Artwork Donations

The City of Whitehorse Art Collection has benefited from a number of generous artwork donations over the years, making it one of Melbourne's largest municipal art collections.

Some items have been donated from deceased estates, while others are from practising artists or generous benefactors. In recent years, several have been donated through the cultural gifts program.

In 2015, the Whitehorse Art Collection was fortunate to receive a number of valuable donations including a very generous donation of Ceramics Victoria's entire collection totalling almost $260,000. After this recent donation, the collection of ceramics numbers close to 300 items. Many of the ceramics are currently on display at the Whitehorse Artspace, in offices and in public areas at the Nunawading Civic Centre, and at the Box Hill and Nunawading libraries.

The collection also benefited from 21 works from the estate of artist Ian Gardiner (1943–2008), an accomplished painter, printmaker and photographer who lectured in printmaking at tertiary colleges (including Box Hill TAFE) for more than two decades. His work has been collected by eminent galleries including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Nantenshi Gallery, Japan; and the National Gallery of Australia as well as regional Victorian galleries. The Artspace will hold an exhibition of Ian Gardiner’s powerful artworks in 2018.

For further information about donating artworks or funds to the Whitehorse Art Collection, call Council’s Senior Arts Officer on 9262 6250.

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