Current Exhibition

40 Dodds Street
 Southbank VIC 3006 Map

Gallery Hours

Tuesday - Saturday

12pm - 5pm

T: +61 3 9035 9400

Wheelchair accessible - Admission is free



The original version of 'Bottles' was shown in 1994. In 2017, 'Bottles' is even more potent incorporating issues associated with waste, consumerism,recycling and beauty...themes that are in the spotlight as much right now if not more than they were 22 years ago.

Lauren Berkowitz is an Australian installation artist, working mostly with ephemeral and site-specific works that evoke the passage of time and our place within it. Lauren has been at the forefront of art and issues to do with climate change since the early 1990s. Her poetic and compelling installations addressing some of the most pressing aesthetic and social concerns of our time have been included in major national and international surveys of contemporary art.

Image: Lauren Berkowitz, Bottles 1994, glass jars and bottles, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Melbourne photo: Steve Farrelly

Empty Vessels

A passionate collector, philanthropist Margaret Lawrence acquired over 600 pieces of Australian ceramics in her lifetime. The works in Empty Vessels date from the early 1900s to 2005 — the year of Lawrence’s death at the age of 90 when they were bequeathed to the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.

Image: Judith Inkamala, Budgerigars 2000, terracotta.

The Margaret Lawrence Gallery is a contemporary art space located in the heart of Melbourne’s arts precinct. It was established in 2001 to provide crucial links between the VCA School of Art and the University of Melbourne (with its community of academics, artists and students), the wider communities of Victoria and on a national platform.


The gallery performs an integral and generative function within the VCA artistic community and is a showcase for new work, playing an educational role for the Victorian and Australian community.

The gallery offers established practitioners an opportunity to create new work in a supported and critically engaged environment. It also encourages meaningful connections and exchanges between professional artists, academics, students and the wider public.

The program focuses on new work by local, national and international artists. Exhibitions are presented in an environment that fosters critical discussion, as well as an understanding and promotion of visual art and its broader social contexts, with accompanying forums, artist and curator talks, residencies and public lectures. The exhibition program has a strong emphasis on research, developed directly by inviting artists, curators or groups whose work or research is of particular contemporary relevance to devise a project for the space.

The gallery is also responsible for the care and management of the VCA Art Collection, which spans the history of the College and its predecessor, the National Gallery School of Art and the Margaret Lawrence Australian Ceramic Collection.

The Margaret Lawrence Gallery is generously supported by the Margaret Lawrence Bequest.


Director: David Sequeira

Gallery Coordinator: Nicholas Pearce

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