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Bayside Gallery: Reopening Friday 18 June

About Bayside Gallery

Bayside Gallery is a space for everybody to enjoy art. Our curated exhibition program gives residents and visitors the opportunity to engage with inspirational work from renowned Australian and International artists, as well as showcasing the incredible wealth of artists in the Bayside area.

We offer a program of art-related activities ranging from our popular ‘Great art detective’ for children, hands-on workshops, artist talks, ‘Connections: art and dementia’ program and visual thinking strategy classes for kindergartens and schools.

What’s on at Bayside Gallery in 2021?

Previous exhibitions

Bayside Local

30 Jan - 7 March 2021

Now in its third year, Bayside Local is a much-anticipated annual exhibition that celebrates the high calibre of work produced by artists who live and work in the Bayside area. This year we are also including year 11 & 12 VCE students.

Bayside Local launches our 2021 exhibition program with an eclectic and energising array of works that range from traditional landscape painting to experimental abstraction, intriguing photographic portraits and creative and autobiographical film. Come and experience this showcase of our creative local talent.

Debbie Symons: Sing

13 March - 9 May

Sing is an immersive and poetic installation by Melbourne artist Debbie Symons. Incorporating 100 handwoven pendant nests containing individual speakers emitting bird calls, Sing evokes the delicate and intricate connections found in remaining ‘wild’ rainforest environments. 

Debbie Symons, Sing 2020 (detail), palm oil fronds and wire, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist.

Debbie Symons, Sing 2020 (detail), palm oil fronds and wire, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist

Her Own Path

13 March - 9 May

Her Own Path brings together the works of four early 20th century women artists. Margaret Baskerville, Jessie Traill, Norah Gurdon, and Janet Cumbrae-Stewart, all of whom have links to Bayside, and were trailblazers in their own way. Through innovation and tenacity, they had levels of success in their craft at a time when men dominated the field.

Black and white photo of a woman in an art smock standing on a ladder next to a larger than life sized sculpture of a suited man with a beard.

Image credit: Margaret Baskerville in her studio with Sir Thomas Bent sculpture. Courtesy Brighton Historical Society.

Current exhibition

Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize

14 May - 4 July                           

Established in 2015, the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize (BAAP) is a celebration of contemporary Australian painting. The finalist exhibition brings together a broad range of artists, both established and lesser known, whose varied approaches to the painted medium conveys the breadth and diversity of painting in Australia today.

Find out more about BAAP

Upcoming exhibitions

Bayside: Portrait of place

10 July - 12 September                                                                                                      

Bayside: Portrait of place showcases the artistic history of this iconic Melbourne locale. Comprising the suburbs of Brighton, Sandringham, Beaumaris, Hampton, Highett, Black Rock, Cheltenham and Mentone, the unique features of Bayside have inspired countless artists over many generations. This exhibition brings together significant artworks from public and private collections dating from the mid-19th century to the present, revealing artists’ significant engagement with the area. Key works from esteemed artists such as Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin, Clarice Beckett, Arthur Boyd, Sandra Leveson, Roger Kemp and Yvette Coppersmith are brought together for the first time to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Bayside Gallery and the important artistic legacy of the area.

Cat Rabbit: The soft library

18 Sept - 7 Nov

The soft library is an extraordinary new project by Melbourne-based textile artist Cat Rabbit. The artist transforms the Gallery into a fantastical library run by bears, or ‘libearians’, many of who are famous literary characters. Lovingly made by the artist in felt and fabric, the library houses books and animations and a special giant ‘storytime’ bear who invites visitors to sit and enjoy an audio story. This whimsical and delightful exhibition celebrates the freedom found in play and pays tribute to the library as a place of learning and wonder – a home for the endless possibilities of the imagination.

Material sound

18 Sept - 7 Nov

Material Sound brings together six contemporary artists who each create an experience of sound within installations and apparatus constructed from everyday materials. Featuring newly commissioned work by artists Vicky Browne, Pia van Gelder, Caitlin Franzmann, Peter Blamey, Ross Manning, and Eric Demetriou, whose work and practice investigates sound and materials within art and performance.                                      

Developed by the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), and toured nationally by MGNSW

Opening Hours

Bayside Gallery is open again at the following times. However, the Gallery will be closed between exhibitions. Please review our exhibition dates before visiting.

Anzac Day

The Gallery will be closed on Anzac Day, Sunday 25 April.















COVIDSafe measures

Protecting the health of our visitors is paramount and we are implementing a range of hygiene and physical distancing measures in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Victorian Government.

These include more frequent cleaning, providing hand sanitisers at the entry point and staff and social distancing within the gallery space.

You can also review our COVIDSafe registration form (PDF, 66.71KB).

We look forward to welcoming you.


Corner Carpenter and Wilson streets, Brighton (entry on Wilson Street)

Getting to Bayside Gallery

By car

All day on street parking is available and a public car park is adjacent to Bayside Gallery on Wilson Street.

By public transport

Both Middle Brighton and North Brighton train stations are a 10-minute walk away. There is also a bus stop located outside Brighton Town Hall on Wilson Street, just over 100m away from the gallery.

Visit the Public Transport Victoria website for train and bus travel times.


Disabled parking is available and access to the main entrance is at street level via a small inclined ramp. Wheelchair access is available throughout Bayside Gallery.

Mobile audio guides

Vision Impaired visitors are able to use our mobile audio guides, which are available for selected exhibitions. Scan the code at Bayside Gallery's front desk to download the free izi.travel app from the app store, or visit izi.travel. Please contact Bayside Gallery prior to your visit to check which exhibitions have mobile audio guides.


Phone: (03) 9261 7111

Email: gallery [at] bayside.vic.gov.au (subject: Gallery%20enquiry)

Mail: PO Box 27, Sandringham VIC 3191

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