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The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia is home to NGV’s Collection of Australian art. NGV Australia opened in November 2002 with the generous support of The Ian Potter Foundation. In December 2008, NGV Australia welcomed its 6 millionth visitor.
NGV Australia has a collection of over 26,000 works, including paintings, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings, sculpture, fashion and textiles and jewellery. It presents the story of Australian art through a comprehensive program of permanent and temporary exhibitions across 6000 square meters of exhibition space.
In 2004, Dr Joseph Brown OBE, AO gifted a significant part of his collection to the Gallery. More than 150 works from Australia’s most respected 19th and 20th century artists are now on permanent display at NGV Australia.
NGV Australia has the most comprehensive collection of Australian art. The collection of over 26,000 works, includes paintings, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings, sculpture, fashion and textiles and jewellery.
Since 1985, when funds were first allocated for the purchase of indigenous art, the NGV has built what is now regarded as a pre-eminent collection of over 2600 Indigenous Australian works in a wide range of media. The gallery’s Indigenous collection is unique in its focus on communities of artists rather than individuals and its strong contemporary emphasis.
Highlights from the Australian collection include six William Barak drawings, Emily Kame Kngwarray’s Big yam Dreaming, Sidney Nolan’s Footballer, Tom Roberts Shearing the rams, Frederick McCubbin’s The Pioneer and many more.