We oversee a number of public artworks, significant civic historical monuments and memorabilia within Moonee Valley.
What is in our collection?
We divide our collection into three specific areas including:
- Visual artwork housed within civic buildings throughout Moonee Valley
- Public art which is outdoor artwork created for the public domain
- Heritage items which includes some civic related memorabilia and monuments
The Moonee Valley Art Collection Acquisition Policy
The Moonee Valley Art Collection Policy recognises the need to maintain and develop the collection.
Acquisitions are purchased through public art commissions, donations, art prizes or the council budget but it must meet the following criteria:
- Demonstrates relevance to the people, past, present and future of Moonee Valley
- Can be integrated with our cultural programs including infrastructure projects
- Possesses significant historical relevance, including early depictions of the landscape and indications of the Aboriginal presence
- Is appropriate for the proposed location
- Will be publically visible and accessible
- Is the highest affordable quality
- Is an original work or limited edition sign and numbered by the artist
Contact the Arts and Culture team on 9243 8888 for more information.
Temporary Public Art Projects in Moonee Valley
A series of temporary public art projects across Moonee Valley have been unveiled to reactivate our underutilised popular public spaces, creating more opportunities for the community to engage with a diverse range of high quality artworks.
The projects began in response to recommendations found through community consultations with residents when developing the 2014-2018 Arts and Culture Plan and overarching strategic direction set in the 2012 Council Plan.
Mt Alexander Road Public Art Initiative
The Mt Alexander Road Public Art Initiative is a trial public art program that sees the installation of temporary rotating artworks at Moonee Ponds Junction. The program began in October 2014 and will continue for a period of 24 months, concluding in October 2016.
Current artwork installed:
Adam Stone, A Fall From Grace (Self Portrait Crash) 2, 2015, Polyurethane, fibreglass, steel, automotive paint
Previous artworks installed:
Cacophony (2012) by Karleena Mitchell
Cat (2010) by Dean Bowen
Tenjen (2013) by Robert Hague
Dream Dome (2013) by Frank Veldze and Susan Donisthorp
What are you waiting for? (2013) by Julie Collins and Derek Johns
Avondale Heights Library
A new temporary public art site was unveiled in February 2016 in the garden of the award-winning Avondale Heights Library. The temporary art site is an extension of the Mt Alexander Road Public Art Initiative and seeks to create more opportunities in the community to engage with contemporary art.
Current artwork installed:
Mike Nicholls, Guardian Spirit, 2008, Red Gum wood
Mike Nicholls’ practice revolves around the idea of tribalism within contemporary society and is influenced by art from other cultures including Oceanic art. Guardian Spirit is made from one piece of red gum and expresses ideas of the totem as a protecting influence that guards the individual through daily life.
The Billboard Project
Brightening up the streets of Niddrie and Flemington, The Billboard Project is a new public art project, led by the Incinerator Gallery which offers passers-by beautiful contemporary photography to view in our shopping districts. The photographs will be rotated every two to three months and all can be seen from standing in one position at each site, creating the experience of being in a gallery on the street.
Niddrie - Keilor Road
A series of images from Melbourne artist Zoe Croggon. Corggon's work consists of sculpture, video and found photographs. Her collage work considers the relationship of the kinetic body to its surroundings, questioning the role we play in our environment.
Flemington - Pridham Plaza and Pin Oak Crescent
A series of images from Melbourne artist Clare Rae. Rae's practice utilises the boyd, gesture and performative photography to explore feminine representation.