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Listing State VIC

Ararat Regional Art Gallery

Town Hall, Vincent Street, Ararat, 3377

Stories of Chinese ANZACs & Chinese Australians in World War 2
30 March – 30 April 2018

The exhibition is 32 story panels filled with images, words and emotions as well as outcomes and dreams of Chinese Australians that enlisted and fought in both World Wars for Australia.

All gave some –
Some gave all

As in WWI, Australians of Chinese ancestry willingly sought to enlist in the military. Using available data from this period, it is estimated that 2000 men were eligible to enlist in 1933. Close to a third of these Chinese Australians joined the fight to protect “King and Country”. Their acceptance into the armed forces was a reflection of their determination to overcome the Defence Act “exemption” which caused many Chinese Australians to be rejected to serve in WWI.

This exhibition is part of a shared effort around Australia to acknowledge the legacy of Chinese Australians and Chinese men and women who served in WWI and WWII.

Developed by the Chinese Museum of Melbourne.

Bendigo Art Gallery

42 View Street, Bendigo, Victoria 3550

Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View Street, Bendigo

Marimekko: Design Icon
3 March – 11 June 2018

New Histories
14 April – 29 July 2018

Post Office Gallery
61-67 Pall Mall, Bendigo

Bendigo for business, sunshine and pleasure
15 December 2017 – 29 April 2018

Bendigo Living Arts Space

Living Arts Space at the Bendigo Visitor Centre, 51-67 Pall Mall Bendigo, 3550

Ag Art Wear – Creative Country Couture
February 14 – April 29, 2018

A fabulous display of imaginative garments made entirely from agricultural materials from the Elmore Agricultural Field Days Ag Art Wear competition.

Open 9am-5pm daily (Closed Christmas Day)

Castlemaine Press

Lot 19, 19 McShanag Drive, Castlemaine 3450

Having opened in September 2015, this artist-run not-for-profit initiative continues to offer courses, workshops, gatherings, exhibitions, print exchanges and print-loving events to its members and the wider community. And all on a volunteer basis by a dedicated group of print-enthusiasts! This year is no exception.

Inviting printmakers from around the world to join us in the 2nd year of this exchange.

Theme: “In My Backyard”
Paper size: 12cm square. Images can be printed on any part of the paper or edge to edge.
Number of prints: Edition of 10 prints. 1 print will be kept by Castlemaine Press for exhibition and sale, 9 prints will be exchanged and you will be sent a random selection in return.
Exhibition: Prints will be exhibited at the Castlemaine Press studio and online at

Key dates:
Prints and entry form to arrive by July 15.
Exhibition opening August 31.
Prints exchanges October.

Entry fee: $30 AU in Australia and $35 AU international.
Registration and payment: click here
Post prints to: Castlemaine Press, PO Box 201, Castlemaine, VIC, Australia, 3450.
Enquiries and Entry Form:


New Water based Techniques in Collagraph Printing:
“Making Prints that have Optical vibrancy and Graphic punch”
Saturday and Sunday 28-29 April 2018, 10am-4pm

Castlemaine Press is pleased to announce the very talented Sarah Amos is returning to the Press for another wonderful 2 day printmaking workshop.

Sarah Amos has taken this printmaking discipline to a new level due to her persistent experimentation and her refined aesthetic. Amos is enthralled with the Collagraph /Monoprint technique that she has perfected over 25 years of experience. The multiple plate process and layering technique that Amos primarily uses is a wonderful way to achieve a rich painterly surface with both oil paint and etching ink.

This 2 day class explores both Collagraph and Monoprinting techniques on mat board, which is used to create unique paintings on paper. Artists will learn the multiple plate system and its registration capabilities, layering and application of paint, stenciling. Water based drawing techniques will be demonstrated with emphasis on making larger prints using the French seam technique. The Collagraph technique will also be introduced in this process, as a vital component to the overall image. We will learn how to scrape, incise and perforate the surface to create wonderful textures of pattern and organic line. Sarah will also share her own work to illustrate techniques and give independent and class critiques to all participants.

The use of Non Toxic materials are also emphasized and discussed at length due to Amos’s heightened sensitivity to such materials during her printmaking career.

Artists can expect to create a body of work (6-12 finished prints) during this workshop and are encouraged to explore and play.

Sarah Amos lives in East Fairfield, Vermont, USA where she teaches Printmaking classes in her home studio and also maintains an active exhibition schedule of her own work despite her intense commitment to teaching other artists . Sarah shows her work at Heather Gaudio Fine Art, CT, USA and Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne and is a rotating Adjunct Professor at Dartmouth, Williams and Bennington Colleges where she teaches Printmaking and Drawing.

