Venue Hire

Imagine your wedding or business function in your very own art gallery, where your guests can admire some of the best works of art in the country. Hosting your function at the Art Gallery of Ballarat adds style and distinction to a range of occasions, from formal seated ceremonies and dinners to informal receptions.

Function venues include the Boardroom for meetings, the McCain Hall and Annexe for formal dinners and the opulent traditional or stylish contemporary exhibition galleries for cocktail functions, concerts and wedding ceremonies.

The Gallery building itself reflects a range of styles from the opulence of the 1880s to the clean lines and subtle use of natural light of the contemporary galleries, while the magnificent collection of Australian art makes it a treasure house of memorable paintings, sculptures and other works of art.


The Gallery adds sophistication and class to your wedding. It's a unique venue which helps to make your special day truly memorable.

  • Different sized rooms
  • Seating for 100
  • Red carpet
  • Photos on the Grand Staircase or exhibition galleries
  • Antique registry table

Dinners, receptions and launches

Surprise the guests at your next launch or reception by surrounding them with the ambience of our beautiful Gallery. The Function Hall and Annexe can be used as separate spaces or opened out into a large function room accommodating up to 300 standing or 150 guests at a sit-down dinner.

  • Fine dining experience
  • Various sized rooms
  • Professional caterers
  • Stage
  • Lectern
  • PA system

Conferences and Meetings

The McCain Annexe can accommodate up to 100 people for a small conference, seminar or training session. This light and airy space, which has won numerous architexture awards, looks out over Alfred Deakin Place and the Camp Street Arts Precinct. It can open out into the McCain Hall to accommodate larger groups.

  • Seating for 100
  • Plasma television
  • Internet access
  • Catering available

The Boardroom is situated in the 1880s Huyghue House. It has a beautiful balcony and independent access from Camp Street and provides the audio visual and communications technology to make your meeting a success.

  • Seating for 14
  • Plasma television
  • Internet access
  • Electronic whiteboard
  • Conference phone facilities
  • Kitchen facilities


The exhibition spaces offer a variety of excellent venues for small concerts and performances.

  • Grand piano in the gracious Oddie Gallery
  • Seating for 100


Once you have booked your function, we can discuss your catering requirements.

Please contact us to discuss our event packages on 03 5320 5858 or