Deborah Halpern’s not for profit charitable trust contributes annually to a number of community organisations.

Deborah Halpern’s first large commissioned work was in 1987 by the National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian Bicentennial Authority. Halpern was commissioned to create a sculpture for the south moat of the NGV’s St Kilda Road site. With an original grant of $25,000, the sculpture, Angel, became a huge success and empowered by her success, Halpern pledged $100,000 to the Hunger Project within one year. She then took on as many commissions as possible until the money had been raised.

Below is a selected list of Commissions and Collections by Deborah Halpern. The numerous private commissions both in Australia and internationally have not been listed.

Collections & Commissions

  1. Aichi Arts Centre, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  2. Art Gallery of Western Australia
  3. Artbank
  4. Australian National University, Canberra
  5. Australian National Gallery, Canberra
  6. Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
  7. Box Hill College of T.A.F.E. Collection
  8. City of Frankston
  9. City of Manningham
  10. City of Melbourne
  11. City of Yarra
  12. Council of Adult Education Collection
  13. Diners Club International
  14. Geelong Art Gallery
  15. Melbourne University Collection
  16. Metricon Homes
  17. National Australia Bank
  18. National Gallery of Victoria
  19. Osaka Sculpture Park
  20. Point Leo Estate Sculpture Park, Victoria
  21. Queensland Art Gallery
  22. Queensland University of Technology
  23. Shepparton Art Museum
  24. Shire of Nillumbik
  25. Southgate Collection, Melbourne
  26. University of New South Wales
  27. University of Southern Queensland
  28. Victorian Ceramic Group Collection
  29. Victorian State Craft Collection
  30. Visy Packaging
  31. Numerous Private and Corporate Commissions and Collections in Australia, USA & Internationally

2019 – 2023
“Handsome Man”, Chadstone Shopping Centre – The Fashion Capital

2019 – 2021
“Baby Bird”, Kilora Open Spaces, City of Casey

2019 – 2020
“The Four Graces”, M5 Urban Design, Cultural Capital, Sydney

“Dove”, Luther College, Croydon, Victoria

2018 – 2020
“Sense of Place”, “Big Boy”, “Dingo”, “Kangaroo”, “Flying Dog”, Dunolly community project, Dunolly, Victoria

“Portal to Another Time and Place”, Point Leo Estate Sculpture Park, Victoria

“Queen of the Shire”, Gateway Sculpture, Shire of Nillumbik, Victoria

‘Mermaid with legs’, ‘Fish’, Private commission, NSW

‘Water Creature’, ‘Big Cat’, MC2, City of Manningham, Doncaster, Victoria

‘Wayfarer’, Council Offices, Shire of Nillumbik, Greensborough, Victoria

‘Mali,’ City of Melbourne, Birrarung Marr, Victoria

‘The Parrot Factory’, set and costume design, Victoria Opera

‘Dream Festival’, inflatable sculpture event, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne, Victoria

‘Portal to Another Time and Place’, Lempriere Award, Werribee Mansion, Victoria

‘Beatiful Angel’, Urquart Park Primary School, Ballarat, Victoria

‘Alice’, Fintona Girl’s School, Balwyn, Victoria

‘Spirit of the Community’, Beauty Park, City of Frankston, Victoria

‘The Spirit of Enquiry’, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT

‘The Spirit of Nilumbik’, Eltham Town Square, Shire of Nilumik, Victoria

‘Face Maze’, Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne, Victoria

‘Family’, Highpoint Project, ceramic tiled sculpture/fountains, Victoria

‘Ophelia’, Southgate Project, Melbourne
Designs for Australian Ballet international tour, promotional material

‘Mermaid’, mural fountain, private commission, Melbourne
Designs for merchandise, The Gallery Shop, National Galley of Victoria (NGV)

‘Double Figure’, Melbourne City Council for the International Garden and Greenery Exposition, Osaka, Japan

Margaret Murphy Memorial Mural, Shepparton, Victoria 1987 – 1989
‘Angel’, Bicentennial Sculpture, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

Fitzroy Nursery, iron entrance gates, Brunswick St. Fitzroy, Victoria

‘Farmer’, Art Gallery of Swan Hill

Numerous Private and Public Commissions in Australia & and Europe

Deborah has been an Artist in Residence in many many schools over the past 30 years.

A Sculpture at National Gallery of Victoria

National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1989


Southgate Project, City of Melbourne, 1992

Sculpture With a Chest of Draws

Chest of Draws


Handsome Man
Chadstone Shopping Centre
– The Fashion Capital, 2019-2023

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