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The Friends of The Johnston Collection

The Friends of the Johnston Collection first met in May 1999 and the inaugural Annual General Meeting was held in August of that year. The group has quickly become an integral and important part of The Johnston Collection. Some members of the Friends support the work of the house and Collection in practical ways - raising funds for new acquisitions and assisting with  research and the management of the Collection. The Committee also organizes special outings and events, which are usually enlightening and always social and enjoyable. Events are held both during the day and evenings.

Apart from being associated with a very special Collection and meeting new people with similar interests, your membership will give you:

  • An opportunity to attend events including visits to private collections organized exclusively for The Friends members
  • Notice of events held at The Johnston Collection
  • Special admission rate to the "Highlights Tour"
  • The Friends newsletter
  • Information about the Volunteer Program at The Johnston Collection

Your $60 ($110 for couples) Membership also gives you the opportunity to:

  • Enjoy social events with like minded people
  • Make new friends
  • Visit private and public collections
  • Become involved in assisting in the care of an important historic property and a superb Collection


To join The Friends of The Johnston Collection download the Membership Form below or to have one sent to you email The Johnston Collection.

For further information about The Friends of The Johnston Collection contact:

The Friends Of The Johnston Collection
PO Box 428 | East Melbourne VIC 8002
P: (03) 9416 2515
Friends Office hours: every Tuesday 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm


Forthcoming Events

We look forward to your involvement in the upcoming events conducted by The Friends of The Johnston Collection.

These events have three aims: to develop a convivial social programme that brings together individuals with similar interests in the arts; to provide access to events, specialists, locations and homes that may not be normally available to the public; and to assist with support of the Collection.

We welcome members to join the following Friends lectures and events:

DULDIG STUDIO MUSEUM + SCULPTURE GARDEN  | Thursday 17 May 2018 | 10:00 am Start

The Duldig Studio Museum + Sculpture Garden showcases works of art by the European refugee and internationally acclaimed sculptor Karl Duldig (1902-1986) and his wife, the artist and inventor Slawa Duldig née Horowitz (1902-1975). In their former home, the sculptures, drawings, paintings and decorative arts tell the story of lucky escape and internment plus their creative lives in Vienna, Singapore, Tatura and Melbourne. This is an exclusive Friends tour with an opportunity to view the current exhibition SLAWA: modernist art + design.

Duldig-Studio-Booking-Form.pdf Duldig-Studio-Booking-Form.pdf (121kB)

The Lyon Housemuseum Tour & Talk – Tuesday 19 June 2018 at 1:30 pm

The Lyon Housemuseum was designed by architect and collector Corbett Lyon and builds on a long lineage of private art collections housed and displayed in residential settings. Lyon coined the term housemuseum to describe his newly created hybrid architectural type. The Housemuseum exhibits works of contemporary art, architecture and design including selected works from the Lyon Collection. Join The Friends for the opportunity to visit this unique house museum in Kew.

Lyon-Housmuseum-Booking-Form.pdf Lyon-Housmuseum-Booking-Form.pdf (122kB)

The Friends of The Johnston Collection Committee

Robbie Brooks
Bernard Crosbie
Bernadette Dennis
Heather Mallinson
Julie Nicholson
Barbara Summerbell
Catherine Trinca

NOVEMBER 2016 | Issue 19


FINAL-Fairhall_19_print-210117.pdf FINAL-Fairhall_19_print-210117.pdf (37MB)


MARCH 2017 | Issue 20

FINAL-TJC_Fairhall_20_print.pdf FINAL-TJC_Fairhall_20_print.pdf (31MB)

JULY 2016 | Issue 18

FINAL-Fairhall-18-printoff.pdf FINAL-Fairhall-18-printoff.pdf (23MB)

MARCH 2016 | Issue 17

Fairhall_17_final-at-280716.pdf Fairhall_17_final-at-280716.pdf (16MB)

Exclusive Friends Viewing of a Private Collection of Australian Art Thursday 28 June 2018 

A significant collection of major Australian art gathered over a long period of time, this collection
continues to grow and contains a diverse range of styles and periods which include
paintings, photographs, works on print and sculpture. Works include such artists as Arthur Streeton, 
Fred Williams, John Russell, Ian Fairweather, Peter Booth and Bill Henson.

2018-28-June-Booking-Form-2.pdf 2018-28-June-Booking-Form-2.pdf (120kB)