Cost: $350 members, $390 non-members
Registrations and payment: click here

Drawing workshop with Andrew Southall
Saturday 9 June, 10am – 4pm.

“While Southall’s drawings have an inherent intimacy about them, they also capture a sense of the gothic and melancholy that seems to be omnipresent in the Australian landscape. However, they always tend to oscillate between something that is dangerous and foreboding and something that is comforting and restorative.”
Dr Vincent Alessi, Senior Lecturer, Creative Arts and English La Trobe University

Castlemaine Press are delighted to present a drawing workshop by multi-disciplined Australian artist Andrew Southall.

The intense one day workshop is specifically intended to encourage and inspire people who are just beginning an exploration of drawing, and are interested in drawing for pleasure. It will provide an introduction to a variety of disciplines including pencil drawing, pen and ink drawing, and crushed bush charcoal experiments. Students will produce a number of works to take home.

“Everyone ends up being good at one thing, and feels empowered with that discovery.” – Andrew Southall

Cost: $160 (members) $180 (non-members) including materials, good quality drawing paper, and morning and afternoon tea.
Registrations and payment: click here

7 – 9 pm during school terms, starting April 11

Bring your own project to work on and have a social evening of printmaking with other members at the Press.

All members welcome (you need to have had a studio induction). If you haven’t yet had an induction, please make contact and we can arrange for that to happen.

Cost: $10.


Full members with a good knowledge of printmaking techniques, competence to work by themselves and a proven familiarity with printmaking equipment and studio safety procedures are eligible to hire Castlemaine Press facilities.

All members must complete a free induction session before they are eligible for unsupervised access, with the option of a session working with an experienced studio member if this is considered necessary (fee applies).

If you’re not already a paid member, now is a great time to join! 

Members enjoy voting rights, access to community workshop facilities for hire (conditions apply), member discounts and opportunities to participate in collective print practice such as print exchanges and member exhibitions. Not to mention opportunities to collaborate and network with printmakers!

Annual membership fee: Full membership $75, Concession $50, Friends $25. Plus a one-off $20 equipment fee for Full and Concession members.

If you would like to become a member of Castlemaine Press contact us at

Daylesford and Macedon Ranges Open Studios 2018

Daylesford and Macedon Ranges


Top artists from the beautiful Daylesford and Macedon Ranges tourism – and arty – region are selected by an eminent independent curatorial panel and inviting the public into their studios.

The invitation is to see artists, many with international and national reputations, at work and to chat to them about what they do and why.

Twenty five artists from the region, regarded as one of Australia’s regional art capitals, are taking part in this year’s sixth annual Open Studios program on the last two weekends of April and the first weekend of May.

Open Studios has become a major annual arts scene event.

This is partly because it is a rare chance to meet artists.

And it is partly because the region is beautifully scenic, offers top food, wine and weekend accommodation, and is so easy to reach from Melbourne.

Open Studios was created to help demystify art for art lovers who normally have a gallery or on-line sales process between them and the creator of contemporary work that interests them.

Details on the range of participating painters, print makers, photographers, sculptors and artistic creators are at

There is also a group show of their work at the gorgeous, historic Convent Gallery in Daylesford. 

Drop in there and work out which studios to visit by seeing which works most take your fancy.

3 weekends over April/May 2018:

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April 2018
Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April 2018
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May 2018

Studios are open 10 am – 5 pm each of those days. FREE ENTRY
Group Exhibition, The Convent Gallery, Daylesford- Saturday 21 April – Sunday 6 May inclusive. $5 entry fee payable to The Convent Gallery

Instagram: @openartiststudios
Facebook: Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios

Geelong Gallery

Little Malop Street, Geelong 3220

March – What’s on

Geelong Gallery
Treat yourself by visiting the Geelong Gallery, one of Australia’s leading and oldest regional galleries, right in the heart of the city. From iconic colonial masterpieces to compelling contemporary works of art, the Geelong Gallery is the perfect place to unwind and be inspired. 

Outrage, obscenity and madness—Elizabeth Gertsakis
until 06 May

Elizabeth Gertsakis’ digital paintings and works on paper reinterpret the illustrations accompanying reports of crimes and misdemeanours published in broadsheet newspapers by Richard Egan Lee in 1870s Victoria, including newsworthy events that occurred in and around Geelong. An advocate for the dissemination of information to all classes of settlers, Egan Lee fought multiple slander and obscenity cases—after each of which he established a new masthead including Police News, Police Budget, Citizen Press, Banner of Truth and Pictorial Weekly Budget — and changed visual censorship laws in Victoria.

Gertsakis’ profiling and re-evaluation of these images 140 years after they first circulated amongst Victoria’s burgeoning population is particularly timely given recent and ongoing censorship debates, while her digital manipulation of images parallels the cut and paste techniques of the historical broadsheet illustrators. 

