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The Gallery at BACC past exhibitions 2016

Highlights from the 2016 Exhibition schedule included the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, The ordinary instant featuring Clarice Beckett, fashion icon Prue Acton and much more.

From the Studios: Bayside Artist in Residence

19 November to 6 December 2016

Celebrating the artistic yield of the artists and writers who have completed a yearlong Bayside Artist in Residence at the Billilla historic mansion since 2013.

The exhibition featured works by Gillian Barnett, Thomas Bowman, Wendy Busch, Samuel Condon, Kate Just, Motoko Katsuta Kitano, Sherrie Knipe, Evan Lawson, Guy Little, Pauline Luke, Rob McHaffie, Stephen Nova, Anna Rowbury, Shannon Smiley, Luhsun Tan, Heather B. Swann and Jane Sullivan. 

Access Gallery presents Deborah White: An Auspicious Place

22 October to 13 November 2016

In this exhibition Deborah White presented a video installation that acknowledged the spiritual essence of the native animals that share her urban space. Using humour and fantasy, White explored the seductive power of ritual to see beyond the everyday. 

Habitat: Annemieke Mein

24 September to 6 November 2016

Habitat brought together a significant collection of Annemieke Mein's work that demonstrated her lifelong passion for raising awareness of the need to protect our natural heritage. 

The exhibition which featured wall hangings, drawings, and three-dimensional sculptural objects built upon the success of a previous exhibition at The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre in 2012 that drew visitors from across Australia. Mein's life-like depictions of insects, birds, frogs and plants, fundamentally alter our expectations of what can be achieved with a needle and thread. 

Access Gallery presents Gregory Alexander: Dusk

24 September to 16 October 2016

In this exhibition on drawings and paintings of townscapes, Bayside artist Gregory Alexander captured the atmosphere of the moment between when the sun sets and the night begins.

Alexander's moody urban streetscapes simultaneously pull the viewer into the frame whilst fostering a sense of distance and isolation. 

Midwinter Masters: The ordinary instant

2 July to 11 September 2016

In addition to a selection of more than 50 works by Beckett from c.1919 to c.1935, The ordinary instant included new works by contemporary female artists of elusive subjects that, like Beckett's, invest notions of beauty, harmony and empathy into the everyday.

The exhibition featured works by Clarice Beckett, Lynne Boyd, Michelle Hamer, Kristin Headlam, Pia Murphy, Saffron Newey, Victoria Reichelt and Camilla Tadich

Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize

7 May to 26 June 2016

The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize (BAAP) showcases the best of Australian painting with an overall prize pool of $19,000 including the Acquisitive Prize of $15,000, a Local Art Prize of $3000 and the $1000 People's Choice Prize.

Major prize: Peter Westwood for Passivity: after 'an episode from a fight' (2015), oil on linen mounted on dibond, 149 x 79cm.

Local art prize: Rob McHaffie for Private school pash (2016), oil on linen, 122 x 76cm.

People's choice prize: Alex Zubryn for A Discarded Geology (2015), oil on linen, 200 x 300cm

Finalists: Terry Batt, Jon Cattapan and Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, Celeste Chandler, Isobel Clement, Samuel Rush Condon, Peter Daverington, Andrew Duong, Jaye Early, Robert Fenton, Jennifer Goodman, Helga Groves, James Guppy, Katherine Hattam, Grant Hill, Paul Jackson, Amanda Johnson, Jordan Marani, Karla Marchesi, Rob Mchaffie, Carlo Pagoda, Valentina Palonen, David Ralph, Steven Rendall, Jack Rowland, Brad Rusbridge, Josh Simpson, Camilla Tadich, Fatemeh Vafaeinejad, Michael Vale, Deborah Walker, Peter Westwood, and Alex Zubryn.

Please visit the BAAP website to view the finalists' works.

Prue Acton: Snapshots

13 February to 1 May 2016

Prue Acton started her signature creations at the age of 19 and within a few years was the toast of the fashion world. Hailed as the 'Peter Pan' of the Australian fashion industry, Acton had an innate ability to be contemporary and stay attuned to prevailing lifestyles for more than three decades.

From the mod style minidresses of the 1960s to the flowing hippie trends of the 1970s and power suits of the 1980s, Snapshots explored the evolving style of one of Australia's most significant fashion designers.

The exhibition was a participant in the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival's Cultural Program Project Series 2016 and is supported by Museum Victoria.

Kevin Chin: Worlds Away

27 February to 24 April 2016

Kevin Chin's large-scale oil paintings immersed audiences in a realm that is Worlds Away. Inspired by magic realist literature, the world is re-envisioned in Chin's work from the perspective of the cultural 'other.'

Drawing from migrant and travel experiences, Chin's colourful assemblages create impossible places we may long to be. This is a search for a home away from home. Landscapes collide and cultural cues coalesce, as Chin turns the everyday into extraordinary scenes

Bayside Art and Design Graduates: Target

13 January to 21 February 2016

Target was a celebration of the skill and diversity of the art, design, textiles and media created by some of Bayside's 2015 VCE and IB graduates.

Schools that took part in this exhibition included Brighton Grammar School, Firbank Grammar School, Sandringham College, St Leonard's College and Star of the Sea College.

Access Gallery presents Benjamin Aitken: Alternative literature is also alternative literature

13 January to 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 in Alternative literature is also alternative literature contained a duality between classical and contemporary; a type of faithlessness on whether to pick a side or direction.