The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) is the peak body representing over sixty five art galleries and art museums across metropolitan and regional Victoria. Our role is to support, develop and promote public galleries in Victoria and within the national context.


Is a vibrant, cohesive, professional network of public galleries across Victoria that deliver inspiring visual art experiences which are relevant and accessible to the whole community.


Is to build and strengthen the capacity of public galleries in Victoria to deliver valuable cultural, social and economic returns to their communities. To achieve this mission we act as a broker between our members, the three-tiers of government, the private and philanthropic sectors, education and research institutions, the media and the community.

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The PGAV is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and we receive significant in-kind support from the National Gallery of Victoria.

The PGAV is an incorporated association governed by a Board of Management, which is elected by the membership.  The PGAV Board is comprised of 4 elected representatives from regional galleries, 4 elected representatives from metropolitan galleries, 1 representative from the NGV and 4 co-opted representatives who bring specialised skills and knowledge to the PGAV Board. 

Board members are elected for a term of two years, with a maximum tenure of two terms. The Board is elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting, held in May each year.


1. Colour + line + shape, installation view, Geelong Gallery Learn Space, 2019. Photographer: Andrew Curtis.
2. Visitor viewing artwork by Raphaella Rosella, Not standing still- new approaches in documentary photography launch, Monash Gallery of Art, 2021. Image by Zan Wimberley. Image courtesy of Monash Gallery of Art. 

The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We are an LGBTQIA+ friendly organisation and celebrate cultural diversity.