Dayles­ford’s Mag­i­cal Waters

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well­be­ing, how about book­ing in to one of the re­gion’s many lux­u­ri­ous day spas? Or, if it’s food for the soul you are after— ful­fil ev­ery need at gourmet patis­series, charm­ing cel­lar doors, or award-win­ning first-class restau­rants.


Founded in 1884, the Art Gallery of Ballarat is the old­est and largest re­gional gallery in Aus­tralia. Home to one of the most com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tions of Aus­tralian paint­ings in the na­tion, works fea­tured here are just a small se­lec­tion from a hold­ing that ex­tends from con­vict artists of Van Diemen’s Land to the present day. Gen­eral en­try is free and spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions are reg­u­larly al­ter­nated.


Art Gallery of Ballarat is stag­ing sev­eral ex­hi­bi­tions this month. “Si­mon M-rock: The Hang­man’s Gar­den” fea­tures a se­ries of draw­ings by Ballarat-based illustrator Si­mon Mroczkowski, known as M-rock. There are 26 draw­ings of his friends be­ing killed off in al­pha­bet­i­cal order. The draw­ings are in­spired by Ed­ward Gorey’s 1963 book “The Gash­ly­crumb Tinies”, which de­scribes the demise of a se­ries of un­for­tu­nate chil­dren, start­ing with ‘A is for Amy who fell down the stairs…’ For this se­ries, M-rock pre­sents an in­di­vid­ual verse about each of his char­ac­ters, to­gether with a draw­ing based on their demise.

“Very Lim­ited Edi­tion: Com­mis­sioned Prints” brings to­gether the Gallery’s hold­ings of works on pa­per pro­duced by the Print Col­lec­tors Club in Bri­tain from the 1920s and by the Print Coun­cil of Aus­tralia since 1967. Aus­tralian artists rep­re­sented in­clude Alun Leach-jones, Bar­bara Brash, Noel Couni­han, Danny Moynihan, Robert Grieve, Franz Kempf, Mary Mac­queen, Mur­ray Walker, Al­lan Mitel­man, Eric Thake, and David Rose.

The “Ballarat National Pho­to­graphic Ex­hi­bi­tion” at­tracts en­tries from pho­tog­ra­phers across the coun­try and has been pre­sented by the Art Gallery of Ballarat since 1997. For this year’s ex­hi­bi­tion, ex­hib­ited prints have been se­lected for dis­play from nearly 1,000 images sub­mit­ted by en­trants from right across the coun­try.

All ex­hi­bi­tions are free. The gallery is lo­cated at 40 Ly­di­ard Street North, Ballarat and is open daily from 10am to 5pm. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 5320 5858 or visit art­gallery­of­bal­

n Find out more about Ballarat by call­ing 1800 44 66 33, on­line at vis­it­bal­, or by email­ing vis­it­bal­

You can visit in per­son at the Ballarat Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, Town Hall, 225 Sturt Street, Ballarat.

Left: Si­mon M-rock, “Kinn Kin­ner”, 2016, coloured pen­cil and pen on cot­ton pa­per, © the artist. From the ex­hi­bi­tion “Si­mon M-rock: The Hang­man’s Gar­den” at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

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