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.
Ararat Regional Art Gallery is the thirdregional 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.
Ararat Regional Art Gallery
3 August - 7 October 2018
Kylie Minogue backstage, Showgirl Homecoming tour, 2006.
Photograph by William Baker.
Explore some of Melbourne’s majestic theatres that are now sadly lost to history, and celebrate those that continue to distinguish this city as a cultural destination. Rare photographs and artefacts from the Australian Performing Arts Collection allow historic venues such as the Salle de Valentino to be enjoyed by patrons once more. This display is presented by Australian Performing Arts Collection Research Service in partnership AusStage.
Smorgon Family Plaza
21 April – 8 July 2018
Illustration of the Salle de Valentino, Corner of Collins and Spring Streets, c.1870’s
Since 1999, The Production Company has serenaded State Theatre audiences with three musicals a year. To celebrate their 20th birthday year, this exhibition showcases the company’s rich history.
Smorgon Family Plaze
14 July - 26 August, 2018
Rohan Browne as Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz
As Barry Humphries takes to the stage as himself in The Man Behind the Mask, this display provides further insight into Australia’s great creator of comedy characters.
5 May - 17 July, 2018
Barry Humphries, London, 1979
Photograph by John Timbers
Donated by The Sidney Myer Fund in honour of Geoffrey Cohen, Trustee 1992–2003
Arts Centre Melbourne, Australian Performing Arts Collection
Artist and musician Jon Campbell has created a dazzling new neon installation at The Channel in Hamer Hall.
30 June - 8 August 2018
Jon Campbell, Sing What You Feel, Commissioned in 2018
Photography by Rebecca McCauley