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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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