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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

Bryan Dawe | Meet the Artist | Tangier Illusions
Saturday 12th August 2 – 4pm
Drinks and Nibbles

At this years Bendigo Writers Festival, Bryan Dawe will tell the story about how he came to be a satirist, partnering with the late John Clarke to create their unique style of humour for so long part of our national commentary.

He also shows, for the first time in Australia, an exhibition of artworks called Tangier Illusions.

Bryan Dawe has spent many months in Tangier on his many visits to Morocco where he developed a deep appreciation of its people and culture.

The exhibition, first shown in Tangier in February 2017, is an exciting collection of artistically enhanced images that go far beyond the usual touristic depictions.

Surrealistic, with more than a hint of humour, the photographs delve into the psyche of Tangier: the old bars and cafes inhabited by the famous writers and musicians, the artists, spies, the wealthy, and the smugglers. Against a backdrop of decaying buildings and circus, Bryan honours Tangier’s creative and social past.

These photographic collages reveal Bryan’s love of the visual arts, his fascination for creativity, and his increasing love of a place he now visits more and more – Tangier in Morocco.

Sponsored by Glenwillow and Sandhurst Ridge Wineries

Go to Eventbrite to secure your free ticket

Exhibition Launch
Bryan Dawe | Tangier Illusions
Launch by Elly Varrenti
Exhibition Dates: 10th – 26th August 2017
Launch: Thursday 10th August 2017 6-8pm

We know Bryan Dawe as a writer for stage, screen, radio and print. He has won multiple awards for his work in the fields of comedy, acting and music.

His work, as part of the political satire duo Clarke and Dawe, screened on Australian TV for close to thirty years.

Bryan has held a number of photographic exhibitions, the latest in Tangier, Morocco, in February of this year. That exhibition: Tangier Illusions will be on show for the first time in Australia, at the Arnold Street Gallery, as an umbrella event at Bendigo Writers Festival.

Bryan Dawe has spent many months in Tangier on his many visits to Morocco where he developed a deep appreciation of its people and culture.

Tangier Illusions is an exciting collection of artistically enhanced images that go far beyond the usual touristic depictions.

Surrealistic, with more than a hint of humour, the photographs delve into the psyche of Tangier: the old bars and cafes inhabited by the famous writers and musicians, the artists, spies, the wealthy, and the smugglers. Against a backdrop of decaying buildings and circus, Bryan honours Tangier’s creative and social past.

Sponsored by Glenwillow and Sandhurst Ridge wineries.

Go to Eventbrite to secure your free ticket

Bendigo Art Gallery

42 View Street, Bendigo, Victoria 3550

Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize
17 June–17 September

Revealing Identity: The Collections of La Trobe University
24 June–3 September

Rona Green: Champagne taste and lemonade pockets
24 June–3 September

Post Office Gallery
61-67 Pall Mall, Bendigo
Vantage point: aerial views of Bendigo
9 June – 13 August 2017

Bendigo Living Arts Space

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

9 August – 12 November 2017

An exhibition bringing together fine couture, photography and jewellery designed to inspire and impress.

Bespoke couturier – Briana Hurley-Shaw
Photographer – Joel Bramley
Jeweller – Carol de Graauw

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.

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. 

The You Yangs—Mark Dober
until 15 October

Reflecting the enduring interest of artists in this unique location, this exhibition of recent watercolours by Mark Dober includes large-scale multi-panelled works painted en plein air in a vibrant palette. 

2017 Geelong acquisitive print awards
until 8 October

This nationally acclaimed acquisitive prize exhibition features entries from around Australia by established and emerging printmakers representing the diversity of current practice through both traditional printmaking techniques as well as contemporary processes.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Estate of Dr Colin Holden and Louise Box, the Ursula Hoff Institute and Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop.

Fred Williams in the You Yangs
until 5 November

Fred Williams in the You Yangs brings together the ground-breaking paintings, drawings and etchings that represent the turning point in Fred Williams’s art.  Williams started working in the You Yangs in 1962. It is his work of this period that defined what is commonly considered his ‘classic’ interpretation of the Australian landscape. This exhibition reveals Williams’s enduring fascination with the You Yangs as a recurring subject (among others) for his painting throughout the 1960s to the late 1970s, and surveys in marvellous depth the artist’s working method.

This exhibition is sponsored by Creative Victoria, Gordon Darling Foundation, Bisinella Developments, Stuart Leslie Foundation and Pixelcase. Entry fees apply. Visit for more information or to book online.

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

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.

Horsham Regional Art Gallery

21 Roberts Ave, 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

Incinerator Gallery

180 Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds 3039

Saturday 3 June – Sunday 23 July

Guest curator: Elizabeth Liddle

Artist & Curator Talk: Saturday, 15 July at 1pm

Revealed is an exhibition that brings together a group of diverse Aboriginal artists’ in an intermingled discourse that explores the idea that a weakened connection to country is interrelated to the challenges experiences by Indigenous communities across Australia.

Marley Holloway- Clarke, Robert Kelly, Cassie Leatham, Anna Liebzeit and Steve Stelios Adam with Elizabeth Liddle, Hayley Millar- Baker, Josh Muir, Jenny Murray- Jones and Tyson Yunkaporta

Even a Stopped Clock.
Katie Lee with Andrew Sainsbury

Katie Lee’s artistic practice is influenced by the dynamics of urban space. She draws on the interactions of humans, animals, architecture and natural forces to make her installations.

For her new work in the Incinerator Gallery’s Atrium space, Katie has engineered a suspended sculpture, made from timber, steel, toughened glass and electric fans.

Andrea Hopgood

Andrea Hopgood began exploring the idea of the ‘cloud’ just after the death of her 18 year old son.

The quiet and solitary act of painting helped her transition through the tragedy, whilst the subject matter resonated with the emotional impact of her son’s death.

Cloud investigates the parallels between the different meanings of the cloud and her own stages of grief.

Opening hours: Tues to Sun, 11am-4pm. Free Entry.

LOT 19

19 McShanag Drive , Castlemaine 3450 (off Langslow Street)

lot19 was founded to celebrate life

lot 19 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.