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Listing State VIC

Ararat Regional Art Gallery

Town Hall, Vincent Street, Ararat, 3377

The gallery is closed for redevelopment in 2017.
To find out about upcoming outreach events visit

Arnold Street Gallery

189 Arnold Street, Bendigo 3550

Elizabeth Nelson, Solstice, Works on Paper
31st January – 11th February, 2017
Launch Thursday 2nd February, 6-8pm

The longest day of the year is the summer solstice. For ancient societies the summer solstice was a time of great significance and the cause of celebration. It reflected the timeless cycle of seasons and our place within Nature.

For me the summer solstice evokes languid days of midsummer, a hazy atmosphere of glare and stillness. A sense of time slowing, and a heightened awareness of place and moment. The chant of cicadas hypnotises. Despite the drowsy, dreamy atmosphere the birds cackle and sing, and insects scurry about their business.

Kain White, Odyssey
14th – 25th February 2017
Exhibition Launch—Thursday 16th February 2017 6—8 pm

White’s recent work is a combination of wildly decorative symbolic imagery and astronomic motifs. It is a culmination of exploration and experimentation inspired by viewing the stars.

Bendigo Art Gallery

42 View Street, Bendigo, Victoria 3550

Gimme Freedom (or gimme death), Jud Wimhurst
5 November  – 12 February 2017

at Post Office Gallery
Menagerie: animals in Bendigo history
26 August – 12 February 2017

Bendigo Living Arts Space

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

Ag Art Wear Display

Creative Country Couture
February 15 – April 23 2017

Designer garments made from agricultural materials.

A selection of fabulous and imaginative outfits are currently on display in the Living Arts Space at the Bendigo Visitor Centre including award-winning designs entered into the Ag Art Wear competition at the 2016 Elmore Agricultural Field Days.

This display has been an annual event at the Elmore Field Days for many years and every year sees intriguing and masterfully produced wearable creations arriving on the catwalk. A must see if you like to mix creative, inventive and artistic altogether with a touch of farming, fashion and fun!

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

Bowie Bookathon

Castlemaine Library, 212 Barker St, Castlemaine VIC 3450

Castlemaine State Festival
Filming: Saturday 18 March 10:30am-12.30pm
Screening: Saturday 25 March 10:30am-12.30pm

David Bowie told Vanity Fair that reading was his idea of perfect happiness. In 2013 he wrote a list of his 100 favourite books.

Bowie Bookathon is a commemoration and sharing of David Bowie’s taste in literature. To celebrate his ultimate booklist and the legendary man himself, we have set ourselves the challenge of reading as many of Bowie’s favourite reads as possible. This project is conducted in partnership with the Goldfields Library Corporation.

David Bowie’s list can be viewed here.

Bowie Bookathon participants are encouraged to dress up in Bowie-inspired clothing and make up, and come to the Castlemaine Library on Saturday 18 March between 10.30am and 12.30pm to be filmed by Trouble Magazine. The resulting footage will be screened on Saturday 25 March at the Castlemaine Library.

Bowie Bookathon is presented in partnership with the Goldfields Library Corporation.

Castlemaine Art Museum

14 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine 3450

John Nixon: EPW
17 March – 25 June

Presenting a recent selection from John Nixon’s Experimental Painting Workshop, the artist’s ongoing interrogation of the essence of painting.

Mon, Wed-Fri 10.00am-5.00pm, Sat-Sun & Public Holidays 12.00pm-5.00pm
Closed on Tuesdays

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 will be no exception.

Full Steam Ahead 
Steamroller printing event

Saturday 18 March – community platemaking
Sunday 19 March – steamroller printing

Roll up, roll up!
Castlemaine Press is ramping things up! We’re embracing big scale, big machinery, big spectacle!

On the first Sunday of the Castlemaine State Festival, community members join experienced printmakers (and a steamroller!) in making plates and printing industrial size relief prints.

Full Steam Ahead is a printmaking spectacle, and a one-off opportunity to be part of producing steamroller printed artworks. Community members are invited to come along and get their hands inky or just roll up to enjoy the show.

Full Steam Ahead is an opportunity to be part of creating a collaborative print made up of lino tiles designed and cut out by members of the community … or to see large-scale plates made by our region’s printmakers being roadroller printed.

Venue: Castlemaine Press Studio
Enquiries: 0400 156 261 or

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

Dig Café

Cnr Lyons and Panmure Streets, Newstead 3462

Through December and January – Gypsy Twitchers Albert & Eleanor Wright

Albert & Eleanor Wright are local wildlife photographers who specialise in bird images. They have spent the past 10 years travelling extensively around Australia (and more recently overseas), observing and photographing birdlife. It is both passion and obsession! 

Some of these stunning images on canvas will be on display and for sale at Dig Café, including many birds which are local to the Newstead area. For a taste of their work visit or “like” the page on Facebook.

Dig Café Hours: Closed Monday and Tuesday. Open Wednesday and Thursday 9am-4pm, Friday and Saturday 9am – late, Sunday 9am-4pm. 

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.

My Geelong—our Gallery
until 2 April 2017

My Geelong—our Gallery illustrates the artistic riches of Geelong Gallery, a collection owned by the people of Geelong. Twenty diverse members of the Greater Geelong community were invited to meet Director Jason Smith and select a favourite work of art. Peoples’ choices are exhibited in this revealing and fascinating special exhibition and trail through the Gallery.

Abstraction: celebrating Australian women abstract artists
25 February to 07 May 2017

Drawn from the extensive collection of the National Gallery of Australia, this exhibition reveals the astounding contribution Australian women artists have made to abstract art. Covering the work of 38 artists from a wide ranging period, the exhibition reveals a passion for colour, shape and rhythm and a dedication to experimentation and conceptual innovation. Includes works by Margaret Preston, Dorrit Black, Grace Crowley, Anne Dangar through to Inge King, Yvonne Audette, Margo Lewers, Janet Dawson and Melinda Harper, among others. This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

Drop-in tours of the permanent collection Sunday between 2pm-4pm
Free entry
Open daily 10am–5pm
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

Hepburn Arts & Culture

76 Vincent Street, Daylesford 3460

Creswick – Home of the Lindsays

Australian art history buffs will love the new Creswick of the Lindsays arts trail. The signs are located throughout Creswick, Victoria at sites that were significant to members of the Lindsay family and help tell the story of the artistic members of the family, notably the well-known Australian painters Norman Lindsay, Lionel Lindsay and Percy Lindsay

To Market to Market!

Hepburn Shire is host to a number of arts, crafts and foodie markets including Daylesford Farmers Market, Creswick Makers – Artisans in the Forest Market, Daylesford Sunday Market, Clunes Farmers Market, Creswick Bazaar, Trentham Farmers Market, Trentham Station Market and Creswick Market. Follow these links or go to to find out more. Happy bargain hunting!

Arts and Culture Collection Online

Items in the Hepburn Shire arts and culture collection are currently being catalogued online. The collection includes memorabilia, artworks and public artworks of significance to the Hepburn Shire. The online catalogue can be accessed at

Arts Atlas

Arts Atlas is a comprehensive guide to arts in the Ballarat and Central Highlands region. Local artists should list details of their practice at Developed with artists, organisations and cultural groups in mind, it aims to bring people together to share what’s going on and to celebrate what makes this part of the world just that little bit special.