Public programs Kids Art Trail, Jeremy Kibel exhibition 2014

Artist John Wolseley delivering a floor talk at the exhibition Common Ground, 2011

The Gallery @ BACC offers a range of programs and events that aim to facilitate audience access to, and engagement with, The Gallery’s exhibitions and Collection.

For bookings or further information about forthcoming Programs and Events, please contact:

The Gallery @ BACC
T: 03 9261 7111


Habitat: Terrarium Workshop

Thursday 29 September at 10.30am - 12pm, Brighton Town Hall

Come and create your own habitat at The Gallery @ BACC. Habitat: terrarium workshop is suitable for young people between the ages 8 and 12 years (children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian) and seniors. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn about eco systems, the environment and how to build a glass terrarium creating your own quirky world to take home. This public program is held in association with the exhibition Habitat: Annemieke Mein.

Cost: $17 Children (must be accompanied by a parent or guardian) and Seniors

Bookings: Essential at (limited places available)

Afternoon tea and meet Annemieke Mein

Saturday 15 October from 2 - 3pm, The Gallery @ BACC

Enjoy light refreshments at The Gallery @ BACC and an informal chat with renowned textile artist Annemieke Mein. Suitable for ages 16+

Please note: This event is now fully booked




Connections is a free activity for people living with dementia and their carers.  Based on the National Gallery of Australia’s Art and Alzheimer’s Program, Connections is run by trained Gallery facilitators in a welcoming, flexible and fully accessible environment.

Residents and their carers attend The Gallery across a series of tours delivered by Gallery staff. The program provides a unique opportunity for people living with dementia to connect, interpret and express experiences through art works during a discussion based tour of an exhibition.

Connections was highly commended at the 2013 Museum Australia (Victoria) Awards for excellence in program delivery for a small museum.

Bookings in advance are essential as availability is limited. Care Facilities are encouraged to check for availability on-line. More>

For more information about tour times and bookings, see the attached document.

For a detailed discussion about Connections, please read attached article.

Curator and artist floor talks

Kenneth Park, Curator of Collections at Wesley College, delivering a floor talk on Two Hemispheres

Floor talks are held regularly in conjunction with selected exhibitions, and are designed to facilitate discussions between audiences and creative professionals. Talks explore a range of topics, and in the past have included investigations into the business of being in the arts; issues in contemporary art and art history, fashion and design; as well as artistic practice and process. Keep an eye on the website or contact The Gallery for details about upcoming talks.

Kids programs and activities

Children from St Finbar's Primary at the Jeremy Kibel exhibition Substance

The Gallery is pleased to offer creative programs that aim to engage young people with contemporary art and culture, and cater to AusVELS F-10 and VCE curriculum requirements.

Previous programs for children have included floor talks and gallery tours, hands-on workshops facilitated by exhibiting artists and Gallery staff, and career seminars for school leavers. Contact the Public Programs Officer for more information or to make a booking for your school group. Bookings well in advance are essential.

Please see previous Education Kit for Common Ground exhibition here.

Audio tours

Mobile audio guides are available for selected exhibitions. Scan the code at The Gallery's front desk to download the free Expi app from the App Store, or visit the Expi website. Please contact The Gallery prior to your visit to check which exhibitions have the mobile audio guides.

For one day a year, people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. The phenomenon is known as Slow Art Day, a global event with a simple mission: help more people discover the joy of looking at and loving art.

From San Diego to Swan Hill, over 186 museums and galleries around the world have signed up as hosts, including The Gallery @ BACC.

To learn more about Slow Art Day and the mission behind it, visit the Slow Art Day website.

Read more about the slow art community with an interview with The Gallery's Elle Credlin here.


Animalia Storytime, Tuesday 31 March 2015, 10:30am

Janet Metcalfe from the Brighton Library read Graeme Base's first book Animalia in a gallery full of enchanced youngsters.  The children then had the opportunity to explore the gallery and view original works from the book.

Artist talk with Graeme Base, Saturday 21 March 2015, 2pm

Graeme Base is an author and illustrator best known for well-loved books such as Animalia, The Sign of the Seahorse and My Grandma lived in Gooligulch. Graeme discussed his colourful career and took us on a tour of selected works from his exhibition here at The Gallery.

Artist talk with Garry Bish, 14 February 2015

Garry Bish guided us through his exhibition at The Gallery and explained his approach to making, which includes experimentations with the juncture between internal and external elements of his contemporary vessels.

