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Ararat Regional Art Gallery

Town Hall, Vincent Street, Ararat, 3377

The towneys watched back
Fernando do Campo
27 September – 29 October 2017

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the ceremonial release of house sparrows from a balcony at the former Bull and Mouth Hotel, Barkly Street, Ararat. ‘The towneys watched back’ is a project by artist Fernando do Campo, who has been researching the histories of house sparrow introductions across the USA, Argentina and Australia since 2015.

As the Ararat Advertiser explained in 1867: ‘On Tuesday morning last a cage of English sparrows arrived in Ararat by coach…The local community of Ararat rejoiced their release … for hours afterwards wherever one or two could be seen knots of persons gathered to watch their movements…’

This project re-releases this narrative into the community of Ararat. Working with local sites and archives, the artist is interested in how we talk about colonial narratives in contemporary Australia. The title of the project also references this article published in the Ararat Advertiser 150 years ago, where, describing this peculiar event and the response by the local community, it states: ‘….Numbers of the burgesses had assembled to get a sight of their ‘towneys’ as they called them…’ This article was then re-published nationally, with many 19th century newspapers quoting the Ararat Advertiser and the significant interest towards the sparrows of Ararat.

The release of the fourteen birds was enthusiastically celebrated, but within 20 years sparrows were reviled as a pest. The sparrow, like other introduced species, can be viewed as a harbinger of coloniality. The life of sparrows parallels the human experience of migration. Acclimatised sparrows reflect back experiences of containment, transportation and incongruity, through to resilience, adaptation and belonging. Through archival research, colonial language, and site-specific artistic interventions across Ararat, Fernando do Campo explores this local narrative and the house sparrow as a potent symbol of colonisation.

The exhibition will be presented by Ararat Regional Art Gallery across the following spaces in Ararat:

Ararat Library
Monday to Thursday 10am – 5:30pm; Friday 10am – 5pm; Saturday 9am – 12pm

Langi Morgala Museum
Tuesday to Thursday, 10am – 3pm. Entry fees apply

Orchid House
Alexandra Gardens, Ararat, viewable daily

Fernando do Campo will speak about the project at its official opening at the former Bull & Mouth Hotel Stables (in the lane behind the Ararat Hotel) on Tuesday 26 September at 6pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Fernando do Campo is an artist currently based in Sydney where he is Associate Lecturer at UNSW Art + Design. Since 2015 he also produces work as the HSSH (House Sparrow Society for Humans). Solo exhibitions include: I always hear you before I see you, Praxis Gallery, New York (2017); Figure behind a lake, Australian Consulate General, New York (2015); Come away closer, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin (2014). He has exhibited in solo exhibitions in Australia and the USA. He is a John Monash Foundation Scholar, and has received awards from the Australia Council for the Arts, Ian Potter Cultural Trust and Arts Tasmania, and residencies at Cite International des Arts, Paris and BMUKK, Vienna. Fernando has an MFA from Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York. He is represented by Praxis Gallery, Buenos Aires & New York.

Arnold Street Gallery

189 Arnold Street, Bendigo 3550

Exhibiting at Arnold St Gallery

Belinda Eckermann: Traces of Transience
7th November – 19th November 2017
Launch – Saturday 11th November, 2017 2-4pm

Belinda Eckermann lives and works in Victoria’s Mallee Region. Her current practice is intrinsically tied to her local environment. In 2013 she undertook her Masters in Visual Arts, during which she developed an interest in genetics and notions of the hybrid into an exploration of the invasive white snail, commonly encountered in her agricultural community. Her work with the snail shifted her practice toward drawing and a focus on drawing as installation, culminating in her use of the snails as medium. She is currently investigating the native Bardi Grub and Ghost Moth and modes of incorporating their natural interventions with their environment into her creative practice. Eckermann has exhibited regularly throughout regional Victoria since 2009 and was shortlisted for the People’s Choice Award at the 2016 Mission to Seafarers exhibition in Melbourne, where she was also awarded the Bendigo Emerging Artists Judge’s Special Commendation. Eckermann’s practice is concerned with layering, drawing as installation and the immersion of audience. She aims to broaden societal perspectives through her work.

Artist Call Out

Arnold Street gallery invites proposals for the 2018 Jan – Jul exhibition program. The Gallery has three exhibition spaces including Gallery 1, Gallery 2, and the Outdoor Sculpture Gallery.

Please see our exhibition guidelines and application process at

Workshops and Events

Art and Philosophy with Dr. Terry Eyssens
From The Sublime to the Apocalypse
Saturday 18th November 2017, 4.30 – 5.30pm
Arnold Street Gallery | 189 Arnold Street| Bendigo

Art Ecology Philosophy
In this session we will explore just a few of the many engagements of Art, Ecology and Philosophy. This exploration will traverse the abyss between the Romantic and the Apocalyptic Sublime, and consider the vexed transition from t he idea of a representable Nature to our present day confrontation with unrepresentable Ecology. Drinks and Nibbles available Cost $4.00

Dr. Terry Eyssens is a tutor and lecturer at La Trobe University, Australia and has a PhD in Philosophy from Federation University, Australia (2011). He works in post-Enlightenment ecological and political philosophy and is writing a book called The Ecological Comportment of Voss.

