10 Aboriginal Art Galleries And Centres In Melbourne

Street Art by Adnate | © Derek Midgely/Flickr
Street Art by Adnate | © Derek Midgely/Flickr
Photo of Matthew Sims
11 April 2017

Aboriginal art has been created for thousands of years, with the oldest rock painting in the world found to be 28,000 years old in the Northern Territory. Over the years, it has taken on many transformations, from a method of storytelling to symbolizing struggles, and to a representation of the contemporary indigenous identity. A small part of this historical and current art scene can be found scattered throughout Melbourne, as well as beyond the confines of the gallery.

The Ian Potter Centre

Tucked away in the central Federation Square building, The Ian Potter Centre is the home of Australian art. Combining both historical and contemporary pieces from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, such as Barak, Judy Watson and Uta Uta Tjangala, it is a home for art across several mediums.

Opening hours: Every day, 10am-5pm

The Ian Potter Centre, Federation Square, Cnr. Flinders & Russell Street, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 8662 1543

Original & Authentic Aboriginal Art

Original & Authentic Aboriginal Art has specialized in providing homemade art from the Northern Territory Indigenous Art Supply (NTAIS). This includes pieces from the Central Western Desert, the Kimberley and Arnhemland. The many works can be viewed and purchased online or seen in person.

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm

Original & Authentic Aboriginal Art, 90 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9663 5133

Vivien Anderson Gallery

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Focusing more on the contemporary side of Aboriginal craft, including sculpture and abstract pieces, Vivien Anderson Gallery allows for delivery of pieces for specific exhibitions elsewhere. However, several exhibitions of the work of specific artists are always around the corner.

Opening hours: Dependent on exhibitions, Wed-Fri 11am-5pm

Outback Aboriginal Art

Outback Aboriginal Art is a way for both renowned and emerging artists from the remote areas of Australia to have their work seen both domestically and internationally. Founded in 1992 by Jennifer Dudley, the gallery is also in talks for exhibitions of the work to be distributed to the United States and Europe.

Opening hours: Every day, 11am-4:30pm

Outback Aboriginal Art, 3 Neave Street, Hawthorn East, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9882 7696

Amagoa Aboriginal Modern Art Gallery of Australia

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Aboriginal Art Made From Sticks
Aboriginal Art Made From Sticks | © Travis/Flickr
Home to one of the largest collections of Aboriginal art in Australia, Amagoa Aboriginal Modern Art Gallery of Australia also travels to different galleries throughout the year. They also provide free advice on how you should build your own collection, with several experienced curators on hand. Wedding receptions or other private viewings can be arranged by appointment.

Opening hours: Every day, 10am-6pm

Bunjilaka Cultural Centre

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Aboriginal Painting
Aboriginal Painting | © Kay Adams/Flickr
Found within the Melbourne Museum, the Bunjilaka Cultural Centre encompasses all walks of life of the Aboriginal people. From the Birrarung Gallery focusing on Aboriginal art from Victoria to the beautiful space of the Milarri Garden, the center has something for all ages and cultures.

Opening hours: Every day, 10am-5pm

The Emily Museum

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Traditional Art Painting
Traditional Art Painting | © Travis/Flickr
The Emily Museum puts the massive amount of pieces from Emily Kame Kngwarreye on display in one place. Featuring more than 200 works, including the 15-meter-long Emily Wall, the Cheltenham warehouse houses her entire life’s work. Adults can visit for $20, while children are $10.

Opening hours: By appointment; Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm

Redrock Gallery

Redrock Gallery has hosted several famous faces over the years, including former American president Bill Clinton and former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd. Restricted to proper collectors only, the gallery houses a number of artists from Australia and around the world.

Opening hours: By appointment only for genuine buyers and collectors

Abie Loy Kemarre exhibition – Bush Leaf Dreaming – 92x197cm / 2009 Courtesy of RedRock Gallery

Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi

Since its inception since 1983, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi has supported its artists first. Its founder, Gabrielle Pizzi, has constantly endeavored to make sure Aboriginal art is acknowledged as an essential part of Australia’s contemporary art scene. Book a time for a journey back and forth through history today.

Opening hours: By appointment only; Wed-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 12pm-6pm

Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, 51 Victoria Street, Fitzroy, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9416 4170

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