The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne

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The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia houses the Australian part of the art collection of the National Gallery of Victoria. It is located at Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia.

There are over 20,000 Australian artworks, including paintings, sculpture, prints, photography, fashion and textiles, and the collection is one of the oldest and most well known in the country.

The Ian Potter Centre is a legacy of the businessman and philanthropist Sir Ian Potter. Well-known works at the Ian Potter Centre include Frederick McCubbin's The pioneer and Tom Roberts' Shearing the Rams. Also featured are works from Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, Albert Tucker, Arthur Streeton, John Perceval, Margaret Preston, Bill Henson, Howard Arkley and Fred Williams.

Indigenous art includes works by William Barak and Emily Kngwarreye.

The design of the Ian Potter Centre was commissioned to Lab Architecture Studio in association with Bates Smart Melbourne, headed by Peter Davidson and Donald Bates. Their work has since earned them The RAIA National Award for Interior Architecture as well as the Marion Mahony Interior Architecture Award.
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  • This is located next to Federation Square (access can be gained through The Atrium) and contains Australian Art from the 19th and 20th centuries. Entry is free for the permanent exhibitions but a fee ...  read more »
  • I enjoyed the Australian art work, particularly the paintings from over the last 100 years...significant pieces. 
  • Visiting the Ian Potter Centre is a great and varied experience with art displays and many other interesting activities 
  • Fantastic art; unexpectedly good. Very quiet and peaceful gallery. Well located (and free) so definitely worth strolling in. Can be a bit tricky to find though (from federation square, head to the top of the hill and then enter into the big glass building and go down some steps, then the entrance is just infront of you)
  • Always well curated. Free exhibitions are as good as the curated ones. Plus I've never met a museum gift shop I didn't like and this one is excellent.
  • Great art pieces: indigenous and from 19th/20th Century. There are some modern art items too. Large collection. See it and feel it...amazing...paintings, sculptures, etc... Some thing worth visiting..Free entry in most parts of the gallery. There is a separate gallery for displaying indigenous art.
  • Unbeatable range, always worth a visit! My personal favourite is the Australian art both Indigenous and Settler
  • Really great selection of art to satisfy those looking for something old and new
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