$4.00 Admission
Drinks and Nibbles provided

One Day Mosaic Workshop with Kirsten Asche
Sunday 26th November 2017, 10am – 5pm
Arnold Street Gallery | 189 Arnold Street| Bendigo

Workshop Outline
In this one-day workshop, we will create a beautiful Christmas decoration as an introduction to the unique craft of mosaic. An exploration of colour and design will be covered as well as techniques such as cutting, assembling and grouting.

What to Bring

What we supply
Materials and afternoon tea.

Cost: $158
Please book on the Bendigo Tourism Website

Kirsten Asche considers herself to be a modern artisan. Her path towards her current practice has been through various forms of study and mentoring, interwoven with other pursuits, and honed by years of visual observation and response. Mosaic is her current focus, using glass tiles, recycled crockery and beads as well semi-precious stones in order to create rich patterns and capture narrative. Her teaching experience includes working with a variety of students in community Arts programs, teaching children at Art Encounters in Melbourne as well as running her own “Mosaic of Paradise” workshops for the post five and half years from her St. Kilda studio.

Two Day Plein Air Workshop with Jeff Woodger
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December 10am-4pm
Arnold Street Gallery | 189 Arnold Street| Bendigo

Workshop Outline
Over two days on Saturday December 2 & Sunday December 3 at Lake Weeroona learn how to paint the landscape in pein air using oil paints with Jeff Woodger.

What to Bring

What we supply
Materials and afternoon tea.

Cost: $275
Please book on the Bendigo Tourism Website

Jeff Woodger’s passion to paint post romantic landscapes in the classical style. His majestic panoramic works are deeply inspired by many of the seventeenth century greats such as Claude Lorraine and Salvator Rosa. However, while Woodger’s interests lie in tradition and cultural history, he actively reconfigures these majestic places superimposing his own newly revised contemporary reality. In the early 1990s whilst undertaking his Masters studies in Fine Art Woodger started to paint classical and romantic landscapes in the style of 19th century French Barbizon School artists, inspired by specific works selected from Bendigo Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection. Here he painted his first in-situ work on masonite inspired by a painting by the French Barbizon School artist Theodore Rousseau. The experience of working in-situ from paintings in museums is one which has held great appeal for Woodger, who at a young age during a trip to Spain, was deeply inspired by the experience of witnessing an artist copying an El Greco painting in the El Greco Museum, Toldeo, Spain.

Bendigo Art Gallery

42 View Street, Bendigo, Victoria 3550

The Costume Designer: Edith Head and Hollywood
29 September 2017 – 21 January 2018

arbor temporis momentum
25 November 2017 – 18 February 2018

Post Office Gallery
61-67 Pall Mall, Bendigo
Taverns to Temperance: pubs of Bendigo

25 August – 3 December 2017

Bendigo Living Arts Space

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

15 November 2017 – 11 February 2018

Three artists from Bendigo and region present an evocative exhibition including watercolour paintings of the Mediterranean by Terry Jarvis, fine sculptural ceramics by Maria Vanhees and metal garden sculptures by David Dawson of Overwrought.

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.

Bridget Farmer artist talk & studio visit, Hepburn Springs
Monday November 27, 11.00 am – 12.30 pm

Printmaker Bridget Farmer will talk about her practice, and about the book she wrote, illustrated and self published.
Gather at the café across the road for lunch afterwards if you choose!
$15 members $20 non members
Numbers limited, venue to be advised upon booking
Book your place at

Print Studio for Hire

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).

Join as a member …

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

Geelong Gallery

Little Malop Street, Geelong 3220

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. 

2017 Archibald Prize
until 10 December

First awarded in 1921, the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Archibald Prize is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture, with subjects often including politicians, celebrities, sporting heroes, authors and artists. Since its inception, the Archibald Prize has been engaging art enthusiasts, often stirring up controversy and always challenging the way we see ourselves and our society. Over the years, the prize has been awarded to many of Australia’s most prominent artists. Geelong Gallery is delighted to be the exclusive Victorian venue for the 2017 Archibald Prize. Visit for more information or to book online.

The 2017 Archibald Prize is an Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition and is supported by Principal sponsor ANZ and Geelong Gallery presenting partners Events Geelong and City of Greater Geelong.

Who’s who portrait prize
until 10 December

This student prize marks Jules Francois Archibald’s connection to Geelong as his birthplace and aims to encourage and inspire young artists to celebrate local or regional identities, their personal histories and achievements through portraiture. Selected entries will be exhibited across Geelong including Geelong Gallery, Westfield Geelong, Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, Courthouse Arts and more. Visit for more information.

Supported by Gandel Philanthropy, Geelong Gallery Foundation, Geelong Connected Communities and McHarry’s buslines.

Views of Geelong and beyond—treasures from the Geelong Gallery collection
21 October to 10 December 2017

Views of Geelong and beyond represents major acquisitions, images recording Geelong’s history and development since European settlement, and artists’ fascination with the natural beauty of the Barwon River, Corio Bay, Surf Coast and Western Districts, to name just a few local and nearby sites of inspiration. Visit for more information.

