Gallery talks, concerts and other events

Steaphan Paton

Art Insight 6 August: Steaphan Paton

Wednesday 06 August 2014 - Wednesday 06 August 2014  12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lecture Room, Ground Floor, Old Law Courts Building, Federation University Arts Academy, Camp Street

Admission: Free

Steaphan Paton is a member and traditional owner of the Gunai and Monaro nations and grew up in Gippsland. His work is informed by his interest in the environment, anthropology, archaeology and traditional stories that make up our past, present and future. His practice explores Indigenous histories and colonial relations and, while the issues are serious, there is generally an underlying humour or statement in most of his work. He is a finalist in the 2014 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards to be held at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

Seraphim Trio: Fairy Tales

Wednesday 06 August 2014 - Wednesday 06 August 2014  7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Oddie Gallery

Admission: Adult $35, Concession and Member $30, Student $15

In this concert of fantasy and fairy tales, Seraphim Trio performs Dvořák's dramatic Piano Trio No. 3 alongside an enchanting fairy tale by Janacek. The trio premieres a new arrangement of Ravel's Ma mere l'oye by brilliant Melbourne composer Benjamin Martin, interspersed with the Peter Goldsworthy's witty and incisive Meditations on Mother Goose. Buy tickets from the Gallery desk or online.

Celebrating Chopin

Celebrating Chopin 2014

Saturday 09 August 2014 - Saturday 09 August 2014  11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Oddie Gallery

Admission: Adult $20, Conc $15, Gallery Member $15, Child (5-14yrs) $12, Child (4ys+U) Free

Enjoy a wonderful day of superb piano music by some of Australia's finest emerging pianists as the Gallery hosts Celebrating Chopin, the Royal South Street Society's foremost concert section for piano as part of its Competitions. Competitors will each present two significant works in the battle for the prestigious Margaret Schofield Memorial Prize. Tickets from the Gallery 5320 5858 or online.

Topology Ensemble

Topology Ensemble: House Party

Sunday 10 August 2014 - Sunday 10 August 2014  6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Oddie Gallery

Admission: Adult $30, Concession and Member $25

Topology, Australia’s most surprising music organisation, creates original work across many genre boundaries. Their full-bodied energy brings out the full potential of five musicians comprising saxophone, strings and piano. This party inspired by their eleventh CD release, SHARE HOUSE! will be a night of groovy tunes, board games and fun-filled house party mayhem. Doors open at 5pm with performance kicking off at 6. Tickets from the Gallery or buy them online.

Art Insight 13 August: Moya McKenna

Wednesday 13 August 2014 - Wednesday 13 August 2014  12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lecture Room, Ground Floor, Old Law Courts Building, Federation University Arts Academy, Camp Street

Admission: Free

Moya McKenna is a Melbourne-based painter whose work was included in the recent Melbourne Now exhibition at the NGV. She has exhibited in a number of major group exhibitions include at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, in 2008 and 2009; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, in 2010; and Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, in 2011.

More Party Pieces

Sunday 17 August 2014 - Sunday 17 August 2014  2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

McCain Annexe

Admission: Donation to the Gallery's Adopt an Artwork Program

Following the success of Ballarat National Theatre's Party Pieces last year, BNT performers present a selection light and entertaining performances. Third in a series of BNT perforamces through the year. Donations will enable to Gallery to conserve an important set of political cartoons.

Art Insight 20 August: Paul Croft

Wednesday 20 August 2014 - Wednesday 20 August 2014  12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lecture Room, Ground Floor, Old Law Courts Building, Federation University Arts Academy, Camp Street

Admission: Free

Paul Croft qualified as Master Printer from the world-renowned Tamarind Institute of Lithography in 1996. His research and practice as an artist, printmaker and collaborating printer has culminated in the publication of two books on Stone Lithography and Plate Lithography in 2001 and 2003. He is a lecturer in Fine Art at Aberystwyth University in Wales and is currently Artist in Residence here at the Federation University Arts Academy.

Morning Art Insight 27 August: Bernard Catrice

Wednesday 27 August 2014 - Wednesday 27 August 2014  10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

McCain Annexe

Admission: Free

Gallery Guide Bernard Catrice will speak about French-born Melbourne artist Mirka Mora, known for her work in painting, sculpute and mosaics. He explores her fascinating life story and looks at her work and her influence on Melbourne's art scene.

Georgia MacGuire 2013

Art Insight 27 August: Georgia MacGuire

Wednesday 27 August 2014 - Wednesday 27 August 2014  12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lecture Room, Ground Floor, Old Law Courts Building, Federation University Arts Academy, Camp Street

Admission: Free

Georgia MacGuire's multi-disciplinary practice derives from a postcolonial feminist perspective, and is driven by a desire to communicate her experiences of the human condition. Her current work focuses on exploring the ownership of the identity of contemporary Aboriginal women and how the male colonial gaze impacts on the Indigenous female sense of self. She has a preference for the figurative and the incorporation of natural fibres indicative of her cultural heritage. She is a finalist in the 2014 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards.

