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Arts Centre Melbourne to Present 'The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame' Exhibition

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The Age Music Victoria Awards 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame exhibition


A celebration of Victoria's music greats from Arts Centre Melbourne's Performing Arts Collection



Celebrating the tenth anniversary of The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame, this star studded exhibition highlights the musical careers of this year's inductees: AC/DC, Bill Armstrong, John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John, the Palais Theatre, Archie Roach, Stan Rofe, The Seekers, Sunbury Festival and The Thunderbirds. It can be seen at Arts Centre Melbourne's St Kilda Rd gallery from 31 October - 28 March.


The free exhibition features more than 50 items connected to the inductees including memorable costumes, rarely seen before photographs, striking posters, programmes and album covers. Highlights include one of Angus Young's early AC/DC schoolboy suits, Judith Durham's stunning 1960s beaded performance gown, Kylie Minogue's red sequined  "Better The Devil You Know" costume worn at The Palais Theatre and original recording equipment from the legendary Armstrong Studios. 

The items are drawn from Arts Centre Melbourne's extensive Performing Arts Collection and from the inductees themselves.


Arts Centre Melbourne's Performing Arts Collection team has a strong relationship with many of the inductees, and in particular the Sunbury Festival and AC/DC. Sunbury Festival promoter and organiser John Fowler donated his entire festival collection to Arts Centre Melbourne in 1993. In 2010 Arts Centre Melbourne held a major international exhibition entitled AC/DC Australia's Family Jewels which celebrated the history, music, performance and creativity of the great rock and roll band.


"This award is great in that it honours contributions to music both on and off stage,' Arts Centre Melbourne curator Carolyn Laffan said.


"Music Victoria looks at the industry in all of its diversity, from performers to recording and promoting,' she said.


"It has given us a great opportunity to speak to the inductees about their own history and how they would like their story told.'


First introduced in 2006, The Age Music Victoria Awards (formerly The Age EG Awards) are the largest publicly voted music awards in Australia. Unlike the annual Awards, the selection of The Age Music Victoria Awards 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame inductees was made by a voting panel including former inductees, musicians and music professionals, all of whom had their work cut out for them in selecting just ten inductees from Victoria's long and illustrious musical heritage.


Music Victoria CEO, Patrick Donovan, added "Our aim with the Hall of Fame inductions is to shine a spotlight on the remarkable careers of Victorian music architects.  While we celebrate their music achievements on stage at the Palais concert, this exhibition allows music fans to better understand their careers through the minutiae of memorabilia."


Eligibility required inductees to have been Victorian residents when they made a significant contribution to Victoria's culture.



Arts Centre Melbourne presents

The Age Music Victoria Awards 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame exhibition
31 October 2015 - 28 March 2016
St Kilda Road Foyer Gallery
Open daily until late



For more information and images please do not hesitate to get in touch.




Suzanne Robson


Arts Centre Melbourne


T  03 9281 8526

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