Past Exhibitions

A New Lifelong Landscape

Ash Keating: A New Lifelong Landscape

Thursday 11 October 2012 - Sunday 18 November 2012

Lydiard Street Projection Window

Admission: Free

This new video work by interdisciplinary artist Ash Keating is an intensely personal exploration of loss and connection to place. It is a collaboration between Keating and film maker Jonnie Leahy.

Lily Mae Martin Magdalena

The Window - Far from home: Lily Mae Martin

Monday 19 November 2012 - Sunday 06 January 2013

Lydiard St Window


Lily Mae Martin’s portraits are like freeze frames, momentary glimpses of an individual. This group of paintings form part of a larger body of work that she created while in Berlin

Still from Green Car

PROJECT - Dena Ashbolt: Green Car on the Freeway

Thursday 22 November 2012 - Sunday 30 December 2012

Lydiard Street Projection Window

Admission: Free

Award-winning artist and freelance video director Dena Ashbolt's art practice centers on works that engage with perception. Her work investigates the relationship between observational drawing/painting and the photographic/cinematographic lens.

Steampunk Slayer

44th Ballarat National Photographic Exhibition

Saturday 08 December 2012 - Sunday 20 January 2013

Timken Gallery

Admission: Free

A selection of 160 prints have been selected by a team of seven judges from more than 800 photographs submitted for the Ballarat National Photographic Competition. The photographers represented come from across Australia and genre on display range from standard studio portrait shots to wildly creative images involving hours of work post camera, with the quality of the images maintaining the high standard of previous years.

The Emissary

Made to Last: the conservation of art

Wednesday 12 December 2012 - Sunday 20 January 2013

Mars and Gordon Victor King Galleries

Admission: Free

This exhibition explores investigative methods of conservation including the behaviour of materials over time and techniques used to preserve and document work for the future. Artists include Brook Andrew, Penny Byrne, Juan Ford, Ghostpatrol and Claire Anna Watson. Curated by Sherryn Vardy.

O'Toole Eamon, Mclaren Formula Mp4/4,1 - Ayrton Senna Car

Eamon O'Toole: Big Boys Toys

Saturday 15 December 2012 - Sunday 24 February 2013

Ian Potter Foundation Gallery

Admission: Free

Eamon O’Toole: Big Boys Toys will feature a full range of models and replicas evoking the world of the Petrol Head — from racers themselves to tool kits, tyres and Blundstone boots.

PROJECT - Sally Rees: Ectoplasmic

Thursday 03 January 2013 - Friday 01 February 2013

Lydiard Street Projection Window

Admission: Free

Inspired in part by the resurgence of the animated gif in online culture, this work combines video auto-portraits with traditional animation in brief loops that attempt to transcend 'time' both in format and content.

Next Gen 2013: VCE Art and Design

Saturday 02 February 2013 - Sunday 24 March 2013

Mars, Timken, Gordon Victor King Galleries and Projection Window

Admission: Free

Next Gen 2013 is about excellence and innovation in contemporary art and design practice, as seen in recent work by young artists in the Ballarat and Grampians region.

Marty Neumeier, War – Terror 2003

Got the message? 50 years of political posters

Saturday 02 March 2013 - Sunday 14 April 2013

Ian Potter Foundation Gallery

Admission: Free

Got the Message? surveys the field of social and political posters over the last 50 years, from the era of the protest poster in the 1960s through to our own time when the printed word and image is being strongly challenged by new social media.

Heretics and Epicureans

Barry Gillard: Help! I Feel a Strong Weakness

Saturday 06 April 2013 - Sunday 26 May 2013

Timken Gallery

Admission: Free

An array of figures, texts and situations that take us into a dream - or nightmare - state. Barry Gillard draws inspiration from Dante's Divine Comedy as well as works as diverse as Herman Melville and Mother Goose to create images that explore memorable and resonant images.

GNAP logo

GNAP: Guirguis New Art Prize

Saturday 13 April 2013 - Sunday 19 May 2013

Mars and Gordon Victor King Galleries

Admission: Free

The Guirguis New Art Prize or GNAP is a new prestigious national acquisitive art prize, administered by the University of Ballarat. In the inaugural exhibition, eleven important contemporary Australian artists will exhibit their work at the University of Ballarat's Post Office Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

Petrina Hicks, The Chrysalis

PROJECT: Guirguis New Art Prize

Saturday 13 April 2013 - Sunday 19 May 2013

PROJECT - Lydiard Street projection window

Admission: Free

Showing in Project as part of the Guirgus New Art Prize, Petrina Hicks' work explores photography's capability to both create and corrupt the process of seduction and consumption.

Dalmatic late 18th century

Living Traditions: The Art of Belief

Saturday 27 April 2013 - Sunday 30 June 2013

Ian Potter Foundation Gallery

Admission: Free

A touring exhibition from the National Gallery of Victoria which draws on diverse material from across all areas of the NGV's rich collections to explore a range of living religious traditions found in the Australian community today.

Ever Higher - Tarryn Gill & Pilar Mata Dupont

Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont: Ever Higher

Thursday 23 May 2013 - Sunday 07 July 2013

Lydiard Street Project Window & Selkirk Gallery

Admission: Free

This video work explores ideas of fascist physicality, western sexual stereotypes and sexuality and power in sport, referencing the work of Leni Riefenstahl, American high school movies and and other films focusing on bodily representation and sexuality, linking the sports field to the battlefield and sexuality to power play.

Home Sweet Home

Goldfields Printmakers: Borders and Crossings

Saturday 25 May 2013 - Sunday 07 July 2013

Gordon Victor King Gallery

Admission: Free

This group exhibition is one of the first projects of a collective of regional printmakers who have come together to share ideas and opportunities, run workshops, put on exhibitions and engage with local communities in an effective and positive way.

Audubon Red-shouldered Hawk  1829

The Art of Science: Scientific illustrations from Museum Victoria

Saturday 01 June 2013 - Sunday 21 July 2013

Mars and Timken Galleries

Admission: Free

This exquisite exhibition presents 300 years of the development of scientific observation and illustration from Museum Victoria’s seldom-seen collection of artworks and rare books.

Sheena Macrae Owen (Rear Window)

BIFB at AGB Sheena Macrae: The Projectionists

Saturday 17 August 2013 - Sunday 15 September 2013

Minnie Williamson Gallery

Admission: Free

For this project, Canadian photographer Sheena Macrae's tracked down projectionists who had souvenired 35mm frames from films they had screened. She then enlarged the images, including scratches and sprocket holes, evoking fragments of cinematic memory. A core exhibition for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2013.

PROJECT: Inez de Vega - Suite

Thursday 19 September 2013 - Saturday 09 November 2013

Lydiard St projection window


Suite is a mini musical melodrama, a meditation on being a nobody in a world where everybody wants to be a somebody. Borrowing footage from La dolce vita (The sweet life) by Italian Neo-Realist filmmaker Federico Fellini, performance artist Inez de Vega sings about the futility of life without youth, beauty and fame while wishing she was one of the director's celebrated heroines from the 1960s.

Gina Kalabishis, Untitled, 2013, pastel on velour paper, 70 x 50 cm

Rick Amor Drawing Prize 2014

Saturday 01 February 2014 - Sunday 23 March 2014

Potter Foundation Gallery

Admission: Free

See hand drawn works by contemporary artists from across the country, selected froim entries for the Rick Amor Drawing Prize