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.
WA Maritime Museum Fremantle will host the touring Kylie on Stage exhibition.
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.
WA Maritime Museum Fremantle
16 Feb - 9 Jun 2019
Kylie Minogue backstage, Showgirl Homecoming tour, 2006.
Photograph by William Baker.
Walk the road to fame with two of Australia’s most celebrated performers.
Melbourne produced two international stars of classical music – Nellie Melba and Percy Grainger – in the decades surrounding Federation. Objects of Fame showcases these two extraordinary Australians, drawing on objects from Arts Centre Melbourne’s Australian Performing Arts Collection, and the Grainger Museum.
21 September 2018 – 31 March 2019
Grainger Museum: Gate 13, Royal Parade, Parkville
The Australian Performing Arts Collection is custodian of the colourful dramatic masks, costumes and props designed and made by Mirka Mora for the 1979 Hoopla! production of Medea, Playbox Theatre, Melbourne. This small display is a tribute to the unbridled creative spirit of this prolific and celebrated artist, who sadly passed away this year.
10 November 2018 to 14 July 2019
Velik Foyer, Hamer Hall
Mask designed and made by Mirka Mora for the Messenger in Medea
Hoopla! Playbox Theatre, Melbourne, 1979.
Gift of Playbox Theatre Company, 1980
Artist Louise Paramor has created a group of four sculptures specifically for the terrace outside Café Vic
Using found objects, Paramor has created playful towers that beckon for interpretation...
Cafe Vic Terrace until 22 Apr, 2019