Manningham Art Collection
Tina Lee began her career at the Victorian College of the Arts, where she studied until 1998 and later lectured in the Ceramics Department for a further ten years. Her ceramic installations have been exhibited both nationally and internationally and feature in several prominent public collections, including the Federation University Australia Art Collection, Darebin Art Collection and Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery Collection in NSW. In addition to an active arts practice, Lee also works as a freelance curator.
Manningham Art Gallery is Manningham City Council’s major contemporary art venue, hosting a variety of exhibitions featuring work by local, Victorian and interstate artists. It also holds artist talks and workshops, which provide an opportunity to learn about and engage with contemporary art practice in a relaxed and friendly setting.
The Manningham Art Collection was formally established in 1994 with an aim to acquire predominantly locally significant artworks, which would represent the cultural and artistic heritage of the region.
Since then, the collection has been actively developed by commissioning several major outdoor sculptures and the establishment in 2009 of the biennial Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award. This Award celebrates the region’s long association with ceramics, stretching back to the Potter's Cottage artist community that operated from 1958 to 2004 and continuing to this day with the annual Warrandyte Ceramics Expo. As well as supporting ceramic studios across the state, the Award has enabled Manningham to acquire almost thirty works by significant Victorian ceramic artists including Vipoo Srivilasa, Tina Lee, Neville French, Vanessa Lucas and Petrus Spronk.
The Manningham Art Collection also includes the extensive Walker Ceramic Award Collection, donated by David Walker of Walker Ceramics in 2011 through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. This collection comprises some of the best ceramic work by tertiary ceramic art graduates from across Australia between 1977 and 1996 and is invaluable in describing changes and trends in ceramics practice over that time. Including early works by renowned artists such as Sonny Manning, Christopher Langton, Geoff Maddams, Peter Pilvern and Elizabeth Pickard, it also reflects the growth of the Australian studio ceramic movement that was occurring at that time.
Regular acquisitions made through the Gallery’s exhibition program have further enriched Manningham’s collection. Amongst its more recent acquisitions are two landscape tapestries by Cresside Collette and works by contemporary Indigenous artists Robyne Latham, Peter Waples-Crowe and Elizabeth Liddle.
The Manningham Art Collection is displayed across a number of council sites, with major rotating displays at Manningham Civic Offices and Manningham City Square.