The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, located in the coastal town of Mornington, is a cultural hub for both residents and visitors. The gallery was established in 1971 and has since then become a significant part of the Peninsula’s arts scene. In this article, we will explore the history of the gallery, its current exhibitions and programs, and the importance of regional galleries in the broader arts community.
The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery was established as part of the Mornington Peninsula Arts Centre, a joint initiative of the Mornington Peninsula Shire and the Victorian Government. The Arts Centre was created in response to a growing demand for arts and cultural facilities in the region. The gallery opened its doors in 1971 with an inaugural exhibition titled “A Century of Australian Art.”
Over the years, the gallery has become known for its collection of Australian artworks, with a particular focus on contemporary art. The collection includes works in a range of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, and video. The gallery’s exhibition program features both touring exhibitions from other institutions and curated exhibitions from its own collection.
One of the gallery’s most significant exhibitions was “Arthur Boyd: A Life” in 1996, which was the largest retrospective of the artist’s work to date. Boyd was a prominent Australian artist known for his landscape paintings and his depictions of the Australian bush. The exhibition included over 250 works from public and private collections and attracted over 70,000 visitors.