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Listing State VIC

Ararat Gallery TAMA

82 Vincent Street, Ararat, Victoria 3377

Ararat Rural City Council has made the difficult decision to temporarily close some services including Ararat Gallery TAMA (Textile Art Museum Australia) to help ensure the health and safety of the community and help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Gallery team and Council would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful visitors for their understanding during this difficult time. We will keep you updated on the situation regularly so please monitor our social media channels and website.

Bendigo Art Gallery

42 View Street, Bendigo, Victoria 3550

Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View Street, Bendigo

Bendigo Art Gallery is currently closed, please visit our website at to view our current exhibitions online.

Bessie Davidson & Sally Smart – Two artists and the Parisian avant-garde
20 March – 21 June 2020

Ross Taylor: Field notes
28 March – 5 July 2020

Castlemaine Press

Lot 19, 19 McShanag Drive, Castlemaine 3450

Update from the Castlemaine Press Committee

Our print community is important to us, so we are taking measures to make sure we minimise any risk of infection, look after each other as best we can, and follow the recommendations for social distancing.

So we have put a temporary hold on all workshops, including our April Cyanotype Workshop, and Saturday Sessions until things settle.

Lot19 has also temporarily closed to the public, so we are suspending studio hire for the meantime.

At some time in the future we look forward to Castlemaine Press being part of the creative regeneration of our community and we will be in touch again once we recommence our program.

Thank you, stay well, and hope you can absorb yourself in print.

All good wishes, Castlemaine Press Committee


Fox Galleries

79 Langridge Street, Collingwood, Victoria 3066

Until 29 April

Fox Galleries is proud to present Two Worlds and In-between; a new body of work by Jason Moad reflecting a change of focus and personal philosophy within his practice. Moad’s interest in these plants, initially hinged on aesthetics, has transgressed to a fascination with their aura of presence and personality in which they project. Previously, Moad’s work had been rooted firmly in the physical; fetishising the object in defiance of the digital revolution and the increasingly ephemeral quality of our cultural artefacts. Ironically, this new body of work embraces the ephemeral and a fascination with the primacy of something elusive and ineffable; that aforementioned sense of presence and personality. Spirit, if you like.

For more information visit:

Fox Galleries is open for appointment aligning with social distancing practices.
We are operating behind the scenes to present you our exhibition program online.
Follow us on Instagram @fox_galleries.



Modern Seasons is a publication series presenting a portrait of the four seasons.

The four-part publication is a documentation of five Australian Visual Artists response to the navigation of abstracted time and causation in 2020.

As the situation of COVID-19 is changing rapidly it feels as if nothing will be as we once knew it to be. As we work towards flattening the curve people are experiencing dislocation and isolation, this publication series is to have a unique perspective from artists responding to these events.

Each artist presents an associated experience of the modern seasons with the last presentation of summer to conjure a sense of hope in a time of unease.

Mark Schaller presents Botanicus Fantasticus, Autumn with his en plein air painting performances at the Royal Botanical Gardens that playfully investigates urban retreats as spaces of ‘wild’ nature interactions and interventions.

Barry Tate and Matthew Clarke are outsider artists, presenting The winter of discontent, the great indoors. Rooms of quiet contemplation and societal commentaries of Australian extravagance and preoccupation of the self.

Christine Johnson presents the future and past of Spring, a time of resilience and growth. Johnson’s large paintings and film work focus on the story of Eileen Ramsay, in her time of grief at the loss of her two brothers at Gallipoli, she began to study growth cycles in botany.

Shannon Smiley presents Summer, with is mindful and observational investigations of urban landscapes. The works present a gratification towards little urban sanctuaries that we often walk past without a second glance.


1 MAY – 1 JULY 2020

Fox Galleries is proud to present Botanicus Fantasticus, a new body of work by Mark Schaller.

Informed by the natural world, literature and the universe, Schaller takes his painting kit beyond the studio to investigate the trope of ‘artist studying nature’. Like many artists before, Schaller is assuming the role of the romantic, painting en plein air. He is performing painting in the Royal Botanical Gardens, encapsulated between two worlds; the garden as wild nature and urban interactions and intervention.

Schaller’s paintings and sculptures are responding to undesirable changes to nature and climate. Surrounded by the urban environment, human interaction and intervention, Schaller embraces this disrupted sense of the sublime. The result is a fervent series of conversational paintings between humans and nature. Botanical shapes intertwined with the human figure appearing and reappearing in the bold and colourful post-sublime universe Schaller explores. Animated shapes that make a scene.

Please contact the gallery to make an appointment, all enquiries can be directed to or visit our online gallery to see the spectacular botanical works of Mark Schaller.


19 McShanag Drive , Castlemaine 3450 (off Langslow Street)

Lot19 & Covid-19

It is time to hunker down and look after the basics. That is a certainty in these uncertain times. For now, Lot19 will be closed to the public, visited only by our tenant artists treating their studios as isolation spaces.

Another certainty is that the arts will soon be required to help us move through this process, to accept, grieve, reassess. Our artists have serious work to do.

We will build an appropriate response, probably online, soon. Until then we all need to stay safe and strong, love one another and look forward to the good that will emerge from the pain.

Manningham Art Gallery

Manningham City Square (MC²), 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster 3108

See Me
Thursday 19 March to Friday 24 April
Tony Allan | Brady Freeman | Jason Horton | Melissa Kent | Tim McCall | Kate Steart | Shane Williams
With photography by Peter Tarasiuk.

See Me is a group exhibition by artists from Araluen’s Art Connects program examining the identity of people with intellectual disabilities and their representation in society. In the past, people with disabilities have been isolated from the rest of society, struggling to be integrated with the broader community. In more modern times efforts have been made to overcome these shortfalls yet there is still a long way to go. The goal of this exhibition is to bridge this gap and bring greater attention and awareness to this group and the art that they create.

National Gallery of Victoria, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3000


From our team here at NGV, we’d like to express our very best wishes to our community at this time.

Due to the evolving nature of COVID-19 and after following closely the State and Federal Government’s advice, we have extended the NGV’s temporary closure until 30 June.

If you have pre-purchased tickets for current exhibitions or upcoming programs, our team will be in contact with you shortly to arrange full refunds.

We encourage you to visit our website and follow #NGVEveryDay on social media for updates and daily inspiration.

We are very grateful for the loyalty and understanding of the NGV community and wish everyone well during this time.

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Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery

Horseshoe Bend, Swan Hill 3585

6 March – 10 May
Flood Plain

For many thousands of years the Murray Darling Basin and this region‘s rivers, tributaries, creeks, billabongs and lakes have provided sustenance for grasslands, forests, native wildlife, birdlife, and people.

An eclectic collection of works that will touch on the many ways that generations of families and individuals engage with the waterways and country of this region, through occupation, culture and recreation. It will also touch on the impact of this engagement with the environment and society.

Ian Abdullah, Narelle Autio, Nicci Cumpston, Suzanne Connelly- Klidomitis, John Davis, Bonita Ely, David Freedman, Thomas Henty, Kenneth Jack, Rick Kirby, Yvonne Koolmatrie, Wendy McDonald, Glenda Nicholls, Marilyne Nicholls, Rhyll Plant, George Rathbone, James Trevor, Wouter Vande Voorde, Wayne Viney


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