Buxton Contemporary

Architect: Fender Katsalidis 2018

University of Melbourne Southbank Campus | UoMS01

Building Description

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 the 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 artist 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 art precinct, Buxton Contemporary is a space for diverse educational and public programming, while continuing to foster and support contemporary art practice in our region.

This year Buxton Contemporary has been shortlisted for a Victoria Architecture Award in the category of Public Architecture.

What's On

Gallery spaces are open to public for self-guided tour of the building and Bauhaus Now! exhibition.

Special programming, no bookings required
Saturday 11.30AM – Bauhaus Now! exhibition walk-through with curator Dr Ann Stephen and Professor Philip Goad, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Chair of Architecture, The University of Melbourne and a contributing editor to Architecture Australia.

Sunday 1PM – Fender Katsalidis architectural tour.

University of Melbourne Southbank Precinct Special Events
After years of transformative redevelopment projects across the campus, Open House Melbourne visitors can be amongst the first to see new, world-class spaces come to life. Spend your day visiting buildings join a series of talks, tours, exhibitions and more. Some bookings required.

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Dodds Street and Southbank Boulevard, Southbank 3006, Southbank VIC

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