McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park
Meandering along one of the numerous trails through the woodlands at the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park is an enjoyable experience. You will find yourself on a grand treasure hunt among dozens of striking sculptural exhibits. There is space to reflect, to touch, to discover. Art in dialogue with the Australian landscape is the consummate reward. Spend time exploring the gallery, pack a lunch to picnic on the lawn, or dine at a lakeside café. You will feel uplifted and reluctant to leave.
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (MPRG)
For those who value the richness of regional art, the MPRG is one of Australia’s leading galleries, with outstanding exhibition programs showcasing Australian and international art.
During spring and summer, be awestruck by the gentle aromas and dazzling blooms in the adjacent Mornington Rose Gardens.
Montalto Sculpture Prize
Amid vineyard trails and olive groves, from February to October you can view the work of finalists for the annual $30,000 Montalto Sculpture Prize. Expect to see Australia’s leading sculptors here, displaying their finest work. In addition, you’ll find previous prize-winning pieces from Montalto’s permanent acquired collection. Sip wine virtually as it falls from the vine, while letting nature lead you through a showcase of diverse art.
Red Hill Community Market
They call this the ‘grand dame’ of markets, as it has been a colourful event at Red Hill for more than four decades. With a range of quality craftwork, from home-made products to bric-à-brac, start your day here while enjoying a delicious breakfast.
Location: 266 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill
When: First Saturday of the month (8 am to 1 pm)
Rosebud Lions Club Market
Prefer sifting through a cornucopia of treasures and local produce on a foreshore setting? This market is impressive in size, with new and old wares jostling for space on trestle-tables.
On the western end of the Village Green, it is well-worth examining the architecturally significant Rosebud Sound Shell. A 1960s masterpiece, it’s a gravity-defying structure that stretches its brutalist concrete wings over a performance stage.
Location: Village Green, Point Nepean Road, Rosebud
When: First Sunday of the month (7 am to 2 pm)