February 2017 Listings

Art Almanac is the essential guide to Australia’s art galleries – a monthly magazine listing the exhibition schedules of over 550 art galleries throughout Australia, packaged in an easy-to-use format, supported by gallery maps, an artist index, and profiles of current art exhibitions. Victorian art galleries and their February 2017 exhibition schedules are listed below, for listings of art galleries in other Australian states please use the links above.


Mornington Peninsula

McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery
390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin 3910.
See Melbourne entry for exhibition details.

Merricks House Art Gallery
3460 Frankston – Flinders Road, Merricks 3961.
(03) 5989-8088.
Daily 8.30 to 5.00.
Merricks House is located adjacent to Merricks General Wine Store and showcases talent from both the local Mornington Peninsula Region as well as artists from across Australia.
Meander through the garden from the café, bistro, cellar door or deck to discover this hidden gem.
To Feb 20 Stories are forever – Omie bark cloths, Oro Province PNG, sculptures by Owen Yalandja and Samson Bonson, Maningrida Arts and Crafts, central Arnhem Land, and new paintings by Keturah Zimran from Ikuntji Artists, Haasts Bluff, NT and Tiger Yaltangki, Iwantja Arts, Indulkana, SA. Presented by Vivien Anderson Gallery.

Keturah Zimran, Puli Puli ­ Rocks, 2016, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 84  x 121.5cm

Dapeni Jonevari (Mokokari), Duvahe (Chief) of Ematé clan women, Buborianö’e, jové Aho’oji, dahoru’e ohu’o sabu deje – Beaks of the Papuan Hornbill, Aho’oji River, Ömie mountains and spots of the wood-boring grub, 2011, natural pigments on nioge ( woman’s bark cloth skirt), 144 x 91cm

33 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South
(03) 5989-8412.
Mmber of ACGA.
Free entry.
Daily. Feb 26 to Oct 29 Montalto Sculpture Prize 2017 – Ashika, Nathalie Auzépy, Robert Barnstone, Shawn Begley, Ben Carroll, Adam Cusack, Mark Cuthbertson, Ralf Driessen, Martin George, Matthew Harding, Rudi Jass, Jonathon Leahey, Emmy Mavroidis, Karleena Mitchell, Astra Parker, Sonia Payes, Ralf Rehak, Michael Sibel, Todd Stuart, Liz Walker & Adam Hoss Ayres, Jacek Wankowski, Stewart Westle, Christabel Wigley and David Wood.

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (MPRG)
Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington 3931.
See Melbourne entry for exhibition details.

Oak Hill Gallery
(Melway 145 G10) 100 Mornington-Tyabb Road (adjacent to the Rose Gardens), Mornington 3931.
(03) 5973-4299.
Daily 11.00 to 4.00.

Gippsland South East

arc Yinnar Gallery
19 Main Street, Yinnar 3869.
(03) 5163-1310.
Tues-Fri 12.00 to 4.00, Sat 11.00 to 3.00.
Jan 28 to Feb 11 (opening Sat Jan 28, 2pm) Gone Troppo.
Feb 25 to March 25 (opening Sat Feb 25, 2pm) What A Woman – women’s exhibition.

ArtSpace Wonthaggi
New Location
1 Bent Street, Wonthaggi 3995.
(03) 5672-1415 .
Daily 10.00 to 4.00.
2D and 3D contemporary and traditional art.

Bradley Hall Antiques & Art Gallery
Australian Studio of Gary Miles
12 Old Telegraph Road West, Drouin West 3818.
(03) 5626-8355, 0407-443-606.
Sat-Sun and public hols 11.00 to 5.00 or by appt.
Artists: Gary Miles, Graeme Myrteza, Wayne Ferguson, Anita George, Noelene Downie, Laurel Foenander, Laurie Collins, Leonie Ryan, Joanne Draisma, Trish Naus and Jessie McLennan.

Cardinia Cultural Centre
Lakeside Boulevard, Pakenham 3810.
To Feb 10 Mind Drawing Children’s Stories by Jenni Ivins. Presented by Cardinia Shire Council.
Book launches: Wed Feb 8, 1pm and 7pm;

Gecko Studio Gallery
and ArtHouse accommodation
15 Falls Road, Fish Creek 3959.
(03) 5683-2481.
Directors: Kerry Spokes and Michael Lester.
Facebook: geckostudiogallery
Thurs-Mon 10.00 to 5.00.
To Feb 18 Paintings and Prints by Geoffrey Ricardo.
Feb 19 to March 18 (opening Sun Feb 19, 2pm) Memory Mine by Stephen Jansen.

