Art for everyone is back at the Gallery

July 1, 2020 BY

Eames Chair, oil on canvas, by Anne Wallace. Images: SUPPLIED

City’s cultural icon reopening with two new exhibitions, more on the way.

THE Art Gallery of Ballarat re-opened to the public on 1 July after a three-month closure due to the COVID pandemic.

Gallery staff have been working hard to make sure that visitors can come back, knowing that their visit will be a safe one.

David Noonan’s 2017 video work A dark and quiet place.

Entry is by timed ticket, to make sure there are not too many people in the Gallery at any one time, and to make sure that contact tracing can be done.

Anyone interested in visiting the Gallery should go online and book a free timed ticket at the Gallery website. Social distancing measures will be in place and the Gallery will be cleaned every hour to ensure the safety of visitors.

Right now there’s two incredible exhibitions will be on display.

Stagecraft is a survey of works from the last five years by the Ballarat-born international artist David Noonan, who creates moody black and white collages and tapestries.

His images are theatrical, haunting and ambiguous. There is a stunning catalogue for the exhibition which can be purchased online at the Gallery website.

Meanwhile Strange Ways, is a survey exhibition by Melbourne-based artist Anne Wallace, covering 30 years of her career.

Wallace’s intriguing, richly coloured paintings reference film noir, Modernism and mid-century homes.

Poptones oil on linen by Anne Wallace.

There will also be a host of new exhibitions opening in early August, including work by Ballarat-based Indigenous artist collective the Pitcha Makin Fellas, a colourful, humorous and sometimes critical view of Aussie Rules football called Join the club.

There will be also be an exhibition of work by popular ceramic artist Ruby Pilven who has worked in collaboration with painter Madeleine Cruise.

Another coming highlight features Castlemaine-based printmaker David Frazer and artist Mairin Briody who have created a series of paintings inspired by wind turbines and French Modernist artist Sonia Delaunay.

During the period of closure essential building and maintenance work, as well as a collection rehanging, were undertaken. That means that the permanent collection will remain closed until September while these are completed.

Visit the Art Gallery of Ballarat webpage for more information.