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University of Melbourne: Buxton Contemporary: nightshifts

Fender Katsalidis 2018


Buxton Contemporary opened in 2018 at the University of Melbourne’s art school, the Victorian College of the Arts. Designed by renowned architects Fender Katsalidis, the museum is comprised of four public exhibition galleries, teaching facilities, and the largest outdoor screen in Australia dedicated to the display of moving image art.

Buxton Contemporary is the result of a landmark gift to the University by the art collector and property developer Michael Buxton. In 1995, Michael founded the Michael Buxton Collection with the aim of developing a museum quality collection of contemporary Australian art. The Collection acquired individual artists’ work in depth, across media, and over time, while supporting those artists to practice ambitiously.

Within twenty years the Collection had grown to more than 350 major artworks and was widely recognised as one of the most important collections of recent Australian art held anywhere in the world. In 2014, in one of the most significant acts of cultural philanthropy in Australian history, Michael and Janet Buxton donated the Collection to the University of Melbourne, along with funds to build and partially endow a new museum in which to house it.

Since opening on the 7th of March 2018, Buxton Contemporary uses the Michael Buxton Collection as a foundation and inspiration for exhibitions, performance, research, teaching and publishing.

What's On

The nightshifts exhibition considers the importance of solitude through contemporary arts practice. Shifting in and out of focus like a dreamscape, the exhibition looks to the shadows and ‘after hours’ as metaphors for the work and thinking that happens beneath the surface, away from the public gaze: time alone in the studio, during the quiet of the night and while asleep.

Curated by Hannah Presley and Annika Aitken.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 29 + Sunday 30 July
Exhibition open 11am-5pm
No bookings required


Fully wheelchair accessible


All Ages


Buxton Contemporary, Cnr Southbank Boulevard & Dodds Street, Southbank VIC 3006

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