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Listing State VIC

Ararat Gallery TAMA

82 Vincent Street, Ararat, Victoria 3377

Let The World Burn
Paul Yore
Until 1st March 2020

Let The World Burn features an uncomfortable intermingling of images, words, ideologies and materials. Achieved through painstaking hand embroidering techniques, Yore uses these to question the cultural codes that govern one’s body and behaviour; and examine the role of art within society. Let The World Burn, takes What a Horrid Fucking Mess (2016) as its central piece. Acquired by Ararat Gallery TAMA in 2016, What a Horrid Fucking Mess is a large-scale, hand sewn, mixed media textile work that incorporates applique, embroidery and painting alongside collaged found material: Australiana sourced from kitsch tea-towels, graphics from T-shirts and many other disparate elements.

Collected, Saved and Combined
From 7 December 2019 to 7 June 2020

Collected, Saved and Combined brings together pieces from Ararat Gallery TAMA’s Permanent Collection. Spanning the 1980s through to today, each piece utilises repurposed everyday items to explore contemporary Australian life. This includes artworks by Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Sarah Crowest, Lois Densham, Richard Goodwin, Paull Mckee, Raquel Ormella and John Parkes.

Drafting Sheep – Lionel Lindsay
From 4 January to 5 July 2020

Drafting Sheep is a collection display that celebrates the work of Lionel Lindsay. Born into an artistic family in Creswick, Victoria, Lindsay (1874-1961) was, without doubt, one of Australia’s great black and white artists – as a printmaker his achievements remain arguably unrivalled in Australian art of this era.

Drawing Dashes Between Dots – Siying Zhou
From 14 March 14 to 12 July

Ararat is the only colonial town in Australia to have been founded by Chinese immigrants, having been established by Chinese miners in the 1850s. Today, this is one of the first things you read when googling the town, although this history wasn’t always so visible. Through a month-long residency in Ararat, Zhou formed personal connections to place and sought to understand contemporary relationships to the past.

The artist utilised public archives including those from the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre and Ararat Regional Library, as well as the personal archives, memories and stories held by community members, such as the passionate community group, the Friends of Gum San. Zhou has extracted multiple narratives and perspectives from a fragmented and discontinuous representation of history. Humanising facts and figures, they take us from the 1800s through to today. Through a mixed-media installation, the artist maps out the entanglements between past and present and the way these can influence personal identity.

HOURS: Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, weekends 10am to 4pm
Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. FREE ENTRY.

Bendigo Art Gallery

42 View Street, Bendigo, Victoria 3550

Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View Street, Bendigo

Josh Muir: What’s on your mind?
30 November 2019 – 01 March 2020

The Paul Guest Collection
07 December 2019 – 01 March 2020

Post Office Gallery
61-67 Pall Mall, Bendigo

Pieces of a story: people and places of Bendigo
11 October 2019 – 23 February 2020

Bendigo Living Arts Space

51-67 Pall Mall Bendigo, 3550

Dec 7 to Feb 29

An exhibition that explores the connections between art, pop culture and serious play.

Wonderland brings together creativity, playfulness and design at the Living Arts Space, with a mix of works featuring bold pop-art paintings, unique ceramics, textile animals, embroidery and jewellery. The exhibition includes a stunning collection from the Bendigo LEGO® User Group, as well as a stop motion LEGO® video and green screen play. Suitable for all ages.

Featuring: Bendigo LEGO® User Group, Frances Guerin, Discovery Centre, Chris Duffy, Beth Sayer, DAP Jewellery, Eleanor Brownbill


Bendigo Living Arts Space
Discover and immerse yourself in our unique arts world.

The Living Arts Space presents a range of exhibitions and public art programs throughout the year showcasing Bendigo and the region’s talented, emerging and professional artists to visitors to the region and our local community.

The Living Arts Space presents quality exhibitions within the grand old post office, using the magnificent heritage backdrop of the building to showcase diverse artworks created by living artists and artisans from the Bendigo region. The Living Arts Space combines exhibitions with active programs involving artist’s talks, demonstrations and makers workshops as part of a vibrant and engaging public program. The Living Arts Space is located inside the Bendigo Visitor Centre on the left-hand side of the main entry foyer.

Open 9am-5pm daily (closed Christmas day)

Castlemaine Press

Lot 19, 19 McShanag Drive, Castlemaine 3450

March 7,8,9 & 14,15

Join us at the Castlemaine Press studio for printmaking demonstrations, prints on show and more!



Saturday afternoons at Castlemaine Press, 1pm-4pm
Term 1: February 15, 22, 29, March 21
Artist: Melissa Proposch

This series of group studio sessions for Castlemaine Press members is ideal for beginner and intermediate printmakers looking to consolidate skills and broaden their technical range. Bring your own print projects to print at the studio and explore your print practice with guidance from an experienced printmaker. Refine core print studio skills such as setting press pressure for different media. Make prints in a deeply creative learning environment. Tuition includes discussions and demonstrations of a range of printing and platemaking techniques over the term

COST: $35 per session
Minimum booking 2 sessions per term ($70)
Basic studio materials included, participant provides all other materials.
Numbers limited.




