MGA is the Australian home of photography. We champion Australian photography, and inspire audiences to embrace, explore and value photography. As Australia’s leading public art gallery devoted to the collection and exhibition of photography, we engage local, national and international audiences in arts and cultural experiences.
An initiative of the City of Monash, MGA opened in 1990. Located in Wheelers Hill, MGA is a key cultural facility and a popular destination for those interested in art and photography 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 almost 3400 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.