Art collection


Our community has a rich history and we place a high value on preserving relevant cultural, heritage and artistic materials. We manage a vast Art Collection, which includes over 500 paintings, photographs, crafts, ceramics, sculptures, monuments and works on paper. The Collection documents our culture, history, environment and people and is located across many of Council’s buildings and facilities including Footscray Town Hall.


The Collection contributes to the celebration and documentation of our cultural, social and historical identity and creates a sense of belonging by reflecting, interpreting and preserving innovative, contemporary and heritage artworks.

 It fosters an understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual and public arts, connects with Maribyrnong’s history, engages with the widest possible audience and supports the creative economy within the local art community and contemporary art practice.

Art and Heritage Collection Policy

Council has an endorsed Art and Heritage Collection Policy.  The Policy refers to Council's indoor and outdoor art and civic history items and provide a curatorial framework for best practice collections management, acquisition, deaccession, exhibition, conservation and maintenance of these works.

You can download the Art and Heritage Collection Policy at at the bottom of this page.

Memorabilia and Civic History Collection

Council is currently cataloguing its memorabilia and civic history works which include items of significance relevant to the social, cultural and political heritage of the municipality and of Council.  

Tour our public art

Check out the Public Art works in your neighbourhood - where are they and who created them?

Tour our street art

StreetWORKS creates innovative visual street art to enliven spaces and discourage graffiti and tagging. Find out where they are and how to get involved.


Image: Karenne Rees, Olympic Donut Van, 2011, Archival pigment print on Museum Portfolio Rag