Caring for your Personal Treasures, 6 December 2014

Elle Credlin, our Art and Heritage Collection Officer, provided great tips and advice on how to best care for personal collections of art and objects.
Visitors learnt that the measures, materials and methods we can employ to ensure their long term protection and preservation are often far simpler than we imagine.

Closing event for Grommets, grinds & gnarly dudes, 23 November 2014

Featuring a one-time screening of Bruce Brown’s The Endless Summer

With exclamations of cowabunga! and Huey out the back! we heralded the return of surf films to the Brighton Town Hall with a special one-off screening of Bruce Brown’s The Endless Summer. This event also marked the official close of the exhibition Grommets, grinds & gnarly dudes, an exhibition which was well received by gallery visitors of all ages.
Proceeds raised from the event were donated to The Disabled Surfers Association of Australia Inc., a voluntary organisation catering to surfers with all classes of disabilities. Thanks must go to artists Keith Deverell, Phillip George, Gerry Wedd & Jud Wimhurst, to skate enthusiasts Tony Hallam and Jess Adelman, to Gus Berger for the equipment set up, and to all who attended and lent a hand on the day.

Vintage skateboard swap meet with Tony Hallam, 26 October 2014

On Sunday 26th October the Brighton Town Hall played host to a Swap Meet organised by Tony Hallam, whose impressive collection of skate ephemera is on show as part of the Grommets, grinds and gnarly dudes exhibition at The Gallery. Tony and other vendors from local skate shops filled the hall space with their wares, which included an eclectic array of vintage and new skate decks, trucks, wheels, skate wear, and magazines. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by the 200+ punters who stopped by to have a look – we even had a special visit from members of the Melbourne vintage BMX crew, who rode all the way from Luna Park to the Brighton Town Hall to attend! A big thanks to all who helped organise the event, and of course to all who came along. We had a ball!

Artist talk with Jud Wimhurst, 16 October 2014

Grommets, grinds and gnarly dudes artist Jud Wimhurst took us on a wild and illuminating journey through skateboarding culture as he discussed the concepts and materials used to construct his oversized hand carved and decorated skateboards - which harked back to his time as a skateboarder in the 1980s.

St. Finbar’s Primary School, Tuesday 9 September 2014

Fifty two students from St Finbar’s visited the Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre for a day of fact finding and fun. After discovering some fascinating toys and games upstairs at the Brighton Historical Society, students got up close and personal with some fashion items related to the exhibition Polyester and Pantyhose - including some vintage furs with ears and claws! The group also chatted about the works on display as part of Substance by Melbourne artist Jeremy Kibel, and drew their own auto-portraits.

Afternoon Tea with Nicole Jenkins, Tuesday 9 September 2014

To celebrate the fun and fabulous show Polyester and Pantyhose, The Gallery @ BACC hosted an afternoon tea with Nicole Jenkins, fashion expert and award winning author of Love Vintage: A passion for Collecting Fashion. Nicole discussed the social and historical implications of 1960s fashion, and showed off some of her best vintage finds, over tea and sweet treats.

Liminal_Narratives:  In Conversation with Frances Lindsay, 31 July 2014


The curator of Liminal_Narratives, Frances Lindsay AM, led an insightful, engaging and often amusing panel discussion with respected Melbourne practitioners Gareth Sansom, Jane Burton and Tim McMonagle in conjunction with the exhibition.

Liminal_Narratives was the fourth exhibition in The Gallery @ BACC’s annual Midwinter Masters Series. It was the first exhibition curated by Frances Lindsay since leaving her position as Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Victoria.

Melbourne Now Kids on Tour: Hotham Street Ladies & Preston Zly, January 2014

The Gallery @ BACC hosted two events in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria for their Melbourne Now Kids on Tour program. Over two days in January, children and families participated in interactive activities from well-known Melbourne artists Preston Zly and the Hotham Street Ladies to create their own piece of art.

The workshop ’Fables go Pop’ was held by Preston Zly. Participants watched Preston Zly, the producers of bespoke shoes, on film and then had the opportunity to create their own paper shoe to keep. The second activity was ‘At Home with the Hotham Street Ladies’, a hands-on workshop that gave kids the chance to share their favourite meal on a special placemat or create their own street art using hundreds and thousands and icing.


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