Arts Centre Melbourne presents a year-round program of exhibitions and displays that showcase the breadth and depth of the Australian Performing Arts Collection, and its main collecting areas of circus, dance, music, opera and theatre. These carefully curated exhibitions and displays tell many fascinating stories of Australia’s rich and varied performing arts history, and also complement current productions being staged in Arts Centre Melbourne’s venues.

Throughout the buildings and grounds is also a significant Art Collection of twentieth-century and contemporary Australian art on permanent public display for the enjoyment of all.

Kylie on Stage Exhibition

Geelong Art Gallery is the second regional location to host the Kylie on Stage exhibition, thanks to generous support from Creative Victoria.

This major exhibition celebrates pivotal moments from Kylie Minogue’s highly successful concert tours and has so far only been shown at Arts Centre Melbourne, attracting almost 200,000 people.

Geelong Art Gallery
9 December 2017 – 4 March 2018

Image credit: Kylie Minogue backstage, Showgirl Homecoming tour, 2006. Photograph by William Baker.

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Hermia Boyd & Lola Montez

Hermia Boyd & Lola Montez celebrates the 60th anniversary of the 1958 Australian musical Lola Montez and the work of designer Hermia Boyd. This display features a selection of Boyd’s original costume and set designs for the vibrant production based on the internationally famous dancer’s visit to the Australian goldfields in the 1850s.

Smorgon Family Plaza
20 January – 25 February 2018

Image credit:
Costume design by Hermia Boyd for the title role in Lola Montez, 1958
Gift of Cassandra and Lucinda Boyd, 2017
Arts Centre Melbourne, Australian Performing Arts Collection

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New Acquisitions from Holden Bros. Circus

This display acknowledges the recent gift of fascinating circus objects, photographs and ephemera from the Holden family (siblings Frank, Barry and Maree). Hold Bros. Circus operated from 1892 to the 1990s and was one of the longest running family circuses in Australia.

Hamer Hall
8 February – 22 April 2018

Image credit:
Francis Holden signwriting a circus truck, c.1949
Gift of Frank, Barry and Maree Holden, 2017
Arts Centre Melbourne, Australian Performing Arts Collection

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Celebrating Graeme Murphy

This display draws on Arts Centre Melbourne’s Australian Performing Arts Collection to revisit Glimpses (1976), a work that launched Graeme Murphy’s choreographic career. A selection of costume designs, photographs and memorabilia capture the origins of Murphy’s celebrated artistry and a pivotal work that led to a career spanning 50 years.

Smorgon Family Plaza
3 March – 8 April 2018

Image credit:
Costume design by Clare Robertson for Glimpses, The Australian Ballet, 1976
Gift of Graeme Murphy and Janet Vernon, 2008
Arts Centre Melbourne, Australian Performing Arts Collection

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