City of Port Phillip Curatorial Services Team
The City of Port Phillip aims to build on its heritage as a place where arts and cultural activities are explored, promoted, valued and respected; it supports the Curatorial Services team and the Port Phillip City Collection (PPCC) to realise these aspirations.
The Port Phillip City Collection (PPCC) reflects development and change in the City. It is founded on the former collections of three of Melbourne?s earliest urban municipalities: the Cities of Port Melbourne (est.1860), South Melbourne (est.1855) and St Kilda (est.1857). The PPCC comprises five specific areas: heritage, visual art, public art, memorials and monuments and corporate collections. Within these areas there are significant holdings including heritage furniture, weights and measures, ephemera and the 1980s art collection. The PPCC was formally established in 1994 with the amalgamation of the three former cities of Port Melbourne, South Melbourne and St Kilda. Prior to amalgamation each of these cities held their own civic, heritage or art collections.
The PPCC is of historic, artistic, aesthetic, research and social significance. The photographic collection is considered to be one of the most important Council collections in Victoria as it demonstrates a high level of quality and acts as an important historical resource given the role the municipalities have played in the early development of Melbourne. The heritage furniture collection is historically and socially significant for documenting major phases in the development of the former South Melbourne, Port Melbourne and St Kilda municipalities, and for the roles they have variously served in celebratory events and day-to-day community life; and aesthetically significant for craftsmanship and stylistic qualities and the integrity and consistency in their designs. The contemporary visual art collection contains established and emerging artists of national and state significance including Howard Arkley, Jon Cattapan, Joy Hester, Sidney Nolan, Charles Blackman, Destiny Deacon, Callum Morton and Kate Just.