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Top Arts

What is Top Arts?

Top Arts is an exhibition of photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, film and printmaking produced by VCE Art and VCE Studio Arts students, held at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

Top Arts is curated and administered by the National Gallery of Victoria.

Apply for Top Arts

Applications for Top Arts 2020 are now closed.

For Top Arts enquiries please contact the National Gallery of Victoria at

Photography tips for Top Arts applications

A successful application relies on you presenting the best possible image of your work. Initial selection is made from your photograph. A poor quality photograph limits your chance of selection. Please note the following recommendations for taking photographs.

  1. If one work is comprised of multiple pieces it is recommended that you photograph works individually as well as showing the work as a whole. Only one application form is required for this work.
  2. Place the work of art against a clean, one colour background, preferably a light coloured wall.
  3. Use the best camera available to you.
  4. Make sure the image is sharply focused and fills as much of the frame as possible.
  5. Don't take the photograph on an angle that distorts the image. Stand squarely in front of it.
  6. If a flash is used, beware of strong reflections caused by glass and other reflective surfaces. Photograph before framing if you can. Unframed works are acceptable.

Top Arts application process

The National Gallery of Victoria education team organise and facilitate panels of teachers from metropolitan and regional Government, Catholic and Independent Schools to view and shortlist Top Arts applications.

The State Reviewer for each subject oversees each panel, ensuring all work is considered fairly and represents best practice according to curriculum. The VCE Season of Excellence team have no input into which works are selected.

After all applications have been viewed and shortlisted, the selection panel meets one final time to select the final collection.

For all further enquiries regarding the Top Arts selection process, please contact the NGV directly at

Ticketing and venue information

Top Arts 2020 will take place at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia from Friday 13 March to Sunday 19 July 2020.

Purchase tickets

Education bookings
For Top Arts education programs bookings, please email

Education programs
A range of informative and interactive education programs supporting student and teacher professional learning, including introductory talks, folio viewings and sessions with exhibitors, educators and gallery professionals are offered in conjunction with the exhibition.

Public programs
A range of public programs will be available on selected dates.

Visit for further details or call (03) 8662 1555

Visit the education section of the NGV website for online resources and further details. 


Venue information

Top Arts is held at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Fed Square, Melbourne. 

Public transport near The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia is located across the road from Flinders St Railway Station, as well as multiple tram services.

Flinders St Railway Station
Flinders St Railway Station is located across the road from Federation Square, a five minute walk from The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

Swanston St/Flinders St trams
Tram routes 1, 3, 3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72 stop directly outside Federation Square at stop 13, or routes 70 and 75 stop on Flinders St directly outside The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Stop 6.

City Circle trams
Free City Circle Tram to Russell St intersection, across the road from The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.


A taxi rank is located across the road from Federation Square outside Flinders Street Station on St Kilda Rd.

For more information about visiting NGV: Australia, please visit the NGV website.


Mobility Impairments

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The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia has wheelchair access.

Vision Impairments

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Audio described tours are available at the NGV. Please contact the NGV for a booking request on the website below. The Top Arts exhibition space has good lighting. Object labels adhere to larger print/clearer font/colour contrast requirements

Hearing impairments

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Auslan-interpreted tours are available upon request. Please visit NGV Access Services for more information.

For further detailed information about venue accessibility at NGV: Australia and special needs tour booking forms, visit NGV Access Services.