This iconic arts building has an exterior of rusty steel and is juxtaposed with a shiny metal and glass foyer. There are four galleries which showcase contemporary works that range from the weird to the wonderful, and from the diverse to the devious, but always thought provoking.
This trail covers 17 kilometres along the coast from Brighton to Beaumaris. It features signboards celebrating the lives and artwork of notable Australian artists who painted scenes of the Bayside coast in years past. There are also several sculptures that capture the essence of the bay.www.bayside.vic.gov.au
This vibrant arts precinct is situated on the former site of South Melbourne Gas Plant. Surrounded by 4 hectares of gardens, Gasworks hosts hundreds of performing arts events and visual arts exhibitions. There are several gallery spaces, theatres, workshop rooms and a cafe.
Location: Albert Parkwww.gasworks.org.au
This art museum is located at Bulleen, 15 kilometres north-east of Melbourne's city centre. Showcasing a wide array of contemporary art displays, the museum serves up an annual smorgasbord of exhibits arranged by emerging artists across Victoria including pottery, poetry and paintings. It has 6 hectares of buildings and gardens to explore and includes a cafe, sculpture garden, orange groves and a Victorian farmhouse.www.heide.com.au
This gallery is spread across two locations. The St Kilda Road building in Southbank houses an extensive international collection and offers an eclectic array of interesting and diverse art pieces. At Federation square, the Ian Potter Centre is home to an Australian art collection covering both indigenous and non-indigenous works from colonial times to the present.www.ngv.vic.gov.au
Set on almost 2 hectares of gardens in Hull Road, this community arts centre occupies one of Croydon's oldest properties. The "Hayward" home was built in 1924 and now houses a gallery, gift shop and the Conservatory Cafe. Within the gardens are shady picnic areas, outdoor artworks, a function hall and a second home, "Silver Birches", which was built in 1929.