Arts Flashback

To celebrate Arts Victoria's 40th anniversary we've hit the archives
and uncovered some choice moments in the development of
Victoria's arts sector.

Click on the images below to view the stories and photo galleries, share them with others, and find out how Victoria grew to be the arts and cultural powerhouse it is today.

Albert Tucker Girl, 1951 oil on plywood Purchased with the assistance of the L.J. Wilson Bequest Fund and the Caltex Victorian Government Art Fund, 1982
Albert Tucker. Girl, 1951, oil on plywood. Purchased with the assistance of the L.J. Wilson Bequest Fund and the Caltex Victorian Government Art Fund, 1982

1977

Caltex-Victoria Art Purchase Fund

The Caltex-Victoria Art Purchase Fund was established in 1977 to help Victoria's public galleries acquire artworks to enhance their collections. It began with $6,000 from Caltex Oil (Australia) Pty Ltd, matched by the State.

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The fund contributed to the purchase hundreds of works over a 10-year period including: a set of 18 photographs by Australian photographer Norman Deck for Horsham; a complete set of 19th century Australian ceramics (81 pieces) for Shepparton; and Albert Tucker's 1951 painting Girl for the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

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