Jörg Schmeisser—looking back
Prints from the collection of Laurence O’Keefe and Christopher James

until 27 May

Jörg Schmeisser (1942–2012) was an internationally trained and critically acclaimed master printmaker whose etchings set a benchmark for technical brilliance and conceptual richness. This collection of 34 works dating from 1968 to 2011, assembled over 40 years by Laurence O’Keefe and Christopher James, is a promised bequest to Geelong Gallery and a fine representation of Schmeisser’s beguiling technical mastery of drawing and the etching process.

Reimagine—the world according to children’s books
until 27 May

Reimagine—the world according to children’s books is a selective survey of Australian children’s literature and book illustration of the past twenty years. Presenting original artworks and source material for some of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary children’s books, the exhibition explores the wonderfully inspiring images and texts through which concepts of humanity, nature, caring, cultural difference and belonging, and the challenging realities of loneliness and intolerance, are introduced to children. Reimagine—the world according to children’s books activates the dynamic connection between reading and seeing, and promotes literacy, perception, creativity, and diverse ways of seeing the world.

A Geelong Gallery and Geelong Library & Heritage Centre exhibition.
Reimagine—the world according to children’s books is sponsored by Worksafe and Geelong Gallery Foundation.

Horsham Regional Art Gallery

80 Wilson St, Horsham VIC

Andrea Grützen
09 March 2018 – 14 May 2018

Step into the photography of Berlin based artist Andrea Grützner, the 2017 ING Unseen Talent Prize winner. Through the projection of light and the use of film the guesthouse called Erbgericht, the cultural heart of a village in rural Saxony Germany, becomes a series of stage sets or backdrops for memories. Andrea’s photography transforms the interior walls, corners and passageways of this historic building into a series of striking and complex compositions.

“The house is – as the cultural center of the village – a projection screen for generations of memories and emotions. As a guest with both familiarity with the area, and yet a feeling of alienation from it, I enter into a visual dialogue with this special building which has cast a spell over me for years.” Andrea Grützner

Visit Andrea Grützner: Erbgericht and explore the history of abstract art and colour theory through a selection of photographs, prints and paintings from the Horsham Regional Art Gallery Collection, on the walls of Das Studio.

Das Studio

Get creative this autumn in Das Studio. Inspired by the artist’s photography of staircases and windows, doors and hallways in the exhibition Andrea Grützner: Erbgericht, enter the gallery interior to make, draw and paint. This dedicated studio space for kids and adults is a place to independently explore geometry, abstraction, colour and form. Das Studio will also come to life in a series of artist led art sessions throughout March and April.

A Horsham Regional Art Gallery partnership exhibition with the Centre of Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm; Saturday 11am-4.30pm; Sunday 1pm – 4.30pm


19 McShanag Drive , Castlemaine 3450 (off Langslow Street)

lot19 was founded to celebrate life

lot19 is an evolving artspace in the central highlands of Victoria with studio spaces, an outdoor stage, a contemporary art gallery which also presents excellent music, marionette theatre, performance, and film, and an outdoor sculpture park. We are dedicated to promoting undiluted excellence in the full field of human experience, and are not driven by sales.

lot19 highlights include the annual Spring Sculpture Prize:

The lot19 spring sculpture prize has won the hearts of community arts leaders, artists from accomplished to emerging, and many thousands of visitors. There are substantial prizes and the Spring Sculpture Prize attracts an incredibly diverse array of heartfelt and accomplished sculptural works.

Manningham Art Gallery

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

Until Saturday 12 May
Code Breakers: Women in Games

Enter Code Breakers, the first exhibition of its kind to celebrate the accomplishments of Australian and New Zealand women working in games. Code Breakers showcases an array of playable games – from indie through to commercial hits and new releases – all made by women working in different capacities: as developers, programmers, digital artists, writers, producers and designers.

An ACMI touring exhibition. Code Breakers: Women in Games is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

National Gallery of Victoria, NGV International

180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 3000

15 DEC 17 – 15 APR 18

Featuring the work of over 100 artists and designers from 32 countries, the NGV Triennial surveys the world of art and design, across cultures, scales, geographies and perspectives.

A free exhibition, the NGV Triennial is a celebration of contemporary art and design practice that traverses all four levels of NGV International, as well as offering a rich array of programs.

The NGV Triennial explores cutting edge technologies, architecture, animation, performance, film, painting, drawing, fashion design, tapestry and sculpture.

Visitors have an opportunity to look at the world and its past, present and future through the eyes of some of the most creative minds working today.

T:(03) 8620 2222 Bookings: (03) 8662 1555 W: