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Horsham Regional Art Gallery

21 Roberts Ave, Horsham VIC

From the darkness…
11 February 2017 – 16 April 2017

The audience has assembled, the house lights have dimmed, silence has crept over the theatre, the house curtains open, and a single light illuminates the stage…
Taking our new context as an inspiration From the darkness… will see ten iconic works from the Horsham Regional Art Gallery Photography Collection investigate light, performance, and architectural space. As dialogues are started and relationships between individual works reformed, we will see again in a new light the work of Bill Henson, Murray Fredericks, Anne Ferran, Ruth Hutchinson, Olive Cotton, Steven Lojewski and Farrell & Parkin. Photographic practice will be extended to include sculptural form and video projection to pierce the darkness and allow us to see old favourites anew.

Jane Brown: Black Ships
11 February 2017 – 16 April 2017

The Melbourne based photographer Jane Brown has travelled to Japan and returned with the exhibition Black Ships. Through these images Brown dramatises aspects of the physical environment as symbolic gesture – pathways, bridges, walls, wrapping, fences, nature and decay. It references the work of photographers who travelled there in the mid-19th Century and Japan’s 20th Century experience of militarism.

Presented as a travelogue that interrogates the machinations of history, Black Ships also aims to embody surreal aspects of the culture and landscape. More broadly it is an articulation of the curiosity of the traveller, seeking out points of difference from home – the peculiar, the beautiful and the unfamiliar.

Carefully hand-printed in the darkroom the prints are on fibre-based paper and selenium toned. Hand-printing is important to Brown’s practice as she seeks to perpetuate darkroom processes. The materiality and physicality of analogue practice gives the work meaning, placing them in a liminal realm between being images and objects.

A CCP Touring Exhibition.

11 February – 16 April 2017

Helen Dooley | Beverley Bretag | Kay Wakefield | Ronni van Stekelenburg | Barbara Collicoat | Sue Taylor | Pamela Storm | Alison Norton | Di Dale | Dorothy Gerlach | Joan Johns | Margot Hogan | Carol Bilson | Margaret Hallam | Betty Ellard | Barb Keech | Fay Hawkins | Claire McKenry | Valda Farmer | Rod Sutherland.

During a Spring visit, at a time of new growth, many of the artists explored Mount Arapiles Tooan State Park in search of what make this place iconic. In the cliffs and bushlands some sort the unique miniature world of orchids or searched in the shadowy edges of rock pools. Others took in the view from the lookouts, or focused on the geological rock formations below their feet. Revisiting the Mount also rekindled personal connection for some of the artists who explored long ago memories of the surrounding area. All of the artists set out to find what spoke to them, to find what sets this location apart in the Wimmera landscape.
This exhibition showcases our unique environment and the art it inspires. It celebrates the activity and life of two community groups, the Horsham Artists’ Society & Horsham Botanical Artists.
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

18 February – 19 March

Fireworks: Art and Design by Bright Young Things

Fireworks is Moonee Valley’s annual art and design exhibition and award for VCE students who live in, or go to school in Moonee Valley.

Shortlisted applicants will have their work exhibited at the Incinerator Gallery with two major awards given on opening night including:
• The $500 Fireworks Art Award
• The $500 Fireworks Design Award

Another two awards will be awarded by the Mayor Cr. Andrea Surace, for excellence in art and design including:
• The $200 Mayoral Award for Excellence in Art
• The $200 Mayoral Award for Excellence in Design

The Pho n Twenty Pie
Lahn U- Holroyd

Lahn U- Holroyd’s family moved to Melbourne as refugees from Vietnam in 1979.

As an adult and a parent, the artist has come to understand the importance of embracing her parent’s traditions whilst continuing to develop her own hybrid customs.

This exhibition investigates the artist’s family history and her own contemporary life through still life paintings of the one thing that has always transcended cultural barriers – food.

Arc Eight – Vertice
James Tapscott

James Tapscott explores the physiology of our perception with a new site specific installation, Arc Eight – Vertice.

This work comprises of a seemingly diminutive room extending into the Atrium Gallery from the external window.

Its finite dimensions bely the experience awaiting the viewer when they enter and find an infinite line of light that pierces the room’s vertical limits.
Opening hours: Tues to Sun, 11am-4pm. Free Entry.

LOT 19

19 McShanag Drive , Castlemaine 3450 (off Langslow Street)

5th Castlemaine Idyll
Saturday 18 March, 2-8pm

A Castlemaine State Festival icon and a Castlemaine Created event.
Live band, live dancers, famous judges.
The square root of all the fun you have had so far in your life.
Don’t panic! It’s not interactive unless you want it to be.

An all ages event. Admission $20 /$15/ $5 children 5-12 years
No BYO, no pets, only love.

Manningham Art Gallery

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

Gerry Wedd – Kitschen Man
8 February – 18 March

Traditional ceramic styles imbued with meaty metaphor and peppered full of personal gusto burst the seams of this solo exhibition of new and staple works, showcasing the breadth of this iconic artist’s career.

Gerry Wedd enjoys a national reputation in Australia for his hand-built blue and white ceramics that brim with a dry wit oscillating from the humorous to darkly disturbing. From his beginnings at the kitchen table, guided by his Mother’s hobby-obsession through to formal training at University of South Australia and his studio tenancy at JamFactory, Wedd draws his craft out of his own inspirations, interest and experiences.

For Kitschen Man, Wedd will show new works influenced by the ceramics collection he encountered at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London on a recent Australia Council Residency, as well as quintessentially “Gerry” pieces from a career spanning close to 40 years.

McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park

390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin 3910

Matthew Bird
6 March 2017 – 9 July 2017

Dormitorium is the latest interactive sculptural project by Melbourne-based architect Matthew Bird. Acclaimed for his progressive and experimental methods, Bird draws across and unites numerous creative disciplines from architecture and interior design to installation art, photography and performance.

In the lead-up to this exhibition, Bird’s research has led to an extensive exploration in the changing traditions of bedchamber aesthetics and the potential these spaces have to profoundly affect the way we rest and rejuvenate. Bringing together these ideas, Dormitorium is presented as a communal sleep chamber and exploratory environment that encourages audiences to engage with a complexity of sensory propositions, from textures and materials to the immersive effects of moving light and sound techonlogies.

Dormitorium has been created in collaboration with Respiratory & Sleep Disorders Physician Dr Marcus McMahon from Austin Health and Professor Shantha Rajaratnam and Professor Sean Drummond from Monash University’s Sleep Program, Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences. With contributions from architect and designer Caitlyn Parry, choreographer/ performance artist Phillip Adams and choreographer/ dance artist Shelley Lasica.

Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2017 & Awards

Melbourne, Victoria

Register your interest in the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2017 & Awards.

With a total prize pool over $120,000, an exciting new category is offered this year. The Prize is open to Victorian residents only. Proposals for an artwork or a finished work are eligible and finalists will receive an artist fee.

To register your interest to receive the Entry Guidelines when entries open please visit 

Monash Gallery of Art (MGA)

860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill 3150

Wesley Stacey
The wild thing
4 March 2017 to 28 April 2017

Wesley Stacey is a living legend of environmental photography. In the 1970s he turned his back on the bright lights of Sydney and set up camp in the wilderness of the NSW south coast. For over 40 years he has lived in the ‘great outdoors’, using photography to explore and connect with the ecological complexity of the Australian landscape. The wild thing, curated from the MGA’s own photography collection, surveys four decades of Stacey’s work. From his lively colour snapshots to his epic black-and-white panoramas, Stacey pays tribute to the wildness at the heart of our existence on Earth.

Part of CLIMARTE’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 – a festival of exhibitions and events harnessing the creative power of the Arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change.

Hours: Tues – Fri 10am to 5pm, Sat – Sun 12 to 5pm, Closed Mon.

National Gallery of Victoria, NGV International

180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 3000

David Hockney: Current
Until 13 March 2017

The NGV presents a major solo exhibition of one of the most influential living artists, David Hockney: Current. The exhibition, curated by the NGV in collaboration with David Hockney and his studio, features over 1200 works from the past decade of the artist’s career – some new and many never-before-seen in Australia – including paintings, digital drawings, photography and video works.

Exhibition highlights include more than 600 extraordinary and sometimes animated iPad digital drawings of still life compositions, self-portraits and large-scale landscapes including scenes of Yosemite National Park. Another highlight is The Four Seasons, Woldgate Woods, a breath-taking and immersive video work showcasing the changing landscape of Hockney’s native Yorkshire, each season comprised of nine high-definition screens. A dedicated 35-metre long gallery lined with more than 80 recently painted acrylic portrait paintings of the artist’s family, friends and notable subjects including artists John Baldessari and Barry Humphries is also a major highlight.

Arguably Britain’s greatest living painter, David Hockney, 79, works prolifically, experimenting and mastering new technologies, creating works on iPhone, iPad and in video. The exhibition includes Bigger Trees Near Warter, Hockney’s largest painting comprised of fifty oil on canvas panels, and the centrepiece of Hockney’s hugely popular exhibition Bigger Picture at the Royal Academy, London which he subsequently gifted to the Tate. Transforming the gallery, the three remaining walls of this space display 1:1 digital versions of the same work, the first time that this major work has been exhibited in Australia.

Hockney’s continued investigation into multi-point perspective is represented by The Jugglers, an 18-screen, twenty-two minute video that depicts the artist in a room of performers, injecting Hockney’s signature playfulness into the exhibition. Again utilising technology to reveal a study in perspective, Hockney’s Seven Yorkshire Landscapes is a 12 minute multi-viewpoint video displayed on 18 tiled, 55-inch monitors which monumentally showcases the extraordinary landscape.

Organised by the National Gallery of Victoria in collaboration with Gregory Evans of David Hockney Inc.

Major Supporters: The Bonnici Family, Joan Clemenger AO and Peter Clemenger AO, and Krystyna Campbell-Pretty and the Campbell-Pretty Family.

Ticket Prices From $10

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

Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne 3000

Glenn Murcutt
Architecture of Faith
Until 19 February

Architecture of Faith is a unique exhibition providing an in-depth exploration of the new Australian Islamic Centre at Hobsons Bay, Melbourne, designed by renowned Australian architect Glenn Murcutt.

Murcutt and Melbourne practice Elevli Plus worked with the Newport Islamic Council for nearly a decade on the creation of a contemporary Australian mosque and Islamic centre. Importantly, this significant building has been funded and built by members of the local community.

The Australian Islamic Centre sets out to define a new architectural language for contemporary Australian Islam, challenging our assumptions of historical architectural typologies and aesthetics. At the same time as respecting the fundamental principles and requirements of Islamic architecture, Murcutt has pushed beyond the semiotic language of the traditional mosque, reimagining its geometry, colours, materiality and spatial organisation to create an accessible contemporary place of worship, learning and community.

The new Australian Islamic Centre represents a progressive vision for architecture as a tool for cultural expression and enabler of intercultural dialogue in a tolerant multicultural society.

Free entry.

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Steps Gallery

62 Lygon Street Carlton South, Victoria, 3053

Mark Dober
Aglow: paintings and drawings from Castlemaine
15 – 20 March 2017

Opening Wednesday, 15 March, 6 – 8pm
Monday to Friday 1pm – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm – 4pm