Gallery exhibitions and public programs

Our gallery program features regular curated survey and thematic exhibitions, including the works of established and emerging contemporary Australian artists and a series of dynamic public programs for children and adults. The gallery program also includes hire exhibitions by local artists, schools and community groups.

We are excited to be re-opening Council’s Gallery on 22 January 2021.

2020 A.M.E Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize
Exhibition of finalists

22 January to 7 February

The A.M.E Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize is awarded to Australian artists who have demonstrated talent and achievement in traditional styles. The art prize is intended to encourage, support and advance classical training of emerging artists (in their early to mid-career) at any stage of life, who are pursuing the study and practice of traditional art and who desire to study the works of old masters. The exhibition of finalists showcases the impressive works by the artists selected by the judging panel in the Major Award Travelling Scholarship, Oils or Acrylics and Works on Paper Award categories.

Alice Marian Ellen Bale (1875-1955) developed a reputation as one of Australia’s pre-eminent flower and still life painters of the early 20th century.  She established the A.M.E Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize through her will to support Australian artists in perpetuity. The judging panel is comprised through the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society Inc who provide expert assistance to the trustee – Perpetual Trustee Company Ltd – in judging the award, taking into consideration the implementation of both the spirit and letter of Miss Bale’s will.

Nicholas Chen | Still life with horse 2018 |Oil on linen | 86 x 72 cm | Winner of the Major Award 2018 A.M.E Bale Travelling Scholarship


International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Exhibition

11 to 28 February

diverse and exciting range of artworks from the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Visual Arts Course are featured in this exhibition. Selected student’s works examined in 2020 will be displayed. The works provide visitors with an understanding of the different approaches and the varied work produced in this unique two-year study programme.

Contemporary sculpture, photography, ceramics, painting, textiles, drawing, digital media and printmaking are included in this exhibition.

Lily Stokie | Preservation 2020 | Digital Photograph | 60 x 42 cm | Methodist Ladies’ College