A year of celebration for VCA ART150 kicks off in March

March 17 / 191

One of the famous 9x5 cigar box lid works now in the collection of the NGS, Charles Conder, Dandenong from Heidelberg (c.1889)
One of the famous 9x5 cigar box lid works now in the collection of the NGS, Charles Conder, Dandenong from Heidelberg (c.1889)

Throughout 2017, the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) will celebrate 150 years of art in Melbourne, a lineage that began with the VCA’s predecessor institution, the National Gallery of Victoria Art School, in 1867. 

Among the many notable alumni to have come through the school are iconic figures such as Tom Roberts, Sidney Nolan and Margaret Preston; and internationally-renowned contemporary artists such as Patricia Piccinini, Bill Henson, Sally Smart and Louise Hearman. 

Among the many highlights for the year is the 9 x 5 Exhibition in June, inspired by a National Gallery of Victoria exhibition in the 1890s of the same name featuring works of alumni such as Frederick McCubbin and Arthur Streeton painted on cigar box lids.

More than 300 VCA alumni have been invited to submit a work of nine inches by five inches to be exhibited in the Margaret Lawrence Gallery and offered for sale, with proceeds going towards the newly-created ART150 Scholarship.

The ART150 celebration starts in earnest this month, with the launch of the full public events program, newly-commissioned articles and essays, videos and interviews, social media, and the ART150 website.

Editorial Enquiries

Editor: Katherine Smith
Phone: 8344 7263
Email musse-editor@unimelb.edu.au

Got a story?

Staff are encouraged to submit stories. There are some important steps in preparing a media-ready story.  Email musse-editor@unimelb.edu.au

Share/Save