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Listing State Victoria

Ararat Regional Art Gallery

Town Hall, Vincent Street, Ararat, 3377

SHIT Happens: Jordan Marani
3 November 2016 – 15 January 2017

Jordan Marani makes darkly humourous work involving personal narratives, wry observations of the human condition and an exploration of loss and the past. Through painting and sculpture employing bright colour, humour and word play, he explores the funny side of the dark side. His text works blend lowbrow culture with high art, and are drawn from the ugly vernacular of Australian politics and the pub.

Jordan divides his time between Melbourne and Buangor, a small town close to Ararat. His exhibition at Ararat Regonal Art Gallery features works from his early career, alongside recent works and new works that respond to the character of the local area.

From 2008-2011 Jordan was co-founder and director of Hell Gallery. His work has been exhibited at Tate Modern, the National Gallery of Victoria, Static Gallery Liverpool, Switchback Gallery, 200 Gertrude Street, Daine Singer, Neon Parc, Utopian Slumps, Ryan Renshaw, Ray Hughes Gallery, Powell Street Gallery and at ARIs including Death Be Kind, Inflight, Seventh, and West Space. He recently published his first book, EGGS, which launched at the Melbourne Art Book Fair at the National Gallery of Victoria. He is represented by Daine Singer.

13 December 2016 – 15 January 2017

WARM is a large-scale community textile project that asks questions about climate change and sustainability. WARM is am initiative of the environmental arts organisation, SEAM Inc – Sustainable Art Environmental Movement. Artist Lars Stenberg and knitting designer Georgie Nicolson of tikkiknits collaborated to design WARM. Over 250 knitters from around the world contributed over 1000 knitting pieces to the mural.

A workshop was also held at the Ararat Regional Art Gallery in July 2016 and local knitters, both experienced and novice, contributed sections to form the completed mural. This exhibition features the resulting textile wall mural.

Hours: Monday to Friday 10am-4.30pm, weekends and public holidays 12-4pm. Free entry. 

Arnold Street Gallery

189 Arnold Street, Bendigo 3550

Resonance: Maria Vanhees
2 – 12 November 2016

This body of work is part of an ongoing exploration into the embodiment of personal feelings, emotions and memories as they resonate wth the forms, colours and textures I encounter and interact with in my natural environment.

*Artists Call Out*

Arnold Street Gallery invites artists to apply for the Jan – Jul 2017 exhibition program. Details and proposal guidelines can be found online at:

Bendigo Art Gallery

42 View Street, Bendigo, Victoria

‘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



Castlemaine Art Museum

14 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine 3450

2016 Len Fox Painting Award
Until 31 December

Prudence Flint has won the 2016 Len Fox Painting Award, for her work ‘Wash’ (2015).

Forty-three contemporary artists were shortlisted in the 2016 Len Fox Painting Award Exhibition, a $50,000 acquisitive award for a painting in sympathy with the work of Emanuel Phillips Fox. Chosen by a panel, the artists shortlisted were selected from 170 entries.

The 2016 shortlisted artists are:

Abdul Abdullah, Brian Armstrong, Alec Baker, Angela Brennan, Lynne Boyd, Kevin Chin, Marcel Cousins, Dario Falzon, Kenneth Felstead, Prudence Flint, Hannah Fox, Mark Fox, Marc Freeman, Janet Green, Naomi Hobson, Mark Howson, Jason Jones, Shane Jones, Ken Knight, Travis MacDonald, Robert Maclaurin, Jan McNeill, Lynn Miller, Karen Mills, David Moore, John Nixon, Mark Ogge, Theo Papathomas, Colin Pennock, Madeleine Peters, Shirely Purdie, Petra Reece, Jenny Rodgerson, Steve Salo, Bill Sampson, Ross Skinner, Jennie Stewart, Adriane Strampp, Liz Stute, James Tinsley, Robert Watson, Peter Wegner, Marcus Wills.

14 January – 26 February
‘Groove is in the Heart’Minna Gilligan and ‘World Without World’ Michael Doolan
CAM’s first exhibitions for children!

Families are invited to visit CAM between 14 January – 26 February 2017 to explore our two exhibitions ‘Groove Is In The Heart’ by Minna Gilligan, and ‘World Without World’ by Michael Doolan.

To celebrate these artists and their shared exploration of play and imaginary worlds, CAM has created opportunities for our younger visitors to enjoy the work of these two contemporary artists.

Children (and the young at heart) are invited to explore our exhibitions through engaging hands-on activities that are educator designed including ‘flower power’ stickups and groovy moves collages using retro papers and figure silhouettes.
Parents who are looking for new ways to keep their kids entertained over the summer holidays can bring them along and they can explore their creativity at CAM.
Stay tuned to our website for information about family tours of these exhibitions.

CAM’s School Holiday programs are designed for kindergarten and primary school aged children with a supervising adult. All materials are supplied. Suitable for children aged 3–12.

