bundoora], with the assistance of La Trobe University and the Commonwealth Government through the Federation Fund. In September 2001, the homestead was opened to the community, as a heritage and cultural space. The art centre inside the homestead has rotating exhibitions as well as an extensive collection of art to inspire, inform, engage and connect the local community. The collection is nearly as impressive as the homestead itself, the 14-room mansion and its grounds make for a great day out with any friends or family. 

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​Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Bundoora

4. Ian Potter Museum, Parkville

The Ian Potter Museum [Swanston Street, Parkville] is the University of Melbourne’s art museum. Opened in 1988 it is the largest university-based art museum in Australia and encourages creativity and learning through art. As with many galleries on this list, the building itself is a major reason to visit the gallery. The museum displays art from the University Art Collection, as well as from public and private collections from around Australia and the world. If you visit ‘The Potter’, take the time to check out the university grounds too, you won’t be disappointed! 

5. Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy

The Brunswick Street Gallery [322 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy] provides professional exhibition space to self-representing local and national artists. Artists hire the space for small exhibitions to seek recognition for their art, as well as some money for their pockets. It’s a great gallery to visit to see work from emerging artists and grab a bargain…you never know it may be worth millions in the future!

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Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy

6. Beinart Gallery, Brunswick 

Interested in new movements in art and culture? Head to Beinart Gallery [1 Sparta Place, Brunswick] and you should feel right at home. The gallery prides itself on ushering in the New Contemporary art movement into Australia. New Contemporary at Beinart includes paintings, drawings and sculptures. It’s entertaining, fun and most importantly, different. A great place to take friends to see something unique.

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BeinArt Gallery, Brunswick

7. Gertrude Contemporary, Preston & Collingwood

This not-for-profit gallery and studio has been supporting contemporary art in Melbourne for over 30 years. Known as one of the top contemporary art spaces in Australia, it not only showcases art but educates visitors by giving them an immersive, behind the scenes look at artists in action. Gertrude Contemporary operates from two sites, presenting major exhibitions at 21-31 High Street, Preston South and solo projects by Gertrude Studio Artists at Gertrude Glasshouse, 44 Glasshouse Road Collingwood.

8. Counihan Gallery, Brunswick

Counihan Gallery [233 Sydney Road, Brunswick] exhibits the City of Moreland’s art collection, which consists of over 300 works. The gallery also rotates major exhibitions which can be found on their website. If you visit and would like to learn more about a specific exhibition, the gallery holds free public talks to inform visitors about the work. These events include floor talks, curators' talks, information sessions, panel discussions, workshops and performances. A great place to take family or friends to learn about local art!

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