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  1. A man wandering through the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
    Photograph: Visit Ballarat
  2. A family wandering through a pirate-themed exhibition.
    Photograph: Visit Ballarat

Time Out says

The Art Gallery of Ballarat is home to one of the largest collections of Australian artworks

Established in 1884, the Art Gallery of Ballarat has many impressive achievements under its belt. It's the oldest and largest regional gallery in Australia, houses one of the largest collections of Australian artworks, and the grand building itself is heritage-listed. It's no wonder that it draws hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, having established itself as a must-visit attraction of the Goldfields region. 

To accommodate the growing collection, a seven-million-dollar expansion was completed in 2001. Today, the gallery has a collection of more than 11,500 artworks comprising paintings, works on paper, ceramics, sculptures and furniture from the 1800s to the present day. Here you'll find notable works from the likes of Sidney Nolan, John Glover, Arthur Boyd and Ruby Lindsay alongside contemporary pieces. 

Planning a trip to the region? Check out our guide to Ballarat.

Adena Maier
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Adena Maier


40 Lydiard St North
Nearby stations: Ballarat
Opening hours:
Daily 10am-5pm

What’s on

Beating About The Bush

Beating About The Bush is a new exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat that combines the best of traditional Australian Impressionism with works from contemporary Australian female photographers. Since early colonisation, the Australian ‘bush’ as a subject has largely been portrayed in art and literature by men. This exhibition juxtaposes these traditional portrayals against a series of contrasting styles and feminist perspectives to challenge the rigid male-gaze that has endured for so long. Audiences can revel in the classic beauty of paintings by revered artists like Tom Roberts, Charles Conder, Frederick McCubbin and Arthur Streeton. In contrast, contemporary images by photographers including Anne Zahalka, Leah King-Smith, Fiona Foley, Polixeni Papapetrou and Jacqui Stockdale will also be on display, taking up feminine space in a typically male-dominated scene. Louise Tegart, curator of the exhibition and director of the Art Gallery of Ballarat, says the display explores what’s been left out of the Australian Impressionism discussion; both within the works and in the wider cultural conversation. "These artists don’t beat about the bush," she says. "They tell a more comprehensive story, addressing issues pertaining to immigration, First Nations people, gender and social status." Beating About The Bush officially kicks off November 5 with a tour of the exhibition by Tagert herself, followed by readings of Henry Lawson’s bush poems by local Ballarat performers on Novembe

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