Gippsland Art Gallery
64-66 Foster Street, Sale 3850.
(03) 5142-3500
Fax 5142-3501.
Director: Anton Vardy.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 12.00 to 4.00, refer to website for public holiday hours.
To Feb 12 The Dark Passenger by Jordan Wood. Also, Weird Ceramic.
To Feb 19 The Turner Gallery by J.M.W. Turner.
Feb 18 to April 23 Jars by Owen Rye, and Storylines by Sue Fraser.

Owen Rye, Blue Jar, 2007, glazed stoneware, 60 x 35 x 35cm
Courtesy the artist and Skepsi Gallery, Victoria

Sue Fraser, My Patch of Green, 2016, linocut on paper, 61 x 46.1cm (platemark)
Courtesy the artist

Maffra Exhibition Space
150 Johnson Street, Maffra 3860.
Enquiries to Gippsland Art Gallery (03) 5142-3500.
Mon, Wed-Fri 10.00 to 6.00, Sat 10.00 to 12.00, closed Tues and Sun.
To Feb 6 Here Comes the Wind original watercolour illustrations by Libby Witchell from the book ‘Here Comes the Wind’ by children’s author Sarah Corbell.
Feb 9 to April 3 Inertia by Jeremy Kasper.

Jeremy Kasper, Untitled, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 91 x 152cm
Courtesy the artist

‘Here Comes the Wind’ book cover, 2015

Red Tree Gallery Jindivick
420 Main Jindivick Road, Jindivick 3818.
(03) 5628-5224.
Ongoing Laurie Collins stories sculptures.
Through Feb The horses paintings and drawings by Roni Schell.
Through March Out and about paintings by Margaret Christianson.
Through April arctic cold photography by Linda Zweirin.

Switchback Gallery
Gippsland Centre for Art and Design
Faculty of Education and Arts, Federation University Australia,
Building 6S, Northways Road, Churchill 3842.
(03) 5122-6261.
Mon-Fri 9.00 to 5.00.
To Feb 22 Where’s Russell? Third Year Graduates from Gippsland.
Feb 28 to April 7 The Life and Death of an Unknown Painter: Leon De Montignie 1958-2016.

Geelong South West Great Ocean Road

Blarney Books & Art
37 James Street, Port Fairy 3284.
(03) 5568-2174.
Instagram: blarneybooksandart
Fri-Sun 11.00 to 4.00.
Unique book-related art space bookshop, in beautiful Port Fairy.

Elizabeth Arthur Fine Art Gallery & Sculpture Garden
35 Carmichael Street, Hamilton 3300.
(03) 5572-2851.
Director: Dr Elizabeth Arthur.
Thurs-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, or by appt.

Geelong Gallery
55 Little Malop Street, Geelong 3220.
(03) 5229-3645.
Director: Jason Smith.
Free entry.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00.
To Feb 12 Tricking the eye: contemporary trompe l’oeil.
To April 2 My Geelong: our Gallery.

Jan Senbergs, The Geelong Road, 2004, synthetic polymer paint
Collection: Geelong Gallery. Purchased with the assistance of the Regional Galleries Collections Fund, 2005
Courtesy of the artist

Feb 25 to May 7 Abstraction: celebrating Australian women abstract artists.

Anne Dangar, Un composition, pochoir, 1936, drawing in brush and gouache
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 2002

Hamilton Gallery
107 Brown Street, Hamilton 3300.
(03) 5573-0460.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 10.00 to 12.00 and 2.00 to 5.00, Sun 2.00 to 5.00.
To Feb 26 Ah Xian: Axiom.

Horsham Regional Art Gallery
80 Wilson Street, Horsham 3400.
(03) 5382-9575.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 11.30 to 4.30, Sun 1.00 to 4.30.

Metropolis Gallery
64 Ryrie Street, Geelong 3220.
(03) 5221-6505.
Director: Robert Avitabile.
Mon-Fri 9.00 to 5.00, Sat 10.00 to 4.00.

Qdos Arts + Sculpture Park
35 Allenvale Road, Lorne 3232.
(03) 5289-1989.
Thurs-Mon 9.00 to 5.00.
Feb 5 to 18 Heirloom Show – Monica Szwaja (jewellery), Noel Hart (glass), Alexander Copeland (ceramics), Ivana Perkins (sculpture), Ben Storch (sculpture), Bronwyn Sidwell (textiles), Kate Webber (textiles), plus more…
Feb 19 to March 4 Susan Weaver (paintings), and David Rossiter (paintings).

