Yarra’s Art and Heritage Collection includes around 900 items which range from memorabilia, heritage items to a growing contemporary fine art collection.

Gitmo Bay Souvenirs created by artist Penny Byrne

We are committed to building on our collection through acquisition, commissioning and donations. Our Collection Management Policy guides all decisions related to Council management of the collection and outlines our role as cultural custodian of the collection. The Collection Management Policy Operational Guidelines detail how we acquire, de-accession, display, exhibit, conserve and care for the collection.

We are a participating institution of the Gultural Gifts Program which offers tax incentives to encourage people to donate cultural items to public art galleries, museums, libraries and archives in Australia. 

You can view a selection of the collection in the Gallery 

We have received donations of artworks from artists and collectors and in particular acknowledges the very generous donations by Dr Jonathan Hartley. 

Image: Penny Byrne, Gitmo Bay Souvenirs. Closing Down Sale, All Stock Must Go!, 2010, vintage porcelain figurines, epoxy resin, metal chains, re-touching medium, powder pigments