Gallery talks, concerts and other events

Solstice Duo: Matthew Fagan and Daniel Tucceri

Saturday 25 June 2016 - Saturday 25 June 2016  7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

McCain Hall

Admission: $25, Concession $20, AGB Member $20, Student $10

Guitarist Matthew Fagan and pianist Wayne Robinson will take you on an acoustic musical journey into our mythology and rediscovery of ancient music, acoustic instruments and modern electronics from traditions of Celtic, Classical to Romantic. The concert features performances of recomposed master works of the classical masters Beethoven, Rodrigo, Bach, Paganini and Vivaldi with unique sounds on ten-string Spanish and Electric guitars, digital keyboards and acoustic piano. Buy tickets now online or contact the Gallery 5320 5858.

Last Sunday of June Concert: 'Beautiful Bach, Heavenly Handel'

Sunday 26 June 2016 - Sunday 26 June 2016  2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

McCain Hall

Admission: Entry by donation to the Gallery Women’s Association

Anita Senior, soprano and Christine Heald, alto, are joined by Anita Hoekstra on piano for this beautiful Baroque program of duets and arias.

Jan Vennik at Treason Trial

Book Launch: Jan Vennik, the Dutchman at Eureka

Sunday 26 June 2016 - Sunday 26 June 2016  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

McCain Annexe

Admission: Free entry

Jan Vennik: the Dutchman at Eureka tells the story of a Dutchman who was present in the vicinity of the Eureka Stockade on 3 December 1854, before he was arrested and charged with Treason together with twelve others. Former SBS Radio broadcaster Yvon Davis provides new insights into the story of Eureka by researching public records and interpreting the contents of eye witness accounts published in local and overseas newspaper articles.

WARM Knitting Circle

Monday 27 June 2016 - Monday 18 July 2016  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ritchie Gallery

Admission: Free entry

Come along and share knitting skills and stories. For every Monday during Winterlude, you are invited to come and sit and knit for the WARM project. The Circle is hosted by the Ballarat CWA. They will bring some spare needles and yarn but you may choose to bring your own wool – it must be 8ply and must be wool (not acrylic).

WARM Knitting Workshop with Georgie Nicholson

Sunday 03 July 2016 - Sunday 03 July 2016  11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

McCain Annexe

Admission: $50, AGB Members $40, Concession $40

Let renowned knitting teacher Georgie Nicholson from tikki knits show you how you can craft a knitted piece to contribute towards the WARM environmental art project. Georgie's classes aim to teach a variety of skills to both enhance your knitting experience and improve your finished product.

The Last of England Piano Suite

Sunday 03 July 2016 - Sunday 03 July 2016  5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

McCain Hall

Admission: Free but bookings required

This original composition by British-born pianist and composer Rick Chew draws inspiration from the great painting of the same name by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Ford Madox Brown, combined with Chew's own experience as an emigrant. Since moving to Australia in 2005, he has taught at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide and at Federation University. This premiere of his suite for solo piano is presented in conjunction with the opening of the Australian History Association conference in Ballarat. Book in here for this free preview performance.

Danny Spooner

Danny Spooner: Cultural Baggage

Wednesday 06 July 2016 - Wednesday 06 July 2016  5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

McCain Annexe

Admission: Entry by donation

Join internationally respected folksinger and social historian Danny Spooner as he discusses the ‘baggage’ emigrants brought with them to the colonies and sings traditional songs about emigration. It was a huge upheaval to leave one’s homeland to come to Australia, enduring separation from family, homeland and everything they knew to start a new life in an unknown place. They were sustained by what they brought with them – their memories of home and family, recollected rituals and ceremonies, tales and poems. Wine and cheese will be served.

Starward Whisky Tasting

Saturday 09 July 2016 - Saturday 09 July 2016  7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

McCain Hall

Admission: All tickets $70

Starward began with a simple vision: offer the world a modern whisky unshackled from tradition. They borrow from the past without being constrained by it, and combine it with the best Australia has to offer: barley, barrels, and climate. Their world class malt is a true reflection of the place and people who make it. Starward’s barley is grown near Ballarat and their wine barrels come from various wineries between here and South Australia. Ticket Includes whisky tastings, light refreshments from Kittelty’s at the Gallery, and music by DJs roaddog and Spin Kitty. Buy tickets now online or contact the Gallery 5320 5858.