David Rossiter, East to West, mixed media, 90 x  72cm

SCOPE Galleries
38 Kelp Street, Warrnambool 3280.
(03) 5561-4758, 0410-464-330
Fax 5561-5692.
Director: Liza McCosh.
by appointment.
Through Feb Sea, Sky And In Between by Liza McCosh.

Shannon’s Gallery & Studios
12 Montrose Ave, Apollo Bay 3233.
(03) 5237-6578.
Daily 10.00 to 6.00, closed Tues.
Distinctive drawings and paintings of the Otway coast, Apollo Bay and Harbour.
Summer Exhibition by Pat Shannon and Mark Shannon.

Warrnambool Art Gallery
26 Liebig Street, Warrnambool 3280.
(03) 5559-4949.
Director: Vanessa Gerrans.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun and public hols 10.00 to 3.00.
To Feb 5 Performance on an Egg by Jenny Noyes. Also, Somewhere Nowhere by Shaun Tan.
To Feb 26 Unknowing the real by Shane Jones.
To March 12 Phantom Ride by Daniel Crooks.
Feb 11 to April 17 Bolita pa Bolita by Melissa Aitken.
Feb 11 to June 12 Erewhon – Brook Andrew, Mikala Dwyer, Justene Williams, Tony Garifalakis, Claire Lambe and Clare Milledge.

Wishart Gallery
19 Sackville Street, Port Fairy 3284.
(03) 5568-2423.
Art, Antiques, Café, Bar, Wine & Beer Garden.

Central Victoria

Ararat Regional Art Gallery
(8-E) Town Hall, Vincent Street, Ararat 3377.
(03) 5352-2836.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 4.30, Sat-Sun and public hols 12.00 to 4.00, closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday.

Art Gallery of Ballarat
40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat 3350.
(03) 5320-5858.
Free entry unless specified.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00.
To Feb 5 Black Mist Burnt Country: Testing the Bomb. Maralinga and Australian Art. This Burrinja Cultural Centre touring exhibition shows works by over 30 Indigenous and non-indigenous artists which commemorate the little-known story of the British atomic tests in Australia in the 1950s.
To March 5 Very limited edition: Commissioned prints part of the Year of Print, a national celebration through 2016 of 50 years of the Print Council of Australia.
Also, Simon M-Rock: The Hangman’s Garden a series of drawings by Ballarat-based illustrator Simon Mroczkowski, known as M-Rock, showing 26 of his friends being killed off in alphabetical order.
Feb 4 to March 19 Next Gen 2017 – a showcase of the work of students from secondary schools from the Ballarat region, who have just completed VCE in art and design.

Arts Academy, Post Office Gallery
Federation University Australia, cnr Sturt and Lydiard streets, Ballarat 3350;
PO Box 663, Ballarat 3353.
(03) 5327-8615.
Curator: Shelley Hinton.
Wed-Sat 12.00 to 5.00.
Feb 15 to March 4 SCOPE17.
Academic staff at the Arts Academy, Federation University Australia, present their recent work in one of the Gallery’s important annual exhibitions. Now in its eighth year, the exhibition provides a unique opportunity for the local and broader community to view work by key Visual Arts and Communication Design staff who maintain their own arts practice and strongly influence and mentor the next crop of visual artists and designers.

James Pasakos, Bridge 1, 2016, drypoint

Ballarat – Gallery on Sturt
421 Sturt Street, Ballarat 3350.
(03) 5331-7011.
Mon-Fri 9.00 to 5.30, Sat 10.00 to 2.00.
2D & 3D artworks by eminent Australian artists, together with award winning and emerging regional artists.

Ritva Voutila, Cap O’Rushes, oil on canvas, 76 x 61cm

Ken Hubbard, Metropolis, giclée, 60 x 40cm 

Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View Street, Bendigo 3550.
(03) 5434-6088.
Director: Karen Quinlan.
Entry by donation unless specified.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
To Feb 12 Gimme Freedom (or gimme death): Jud Wimhurst.

Jud Wimhurst, GIMME FREEDOM (or gimme death), 2016, installation view

Photograph: Ian Hill
Courtesy of the artist and MARS Gallery, Melbourne

Bluewhippet Art
65 Queen Street, Ararat 3377.
(03) 5352-4828, 0400-074-199.
Instagram: @blue_whippet
Check website for 2017 opening hours.

Castlemaine Art Museum
14 Lyttleton Street (PO Box 248), Castlemaine 3450.
(03) 5472-2292.
Mon, Wed-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, closed Tues, Sat-Sun 12.00 to 5.00.
To Feb 26 Groove is in the heart by Minna Gilligan, and World without world by Michael Doolan. CAM’s first exhibitions for children!

