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Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

Find Your Way Since its establishment in 1971, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (MPRG) has grown to become one of Australia's leading regional galleries, renowned for its exhibition program of Australian and international art. The Gallery conducts lectures, artist talks and workshops and often has an interactive children's space with hands-on activities for kids.

The exhibition Max & Olive focuses on the work of two photographers who shared their lives and studio for much of the 1930s and 1940s before going their separate ways. Max Dupain and Olive Cotton contributed enormously to 20th century Australian photography with Dupain ultimately being regarded as ‘Australia’s most respected and influential black and white photographer’ of this period. His famous 1937 work Sunbaker features in this exhibition. This is the first exhibition to look at the work of key photographers Olive Cotton and Max Dupain as they shared their lives, studio and professional practice.

Iconic Australian Houses: an exhibition by Karen McCartney explores 31 of the most architecturally important Australian homes of the past 60 years. The exhibition begins in the 1950s with the works of a new breed of Australian architects, and culminates in key works from some of Australia’s contemporary masters. This important exhibition looks beyond the physical structures to shine a light on the stories of the architects and clients. The houses featured are brought to life through vivid photography, rich illustrations, 3D models and filmed interviews with the architects who designed the homes and the people who commissioned and live in them.

IMAGE 1: Max Dupain, Sunbaker 1937 gelatin silver photograph National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of the Philip Morris Arts Grant 1982

IMAGE 2: The Buhrich House II, architect Hugh Buhrich. Photograph © Michael Wee

  • Special Features:
Exhibition dates: 12 May – 9 July
Exhibition admission fees: $4 adults / $2 concession

Free guided tours every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.
Family activity space, with free hands-on activities
Light refreshments in Gallery café
Gallery gift shop
Parkland for picnics, nearby playground and rose garden
Wheelchair and pram friendly, disabled toilets
family friendly, creative, low cost, indoors, air conditioned comfort, free kids activities

School holiday programs for 5-12 year olds, VCE programs, workshops for children, interactive kids activities, free drop-in activities for children, playground and skate park nearby, walk or picnic around the lake
  • Opening Hours:
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm, closed Mondays, except on public holidays
  • Child Friendly:
Civic Reserve, Dunns Road
Mornington VIC 3931
Mel Ref:154 G4
Phone: 03 5975 4395
Fax: 03 5977 0377
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