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Buxton Contemporary

Architect: Fender Katsalidis

City of Melbourne | C66

Buxton Contemporary, situated within the campus of the Victorian College of the Arts, showcases the landmark philanthropic gift of the Michael Buxton collection to the University of Melbourne in 2014. Along with funds to build a new museum, and provision for its operation, the gift was intended to provide ongoing public access to one of the most important private collections of contemporary art in Australia.

Comprising more than 350 works by 59 artists and spanning three generations, the Michael Buxton collection was conceived under the guidance of a board of leading art curators and advisors alongside members of the Buxton family. Through a focus on representing individual artists practices in depth, the collection traces the development of key Australasian artists over time, while reflecting the broad scope of contemporary visual art since the 1980’s.

Designed by leading Australian architects Fender Katsalidis and positioned in the heart of Melbourne’s arts precinct, Buxton Contemporary is a space for diverse educational and public programming, while continuing to foster and support contemporary art practice in our region.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 3 & Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm

  • What's Open: Gallery spaces

  • Tour Type: C66

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible, Wheelchair accessible

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Special Programming: Saturday & Sunday 11 am: Buxton Contemporary No one is watching you: Ronnie van Hout exhibition tour Saturday & Sunday 1pm: Fender Katsalidis architectural tour/talk

  • Year Built: 2018

  • Website:

  • Transport: Tram stop: Grant St-Police Memorial/St Kilda Rd on routes 3/3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 and 72

  • Photo Credit: John Gollings


Dodds St and Southbank Boulevard, Southbank 3006, VIC


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