Festival of Slow Music Tasting Plate

Saturday 30 August 2014 - Saturday 30 August 2014  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oddie Gallery

Admission: Free entry

An afternoon concert to tantalise your senses in the elegant surrounds of the Oddie Gallery, presenting several of the featured artists of the Festival of Slow Music in the manner of the popular Portraits Concert Series.

Book Launch: Percy and the Blue Tailed Butterfly

Sunday 31 August 2014 - Sunday 31 August 2014  11:30 AM - 4:00 PM

McCain Annexe

Admission: Free

Ballarat artist and art teacher Alan Brisbane created Percy the Bravest Dragon in the 1960s for his children. Almost forty years after his death, Alan’s daughter Lucy Brisbane, who rediscovered the manuscripts of the Percy stories, and some of his original illustrations, has completed his work as a co-illustrator and has published this first book in the Percy series to honour her father’s creativity. You and your children are invited to be present when Percy awakens after forty years hidden in a secret hiding place!

Peter Blizzard sculpture

Peter Blizzard Memorial Concert 2014

Sunday 31 August 2014 - Sunday 31 August 2014  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Oddie Gallery

Admission: Free entry

This concert celebrates the musical life of well-known local sculptor, the late Peter Blizzard. Andrew Ogburn on piano and Wayne Parker on guitar, two musicians, who embody Peter’s love of jazz and enthusiasm for life, will each present their personal reflection on their experience of Peter. Part of the Ballarat Slow Music Festival.

Last Sunday in August Concert - Ballarat High School

Sunday 31 August 2014 - Sunday 31 August 2014  2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Oddie Gallery

Admission: Free but donations to the Gallery Women's Association appreciated

Year 12 VCE Music Students of Ballarat High School are proud to present music from classical to contemporary, from vocals, piano and saxophone to acoustic, electric and bass guitar.

Let's Talk Poetry with Barry Breen - September

Tuesday 09 September 2014 - Tuesday 09 September 2014  12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

McCain Annexe

Admission: Free

Ballarat actor and poet Barry Breen reads and leads discussion on some of his favourite poems. Today with Unusual forms: The Villanelle and the Pantoum, Barry takes another look at some fascinating poetic forms, with poets including Dylan Thomas, Elizabeth Bishop, Donald Justice and Stuart Dischell. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Book Launch: Barry Breen poetry book

Saturday 13 September 2014 - Saturday 13 September 2014  3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

McCain Annexe

Admission: Free

Ballarat-based writer Barry Breen has undertaken a residency at the Gallery since the start of 2013, writing poems that respond to works in the collection and to visitors travelling through the Gallery. Help us celebrate the culmination of this project with the launch of this illustrated book of poems titled Outside the frame Poems from the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Guest speaker: Dr Frank Hurley with music by Sarah Breen Williams and Carl Williams, violins from the Australian Pops Orchestra.

Last Concert in September Concert - Ballarat Clarendon College

Sunday 28 September 2014 - Sunday 28 September 2014  2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Oddie Gallery

Admission: Free but donations to the Gallery Women's Association appreciated

Three performance students from Ballarat Clarendon College will present their VCE programs.

Let's Talk Poetry with Barry Breen - October 2014

Tuesday 14 October 2014 - Tuesday 14 October 2014  12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

McCain Annexe

Admission: Free

Ballarat actor and poet Barry Breen reads and leads discussion on some of his favourite poems. Today with The Modern Ballad Barry looks at ballads by W. H. Auden, John Betjeman, Ogden Nash, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Last Sunday of October Concert - Quintessential Winds

Sunday 26 October 2014 - Sunday 26 October 2014  12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Oddie Gallery

Admission: Free but donations to the Gallery Women's Association appreciated

Let's Talk Poetry with Barry Breen - November

Tuesday 11 November 2014 - Tuesday 11 November 2014  12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

McCain Annexe

Admission: Free

Ballarat actor and poet Barry Breen reads and leads discussion on some of his favourite poems. Today with By popular demand, Barry revisits some favourites from previous talks, including poems by Judith Wright, Dylan Thomas, Emily Dickinson and Andrew Marvell. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Piano for Pleasure 16 November

Sunday 20 July 2014 - Sunday 20 July 2014  2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Oddie Gallery

Admission: Donations to the Gallery's Piano Fund

Jason White and Isabel Unwin, students of local teacher Bron Sozanski, present an afternoon of beautiful piano music.

Let's Talk Poetry with Barry Breen: December

Tuesday 09 December 2014 - Tuesday 09 December 2014  12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

McCain Annexe

Admission: Free

Ballarat actor and poet Barry Breen reads and leads discussion on some of his favourite poems. Today with My Favourites, Barry looks at some of his favourite poems, from W. B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney to Theodore Roethke and maybe a couple of his own most recent poems. Please feel free to bring your lunch.