The Ian Potter Centre and the NGV in Melbourne are part of the same organisation.
The National Gallery of Victoria has been open since 1861, displaying beautiful art works for you to enjoy.
In 1990 they realized that the gallery was becoming more and more popular. It did not have the space to accomodate everyone.
Therefore, they agreed to redevelop the site.
The Victorian State Government also agreed to the redevelopment and they funded another National Gallery of Victoria. There are now two buildings, the Ian Potter Centre and the other is the NGV at St Kilda Road.
So when you visit the city, there are two great National Galleries of Victoria that you have to see!
Some Information About The Ian Potter Centre
The Ian Potter Centre is a great place to go to when you are in Melbourne, especially, of course, if you are someone who appreciates art. The center can be found at Federation Square on the corner of Russell and Flinders Streets in Melbourne.
The Ian Potter Centre is opened on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5 pm. And on Thursdays the gallery is open from 10am right through until 9pm. It is completely closed on Mondays. You have everyday except Monday, so there are no excuses! Theres plenty of time to visit the galleries.
What’s On in the Ian Potter Centre
Some of the exhibitions that are on show include John Brack his art is one of a kind. His paintings are so real! You would think they are speaking to you. Go have a look and see whether you can work out what John is telling you!
The Top Arts VCE is also available. It features works done by many of the very popular artists. Shared Sky is another theme that consists of stunning works of nature and other subjects. There is also the 2009 Cicely and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award that you wouldnt want to miss, and along with that there is the Australian Collection and the Indigenous Collection. These are all fantastic shows that anyone would like to see.
NGV and the Ian Potter Centre
NGV is only a few hundred metres away from the Ian Potter Centre. Have a look around there, where you can spend some time discussing and understanding the art. So spend a few hours there and then stroll over the bridge to the National Gallery of Victoria. There you can see even more stunning art works.
In order to make sure you get your ticket into the building, it might be a good idea to book your tickets in advance.
The Ian Potter Centre is a must see for everyone who comes to Melbourne.
You haven’t seen Melbourne if you havent seen the Ian Potter Centre!
Things To Do
With the Kids: Three Melbourne Zoos | Puffing Billy | Melbourne Aquarium
Shopping: Queen Victoria Market
Museums/Galleries: Melbourne Museum | National Gallery of Victoria | Ian Potter Centre | Victoria Police Museum | Immigration Museum Melbourne | Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) | Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) | Cook’s Cottage (Fitzroy Gardens)
Going Out / Nightlife: Bars/Pubs | Restaurants | Wine Bars | Crown Casino | Arts Centre Melbourne
Other Things To Do: Eureka Tower | Rialto Tower