Art collections

Man looking at art in Monsalvat

Nillumbik Shire Council Art Collection contains over 500 works of art of contemporary and historical interest.

The focus of the collection is contemporary and modernist artworks of excellence that reflect Nillumbik's artistic heritage and local culture.

Advice about what council collects is provided by Council’s Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee.

Collection categories

There are three collection categories:

Visual art collection

The visual art collection includes two and three-dimensional contemporary and modernist artworks of excellence of traditional and non-traditional mediums by emerging, mid-career and established artists.

Civic collection

The civic collection includes objects of significance, including memorials and monuments specifically created as artworks, that relate to the social and cultural history of Nillumbik.

Public art collection

The public art collection includes permanent and temporary contemporary art located in public spaces, parks and public facilities around the Shire of Nillumbik. 

Artists in the collection

Some significant Australian artists represented within the collection are: 

  • Clifton Pugh
  • Rick Amor
  • Deborah Halpern
  • Myra and Matcham Skipper
  • John Nixon
  • David Wadelton
  • Siri Hayes
  • Sue Ford
  • Adriane Strampp
  • George Baldessin

Explore the collection online

You can view over 400 items from the art collection online on the Victorian Collections website.

Explore the collection online

View the collection in person

You can view selected items from the art collection in the following locations:

Nillumbik Shire Council
In the foyer of the Civic Drive offices and the Civic Exhibition Space (access is via reception).
Civic Drive, Greensborough

Eltham Community Reception Centre
Main Road, Eltham

Eltham Library
Panther Place, Eltham

Nillumbik Shire Council recently received a grant to produce new display plinths and AV equipment to better create opportunities to view artworks from the collection throughout the Shire. This grant was supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. The Regional Collections Access Program is delivered in partnership with AMAGA Victoria, PGAV, NGV and Regional Arts Victoria. 

Support the collection

Nillumbik Shire Council has deductible gift recipient (DGR) status. This means we have been endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to receive tax deductible gifts. 

The ATO website has more information on deductions for gifts and donations.

More information

For more information about the Nillumbik Shire Art Collection please contact: 

Curator and Collections Management Officer
Phone: 9433 3131