Jam'nJAR: improvised movement theatre

Sunday 10 July 2016 - Sunday 10 July 2016  2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

McCain Annexe

Admission: Entry by donation to the Adopt an Art program

Local performers Al Wunder, Julianne Eveleigh and Robyn Sedgwick have 179 years of living between them, giving them the licence to be daring, fresh, new and irreverent, using their personal histories to explore every day experiences. They draw on their collective backgrounds to gleefully live in our aging minds and bodies and relish in the complexities that improvised performance delivers.

Judith Wright

Let's Talk Poetry: Judith Wright

Tuesday 12 July 2016 - Tuesday 12 July 2016  12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

McCain Annexe

Admission: Free entry

Join local writer Barry Breen in the first of a series of discussions about three fine Australian poets, all female. Poems include “Woman to Man”, “Pelicans” and many more.

La Compañia: L’air parfumé, Bastille Day Concert

Thursday 14 July 2016 - Thursday 14 July 2016  7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

McCain Hall

Admission: $35, Concession $30, AGB Member $28, Student $10

Elegant, stylish and undeniably French, the Air de Cour enchanted King Louis XIII and his courtiers in the magnificent and splendorous opulence of the Palais du Louvre. Passionate songs with tantalizing lyrics and memorable melodies emerged from the streets of Paris and spread though all layers of society, capturing the French taste in the early Baroque. With the refined art of embellishment and improvisation La Compañia will create a musical dialogue that is rich, imaginative and full of variety. Buy tickets now online or contact the Gallery 5320 5858.

Botanical Art workshop with John Pastoriza Piñol

Saturday 23 July 2016 - Sunday 24 July 2016  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

McCain Annexe

Admission: Two-day workshop: $130, AGB Members $110.

Learn some secrets of botanical art including drawing composition, painting techniques and colour application. This workshop is suitable for people who have completed some level of art, are eager to learn and have a sense of adventure. On Sunday afternoon finish off the workshop with wine and cheese. Two-day workshop: $130, AGB Members $110. Buy now online.

Ballarat National Theatre: Shearers’ Tales

Sunday 24 July 2016 - Sunday 24 July 2016  2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Crouch Gallery

Admission: Entry by donation to the Adopt an Artwork program

Ballarat National Theatre performers explore some of the famous and familiar short stories, poetry and songs about shearing have become familiar in our cultural heritage. Enjoy the endearing, ironic, tongue-in-cheek style of Aussie humour, with pieces by Henry Lawson, and some poetry and well-known 'bush' songs.

Last Sunday of July Concert: New Trio Victoria

Sunday 31 July 2016 - Sunday 31 July 2016  2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

McCain Hall

Admission: Entry by donation to the Gallery Women’s Association

Tony Conolan on violin, Michael Conolan on cello, and Gwen Kennelly on piano perform Beethoven Piano trio in B-flat major, Op 97, the ‘Archduke Trio’ and the very romantic and tuneful Piano Trio No. 1 in D, Op 32 by Russian composer, Anton Arensky, who studied with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, composed in 1894.

Celebrating Chopin 2016

Saturday 06 August 2016 - Saturday 06 August 2016  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Williamson Gallery

Admission: $25, Concession and Gallery Member $20, Child $12, Child Under 4 Free

The Gallery hosts the Royal South Street Society Eisteddfod’s foremost concert section for piano. Competitors will each present two significant works in battle for the prestigious Margaret Schofield Memorial Prize. Enjoy a wonderful day of entertainment in the stunning contemporary Williamson Gallery, in the company of Australia’s finest emerging pianists. Tickets online now

Alejandro Tellez

Alejandro Tellez Piano Concert

Sunday 07 August 2016 - Sunday 07 August 2016  2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

McCain Hall

Admission: Entry by donation to the Gallery Women’s Association

Alejandro Tellez is a Mexican pianist studying for his PhD at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. He will perform a recital of nineteenthcentury Latin-American music, including Adiós (Farewell) by Alfredo Carrasco, Tres Danzas Tropicales by Ernesto Elorduy and Danzas Nocturnas (Nocturnal Dances) by Luis G Jordá.