Drop-in tours of the permanent collection Sunday between 2pm-4pm
Open daily 10am–5pm

Horsham Regional Art Gallery

80 Wilson St, Horsham VIC

Constructive Narratives
Tracey Moffatt + Bindi Cole Chocka

until 8 October 2017

The artists in Constructed Narratives explore culturally diverse stories of self-determination and identity; they question the perspective of mainstream Australia. They can provoke the audience to feel uncomfortable and question their relationship to the ideas placed before them. Culture politics is a high stakes game with power at its core. In recognition of this fact many First Nation photographers have successfully utilised humour to great effect as a disarming tactic.

Tracey Moffatt is arguably the most significant Australian photo-media artist working internationally today. As a director of photo-narratives, her formal and stylistic experimentation in film, photography and video reference the history of art and photography, as well as her own childhood memories and fantasies.

Christian Thompson’s is best-known for his work in photography, where he used his own image to present ideas about identity and the collision of cultures.

Bindi Cole Chocka’s compelling photographs, videos and installations fearlessly approach taboo topics with dignity, humour and compassion, often referencing her life story and experiences in contemporary Australia.


Leonard French | Brett Whiteley | Janina Green | Ernst Fries
Daniel Crooks| Yoshikawa Masamichi | Gwyn Hanssen Pigott
Kishi Eiko | Ettore Sottsass | Viliama Grakalic | Valerie Sparks

until 8 October 2017

Remix draws on both the collections of the Hamilton Gallery and the Horsham Regional Art Gallery. The Hamilton Gallery Collection is renowned for its outstanding holdings of Australian and International decorative arts, sculpture and painting. Mixed with key artworks from our own Collection; painting will collide with decorative arts, sculpture with photography; a new series of connections and relationships will be formed. Remix will sample our collections and illustrate how cultural iconography interacts with modern life, and how Australian and International artists continue to remix ideas of these societal tenets.

This exhibition is curated by Alison Eggleton, Curator Horsham Regional Art Gallery in partnership with the Sarah Schmidt, Director of Hamilton Gallery, Southern Grampians Shire Council.

Impressions: Print making in the Wimmera

Anthony Pelchen| Tiiu Reissar | Marian Anderson
Joan Johns | Sue Devlin | Peta Adamson | Angela Walker
Yvonne Preusker | Christine Umbers

until 8 October 2017

“One drawing is sown on the stone or etching plate, and a harvest is reaped from it.” Vincent van Gogh

The act of printmaking in of itself is to make an impression on a surface, traditionally by means of incising an image on to a matrix such as a block, plate, stone or screen – inking the image and running it through a press onto paper. The 19thC Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh considered the reproducibility of printmaking miraculous because it allowed thinkers and artists to disseminate their work. From these humble traditions, printmaking has evolved to encompass Eastern and Western techniques, digital technologies, experimentation in method and materiality, and the single print artwork.

Showcasing the practice of printmaking by artists of our region, this exhibition explores the diversity of techniques currently utilised in the Wimmera.

A Horsham Regional Art Gallery Exhibition.

Gallery Hours: Monday to 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 Spring Sculpture Prize 2017
Until 5 November
3 weekends 12-5pm

Opening event: Bar and kitchen open, no byo, no pets
Music from ‘petal and pet’, who can best be described as horsey and saucy

Esteemed independent judges… SUZANNE DONISTHORPE (arts media and sculptor), GLYN ROBERTS (director Castlemaine State Festival), KADE MACDONALD (independent curator, specialising in contemporary indigenous art)

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, over $6000 in total. The Lot 19 Spring Sculpture Prize attracts an incredibly diverse array of heartfelt and accomplished sculptural works.

Carol Swain- inside out
November 11-25
open 3 weekends 12-5pm

Memory can be a repository of images, feelings, which can be triggered through a seemingly, unrelated incident, a flicker of movement in perception, a blurring of a moment in time; layered areas within suddenly arising from an outside influence, creating an interruption within.

Manningham Art Gallery

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

Wednesday 29 November to Saturday 16 December
Reading Art

An annual exhibition of work by the students of the Manningham Art Studios, this year’s exhibition features a creative response to text through visual arts, with each class’s artworks reflecting and responding to an unfinished sentence, calling on the viewer to finish the story.

Sunday 17 December to Tuesday 16 January
Gallery Closed

Monash Gallery of Art (MGA)

860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill 3150


Entries now invited. The MGA Foundation has announced two changes to the 2017 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, an increased prize of $30,000 for the winning work and, for the first time in the history of the prize, Monash Gallery of Art will acquire the winning entry.


This year the winner of the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize will take home $30,000 in prize money – $5,000 more than previous years. And, for the first time in the history of the prize, Monash Gallery of Art will acquire the winning entry.

Established by the MGA Foundation in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the prize is open to any Australian photographer – established or emerging – and all genres of photography are eligible, as long as the work has been produced in the past year.

There are no thematic restrictions.


Exhibition dates
14 October – 26 November 2017

Opening and announcement
Thursday 19 October 2017