Central Goldfields Art Gallery
Old Fire Station, Neil Street, Maryborough 3465.
(03) 5460-4588.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
Central Goldfields Art Gallery is a cultural facility of Central Goldfields Shire Council.
To Feb 12 a selection from the Gallery Collection.
From Feb 18 Golden Textures – Biennial Contemporary Art Quilt Exhibition.

Falkner Gallery
35 Templeton Street, Castlemaine 3450.
(03) 5470-5858.
Thurs-Sun 11.00 to 5.00.
To Feb 26 Lie of the Land mixed media by Paula Martin and Chloe Simcox, and Away with Threads embellishments by Quilly.
Also, small works on paper by 30+ artists, and A Taste of Japan woodblock prints and crafts.

La Trobe Art Institute
121 View Street, Bendigo 3550.
(03) 5444-7272.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 12.00 to 5.00.
To March 5 Beyond the Frustum by Simon Finn.
Also, When the Black Dog Bites by Daniel Butterworth.

Post Office Gallery
A satellite space of Bendigo Art Gallery
51-67 Pall Mall, Bendigo 3550.
(03) 5434-6179.
Director: Karen Quinlan. Entry by donation.
Daily 9.00 to 5.00.
To Feb 12 Menagerie: animals in Bendigo history.

Stockroom Gallery
98 Piper Street, Kyneton 3444.
(03) 5422-3215.
Mon, Thurs-Fri 10.30 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
To Feb 5 Mixed Tape featuring a selection of Stockroom artists showcasing the 2017 exhibition calendar.
Feb 11 to March 5 The Trip by Brad Rusbridge, and Match_3: Restraint by Ryan Kennedy.

Brad Rusbridge, Crystal Voyage (detail), 2016, oil on Masonite, 91.6 x 61.8cm

Ryan Kennedy, Match_3: Restraint, 2016, video still

North & North West

Art at Linden Gate
For exhibition details see Melbourne section.

Benalla Art Gallery
(Melway 619 D6) Botanical Gardens, Bridge Street, Benalla 3672.
(03) 5760-2619.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00, closed Tues.
Jan 28 to April 2 Bennett Gallery: Michelle Nikou: a e i o u.
Feb 9 to April 2 Bennett Gallery: Drawn to the Wild by Kate Jenvey.
Feb 11 to April 23 Ledger Gallery: Brett Whiteley: West of the Divide.

Mansfield Art Gallery
4 Highett Street, Mansfield 3722.
Four light-filled rooms and a stunning garden.
The gallery is closed during Feb but we remain open online.

Mildura Arts Centre
199 Cureton Avenue, Mildura 3500.
(03) 5018-8330
Fax 5021-1462.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00.
To Feb 5 Birds of the Mallee.
To Feb 12 Collected Vision: Recent Acquisitions.
To Feb 26 Silos+Silence.
Feb 16 to April 30 National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016.

Shepparton Art Museum (SAM)
(Vic Roads map 273 L8 or 32 H8) 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton 3630.
(03) 5832-9861.
Director: Dr Rebecca Coates.
Free entry.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00, public hols 1.00 to 4.00. Closed Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday.
Join SAM on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
Jan 28 to March 19 Tracey Moffatt & Gary Hillberg. Featuring Montages: the full cut, 1999-2015.

Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery
Horseshoe Bend, Swan Hill 3585.
(03) 5036-2430.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
Feb 24 to April 23 Black Mist Burnt Country.

TarraWarra Museum of Art
(Melway 277 B2)
See Melbourne entry for exhibition details.

Wangaratta Art Gallery
56 Ovens Street, Wangaratta 3677.
(03) 5722-0865.
Free entry.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 4.00, closed Mon.
Office hours Mon-Fri 9.00 to 5.00, closed public hols and for exhibition installations.
Wangaratta Art Gallery is a Cultural Service of the Rural City of Wangaratta.
To Feb 19 The Beginnings – Celebrating 30 years of the Wangaratta Art Gallery. In 1987 Wangaratta community groups, individuals and local council helped establish the beginnings of a community Exhibitions Gallery. This exhibition reflects upon the development and success of a venue which has become a highly regarded Regional Public Gallery and significant Collection. A feature of the exhibition will be the inclusion of new acquisitions to the Wangaratta Art Gallery Collection during 2014-2016.
Feb 25 to April 16 Voyages of the Botanical by Christine Johnston. A tribute to the untamed treasures of Australia’s vast native flower garden, through rare and wonderful landscapes and botanical heritage and history.

Christine Johnston, Desert rose, 2012, solar-plate engraving, 56 x 47cm