As Australia’s pre-eminent sculpture park, McClelland aspires to lead the international conversation between art and the natural environment.
Central to McClelland’s mission is our desire to promote public understanding and enjoyment of Australian, modern and contemporary sculpture. To engender debate about art in the natural environment and the ways in which they can be experienced.
Underlying this is the recognition of the accelerating social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges facing Australia today, and the opportunities and responsibilities these provide for cultural and social entrepreneurship in the community at large.
McClelland is now in its third phase of evolution, since its establishment in the 1970s from the Will and vision of Annie May McClelland. During its second phase McClelland expanded and developed significantly through the inspirational contribution of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE. McClelland has a long tradition of innovation and success. Its entrepreneurial spirit in the last decade has 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 & Mornington Peninsula regions.
We also acknowledge the significant support provided by a range of government, philanthropic and corporate partners who make our programs possible. Creative Victoria’s ongoing support allows us to maintain high quality programming and operations. The Balnaves Foundation funds the internship position of The Balnaves Curator of Australian Sculpture, supporting the development of Australia’s best emerging curators. Frankston City Council provides ongoing support for our operations and allows us to engage local communities. International Art Services support us in transporting artworks for our wonderful exhibitions. Haymes Paint generously provides paint for our dynamic exhibition program and exhibitions and modernist building. 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.
You can find out more about our work and the opportunities to support us here.
What We Do
In addition to our changing indoor exhibitions, McClelland presents a range significant programs including the Peninsula Link Southern Way McClelland Sculpture Commissions, for which McClelland was awarded the Creative Partnerships Australia 2013 SME Award , and the biennial McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award .
This prestigious exhibition highlights major works by Australian artists, recognising their accomplishments through the presentation of three awards: the McClelland Award, the Frankston City People’s Choice Award, and the McClelland Achievement Prize (MAP). Ten years since its inauguration, this exhibition has developed to be the most significant contemporary outdoor sculpture exhibition in Australia and consistently attracts over 70,000 visitors each exhibition year.
In addition to these programs, our innovative educational and public programs, including activities such the Art and Nature program, Art Chats and children’s workshops are a resource available for schools and the wider community.
An important and unique aspect of McClelland is the group of four guilds and community groups whose studios are located in the grounds. These independent community 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 a wider community, and in doing so they extend Harry and Annie May McClelland’s vision of an artistic centre for the wider Frankston + 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.