Mildura Arts Centre

GALLERY Mildura 2

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.

Permanent Collection

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.

Online collection
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
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. 

Opening Hours
10am - 2pm daily, and for all performances and events.

For all bookings, contact Mildura Arts Centre on (03) 5018 8330.


Mildura Arts Centre
199 Cureton Avenue
Mildura VIC 3500
T: 03 5018 8330
E: gallery@mildura.vic.gov.au
W: milduraartscentre.com.au

Opening Hours
Open Daily: 10am - 5pm
Closed Good Friday & Christmas Day
Anzac Day: 1pm to 5pm 
Entry is Free

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Image: Sandra Hill, Double Standards, 2015. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 2016 with the support of Warwick Hemsley and The Hon Melissa Parke, to mark Mr Hemsley's tenure on Council and in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum.
Mildura Arts Centre
26 Jul 2019 - 13 Oct 2019
Image: William Nicholas Rowell, Blue and Gold Bush (detail), Oil on canvas stretcher, Mildura Arts Centre Collection, Hilda Elliott Bequest 1970.
Land, Place and Country
Mildura Arts Centre
8 Aug 2019 - 20 Oct 2019
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