The outdoor gallery rich in artistic and cultural history.
When we think of a gallery, nine out of ten of you would picture an indoor space with paintings and small sculptures. The Mornington Peninsula has become known for significant outdoor large and bold sculptures, which we have embraced as they adorn our large park and estate settings.
As we near International Sculpture Day on April 29, we review our original outdoor gallery and discover why it is rich in artistic and cultural history.
McClelland has been challenging the art gallery scene since it opened in 1971. Set in the natural bushland in Langwarrin, the gallery is the legacy of sibling artists Harry and Annie May McClelland. Harry's original studio still sits proudly on the property today, a lovely nod to its beginnings.
On display, you will find an outdoor collection of over 100 pieces by prominent Australian sculptors collected over its rich 52-year history. A journey around the gallery is on gravel-pathed trails, winding throughout the property to reveal one display after another. One of the best to wander is the Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Walk, named after the Dame due to her significant role in the gallery. The walk is pretty and unveils some of the site's most iconic pieces.
A visit to the gallery is one of the many great things to do on the Mornington Peninsula and is an easy drive at under 45 minutes from Melbourne. The gallery has created a place where you can bring the entire family.
Aside from the outdoor gallery, there are also three indoor traditional gallery rooms to explore. Harry's Cafe is a great place to perch and enjoy local flavours over a casual coffee or hearty lunch.
Top Local Tip!
If you travel to the region during summer or autumn, McClelland holds an event called Tailwaggers at 10 am every Thursday. The event encourages dog lovers to bring their fur friends for a walk around the park.
To celebrate International Sculpture Day, McClelland is offering free entry. Free tours will also be run on the hour between 10 am-2 pm, and although they are free, bookings are essential.
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