The Aboriginal Gallery Of Dreamings
The Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings (AGOD) was established as one of the first Aboriginal art galleries in Melbourne in 1990, incorporating the original collection of Aboriginal art of the managing director, Hank Ebes. In the ensuing eighteen years, AGOD developed into a well known landmark at the 'top end' of Bourke Street. An institution respected for its dedication to quality, its large variety of paintings, the close relationships fostered with its artists, and enthusiasm and knowledge of Hank and his staff, it was patronized by serious Aboriginal art collectors from around the globe. At the end of the building's lease in 2008, the doors of AGOD, through which more than 12,000 Aboriginal artworks passed, closed for the last time and ended a rich chapter in AGOD's history.
The story of AGOD does not end there, however. AGOD's exciting new home has been established in Cheltenham. Just 25 minutes from the centre of Melbourne, this larger and improved location has become the central hub of all current Aboriginal art projects including: the collating and recording of significant historic art documents and photos from the preceding twenty year period; the writing of art books and articles; the auctioning of certain pieces from the Ebes collection; the further broadening of the collection; and the base of operation for Nangara - the Ebes Collection, the travelling, non-commercial Aboriginal art exhibition hailed with great acclaim in Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, USA, Japan and Denmark (see www.nangara.com).
AGOD currently consists of a large range of Aboriginal artwork presented for viewing on this website and available for purchase. These high quality paintings created by over eight hundred artists since 1971, were purchased directly from the artists and their communities with whom close relations were established over many years, including Papunya, Utopia, Irultja, Kintore, Kiwirrkura, Yuendumu, Napperby and Lajamanu. There are also works representing the Kimberley communities such as Mowanjum. These are offered in a large assortment of styles and sizes. Please contact us should you wish to acquire any of these artworks.