Past Exhibitions

Lorraine Jenyns, Joyce with Tigers

Celebrating Ceramics

Saturday 17 October 2009 - Sunday 17 January 2010


Admission: Free

Marking the 40th anniversary of Ceramics Victoria Inc, this exhibition showcases some long hidden treasures from the Gallery,s vaults. Highlighting the strengths of the collection, Celebrating Ceramics include s a broad and eclectic range of ceramic styles and artists of National significance.

Peter Blizzard, Whalesong moon halo

Peter Blizzard - A retrospective

Saturday 31 October 2009 - Tuesday 26 January 2010

Potter Gallery

Admission: Free

One of the most important contemporary sculptors, Peter Blizzard, is honoured with a major retrospective examining his career over more that four decades. The exhibition explores Blizzard's work and also his working method, including the evolution of major local commissions - the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial in the Botanical Gardens.

Andre Bricknell, Abstract 2009

NEXT GEN 2010 - VCE Art & Design

Saturday 23 January 2010 - Sunday 28 March 2010

Admission: Free

See what the next generation of artists are doing at Next Gen 2010, the Art Gallery of Ballarat's annual showcase of 2009 VCE student work from across Western Victoria.

Crouch Manuscripts

Thursday 04 February 2010 - Sunday 23 May 2010

Admission: Free

Queen - the Unseen Archive

Queen - the Unseen Archive

Saturday 20 February 2010 - Sunday 11 April 2010

Admission: $15.00, Concession $10.00

The Art Gallery of Ballarat presents an exceptional world premiere exhibition showcasing a fascinating blend of photographs and memorabilia of legendary English rock band Queen.

Galuma Maymuru

Ochre, bark, fibre, wood

Friday 09 April 2010 - Sunday 16 May 2010

Ararat Regional Art Gallery

Admission: Free

Although Arnhem Land is an integral part of Australia, travelling to this part of the Northern Territory can seem like travelling to another country. It is not just a matter of the physical remoteness of the region; this is a place where indigenous languages – and there are many of them – are still spoken and where age old customs, tribal law, ceremonies and art are still part of every day life.

I Sulu ni Vakamau

Talking Tapa: Pasifika Bark Cloth in Queensland

Saturday 24 April 2010 - Wednesday 26 May 2010

Ian Potter Foundation Gallery

Admission: Free

This travelling exhibition showcases Pacific Islander heritage. With a growing number of Pacific Islanders settling in Australia and an increasing awareness of Australia’s Pacific neighbours, it is timely that a major exhibition of tapa (bark cloth) has been developed and offers an opportunity to view traditional and contemporary Pasifika design and to learn more about Australia’s Pacific neighbours and migrant communities.

George French Angas, The Devils Punch Bowl, near Mt. Schank

Colonial Landscape in Print

Saturday 24 April 2010 - Sunday 23 May 2010

Mars Gallery

Admission: Free

This exhibition presents a selection of printed items looking at landscape across various print processes and formats, printed from 1802 to 1880.


Saturday 24 April 2010 - Sunday 30 May 2010

Timkin Community Gallery

Admission: Free

Presenting recent works from three Daylesford based artists; Petrus Spronk, Tina Lee and Bridget Bodenham.

Lateral View of the Spine

A Natural Comparison: Kim Anderson

Thursday 06 May 2010 - Sunday 07 November 2010

Admission: Free

Kim Anderson’s work has always primarily been inspired by images of the body. After working more recently with light projection and installation, this series of work represents a return to the basic technique of drawing which has always been at the core of her artistic process.

Brilliant Beads

Saturday 05 June 2010 - Sunday 04 July 2010

Timkin Community Gallery

Admission: Free

Brilliant Beads is presented by the Ballarat Branch of the Embroiderers Guild of Victoria as part of its 50th Anniversary. It brings together pieces as diverse as a beautifully beaded wedding dress to craft and an antique fire screen lovingly restored by renowned textile artist Alison Cole.

Norman Lindsay

In Your Face! Cartoons about politics and society 1760 - 2010

Saturday 12 June 2010 - Sunday 08 August 2010

Admission: $10, conc. $6

In your face! Is a celebration of the tradition of making robust comment in the form of the cartoon and caricature about current affairs both political and social. This tradition goes back many centuries but has been at its most vibrant since mass circulation printing became common place in the late 18th century.

