The Nillumbik Art Collection has over 400 works of art including 16 sculptures in public places throughout the Shire. Art works are sourced through the Nillumbik Art Award, donations from community groups and Shire Presidents and Mayors who have donated a work at the end of their term.
Nillumbik Shire Council highly values the Nillumbik Shire Art Collection and is the custodian on behalf of Nillumbik's residents. The collection is an important Shire asset, not only in monetary value, but also for the public outcomes in:
- Fostering understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual and public arts
- Enhancement of public spaces of the Shire of Nillumbik and development of community wellbeing and place making through the arts
- Engaging with the widest possible audience
- Supporting economic development and the creative economy within the local art community and contemporary art practice.
Permanent or temporarily installed site-specific contemporary art integrated into public space, parks or public facilities designed to stimulate the community and enhance a sense of place. Public art can include such genres as:
- Permanent two or three-dimensional visual art, craft or design
- New media such as projection and digital artworks
- Ephemeral installations and artworks with a limited lifespan.
The visual art collection includes two and three-dimensional contemporary and historical visual artworks of excellence of traditional and non-traditional mediums by emerging, mid-career and established artists.
The Nillumbik Shire memorabilia collection includes objects and artworks of significance that relate to the social and cultural history of the Shire of Nillumbik and of Council.