Installation view of E;state: Tim Edwards & Jan Lewis, 2014

Installation view of Alternative literature is also like alternative literature: Benjamin Aitken


The Gallery @ Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre invites individual artists, groups and curators to apply to exhibit as part of the exhibition program for our Access Gallery space. Every year The Gallery holds a limited number of places to allow local, emerging and mid career artists the opportunity to exhibit within a professional, public gallery setting.

No project is too ambitious and all media from sculpture and painting to sound and installation art will be considered. Successful applicants will be offered a three week exhibition, promotional support and gallery minding by professional gallery staff.

Applications for the 2017 program are now closed and will reopen for the 2018 program late October 2016.

Exhibition Information & Hire Guidelines can be downloaded here.

Gallery One floor plan can be downloaded here.

If you have an enquiry about the Access Gallery program, please contact or call 9261 7111.

Past Access Gallery Exhibitions 2016

Alternative literature is also alternative literature: Benjamin Aitken

13 January – 7 February 2016

Benjamin Aitken’s body of work explores historical comparisons between the aggressive cultural change during the time of the Renaissance and the impacts of the internet upon contemporary culture.

Consisting of technical drawing, painting and vinyl application, the works contain a duality between classical and contemporary; a type of faithlessness on whether to pick a side or direction.

Past Access Gallery Exhibitions 2015

Jill Symes: Mining the abstract

10 October - 15 November 2015

Mining the Abstract presents a “landscape” of freestanding ceramic sculptures inspired by Jill Symes’ memories of road trips and camping sojourns.  They reflect the artist's feelings of connection with the vast and extraordinary Australian terrain.

The forms included in this exhibition are created from slabs of clay which are used as canvases and painted from a "palette" of porcelain slips. The alchemy of the fire reveals the layers, brush marks and colours, transforming each piece into a new life.

Bethany Wheeler: Imprint, Place & Memory

21 February - 15 March 2015

Traces of the landscapes that we inhabit stay with us for the extent of our lives developing a baseline for our sense of psyche and being. In this new body of work Bethany re-contextualises a geographical, historical and manifested sense of place, reflecting on a dialogue between the artist and The Red Bluff Cliffs in Black Rock, Victoria. The works presented are a series of multi-media wall installations and sculptures that combine kiln formed glass, photography and locally foraged artefacts and specimens such as insects, flora, ochre, sap, salt, charcoal and clay.

Double Entendre: Under the Southern Cross

17 January - 15 February 2015

Bringing together bodies of work by Antonietta Covino-Beehre and Marie-Louise Anderson, Double Entendre: Under the Southern Cross reflects the experience of an Australian way of life in relation to the land/landscape. Works will include digital prints, etchings, lithographs, small installations and sculptures.

Past Access Gallery Exhibitions 2014

The Brighton Art Society: Remembering Jeanette Delbridge

29 November - 18 December 2014

This exhibition features a selection of portrait and figurative works created by members of the Brighton Art Society, established in 1978.

E;state Tim Edwards & Jan Lewis

5 July - 3 August 2014

An exhibition of elegant sculptures and rippling paintings created by Brighton resident Tim Edwards and Bateman’s Bay painter, Jan Lewis. Together these artists have developed an exhibition of works that question the relationship between man and nature.

eclectic : Kate Mackay, Francesca Mataraga and Sarah Newell

24 May - 29 June 2014

eclectic features the work of artists Kate Mackay, Francesca Mataraga and Sarah Newall, three artists whose cross-disciplinary practices combine elements of painting, sculpture, design and installation.
In what represents The Gallery @ BACC’s first step into the exciting world of installation art, the works in eclectic experiment with the use of pattern and scale in a stunning celebration of colour and vibrancy; a true feast for the eyes.

Textile Connections

10 April- 4 May 2014

Featuring works by Geri Barr, Margaret Bennett, Barbara Bennetts, Rosalind Byass, Cris Feely, Bronwen Gibbs, Judith Lawler, Dawna Richardson-Hyde and Sharron Shalekoff.

For centuries, textiles have provided a significant insight into our past, as well as earning much respect and admiration from society as a whole. Today, in one way or another, textiles impact on each and every one of us, enriching our lives in both practical and aesthetic ways.

This exhibition is a testament to the work of 9 textile artists who have embarked on an expressive journey through their ‘textile connections’.

Mark Dober: Touching Nature

22 January - 23 February 2014
Touching Nature brings together a selection of Mark Dober’s most recent paintings including several series created on location at Emu Creek, Trentham, the You Yangs and the Melbourne Botanical Gardens. Through these vibrant works Dober compares and contrasts the native, European, exotic and hybrid landscapes prominent throughout Victoria’s pastoral and wild environments.

Past Access Gallery Exhibitions 2013

Brighton Secondary College VCE Arts and Technology 2013

23 November - 19 December 2013
The VCE students of Brighton Secondary College will present the outcomes of their final year Studio Arts, Visual Communication Design and Media Studies at the Gallery @ BACC. The students examine a wide variety of themes for their final year artistic explorations.  As such, the outcome was a celebration of the talent and diversity of the art, design, textiles and media dreamt up by our local 2013 VCE graduates.

