Image: Elizabeth Blair Barber,  Gingin Landscape  (Detail) c1960s, oil on canvas on board, acquired in 2014 by the Shire of Mundaring Art Collection

Image: Elizabeth Blair Barber, Gingin Landscape (Detail) c1960s, oil on canvas on board, acquired in 2014 by the Shire of Mundaring Art Collection

Shire of Mundaring Art Collection

Established in 1985, the Shire of Mundaring Art Collection is a unique and richly varied body of artworks that focuses on the eastern region and the Shire of Mundaring.

Featuring a diverse array of paintings, works on paper, photography, textiles and sculpture the collection documents the development of artists and the visual arts community in the region over the past 30 years and more.

Renowned artists such as David Gregson, Guy Grey Smith and Robert Juniper spent large and formative periods of their careers in the hills and are strongly represented in the Collection. Many of these artists were founding members of the Mundaring Arts Centre (est. 1979) and the Collection is a record of the evolution of the Arts Centre as a vibrant community arts space presenting exhibitions of distinction.

The Collection also features a number of contemporary works and the continued acquisition of work by artists living or working in, or with a strong connection to, the region ensures a strong link to the community.

The annual Shire Acquisition Exhibition, held at the Mundaring Arts Centre, is the primary source of new acquisitions and features a rotating format of open, invitational and retrospective exhibitions. This ensures the regular acquisition of works of both historical and contemporary significance.

The Collection is managed by the Mundaring Arts Centre which is responsible for maintaining high standards of management, conservation and acquisitions in accordance with current museum practice. 

Shire of Mundaring Art Acquisitions


Entries for the 2019 Shire of Mundaring Open Art Acquisition Exhibition are now open.

The routes through Mundaring have been travelled by many. Some have journeyed to the hills for economic opportunities while others have remained to call this picturesque landscape home for generations. An ongoing flow of different peoples has cultivated a diverse regional character, rich in talent, skill and personal stories. Whether spending a short, long, transitory, or continuing presence in the Hills region, Mundaring has developed into a community that values its connections to its past while inspiring a creative future.

The Acquisition exhibition for 2019 is an Open format, for which artists are invited to respond to the theme of place and space by creating works that explore their material and/or intangible connections to the Shire of Mundaring. Artists are encouraged to reflect and explore these connections and articulate this via their art work.

Entries due 5pm Friday 11 January 2019

Exhibition opens Friday 8 February and continues until 31 March.

2018 Exhibition - landscapes of the mind

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2017 EXHIBITION - Note to Self | Ben Joel Retrospective 

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2016 Exhibition - Migration & Settlement

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2015 Exhibition - In-Material

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2014 Exhibition - Women of the Hills: Influential artists from the 1930s to 1980s 

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2013 Exhibition - Open Art Acquisition 

2012 Exhibition - Setting Their Sights: The Perth Group