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Art & culture

Mornington Peninsula

  • Sorrento Gallery, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Absorb some artistic flair amid the heritage ambience and creative dynamism in towns and villages all along the Mornington Peninsula.

Get a feel for the cultural energy created by the peninsula's splendour of sea, sky and diverse landscapes. Take in artistic and cultural experiences ranging from stunning fine art and heritage preservations to engaging community events celebrating an illustrious past and present.

Art in galleries and the outdoor inspiration
Track the works of renowned painters, sculptors, photographers and craftspeople at the peninsula's major galleries. Follow in their footsteps on a stroll along the Sorrento Portsea Artists Trail and other regional walks to discover the scenery that inspired their famed artworks. Delve deeper and browse collections in private galleries and be welcomed into the intimate world of artisan studios.

See contemporary exhibits and browse seminal works by Russell Drysdale, Arthur Boyd, Charles Blackman at the Mornington Regional Art Gallery – host of the Archibald Exhibition in 2013 and 2014. For a day spent indoor and out, take a walk around McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Australia's premier sculpture park and home to the McClelland Sculpture Survey. Wander through the gallery and landscaped gardens and see works by more than 100 major artists, including Lenton Parr, Norma Redpath, Anthony Pryor and Clement Meadmore.

Looking back
Hear the stories of the peninsula's rich history in eclectic museums housed in gracious old mansions and simple homesteads, or alongside dramatic landmarks.