The Ian Potter Museum of Art is the University of Melbourne’s visual arts museum. The collection comprises mostly of Australian art, including the Leonhard Adam Collection which contains Indigenous artworks from Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Asia, America and Africa. In 1946, thirty-six painted barks from Groote Eylandt were given to the university. It is one of the highlights of the Leonhard Adam Collection.
Basil Sellers Art Prize
The Basil Sellers Art Prize offers artists and viewers an opportunity to engage with the broad range of issues and ideas that sport can provoke. The Basil Sellers Art Prize is open to entries in any style and in a broad range of media including photography, film, painting and sculpture. Entries are shortlisted, and successful artists have the opportunity to develop their work over twelve months for a major exhibition held over two levels at the Ian Potter Museum of Art.
The $100,000 prize was established in 2008 and will be awarded biennially until 2016. It is awarded to a single work of art, which then becomes part of Basil Sellers’s collection, and is complemented by a $5,000 People’s Choice award. The 2014 Basil Sellers Art Prize winning work was Tony Albert’s Once upon a time… 2013-14.
The Museum holds exhibitions, lectures, education programs and various social and cultural activities.