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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.
EXHIBITIONS AT THE ART GALLERY OF BALLARAT
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 artgalleryofballarat.com.au
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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.