Port Phillip City Collection

The Port Phillip City Collection (PPCC), dating from 1855, celebrates the social, cultural, political and artistic development of the City of Port Phillip and its former municipalities of Port Melbourne, South Melbourne and St Kilda.

Thomas Clark (1814-1883), Red Bluff (Elwood Before Levelling). Oil on canvas 43 x 68 cm

About the Collection

Comprising contemporary and historic art, heritage furniture, photographs, memorials and monuments, public art and civic material, the PPCC tells stories of the history of the municipality, its cultural identity, its artistic legacy and contemporary practice. It recognises the people and places which provide its tangible and intangible heritage and unique character.

Council acknowledges the significant Indigenous identity, past and present, of the area now comprising the City of Port Phillip in numerous ways, one of which is through collection of contemporary art.

Port Phillip City Collection Policy 2019 (DOCX 284 KB)

Port Phillip City Collection Policy 2019 (PDF 720 KB)

CoPP_Art-and-Soul_Creative_Prosperous_City_Strategy (PDF 720KB)

Access to the Collection

View the Port Phillip City Collection online. Image Reproduction Services are available for Collection items for study and research, exhibition and publication.   

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Henry Smith, Man, Dog, Boat, 1994. Fibreglass, wood, stainless steel, aluminium and brass. Located at the corner of Graham Street and Ingles Street, Albert Park (Gasworks Arts Park).

Visit our Collection

The Port Phillip City Collection is on display in public spaces, indoors and outdoors, across our City.

Our memorials and monuments and public artworks are located in our parks, along the foreshore, in reserves and outside our civic buildings.

New to the Collection

The Port Phillip City Collection is an active public collection developed and grown through donation and acquisition in accordance with the criteria set out in the Port Phillip City Collection Policy.

Ross Coulter Dishes 2019 digital photograph 100 x 150

Julie Shiels, All that remains, 2005 © Julie Shiels. Courtesy of the Artist

Archived exhibitions

View past art and heritage collection exhibitions 

Looking after our Collection

The City of Port Phillip recognises the importance of the municipality's cultural and artistic heritage to our community. The Port Phillip City Collection is professionaly managed in line with international museum standards.

Handling heritage plans

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