Collections & Commissions

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.

Today, with her sculptural pieces fetching handsome sums, Halpern donates up to $25,000 annually to a number of organisations.

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


‘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.

  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. Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
  16. Melbourne University Collection
  17. Metricon Homes
  18. National Australia Bank
  19. National Gallery of Victoria
  20. Osaka Sculpture Park, Japan
  21. Queensland Art Gallery
  22. Queensland University of Technology
  23. Shepparton Art Mallery
  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
Sculpture shapes a revival

National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1989

Ophilia 3

Southgate Project, City of Melbourne, 1992

Chest of Draws 1981 – Collection

Chest of Draws

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