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An Art Lover's Guide To Ballarat, Australia

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Updated: 18 October 2016
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With a thriving cultural community, Ballarat is rapidly becoming a regional arts hub. The town is not only home to a renowned artist whose work you’ll see in Buckingham Palace, but it also maintains Australia’s oldest and largest regional art gallery. Celebrate Ballarat’s Season of the Arts by visiting the city’s multiple galleries and exhibition spaces which are only an hour and a half outside of Melbourne’s CBD.

Art Gallery of Ballarat

Art Gallery, Building
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Founded in 1884, the Art Gallery of Ballarat is Australia’s oldest and largest regional gallery. Located in a heritage-listed building, this not-for-profit gallery houses art pieces from colonial to contemporary periods across painting, sculpture, works on paper and ceramics, all of which showcase the history of Australian art. Organised by era, the collection also features the work of local and regional artists, depicting the growth of Ballarat and Indigenous work.
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Sun:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Archibald Prize

First awarded in 1921, the Archibald Prize is the most prestigious portraiture award in Australia. Depicting men and women ‘distinguished in Art, Letters, Science or Politics’, resident Australian artists are invited to paint portrayals of the who’s who in Australian culture. This year, the winners include Louise Hearman and her portrait of Barry Humphries titled Barry and Betina Fauvel-Ogden’s George Calombaris. From October 14th through November 27th, all the paintings from the Archibald Prize will go on display at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St North Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, +61 3 5320 5858

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James Egan Gallery

With artwork that’s been featured at the Buckingham Palace, San Francisco Airport, the World Trade Center and the Deputy Prime Ministers Office, James Egan is one of Australia’s most illustrious artists. In his gallery studio, Egan still paints, and on display are collections including landscapes, people, Australian birds and Ned Kelly. A trip to the gallery may even result in an encounter with the artist himself.

James Egan Gallery, 1789 Sunraysia Highway, Addington Victoria, Australia, +61 3 5343 5082

The Lost Ones

Art Gallery
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‘A place to find the odd, the amusing and the interesting,’ The Lost Ones is a contemporary art gallery which prides itself on salvaging lost arts and crafts and championing forgotten voices. Located in a Masonic temple which dates back to the early 1870s, The Lost Ones is a place for exhibitions, performances, art classes and workshops that hope to pass on endangered art skills and techniques including lace making, making dyes from plants, bookbinding and more.
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Tue:
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed:
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu:
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri:
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Gallery on Sturt

Art Gallery
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Gallery on Sturt is a retail art gallery featuring the work of local and regional artists, as well as original and limited edition artwork from distinguished Australian and European artists. Exhibitions rotate on a monthly basis, and the gallery includes 2D and 3D work. Sturt also provides custom framing and fine-art printing services, all of which is done on-site.
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Mon:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Post Office Gallery

Post Office, University
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As a part of the University of Ballarat Arts Academy, the Post Office Gallery is an educational resource which showcases artwork from the students and staff of FedUni’s Arts Academy, as well as local and emerging Australian artists. Dating back to 1909, the collection includes paintings, graphics, contemporary prints, ceramics, and sculptures.
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Wed:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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