Let's Talk Poetry: Rosemary Dobson

Tuesday 09 August 2016 - Tuesday 09 August 2016  12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

McCain Annexe

Admission: Free entry

Join local writer Barry Breen for the second in a series of three discussions about fine Australian poets, all female. Poems include “The Martyrdom of St Sebastian”, “Child with a Cockatoo” and many more.

Four Decades of Renaissance Dancing

Sunday 14 August 2016 - Sunday 14 August 2016  2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

McCain Hall

Admission: All tickets $20, Family $40

This program marks the fortieth year since the Early Music Consort of Melbourne, then comprising Helga Hill and her family, introduced Victorian audiences to Renaissance Dancing. This will be an occasion for the Rippon Lea Dancers to present significant works by Negri, Caroso and other leading dance masters of the era. Period costumes and historic musical instruments will be features of this landmark presentation. This program will receive assistance from the Norma de Gruchy Historic Arts Project. Buy tickets online now or contact the Gallery 5320 5858.

The Early Birds Choir

Saturday 20 August 2016 - Saturday 20 August 2016  2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

McCain Hall

Admission: Entry by donation to the Gallery Piano Fund

This twenty-two strong auditioned choir from Kensington Primary School will perform a varied repertoire with songs by Australian composers.

Ballarat Clarendon College Music Concert

Sunday 21 August 2016 - Sunday 21 August 2016  2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

McCain Hall

Admission: Entry by donation to the Gallery Piano Fund

Be entertained by VCE Music Performance solo students Mira Stephens on tenor sax, Rebecca Clarke on piano and Thomas Crowe on guitar, performing pieces by Chopin, Grainger, Mason Williams, Granados, Lachlan Davidson and Katy Abbott.

Bridget Bolliger and Andrew West

Dancing Shadows: music for flute and piano

Tuesday 23 August 2016 - Tuesday 23 August 2016  7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

McCain Hall

Admission: $30, Concession $25, AGB Member $25, Student $10

Swiss-Australian flautist Bridget Bolliger is joined by British pianist, Andrew West, in this program of the works for flute and piano by Miriam Hyde, as well as work by Schubert, JS Bach, and Aaron Copland. Dancing Shadows contains some frankly ravishing music, delicately and finely wrought, continually pulling free of its descriptive moorings to be carried off by darker undercurrents. Let yourself be blown away by Bolliger’s glorious sound and West’s expert handling of the accompaniment. Tickets available online

Last Sunday in August Concert: Ballarat High School

Sunday 28 August 2016 - Sunday 28 August 2016  2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Oddie Gallery

Admission: Entry by donation to the Gallery Women’s Association

Join the talented students and staff from Ballarat High School.

Seraphim Plays Schubert: Concert Two

Wednesday 21 September 2016 - Wednesday 21 September 2016  7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Oddie Gallery

Admission: Adult $35, Member $30, Concession $30, Student $15. A special subscription price is available if you come to both concerts: Adult $56, Member $48, Concession $48

2016 is Seraphim’s year of total immersion in Schubert. After two decades of living within and alongside these great works of chamber music, they invite you to join their journey. For the September program, they will perform the Trio in B flat, Op. 99 D. 898 and the Trio in E flat, Op. 100 D. 929. Buy tickets now online for just the September concert or both, or contact the Gallery 5320 5858

The Final Act

Thursday 29 September 2016 - Saturday 01 October 2016  7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Gordon Victor King Gallery

Admission: Adult $25, Concession $20

What difference does twenty years make? Twenty years ago, performance artist Jon Harris told an audience about a person. Now he revisits the fragmented memories to retell the true story, making some of it up as he goes along, walking slowly down the fine line between fact and fiction. This is a life story, one that has haunted and inspired. It really does depend how you remember it. This performance piece will be performed to coincide with the installation The Original Memory. Tickets on sale here