To promote public understanding, education and the experience of sculpture and contemporary artistic practice connected with a unique Australian environment.
To be Australia’s preeminent open air arts institution that champions the unique value of Australian culture and its connection to the 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 and scholastic rigour
- Respect for Australia’s first nations people, their country and waters
- Space and time for contemplation beyond our everyday life
- Positive experiences and access
- Financial acumen
- Environmental sustainability
What we offer
A unique, discovery based experience of iconic Australian art and sculpture in an open air environment within a safe and welcoming setting.
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.
McClelland is committed to taking positive steps towards improving and protecting our environment. We are proud members of Take2. View our pledge.