The Collection is a significant cultural asset held in trust by the Council, for the people of Bayside. The Collection aims to:
- nurture a sense of community and shared history;
- assist in developing a sense of identity, pride and place;
- enhance and enrich public spaces;
- promote art and artists as a valuable part of the Bayside community.
The collection has four subcategories: Visual Arts Collection, Cultural Heritage Collection (including Memorials and Monuments), Local Government Collection, and Public Art Collection.
Highlights of the collection range from historical works of art by artists including Clarice Beckett, Charles Douglas Richardson and Margaret Baskerville, as well as artworks by well-known contemporary artists including Stieg Persson, Robert Jacks, Peter Kennedy, Anne Ross and Victoria Reichelt.
The collection largely contains a range of heritage objects relating to municipal and local history, including photographs, documents, plans, maps, furniture, memorials and civic objects, including mayoral regalia, such as robes and chains.
A selection of key items can be accessed online at Victorian Collections.
Management of the collection is governed by an Art and Heritage Collection policy that outlines collection management guidelines and recognises the collection as a valuable community asset and source of Bayside’s cultural identity and pride. View the Art and Heritage Collection policy.
At the ordinary meeting of Council held 17/12/2019 Council approved a recommendation made by the Bayside Arts Board to deaccession a number of textile items from its Art and Heritage Collection as they do not comply with Council’s Art and Heritage Collection Policy.
Council is calling on anyone who donated costumes and textiles to Black Rock House and Billilla Historic Mansion to gallery [at] bayside.vic.gov.au (subject: Textile%20Collection) (contact us) as we begin to deaccession around 200 of these items.
For more information, visit here.
Spotlight on the Collection
In this series, we are going to explore some of the interesting things in Bayside City Council's Art and Heritage Collection.
Support Bayside Gallery
Bayside Gallery is an eligible participant in the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. This program encourages Australians to donate items of cultural significance from private collections to public art galleries, museums, libraries and archives.