The City of Yarra has a diverse range of contemporary, heritage and public art.

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  • Man painted in yellow paint with feathers in his hair

    Howl Your Troubles

    Howl Your Troubles is part of Thompson's self-portrait series Native Instinct. This work was produced while Thompson was an artist in residence at the Australia Council for the Arts Greene Street Studio in Manhattan.
  • Molly statue


    As part of Yarra’s revitalisation works to Wangaratta Street Park, located behind the Corner Hotel, a permanent tribute to local music identity Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum AM has been installed. Created by Australian sculptor Louis Laumen and fabricated by Meridian Foundry in Fitzroy, the larger-than-life-sized bronze statue was made to sit in the context of a celebration of Australian music. 
  • Kiron Robison - You, Me, They, We

    You, We, They, Me

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    This artwork by Kiron Robinson, on permanent display in the Bargoonga Nganjin courtyard garden, was commissioned by Yarra Council as part of the 1% towards intergrated art scheme for new capital building projects over 1 million dollars.
  • Charcoal Lane Mural image by Bernie Phelan

    Celebration Dreaming

    Yarra City Council received a grant through the Department of Justice and Regulation’s Graffiti Prevention Grants 2016-2017 program to commission a Victorian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist to create a meaningful and inspiring artwork across the entire eastern wall of the Charcoal Lane building to focus on Aboriginal identity and culture in Fitzroy and highlight the history and significance of Gertrude Street, this building and this area for the Aboriginal community.
  • Klein, Deborah_Pressed for Time, 2017

    Pressed for Time

    Pressed for Time is part of an ongoing exploration of the absence of women from history, in this case, of Chinese women during the Australian Gold rushes. A detailed study of the period was undertaken, however the women could equally originate from any place or time, including the present.
  • Artwork of silver and white lines over a grey background

    Iteration Silver Field

    In Iteration Silver Field, the exploration of colour and low tonality with quiet, muted, rhythmic tonal shifts of a contemplative nature and the broken moment of pattern call for reflection, allowing the many layers to unfold and reveal themselves.
  • Pool mural by artist Stephen Baker

    Pool Parade

    This mural was produced by local artist Stephen Baker as a ‘gift’ to the City of Yarra as part of Council’s Christmas Program. It is located on the Fitzroy Swimming Pool building on Alexandra Parade in Fitzroy.
  • Carlton Library Rathdowne Street

    Carlton Library Light Boxes

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    The Light Box installation is located on the south wall of the Carlton Library, along Newry Street near the junction of Rathdowne Street, North Carlton.
  • Sculpture in park

    Red running tiger

    Red Running Tiger (Thylacine) was commissioned as one of three artworks by the City of Richmond for the Urban Arts Square project in 1993.
  • Opus 15

    Opus 15

    Opus 15 was commissioned as one of three works by the City of Richmond as part of an Urban Arts Square project in 1993.
  • From Siberia to the Kimberley by John Wolseley

    From Siberia to the Kimberley

    To mark its 30th Anniversary in 2012, Australian Print Workshop in Fitzroy commissioned six leading Australian Artists to collaborate with their Printers to produce an ambitious new suite of work in the print medium. 
  • Falé Machina

    Falé Machina

    Born in New Zealand in 1976 to a Tongan father, Samuel Tupou’s signature is his vivid colour, pop sensibility, industrial materials and street art techniques combined with patterns of traditional Tongan Tapa designs.
  • Wall painting for entrance 2

    Wall painting for entrance

    The three huge colourful shapes of Wall painting for entrance use symmetry, decoration and distortion to create unfamiliar objects that appear to bulge out of, or float away from, the wall.