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The Potter engages with creativity and encourages learning through art. Founded in 1972, the Ian Potter Museum of Art is the University of Melbourne's art museum. Housed in an award-winning building opened in 1998, the Potter is the largest university-based art museum in Australia and a national leader in the field. The Potter manages the University Art Collection, a rich resource of art and artifacts spanning neolithic to contemporary. We are a cultural and educational facility, serving both the campus community and the general public. Embracing research, discovery and debate, the Potter exhibits art from antiquity to the present. We display art from the University Art Collection, as well as from public and private collections from around Australia and the world. Working with living artists, we participate directly in the development of contemporary art. Public programs, publications, and social media encourage engagement, learning and the exchange of ideas. Mission: To collect, preserve, display, interpret and engage with contemporary and historical works of art thereby advancing appreciation of Australia's cultural heritage on a local, national and international level, and supporting the University of Melbourne as a leading teaching and research institution. The Potter acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which we work and create. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded and pay our respects to Elders, past, present and emerging.
2019 redevelopmentDuring our redevelopment the Museum will not be operating standard opening hours. In July, we have closed in anticipation of a major renovation. We are still putting on some public programming here but mostly offsite. Having said that, there is little information on the museum website about the redevelopment so we are unable to tell you anymore. During our redevelopment the Museum will not be operating standard opening hours.
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