Past Exhibitions

Noela Stratford, Turning point

Noela Stratford - Territory: Selected works 2000-2010

Saturday 19 March 2011 - Tuesday 26 April 2011

Admission: Free

Territory presents a selection of large-scale charcoal drawings which Noela Stratford has been produced in response to different landscapes, ranging from swirling mists on a sacred Thai mountain and enigmatic Hanging Rock, shrouded in mystery and intrigue, to Milford Sound in New Zealand, where billowing mists blur and obscure the massive forms of rock and foliage.

Stephen Pleban - Finishing line

Lake surfaces - paintings by Stephen Pleban

Saturday 26 March 2011 - Tuesday 26 April 2011

Admission: Free

Ballarat-based artist Stephen Pleban depicts environmental, atmospheric and seasonal change including drought and the return of water to Lake Wendouree. He conveys the shifting moods created by weather, light and the elements that fracture the focus and touch on the sublime.

Modulations: Re calling the blood tears

Modulations: Re calling the blood tears

Saturday 09 April 2011 - Monday 13 June 2011

Admission: Free

Lyn Plummer is an installation artist whose practice has explored notions of ritual and religion over a thirty year period. Modulations has been visualized as a series of installations that sets up a sense of pilgrimage: one which extends over a number of years and encompasses conceptually both the artist and the viewer.

Kenneth Macqueen

Local Treasures

Saturday 16 April 2011 - Monday 13 June 2011

Admission: Free

Ballarat and surrounding regions have been home to some very serious art collectors who would regularly lend their private treasures for public enjoyment. The Art Gallery of Ballarat is now reviving this custom.

Eugene von Guerard, Hamel & Ferguson

Australian Landscapes: Eugene von Guerard in the Antipodes

Saturday 16 April 2011 - Monday 13 June 2011

Admission: Free

In 1867 notable colonial artist Eugène von Guérard's published Australian landscapes, a series of 24 tinted lithographs which illustrated some of the most striking landscapes of South Eastern Australia.

Rob Whitson - Triund

Foothills: Landscape of the Indian Himalaya

Monday 02 May 2011 - Monday 14 March 2011

Admission: Free

Traces in the Landscape is Rob Whitson’s response to a visit he made in 2001 to Dharamsala, the northern Indian town which is home to many Tibetan refugees including the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government-in-exile.

Carmel Wallace - A Country Reader 4

The Stony Rises Project

Saturday 07 May 2011 - Sunday 26 June 2011

Admission: Free

Ten contemporary artists and designers share their vision of the rich, layered histories of Victoria's Western District which is distinguished by the basalt rocks erupting from the landscape forming Stony Rises, as well as volcanic cones and crater lakes. The exhibition focuses on the histories of the area, the intricate relationships of people with place, foreigners on new lands, and colonial and Indigenous narratives.

Art by Wendouree:  a century of Ballarat and Queen's Anglican Grammar School

Art by Wendoureee: a century of Ballarat and Queen's Anglican Grammar School

Wednesday 11 May 2011 - Sunday 20 November 2011

Minnie Williamson Gallery

Admission: Free

Celebrating 100 years of Anglican education in Wendouree.

Frank Littler, Pro News (detail), circa 1975

Let it all hang out: Australian Art of the 70s

Saturday 18 June 2011 - Sunday 07 August 2011

Admission: Free

Let it All Hang Out brings together a diverse collection of works in different media that are confronting, unusual, often humorous but always political in some shape or form.

Kat Pengelly: Launch Pad

Saturday 25 June 2011 - Sunday 14 August 2011

Admission: Free

Launch Pad is an exhibition of ‘conceptual haute couture’ by Kat Pengelly, who uses sculptural and imagemaking processes to create artful outfits.

Xersa, untitled, 2011, charcoal on paper

Drawn from life...

Saturday 02 July 2011 - Sunday 07 August 2011

Timken Community Gallery

Admission: FREE

Drawn from life... is a selection of drawings by the Gallery’s life drawing group. The exhibition includes a range of drawings generated by the students - from working drawings to more finished works which have a focus on line, tone, light and shade.

PROJECT - Daniel Crooks

Thursday 07 July 2011 - Sunday 14 August 2011

Night projection window

Admission: Free

Static No 12. takes the footage of a random man performing tai chi exercise in a Shanghai park. The image is stretched across the screen and the man soon becomes a molten image of movements, body parts, familiar yet unrecognisable, graceful but eerie and uncomfortable.

Camp St Camp Out

Camp St Camp Out

Monday 25 July 2011 - Sunday 31 July 2011

Art Gallery of Ballarat Function Hall Annexe

Admission: Free

A selection of tent designs from the Camp St Camp Out event will be displayed in the Art Gallery of Ballarat's newly completed Function Hall Annexe.

