In 1950, Rio Vista was purchased for £18,000.00 and converted into an art gallery. Back in 1944 a valuable art collection was bequeathed to the Mildura City Council by Senator RD Elliott, owner of the Elliott Newspaper Group. The bequest was on the condition that a suitable place be found to house the collection. Several rooms in Rio Vista including the conservatory were converted for display purposes and many of the original surfaces were painted over. Conversion into the Mildura Art Gallery saved the house from probable demolition and subdivision of the surrounding grounds.
Today, the Gallery’s five spaces display a rotating program of exhibitions throughout the year. The exhibition program boasts a vibrant and engaging mix of temporary exhibitions of selected collection works, contemporary local artist exhibitions, touring exhibitions and the work of visiting artists.
The regional gallery and Permanent Collection is one of Victoria’s best kept secrets. The foundation bequest of Senator RD Elliott and Mrs Hilda Elliott includes the largest single collection of paintings by Anglo-Irish artist Sir William Orpen. Visitors are also astonished to find a pastel by Edgar Degas, Femme a la baignoire se coiffant, as well as works by Sir Frank Brangwyn and a number of important Australian artists.
getting to the gallery
Access to the gallery is through the big glass doors at the main entrance of Mildura Arts Centre.
Mildura Arts Centre offers a range of services and facilities to make it more accessible. Please contact us on (03) 5018 8330 to discuss individual requirements.
Wheelchair access is available from the street or the car park at the rear of Mildura Arts Centre. Entrance to the theatre auditorium is via main doors 1 or 2.
Areas Without Wheelchair Access
Theatre auditorium doors 3, 4
Galleries 3, 4, 5
Rio Vista Historic House
Situated in beautiful surrounds overlooking the Sculpture Park and the Rio Vista fountain, the fully licensed cafe offers a seasonal menu embracing local produce and supporting local businesses.
10am - 2pm daily, and for all performances and events.
For all bookings, contact Mildura Arts Centre on (03) 5018 8330.