Anne Langdon, Autumn


Saturday 10 July 2010 - Sunday 08 August 2010

Admission: Free

An exhibition of works by four art teachers, Paul Gerardi , Anne Langdon, Seona Murnane, and James Pasakos, who have all moved to Ballarat as part of their teaching careers. The exhibition of ceramics, prints, paintings and works on paper is a reflection of the artists’ impressions of Ballarat as seen from an ‘outsider’s’ perspective.

Jeffrey Bren, Self-portrait watching television

Jeffrey Bren: The Dark Mirror

Saturday 14 August 2010 - Sunday 26 September 2010


Jeffrey Bren: The Dark Mirror is an exhibition which looks at the work of a Ballarat born artist whose name has largely disappeared into the annals of time. In the early 1960s, Bren studied at the National Gallery Art School under John Brack who was to become a major influence on his work. As the recipient of various art prizes in the 1970 including the Georges Art Prize and the Art Gallery of Ballarat’s George Crouch Prize, Jeffrey Bren (1944-2007) was considered an impressive young talent early in his career.

David Pottinger

Recent Acquisitions

Saturday 21 August 2010 - Sunday 19 September 2010

Admission: Free

This exhibition is made up of works acquired in the past twelve months, by donation, through various bequest and philanthropic funds and in some cases by direct purchase from the Gallery Association's tied funds for acquisitions.

Paul Mason - Still happenings

Saturday 21 August 2010 - Sunday 19 September 2010

Admission: Free

Mason translates his vision of nature with meticulous lines and muted colours that exude sensitivity to both his medium and subject. As Mason writes "Drawing is the foundation of my practice, and in this show leads from an exploration of the physical world of nature, to paintings concerned with the experiential."

The Catalano Collection

Friday 10 September 2010 - Wednesday 12 May 2010

Admission: Free

Gary Catalano was one of Australia's leading art critics and writers. After his death in 2002, the Art Gallery of Ballarat was given his personal collection of art which he had built up over 30 years from exhibitions he visited and by artists he knew.

Brent Harris, Study for 'Deluge', 2009

Rick Amor Drawing Prize 2010

Saturday 25 September 2010 - Sunday 11 July 2010

Admission: Free

2010 Marks the inaugural Rick Amor Drawing Prize $10,000 acquisitive prize for a small drawing at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

Janet C.B. Whitman, Lionel Brough as Policeman X24, 1882

Uncle Lal

Saturday 23 October 2010 - Sunday 14 November 2010

Admission: Free

This small but intriguing collection of drawings, sketches and theatrical memorabilia gives a fascinating insight into the life of a London actor in the 1880s and 90s.

Net Work - the TLF exhibition

Net Work - the TLF exhibition

Friday 12 November 2010 - Sunday 30 January 2011

Admission: Free

Net Work: the TLF exhibition is an exhibition of work by 38 members of The Littlest Forum (TLF), an online forum for professional contemporary visual artists.


BLACK + WHITE - After the Dreaming

Saturday 13 November 2010 - Sunday 12 December 2010

Admission: Free

Kadder Coroma-Lock and Vivienne McDermott's BLACK + WHITE - After the Dreaming, celebrates the rich relationship indigenous people have with their land and explores the Australian relationship since white settlement.

Carole Wilson

Mrs Darwin's Garden - Carole Wilson

Saturday 20 November 2010 - Sunday 06 February 2011

Admission: Free

This body of work examines themes of European exploration, mapping of new lands, and gardening traditions. It also refers to aspects of place and the predicament of displacement. Ongoing themes of domesticity and home making are also revisited.

Concrete Jungle

42nd Ballarat National Photographic Exhibition

Saturday 18 December 2010 - Sunday 23 January 2011

Admission: Free

A selection of photographs from among the 1000 entries submitted by photographers from all over Australia for the Ballarat Camera Club's 42nd Ballarat National Photographic Competition. They cover a fascinating diversity of themes including Nature Prints, Photojournalism; Creative/Experimental and People/Portrait.

Mietta Coventry, Does my butt look big in this?

Next Gen: VCE art & design

Saturday 12 February 2011 - Friday 04 March 2011

Admission: Free

Every year, the Gallery stages an exhibition which comprises a diverse range of art works by young artists from Ballarat and Grampians Region Secondary Colleges. Students who have undertaken studies in VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) Art, Studio Arts, Design and Technology, Visual Communication and Design in 2010 are invited to submit works for Next Generation - VCE Art and Design 2011.

Christian Waller: from Klytie Pate

Saturday 19 February 2011 - Tuesday 04 October 2011

Admission: Free

This selection of works from the Gallery’s collection represents, for the most part, the generosity of her niece, noted ceramic artist Klytie Pate.