All children’s activities are included in the admission fee.
Family Pass entry includes holiday fun activity pack.

Admission: Children Free / Concession $8 / Adult $10
Special Offer/Family Pass: Two Adults and Children: $16
Members: Free, Join now!

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


Bring your work and join others in a casual afternoon of printmaking and exchange. An ideal way to get familiar with the space. A committee member will be present printmaking and available to help, and the sessions will begin with a half hour induction.

Friday afternoons, 2pm-5pm.

All members welcome! New members can join on the day.
$10 per person, per 3 hour session, with shared studio access.
BYO all materials.

Email to let us know you will be there.


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).

Castlemaine Press studio has been open for hire from 1 September 2015. Bookings can be made here. More detailed enquiries, phone Kir on 0412 951 107. Enquiries:


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.

2016 Geelong contemporary art prize
until 13 November
The 2016 Geelong contemporary art prize is a signature event that assists with the development of the Gallery’s collection while supporting Australian artists and contemporary painting practice in general. This $30,000 acquisitive painting award and biennial exhibition features over 30 works by some of Australia’s leading and emerging artists. The winner of the 2016 Geelong contemporary art prize was Kate Beynon for her work Graveyard scene/the beauty and sadness of bones.

Shortlisted artists include: Penelope Aitken, Robert Andrew, Xiao Bai, Kate Beynon, Warren Breninger, Hector Tjupuru Burton, Deidre But-Husaim, Magda Cebokli, Trevelyan Clay, Jonathan Crowther, Marieke Dench, Shaun Gladwell, Julia Gorman, Michael Gromm, Marie Hagerty, Peter Hill, Naomi Hobson, David Jolly, Col Jordan, Ash Keating, Chris Langlois, Donna Lougher, Viv Miller, Jennifer Mills, Jan Murray, John Nixon, Rosslynd Piggott, Adam Pyett, Sally Ross, Brad Rusbridge, Huseyin Sami, Kate Tucker and Jurek Wybraniec.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Dimmick Charitable Trust

Tricking the eye—contemporary trompe l’oeil
26 November 2016 until 12 February 2017
Drawing on the centuries old tradition of trompe l’oeil painting (or ‘trick of the eye’), this exhibition brings together the work of a number of contemporary Australian artists whose paintings, sculptures and moving images are intentionally illusionistic, play with perspective or are something other than what they first appear to be. Includes works by Chris Bond, Daniel Crooks, Georgina Cue, Gregory Hodge, Jan Murray, Ricky Swallow and Anne Zahalka, as well as works commissioned for the exhibition by Colleen Ahern & Tully Moore, Stephen Bowers and John R Neeson.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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

Director: Jason Smith

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

19 November 2016 – 29 January 2017

Sam Briggs | Baillie Farley | Amy Pilmore |Tifanny Retallik| Simone Dyer| Jaide Walsh | David Horvat | Emma Schache | Jack Alexander | Josephine Bond | Gerard Natividad | Isabella Moerkerk | Harrison Ptoo | Maddie Trudel | Kessia Peterson | Kali Roberts.

This exhibition is the outcome of the Horsham Regional Art Gallery’s Arts Extension Program funded by the Department of Education and Training’s Strategic Partnerships Program for extending gifted and talented students.

During term 3 the gallery partnered with a professional writer, photographer and graphic designer to enrich the visual arts experience for gifted and talented students in regional and remote schools in our region in the medium of art, design, and writing. This mentor experience with professionals working in the arts, gives our students an opportunity to be involved in an industry more readily available to their urban contemporaries. The program also provides students with the opportunity to have their artwork exhibited in a public forum, extends the content of their folios in VCE subject areas and prepares them for more intense study at a VCE or university level.

Students from Marian College Ararat, Horsham College, Dimboola Memorial Secondary College, St Brigid’s College and Murtoa College participated in the ten week after school program in the area of English, Visual Communication and Design, and Art/Photography in Years 1 – 11.

Horsham Regional Art gallery acknowledges the support of the Department of Education and Training through the Strategic Partnerships Program for the development and presentation of this project.

Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 11am-4.30pm, Sunday 1pm-4.30pm

Incinerator Gallery

180 Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds 3039

The Summer Show
Local Masters: Judy Drew, Greg Smith and Mark Dober
10 December 2016 to 15 January 2017

The Summer Show is a celebration of Moonee Valley’s creative community and pays homage to the dedication of three of Moonee Valley’s most prominent local artists, Judy Drew, Greg Smith and Mark Dober, who have shared their skills and experience by delivering a series of masterclasses at the gallery throughout the year.

New student works from the gallery’s broad offering of masterclasses, art courses and workshops will also be on display in the Atrium and Boadle Hall. The exhibition of these works celebrate the achievements of our students, as well as the important exchange of knowledge between teacher and student.

Special Events
Opening Night: Friday, 9 December, 6- 8pm (all welcome)
Artist and Curator Talk: Saturday, 14 January at 1pm

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