The Johnston Collection, Melbourne

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The Johnston Collection (TJC) is a multi award-winning and critically acclaimed museum situated in leafy East Melbourne that invites creatives from the broader visual arts and design communities to re-interpret the Collection through a regular program of re-installation and interventions of the permanent collection.  

The museum has a superb collection of English Georgian, Regency, and Louis XV fine and decorative arts, and objet d’art which was a gift from William Robert Johnston (1911-1986) to the people of Victoria.  Johnston was a prominent Melbourne-born antique dealer, real estate investor and collector. The Collection is displayed in a constantly changing domestic setting, in his former residence, Fairhall, an historic East Melbourne townhouse.

Since it first opened to the public in 1990, The Johnston Collection has been inviting creatives from contemporary art and design communities to create dialogues with its collection. In keeping with William Johnston's wish that Fairhall be rearranged, the Collection is guest-curated and re-imagined regularly. So, like a public art gallery, its interior rooms are dedicated to regular rehangs and reinterpretations.The museum also offers special exhibitions, study days, lectures and workshops throughout the year, sharing stories and inspiring communities.

TJC encourages challenges to traditional making, thinking and practice through contemporary responses to the Collection, along with more customary responses that reflect historical techniques, materials and making. As such, the permanent collection is not static - with commissioned projects from invited contemporary creatives who draw on this collection, as well as creating new works based on their own practices for their installations, their reinterpretations.
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  • This place is hidden right in the middle of Melbourne CBD. It has a very beautiful collection of antiques. This is because if someone has been living there! We weren’t meant to visit, but the...  more »
  • Fantastic display of a variety of artworks. Glad we got to see it (on the second last day!). The guide was amazing with her knowledge of the Collection as a whole and the current exhibition. Easy.....  more »
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  • Excellent display of period furniture as setting for current art works and crafts. Guided yourself groups which are very well organised
  • Exquisite and diverse antique collection accompanied by contemporary artworks created in response to them. The staff members are adorable ladies with vast knowledge in the history of each items and were wonderful to chat to. I enjoyed every seconds of my two hours at the TJC and i’d definitely return for the next exhibition.

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