Adrian Spurr: Backyard archaeology

17 August - 8 September 2013
Following on from a successful year as winner of the Toorak Village Sculpture Prize and finalist in numerous Melbourne and nationally based  awards, Adrian Spurr will be exhibiting a solo exhibition of sculptures and prints. Spurr’s practice spans two decades and is concerned both physically and metaphorically with an exploration of surface and what lies beneath, a theme that permeates his most recent offering; Backyard Archaeology.

1953 & Beyond: Beaumaris Art Group

18 May - 16 June 2013
1953 & beyond features a selection of works representative of the breadth of talent developed through the Beaumaris Art Group from its founding in 1953 to the present. Beaumaris Art Group was initially formed by a small band of close friends, but the group steadily grew into an expansive not-for-profit organisation running workshops, art classes and exhibitions. With over 30 works ranging from paintings to ceramics, the exhibition 1953 & beyond marks a 60 year celebration of the dedication and achievements of Beaumaris Art Group.

Temenos... Traversing Shadow and Light: Joanna Collyvas

11 May - 9 June 2013
This exhibition is the first solo exhibition of photographic works by Joanna Collyvas. Collyvas' work was exhibited in the 2012 Pink Lady Art Exhibition, where she was awarded the Emerging Artist Prize. The works in Temenos... traversing shadow and light are at once confronting and intimate, forcing the viewer to consider the symbolic and visceral nature of 'that which has been passed down through a long, long lineage of women'.

Past Access Gallery Exhibitions 2012

Brighton Secondary College VCE Arts and Technology 2012

30 November - 20 December 2012
The VCE students of Brighton Secondary College will be exhibiting works from their final year Studio Arts, Visual Communication Design, Fashion & Textiles, Wood Work and Media studies.
This fabulous showcase of work celebrates the hard work and talent of our local VCE graduates.  The exhibition also provides a fantastic opportunity for the Brighton Secondary College students to present their work to the public, and for visitors to marvel at the skill, creativity and potential in the work of these budding creatives.

Visually speaking: Poppi O’Connor & Michelle Zuccolo

2 November - 25 November 2012
O’Connor and Zuccolo have lived in the Bayside area for almost two decades, teaching at secondary and tertiary level and tutoring community art groups in Brighton, Beaumaris, Glen Eira and at the Ring Road Art Studios.
Strongly influenced by their respective experiences working as arts educators, the artists’ practices reflect a passion for the analytical and a curiosity pertaining to the world around them. Inspired by the landscape, the figure and still life forms, Visually speaking celebrates the diversity of contemporary painting and drawing.

Two Seas: Ann Howie & Judi Singleton

11 August - 9 September 2012
Ann Howie and Judi Singleton were founding members of Roar Studios, Melbourne’s first artist run initiative established in Fitzroy in 1982. The artists’ latest offering, Two Seas, highlights the significance of Port Phillip Bay and the Victorian coastline as a source of inspiration, while engaging with the sea as a long standing symbol for the human psyche. Using oils, gouache, watercolour, pastel and ceramic, Singleton and Howie’s vibrant works explore the physical beauty of the ocean, as well as its powerful ability to evoke emotions.

Creative diversions: visions of seven

9 June - 8 July 2012
Creative diversions: visions of seven is an exhibition showcasing the work of seven Melbourne artists. The artists are friends who live in and around the Bayside region and have a diverse range of artistic backgrounds. Artworks included in this exhibition range from paintings, prints, photographs and graphic designs. The differences in medium, style and content seen in Creative diversions: visions of seven showcase the variety of local talents in the Bayside region and reflect the artists’ stylistic, technical and creative diversity.

Visual Contrasts: The Bayside Art Trail

26 May - 17 June 2012
Having lived in Brighton for many years, Neil Wallace & Steffie Wallace aim to present a fresh approach to artistic renditions of the surrounding terrain in their new exhibition; Visual Contrasts: The Bayside Art Trail.
While both artists’ painting styles are impressionistic, Neil makes use of vibrant colours and bold brushwork to achieve a spontaneous effect in his works, while Steffie favours blended layers and subtle tones, achieving a more atmospheric result. Visual Contrasts: The Bayside Art Trail explores the two artists’ contrasting experiences of the Bayside surrounds and depicts a new take on a familiar landscape.

Come into the garden:  Marion Chapman & Jo Reitze

21 January - 12 February 2012
After meeting at the Melbourne Society of Women Painters & Sculptors in 2008 Marion Chapman and Jo Reitze worked toward exhibiting their respective bodies of paintings depicting gardens together for the first time in 2011. The shimmering impressionistic works in Come into the garden being exhibited emphasise contrast and colour rather than fine botanical detail. Concerned with immortalising a vista as opposed to producing images which look objectively real, this exhibition celebrates a shared love for the diversity found in the suburban garden.


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