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Visiting Bayside Gallery

Our Gallery has reopened for visitors to enjoy our current exhibitions, Cat Rabbit: The soft library and Michelle Zuccolo - The encounter.

All visitors aged 12 years and 2 months+ must show proof of being fully vaccinated.

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    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:

    Current exhibitions

    Cat Rabbit: The soft library

    5 November - 16 January 2022

    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.

    A three dimensional felted and fabric scene of a bear dressed as Shakespeare, seated at a table holding a feathered quill with books in the background

    Image credit: Cat Rabbit, William ShakesBeare 2020, felt, fabric, thread, feathers, plastic. Courtesy the artist

    Michelle Zuccolo - The encounter

    5 November - 16 January 2022

    Michelle Zuccolo: The encounter brings together paintings and drawings by Michelle Zuccolo focusing largely on portraits and still life subjects. Zuccolo’s practice is defined by a deep engagement with the craft of art-making from a classical perspective. The exhibition reveals her endless fascination with the still life genre and an almost forensic approach to portraiture. Several of Zuccolo’s taxidermized animals and birds are included to give audiences a better appreciation for the challenges associated with this enduring tradition.

    Painting of a woman's profile with painting palette and stretcher in the background.

    Image credit: Michelle Zuccolo Augury 2019, oil on canvas, 65 x 60cm. Courtesy the artist.

    Previous exhibitions

    Bayside: Portrait of place

    10 July - 17 October 2021                                                                                                    

    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.

    Installation view of an art exhibition

    Image credit: Installation view of Bayside: Portrait of place

    Bayside Local

    30 Jan - 7 March 2021

    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 also included year 11 & 12 VCE students.

    Bayside Local launched 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. This dynamic exhibition showcased our creative local talent.

    Installation view of an art exhibition

    Image credit: Installation view of Bayside Local 2021

    Debbie Symons: Sing

    13 March - 9 May 2021

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

    A group of suspended pendant shaped bird nests

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

    Her Own Path

    13 March - 9 May 2021

    Her Own Path brought 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.

    Gallery view of photographs on the wall

    Image credit: Installation view of Her Own Path 

    Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize

    14 May - 4 July 2021                           

    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.

    Gallery view of an indigenous painting on the wall

    Image credit: Installation view of BAAP 2020-21 featuring Alec Baker Ngura (Country) 2019, acrylic on linen, 112 x 198 cm. Winner of the 2020/21 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize

    Find out more about BAAP

    Opening Hours

    Bayside Gallery is open again at the following times.

    Wednesday - Friday 11am - 5pm

    Saturday & Sunday 1pm - 5pm

    The Gallery is closed on all Victorian Public holidays and in between exhibitions. Please review our exhibition dates before visiting.

    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.

    We look forward to welcoming you.


    Getting to Bayside Gallery


    Located at Brighton Town Hall, Corner Carpenter and Wilson streets, Brighton (entry on Wilson Street)

    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.


    Phone: (03) 9261 7111


    Mail: PO Box 27, Sandringham VIC 3191

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