MGA, the Australian home of photography, is one of Australia’s leading public galleries. Our mission is to collect, preserve, present and interpret Australian photography in order to provide cultural enrichment to our audiences through innovative engagement, entertainment and education.
An initiative of the City of Monash, MGA opened in 1990. MGA's vision is for Australian photography and MGA to be valued locally and respected internationally.
The intent of our collection and exhibitions is to create opportunities for members of the community to come together, share knowledge and increase their passion for the arts.
Located in Wheelers Hill, MGA is a key cultural facility and a popular destination for art and photography enthusiasts from across Melbourne.
Entry to MGA is free.
The architecture and sculpture park
MGA is situated on a parkland affording spectacular views of Melbourne's south-east. We acknowledge the traditional owners of this place and pay our respects to their elders both past and present.
The original part of the building was designed by internationally renowned architect Harry Seidler. It remains the only formal art gallery space designed by Seidler. With subsequent additions to the building by Cox Sanderson Ness (2000), MGA is a fine example of contemporary Australian architecture.
Situated in landscaped grounds with stunning views of the Dandenong Ranges, MGA is located on a landmark site once occupied by an early homestead. A sculpture park enables visitors to enjoy their art experience both inside and outside the gallery.
The MGA Collection
MGA holds a collection of over 2 500 nationally significant Australian photographic works. Our growing collection aims to provide a cogent and refined account of Australian photographic practices from the perspective of an art museum. As a result of our efforts to date, MGA is the only cultural institution in the country whose collection is focussed solely on Australian photography.
On average, MGA stages four large exhibition seasons and one art prize each year. MGA’s exhibitions vary in style and size but always relate to the practice and appreciation of photography. The William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize was established in 2006 and aims to promote excellence in photography.
MGA also presents works from its important collection to a national audience through travelling exhibitions.
A range of innovative and stimulating public programs and special events are held in conjunction with exhibitions, including artist talks, guided tours for schools and community groups, and concerts.