Melbourne is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. And it’s often through art that society expresses its sense of self – or allows you to view it from another lens. Locally made art is a cornerstone of the City of Port Phillip.
COVID-19 restrictions have meant many local artists haven’t been able to share their works with you. Luckily, there are still plenty of ways you can buy locally made art and support Victorian artists.
Space2b Social Design
Space2b is an art and design social enterprise that helps connect newly-arrived migrants and refugees with community-based designers. Together, they exchange ideas, form creative and business skills, and build on their financial independence.
Space2b is a safe space with a unique range of creative workshops. Located on Chapel Street in St Kilda, it includes a:
• Retail outlet
• Design studio
• Training centre
• Meeting room
• Small business hub.
Through Space2b’s online shop, you can browse its impressive range of art and handcrafted creations, including:
• Australian-inspired products
• Bath and body goods
• Home and living items
• Kids, baby, men’s, and women’s clothing.
St Kilda Esplanade Market is a must-visit for all art and craft lovers. Handmade, artisan creations span from the mouth of Luna Park to the end of the Esplanade, ready for you to explore every Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.
With only the best Australian-made products on show, this Melbourne icon has been a platform for local artists for the last 50 years.
Start your slow Sunday morning with a visit to this art haven. (And don’t worry, there are plenty of COVID-19 prevention measures in place to keep you safe).
Vivien Anderson Gallery
Vivien Anderson Gallery is a specialist gallery showcasing Indigenous Australian artists. For more than 30 years, the gallery has highlighted major and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual arts.
You can explore the current exhibition with their virtual tour . This online tour will show you not only each spectacular artwork hanging in the gallery, but also the details, including price.
Nestled in St Kilda, the Jackman Gallery is one of Melbourne’s major contemporary art galleries. Representing a selection of established and emerging painters, sculptors and photographers, you can see the best of Australian art.
If you’d like professional guidance to find the right artwork for your home or office, they also offer art consultancy.
Australian Tapestry Workshop
The Australian Tapestry Workshop in South Melbourne is an internationally acclaimed centre for contemporary hand-woven tapestries. Balancing the best of traditional 15th century techniques, these artists bring an innovative and vibrant spin to their pieces.
Browse the Australian Tapestry Workshop’s online shop to find everything from cards and postcards of tapestries, to kids waving kits, to publications and yarn in every colour of the rainbow.
The Torch is a not-for-profit organisation that gives artistic, cultural and vocational support to Indigenous men and women both in prisons and post-release in Victoria.
The Torch website states that Indigenous Australians make up around 2 per cent of the Australian population yet represent 28 per cent of the national prison population. The Torch provides a light for members of this community, helping them express themselves through artmaking.
The Torch’s CEO, Kent Morris, describes this as a way to “reconnect some of the fragments of cultural dislocations and put the pieces back together.”
You can browse and buy any artwork online – with 100% of sale proceeds going directly to the artist. Your support helps build confidence and a path to financial stability.
Melbourne’s heart of art and crafts
The City of Port Phillip is proud of our strong ties to the artistic community. Now more than ever, your support means the world to local artists.
To discover more local artists, places to go and things to do, check out our blog page.