Mildura Arts Centre

About us

The foundations for a dedicated arts precinct in our region were first laid in 1950 when Rio Vista Historic house was purchased by the Council for £18,000.

Rio Vista was acquired for use as an art gallery to display the significant works bequeathed to the community by Senator R D Elliott in 1944. Further works were also bequeathed by his late wife, Mrs Hilda Elliott in 1970.

The original art gallery was officially opened on 25 May 1956 by Governor of Victoria General Sir Dallas Brooks.

Ten years later, further development of the Mildura Regional Arts Centre as it was then called, was completed with the addition of a new gallery and theatre space, opened by the then Victorian Premier, Sir Henry Bolte on 22 November 1966.

Further developments include:
In 2012, a state of the art performing arts venue connecting the facilities together, completing stage one of the transformation of the Mildura arts and cultural precinct.

In 2018, a gallery passenger lift has increased accessibility, and the theatre forestage lift has led to increased seating and functionality in the space.

Mildura Arts Centre now features a 500-seat theatre, a regional art gallery, sculpture park and a cafĂ© bar, with Mildura’s most important heritage building, Rio Vista Historic House, still the centrepiece of the site.

Mildura Rural City Council and Mildura Arts Centre

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