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July 28, 2023

Collective City showcases historic photographs of Melbourne from the state and federal government archives, alongside images representing our city today, curated from submissions by contemporary street photographers. The exhibition explores the moments of joy and connection that happen in our public spaces, between friends, family and strangers. It also highlights the ways people can feel disconnected or lonely in a crowd, and the divisions created by inequity of access to services and public spaces.

Featuring the work of Cathrin Plunkett, Francesca Donnoli, Gonzzalo Palta, Shiang Liew, Sally Coggle, Mark Davidson, Mike Reed, Nathan Coote, Andrew Wilson, Adam Sinclair, Jane Hinwood and Ilana Rose. 

The exhibition runs until 1 December 2023, open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4:30pm and every second and last Saturday of the month. Closed public holidays. 


VAC Gallery

Victorian Archives Centre

99 Shiel Street

North Melbourne


Image Gallery

On display are the works of 12 contemporary photographers and 11 historic Victorian Government photographers. Below are Sally Coggle and Adam Sinclair's photographs from the exhibition.

'You Make Me Feel So Good' by Sally Coggle
'You Make Me Feel So Good' by Sally Coggle


'The Passenger' by Adam Sinclair
'The Passenger' by Adam Sinclair



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