Buxton Contemporary gallery to open soon

Buxton Contemporary, a new gallery located at the University of Melbourne’s Southbank Campus, home to the Victorian College of the Arts, will open to the public in March.

Home to the Micheal Buxton Collection, one of the most significant collections of contemporary Australian art in the country, the new gallery has been made possible by a substantial philanthropic gift and endowment by Michael Buxton and family. Designed by Fender Katsalidis, the museum will include five galleries conceived to showcase the Buxton Collection as well as spaces for teaching. A feature of the building is the largest digital screen of its type in Australia, to be used to showcase digital works and for use during iconic Melbourne arts events.

A passionate art collector, Michael Buxton donated his private contemporary Australian art collection to the University of Melbourne in 2014, in a landmark philanthropic gesture valued in excess of $26 million. The Collection features more than 300 works by 53 of the country’s most significant Australian artists, including Howard Arkley, Ricky Swallow, Tracey Moffat, Emily Floyd and Bill Henson.

Image: The digital screen at the entrance of the Buxton Contemporary, featuring Kate Mitchell's digital video In Time, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery. Photograph James Geer