Laith McGregor - Maturing

PROJECT - Laith McGregor

Thursday 18 August 2011 - Sunday 25 September 2011

Night Projection Window

Admission: Free

Maturing is a satirical social commentary about masculinity and the absurdity of what popular culture perceives as the definition of masculinity. McGregor uses facial hair as a ‘signifier of male authenticity’ and proceeds to metamorphose into an ϋber male.

BIFB'11 - Brian Duffy: The Man Who Shot the Sixties

Saturday 20 August 2011 - Sunday 18 September 2011

Timken Community Gallery

Admission: Free

Brian Duffy, together with David Bailey and Terence Donovan, was one of the innovators of ‘documentary’ fashion photography, revolutionising fashion imagery and the fashion industry of the late 50s and 60s.

Roger Donaldson

BIFB'11 - Roger Donaldson: A survey

Saturday 20 August 2011 - Sunday 18 September 2011

Ian Potter Foundation Gallery

Admission: Free

This exhibition presents 50 works from the 45-year career of photographer and film-maker Roger Donaldson.

BIFB'11 - Louviere + Vanessa

Saturday 20 August 2011 - Sunday 18 September 2011

Mars Gallery

Admission: Free

Jeff Louviere and Vanessa Brown make their home and art in New Orleans. Their work effectively combines the mediums and nuances of film, photography, painting and printmaking. They use Holgas, scanners, 8mm film, destroyed negatives, wax and blood.

BIFB'11 - Lisa M Robinson: Snowbound

Saturday 20 August 2011 - Sunday 18 September 2011

Function Hall

Admission: Free

Lisa M. Robinson graduated cum laude from Columbia University, and received her MFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. After moving to New York, she became printing assistant for George Tice. Snowbound has been exhibited internationally in Argentina, Syria, Lithuania, Denmark, Uruguay, Chile and Bolivia.

BIFB'11 Projections Program

Saturday 20 August 2011 - Sunday 18 September 2011

Victor Gordon King Gallery

Admission: Free

BIFB'11 presents a program of audio visual presentations that will run continuously on a loop through the day. The shows will be grouped into discrete groups of 7 – 10 shows of between three and five minutes duration, and along the similar themes of photo documentary and conceptual works.

BIFB'11 - John Gollings and Ivan Rijavec: NOW and WHEN Australian Urbanism

Saturday 20 August 2011 - Sunday 18 September 2011

Mars Gallery

Admission: Free

This collection of dramatic urban visions was showcased by Australia at last year’s 12th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. Visitors move around a range of existing and hypothetical urban environments using ground-breaking 3D stereoscopic technology.

A Guiding Hand: prints and directors 1967 – 2011

Saturday 24 September 2011 - Sunday 27 November 2011

Mars Gallery, Timken Foundation Community Gallery and Victor Gordon King Gallery

Admission: FREE

The five professional Directors who have led the Gallery since 1967 – James Mollison, Margaret MacKean, Ron Radford, Margaret Rich and Gordon Morrison - have each contributed to the Print collection, taking it in particular directions according to their individual tastes and approaches to collecting.

David Rosetzky, Nothing like this, 2007. still from video

David Rosetzky - Nothing like this

Thursday 29 September 2011 - Sunday 13 November 2011

Project Window - Lydiard Street

Admission: Free

Technically precise and drawing parallels with the idealized images of high-end screen based advertising, Nothing like this reflects on our struggle for authenticity and explores the tensions between our inner and outer worlds.

Smart, Jeffrey

Australian Modern Masterpieces from the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Wednesday 05 October 2011 - Sunday 27 November 2011

Potter Gallery

Admission: Adult $12, Concession $8, Child and Student Free

The Art Gallery of Ballarat is the only Victorian venue for this tour of 40 of the most important 20th century Australian paintings from collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. It provides a unique insight into the history of Australian modern art from the 1920s to the 1970s, recognizing the extraordinary ability of Australian artists and the pivotal role they played in capturing the lives and moments of Australians in recent times.

Jill Orr video still

Jill Orr - The sleep of reason produces monsters - Goya

Thursday 17 November 2011 - Sunday 01 January 2012

Project Window - Lydiard Street

Admission: Free

A documentation and extension of Jill Orr’s 2002 performance at Artspace in Sydney which was a cathartic response to the horrific events of September 11 and Australia’s subsequent participation in the ‘War on Terror’.

43rd Ballarat National Photographic Exhibition

Saturday 03 December 2011 - Sunday 15 January 2012

Mars Community Gallery

Admission: Free

A display of works from Australian photographers covering a diverse subjects.