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. Studio bookings here.


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: Full membership $84, Concession $60, Friends $36.

If you would like to become a member of Castlemaine Press, click here to go to our website or contact us at

Fox Galleries

79 Langridge Street, Collingwood, Victoria 3066

Saturday 8 February – Wednesday 4 March 2020
Opening 5pm – 7pm, Saturday 8 February

Fox Galleries celebrates its 5th year of exhibitions with group show Sparks; a collection of new and recent works by our represented artists, celebrating spaces ‘the mind can’t usually go’. In Sparks we see the fearful, the desperate, the complacent and the comical. The exhibition revels in challenging and electrifying the viewer with the works of Eddie Botha, Tim Clarkson, Rowley Drysdale, Mark Dustin, Peter Thomas, Esther Erlich, Wayne Fogden, Stephen Glassborow, Mark Davis, Jason Moad, Victor Rubin, Bart Sanciolo, Mark Schaller, Tyra Hutchens, Odelle Morshuis and Nigel Sense. Gallery, artist and viewer alike come to see the irresistible force paradox, the quiet vibrations of the studio meets the immovable gallery walls. Fox Galleries is proud to present a verbose collection of ideas in this curated exhibition of all that is needed, Sparks.

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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

Take It Out of the Garden
Thursday 13 February to Sunday 1 March

An examination of the distinctive character of terracotta and its use as a ground for expressive slip and terra sigillata decoration in contemporary ceramic work. Featuring work by Jane Annois, Helen Fuller, John Higgins (UK), Holly Macdonald, Megan Patey, Richard Phethean (UK) and Jane Sawyer.

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

180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

September 2019 to April 2020 | NGV International

Contemporary American artist KAWS, a.k.a Brian Donnelly, is one of the most resonant artists of his generation. In an Australian first, KAWS: Companionship In The Age Of Loneliness is a comprehensive survey of 25 years of KAWS’s oeuvre, full of humour, hope and humanity, celebrating his ability to connect with broad audiences.

The full range of KAWS’s artistic output will be on display featuring more than 100 works including iconic paintings reappropriating pop-culture figures to his more recent large-scale abstract works, and an impressive collection of his celebrated sculptural figures.

KAWS engages with universal feelings of isolation and loneliness through his works, in reaction to the turbulent world we live in today. His larger-than-life sculptures are playful, toy-like figures, however at closer look, they reveal a fragility and darkness in the vulnerable poses of the characters. The exhibition will include a newly commissioned 7-metre bronze COMPANION sculpture GONE, 2019, standing solemnly in a Pietà pose, evoking a sense of sorrow and empathy. On display in the NGV’s Federation Court, this monumental work will be the largest bronze KAWS has created to date.

KAWS’ latest paintings showcase his hallmark use of bold colors and bright lines, transgressing into new creative territory with his hybrid characters now dissolving into fragmented fields of color.

Accompanying the main exhibition, KAWS: Playtime is a dedicated playful kids exhibition that KAWS has created, introducing promising young artists of today to his creative approach and artistic methods of integrating pop culture into his work.

Admission fees apply.

T:61 3 8620 2222 W:

Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery

Horseshoe Bend, Swan Hill 3585

6 December 2019 to 27 January 2020
Open House: Tamworth Textile Triennial

Open House: Tamworth Textile Triennial celebrates the open-ended nature of textiles practice today. All of the participant artists’ works are linked with things outside of themselves and their studios. Many celebrate the sense of belonging that comes from working with other artists; while others take on wide-ranging issues, such as the landscape and the environment, and the artist’s place in a world beset by environmental, social and cultural upheaval. Through the process of creating, talking and exhibiting, the artists join together with visitors as equal participants in an open house where all ideas and responses are welcome.

Sally Blake, John Brooks, GhostNets Australia, Gomeroi gaaynggal, ArtsHealth Program, Treahna Hamm, Joy Ivill, Carol McGregor, Rebecca Mayo, Noongar Doll Makers, Community Arts Network, Raquel Ormella, Julia Robinson, Ema Shin, Jeanette Stok, Meredith Woolnough. Curated by Glenn Barkley

This exhibition has been developed by Tamworth Regional Gallery and is supported by the Visions regional touring program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to cultural material for all Australians.

Open Weave

Open weave is a selection of works by artists of the region working with textiles, wool, upcycled detritus, manmade and natural materials exclusively or as an adjunct medium. This micro show brings a local perspective to the theme of textiles at the gallery this summer.