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Merri-bek Art Collection

About the Merri-bek Art Collection

Merri-bek City Council cares for a vibrant and diverse art collection on behalf of the Merri-bek community. The Merri-bek Art Collection aims to generate discussion about art, culture, social and environmental issues.

The collection has developed through purchases, donations and commissions.

To learn more about the Counihan Gallery, visit our Counihan Gallery page.

Explore the Merri-bek Art Collection

Artworks are displayed in Council building foyers and meeting rooms, libraries and in exhibitions at the Counihan Gallery.

The Merri-bek Art Collection is now also available to explore online on the Victorian Collections website.

Merri-bek Art Collection Policy

The Merri-bek Art Collection is growing steadily through the implementation of the Merri-bek Art Collection Policy. This policy is currently under review.

Donating artwork to the Merri-bek Art Collection

Merri-bek City Council is grateful for the generosity of donors.

If you have an artwork that you think belongs in the Merri-bek Art Collection, please email 

All donations must satisfy the criteria outlined in the Merri-bek Art Collection Policy and are reviewed by the Merri-bek Arts Advisory Committee.

To help us understand whether the work is a right fit for the Merri-bek Art Collection, please include the below information. Comprehensive information will enable us to respond as quickly as possible.

• Artist's Name
• Title of work
• Medium / Materials
• Date of work
• Size (Width x Height x Depth, in centimeters)
• Provenance (How did you come to own the work? Do you know the history of the work prior to owning it?)
• Photos of the work, including any damage

Hoda Afshar. Behrouz Boochani – Manus Island. 2018 Archival pigment print 100 x 83 cm Edition 2 of 5 + 2AP. Merri-bek Art Collection. Image courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery.