To be an internationally recognised open-air art institution that celebrates the value of creative practice through its connection to the natural environment within a safe and welcoming setting for all people
To promote public understanding, education and the experience of sculpture and contemporary artistic practice in an Australian bushland environment.
What We Do
McClelland collects and safeguards a rich cultural legacy and extensive art collection, while presenting a diverse program of changing indoor and outdoor exhibitions with a focus on contemporary spatial practice. McClelland supports contemporary artists to develop, create and present their work, and manages a range of significant commission programs including the Southern Way McClelland Commissions, and previously the biennial McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award.
In addition to these programs, our innovative educational and public programs for people of all ages are a resource available for schools and the wider community. These address everything from contemporary art, personal wellbeing, and the local environment.
An important and unique aspect of McClelland is the group of four guilds and community groups whose studios are located on the grounds. These independent organisations cover a wide range of skills from painting and drawing, wood turning, lapidary and jewellery making, to spinning and weaving. They actively promote these activities to the wider community, through workshops, open days and memberships, and in doing so they extend Harry and Annie May McClelland’s vision of an artistic centre for the wider Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region.
We are committed to working with our local and regional community, partnering with arts and community organisations and supporting art practice in a sustainable way.
- Artistic rigour in all projects and learning programs
- Respect for Australia’s First Nations People, their country and waters
- Space and time for contemplation beyond our everyday life
- The opportunity to promote and embed positive experiences and access for all people, irrespective of age, mobility and ethnicity, and through valuing our cultural difference
- Ethical innovation that promotes considered and high-quality experiences across our four central tenets: culture, education, environment and community
- Financial success that continues to see McClelland flourish in a prudent and sustainable way, reflecting McClelland’s significant place as a large cultural asset of great value in Australian art history
Since its establishment in the 1970s from the Will and vision of Annie May McClelland, McClelland has expanded significantly through the inspirational contribution of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE. McClelland has in the last decade doubled the size of the Sculpture Park to 16 hectares, more than trebled the attendance to over 130,000 visitors annually, acquired significant works and forged public/private partnerships to consolidate its role as an artistic hub and the focus for cultural tourism in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula regions.
McClelland also acknowledges the significant support provided by a range of government, philanthropic and corporate partners who make our programs and operations possible. It is important for McClelland to continue to expand and cultivate its community support, and to ensure its financial base into the future. We are a not-for-profit organisation committed to ensuring accessibility to all and rely on donations and philanthropic support to continue our work.