Our Art

At RACV, we value the role art plays in connecting communities, and its ability to foster social cohesion across all ages, backgrounds and cultures.

Celebrating 150th anniversary of RSPCA Victoria painted wombats displayed in exhibition

RACV is proud to support RSPCA Victoria’s special exhibition, Wombat in the Room, to mark the 150th anniversary of RSPCA Victoria. The elephant, or in this case the wombat in the room, is that animal cruelty still exists. Only with continued awareness and discussion, amplified through art and community engagement, will animal cruelty end.

RSPCA has engaged 30 artists to paint wombats which will be auctioned online to raise funds to help end animal cruelty. Five of these very special wombats will be on display at RACV Healesville Country Club & Resort as part of our support for RSPCA.

Online Auction runs: 7 - 20 March. Exhibition at RACV Healesville Country Club & Resort: 7 - 20 March 2022

Louise Forthun, Lemon + Bronze, 2021, Synthetic polymer on Arches paper, 52 x 36 x 12cm. Courtesy the artist.

Eight Victorian artists have received $10,000 each as part of RACV's new Arts Grant program in response to the impacts of COVID-19. The successful applicants are a diverse mix of emerging and mid-career artists from both Melbourne and regional Victoria, including two artists already represented in RACV's Art Collection. There was a high number of submissions and eight artists were awarded grants, up from the original five advertised. Keep an eye out for future opportunities here.

2021 Recipients: Ashe, Sam Burke, Louise Forthun, Gabrielle Hall-Lomax, Nick Heynsbergh, Soyoun Kim, Jacob Raupach and Kathryn Ryan.

Image credit: Louise Forthun, Lemon + Bronze, 2021, Synthetic polymer on Arches paper, 52 x 36 x 12cm. Courtesy the artist, photographer Christian Capurro.

Re-gathering was an exhibition featuring portraits and figurative artworks from the RACV and Benalla Art Gallery Collections. It explored both individual and collective experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic through surveying the community and incorporating their responses into the exhibition. The works selected responded to the community’s voice, navigating social distancing, boarder closures, family separation, a renewed interest in nature and the warmth felt in the community as we re-gather tentatively in celebration. 

Re-gathering was presented in partnership with Benalla Art Gallery and MPavilion as part of the AMPLIFY program. Exhibition dates: 18 December 2020 – 20 June 2021.

Re-gathering Art Exhibition - Benalla

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About the RACV Art Collection

Established in 2003, the RACV Art Collection features more than 1000 contemporary works, supporting Australian living artists. Most works have been created within the last 20 years, reflecting the current arts landscape and social themes. Our Art Collection is accessible across our Resorts, offices and online. Key artists include Del Kathryn Barton, Jon Cattapan, Rosemary Laing, Jan Senbergs and Jenny Watson.

Lara Merrett, The Happy Prince, 2009, synthetic polymer paint and ink on canvas, 183 x 168cm. Courtesy the artist, photographer Christian Capurro.  

Lara Merrett

Known for her intuitive abstract works, Lara Merrett paints much like a sculptor creates, moving around the canvas shaping and layering the paint. Her instinctive methodology investigates notions of duality in the picture plane; of depth and opacity; chaos with order; and the reference to the otherness through that which goes beyond the frame.   

Image credit: Lara Merrett, The Happy Prince, 2009, synthetic polymer paint and ink on canvas, 183 x 168cm. Courtesy the artist, photographer Christian Capurro.  

Mark Nodea (Gija), My Mother’s Country, 2019, natural ochre and pigments on canvas, 90 x 120cm. Courtesy the artist and Warmun Art Centre, WA, photographer Christian Capurro.   

Mark Nodea

Mark Nodea’s works are bold, minimal and deep in character. They transform the oral histories of his Gija country and contemporary environment to share a striking personal imagery. His mother was a Gija woman and his father a Walmajarrie man, which enabled him to understand and paint his mother’s country around Texas Downs and his father’s country around Yakanarra. 

Image credit: Mark Nodea (Gija), My Mother’s Country, 2019, natural ochre and pigments on canvas, 90 x 120cm. Courtesy the artist and Warmun Art Centre, WA, photographer Christian Capurro.   

Robert Boynes, Spencer Street, 2004, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 80 x 200cm. Courtesy the artist, photographer Christian Capurro. 

Robert Boynes

Robert Boynes has been creating works since the 1960s with an initial focus on neo-pop imagery and an ongoing fascination with capitalism. These interests paved the way for later explorations into Australian urban development, particularly his interest in interrogating modern life. Boynes’ work is reminiscent of advertising billboards and imagery that bombard us while navigating urban spaces.  

Image credit: Robert Boynes, Spencer Street, 2004, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 80 x 200cm. Courtesy the artist, photographer Christian Capurro.