McClelland’s Permanent Collections

When the McClelland Gallery opened in 1971, its collection consisted of 138 works of art, 71 through the bequest of The McClelland Estate with the remaining works gifted by artists and collectors. McClelland’s collection now consists of over 2,200 works of art encompassing historical, modern and contemporary sculpture, paintings, photography, works on paper and decorative arts dating from the 19th Century to present day.

Unique aspects of the collection include the Orde Poynton Bequest of 155 works including East Asian decorative arts, over one hundred 19th Century English watercolours from the Maurice Callow collection, and paintings and works on paper from the collection of John Farmer, Sir Daryl and Lady Lindsay, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AO DBE, Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE, Kenneth Hood and Antoinette Niven amongst many other generous donors.

Highlights of McClelland’s collection include works by John Constable, Nicholas Chevalier, Inge King, Bill Henson and Lenton Parr, as well as major statements in contemporary Australian sculpture such as the monumental Wild man 2005 by Ron Mueck and Patricia Piccinini’s Doubting Thomas 2005.