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Notice of intention to deaccession items

The Victorian Arts Centre Trust has resolved to transfer, sell or dispose of 219 items from the State Collection of performing arts material and Public Art Collection, in accordance with Section 18 of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust Act 1979 (Vic) (Act).

The objects that are the subject of this notice are listed here.

Members of the public are advised that they may object in writing to the proposed transfer, sale or disposal of such objects by 15 October 2021. Objections must be put in writing and addressed to: Chief Executive Officer, Arts Centre Melbourne, by mail: PO Box 7585, Melbourne VIC 3004 or by email:

Any objections received will be notified to the Minister for the Creative Industries and will be managed in accordance with section 18 of the Act.


Are you researching the performing arts?

The Research Centre provides access to the Australian Performing Arts Collection and reference library for study into performing arts history. This is a valuable resource for academics, students, historians, genealogists, authors, documentary makers, designers, performers and other arts practitioners. Our researchers come from all around the world, and are studying topics from pop music to vaudeville and early opera.

Using the Research Centre

Research can be undertaken online or by appointment. Our website currently contains a selection of catalogue records for the Australian Performing Arts Collection and most of those for the Public Art Collection.

Reproductions of photographs and documents in the Collection may be ordered subject to copyright obligations and any other restrictions.

To discuss your research or make an appointment to view specific items, contact our Research Coordinator on (03) 9281 8446 or make an online enquiry.

Note that appointments are booked up to four weeks in advance.

Loan Requests

Loan requests from approved museums, galleries and cultural institutions seeking to borrow material from the Australian Performing Arts Collection or Public Art Collection are also received through the Research Centre enquiry form or via phone and forwarded to the appropriate staff.

Frank Van Straten Fellowship 2021

We are delighted to announce that the Frank Van Straten Research Fellowship for 2021 has been awarded to Ms Cathy Pryor. This annual Fellowship offers special access to the Australian Performing Arts Collection and is open for applications in September and then announced in January.

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