The City of Ballarat uses the Victorian Collections database to catalogue it's extensive public art collection. There are over 120 pieces of public art placed throughout the city and surrounds and new works commissioned annually. The collection is recognised as one of the largest and oldest public art collections in regional Australia. The collection includes permanent works and temporary works are included here as a record of each piece.

Our collection

City of Ballarat Public Art Collection (1870)

There are over 120 works s of public art placed throughout the City of Ballarat, Victoria.

The placement of each piece of public art throughout our city, whether it’s a memorial or a contemporary statement, has been closely discussed, evaluated and considered. Every single piece has been placed at a specific moment in time, highlighting a particular moment, event or person.

Public art is about more than just the works themselves. Each piece signifies a message that people wish to convey and to express what kind of world they are experiencing at a specific point in time.

Public art is important because it’s exactly that – it’s public. It’s free. It’s open to everyone.

From the central Sturt Street Gardens, to pieces in Bridge Mall, the Botanic Gardens and around Lake Wendouree. We have a city-wide collection of art that we treat just like an open-air gallery, through curation, maintenance, and conservation.

As our city grows, it is important that we continually grow and evolve our public art collection.

Themes: Peopling Victoria's Places & Landscapes, Building towns, cities and the garden state, Shaping cultural and creative life