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Michael Buxton Photo Joe Armao

Lucid Consulting Australia has recently won the tender to develop the new Michael Buxton Centre of Contemporary Art (MBCoCA), working alongside Fender Katsalidis Architecture.

The new purpose-built art gallery is part of a generous $26M donation from Michael Buxton – a property developer and passionate art collector. Mr Buxton had chosen to donate his private contemporary Australian art collection to the University of Melbourne and will use the new art gallery to house and showcase his collection to students, researchers and the general public.

The construction of the gallery, located within the University of Melbourne’s Southbank Campus, will involve refurbishment and extension of the existing heritage listed site on the corner of Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street, Southbank.

Established in 1996, the Michael Buxton Collection features more than 300 works by 53 of the country’s most significant artists – including Howard Arkley, Ricky Swallow, Tracey Moffat, Emily Floyd and Bill Henson. The collection encompasses a broad range of visual media, ranging from painting, photography and drawings to sculptures and installations.

Photo: Michael Buxton with one of his donated artworks - Howard Arkley's A Large House And Garden 1997 (Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 213 x 305cm, ©The Estate of Howard Arkley, Courtesy Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art). Photo credit: Joe Armao.