Last updated:

February 7, 2023

The VAC Gallery is seeking images from contemporary street photographers for a new exhibition called Collective City.


Who are we?

The VAC Gallery is situated in the foyer of the Victorian Archives Centre in North Melbourne and holds exhibitions curated by Public Record Office Victoria (the archive of State and Local Government in Victoria) and the Victorian branch of the National Archives of Australia.


The exhibition

Collective City opens on 27 July 2023, featuring historic images of Melbourne from our state and federal government archives, alongside images representing Victoria today, curated from submissions by contemporary street photographers.


The theme

The exhibition will launch just before Open House Melbourne Weekend, tying in with their 2023 theme of Collective City. We're looking at ways people connect and work together in Victoria's urban and suburban environments. We're also examining the divisions created by inequity of access to services and public spaces.


What is street photography?

We're looking for photographs taken in public spaces that capture real moments (not posed or computer-manipulated images). They might be of people, animals, or empty spaces, but regardless of their subject, they all provide a question or comment on humanity or an insight into the everyday lives of our communities.



  • Use the form below to submit up to 3 images.
  • Submissions close 9am Tuesday 11 April 2023.
  • All images must be taken during 2021 - 2023, within the state of Victoria, Australia.
  • A title, year, location and artist statement are required for every photograph submitted.
  • Your preview image must be online and available for us to view without a password. Before sending us the link please ensure that it can be viewed without needing to log in to an application or enter a password. The link must go directly to a single image. If you'd like to keep your work private, we recommend uploading to Google Drive. 
  • Your preview image does not need to be high resolution. If your work is selected we'll ask you to email us the high resolution file.
  • All photographers will be notified of the outcome on 27 April 2023.
  • Image rights remain with the photographer, VAC Gallery asks permission for use of images for publicity purposes only. This is not a commercial gallery. Exhibitions prints will be made available for photographers free of charge to pick up, when the exhibition closes.
  • The VAC Gallery is in the lobby of the Victorian Archives Centre at 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne. It is open Monday-Friday and the first and last Saturday each month. The exhibition end date has yet to be decided, but generally exhibitions run for 6 months to 1 year.
  • For more information, email with the subject line ‘VAC Gallery’.
  • If you'd like to subscribe to the VAC Gallery mailing list, fill in your details here and choose 'VAC Gallery' from the options.





VAC Gallery

Victorian Archives Centre

99 Shiel Street

North Melbourne



Image Gallery

Check out photos from the launch of a previous VAC Gallery exhibition Moving Melbourne:

Moving Melbourne Launch

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples should be aware the collection and website may contain images, voices and names of deceased persons.

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