AG History — 2010s

2010s 2010 Stuart Purves and Inge King with one of Inge's monumental sculptures.
2010s 2010 Left to right: Lewis Miller, Stuart Purves, Peter Kingston and Peter Churcher at Australian Galleries, Sydney.
2010s 2013 Australian Galleries, 15 Roylston Street, Sydney.
2010s 2013 Graham Fransella exhibition opening at Australian Galleries, Sydney.
2010s 2013 Stuart and Caroline Purves with the portrait of their father, Tam Purves by John Brack 1958, at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.
2010s 2013 Stuart's red ute.
2010s 2014 A mixed exhibition in the main gallery at Australian Galleries in Melbourne.
2010s 2014 The Stock Rooms, a newly renovated exhibiting and stock space.
2010s 2014 Artist lunch at the gallery. Left to right: Graham Fransella, Peter Churcher, Peter Wegner, Lewis Miller, Peter Neilson, John Kelly, Stuart Purves and Graeme Drendel.


Stuart Purves, along with his dynamic team, has continued to strengthen and diversify the thriving enterprise started in Melbourne by his parents. A passionate advocate of artists, Stuart’s role as National Director is to ensure Australian Galleries remains vital and viable so that the artists they represent can air their views through the exhibiting of their work and survive and prosper.

2015 was a year of many positive advancements at the gallery in preparation for the 60th Anniversary in June 2016, with renovations to the Melbourne Stock Rooms gallery to create ‘white cube’ spaces to accommodate an expanding exhibition program, a new print room which is home to the work of our master printmakers, in addition a second level was added to create a vast space to display new works from Artist’s studio’s, and to house the Archives Dept. On the ground floor at the front of the building on Derby Street is the all new ‘AG Art Shop’. This period has also been spent improving the galleries online presence with the introduction of an e-commerce website, the AG Art blog and a much more comprehensive Social Media profile.

The success of Australian Galleries is a reflection of the passion and commitment to the artists it represents. Stuart Purves’ personal dedication and enthusiasm to the promotion of the arts in Australia is indicative of his confidence in the important role visual art plays in the national and international psyche.