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Bayside Gallery past exhibitions 2018

Bayside Gallery presents a series of high-quality temporary art exhibitions, public programs and workshops and visual arts events, in both conventional and new media.

Installation view of an art exhibition

Installation view of Lucky Charm, 2019

Lucky charm

22 November 2018 - 3 February 2019

The concept of a lucky charm has a potency that has endured across cultures, religions and timespans. Lucky charm brings together eight contemporary artists from differing cultural backgrounds who explore the intangible and irrational magic that gives objects their perceived power. 

Artists: Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Kate Beynon​​​​, Helen Britton, Sai-Wai Foo, Hannah Gartside, Niharika Hukku, Jumaadi. Accompanying project space 'Luck Hall' by Vipoo Srivilasa and Sai-Wai Foo.

Curated by Vipoo Srivilasa and Joanna Bosse.

Rob McHaffie: This is living

22 September to 11 November 2018

Rob McHaffie finds beauty, humour, and complexity in the spectacle of everyday suburban life. The mundane and prosaic activities that comprise his world are observed and represented through paintings, watercolours and ceramic sculptures depicting both real and imagined people and places.

His works have a lightness and wit that conveys McHaffie’s attitude to his surroundings; through careful and perceptive observation, he unearths the pathos within the commonplace.

This is living focused on the last five years of McHaffie’s practice, a time that corresponds with his return to the beachside suburb of Brighton where he spent his childhood, and a place that provides fertile ground for McHaffie’s personal and astute reinterpretations of what it is to ‘live the Bayside lifestyle’.

Recent acquisitions

22 September to 4 November 2018

This exhibition presents 20 artworks that have been acquired over the past 3 years. A range of themes, styles and periods are represented and reflect the diversity of Bayside City Council’s Art and Heritage Collection. These works have either been purchased, acquired through the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize or have been generously donated by artists and private individuals.


21 July to 9 September 2018

Freshwater/Saltwater featured contemporary and historical works that highlight how water remains central to identity, and to how and where we live. Artworks reveal the evolving narratives of place and people through connections to water from  Aboriginal Australians and the first European settlement to the perspectives of contemporary artists in the present day.

Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize 2018 Finalist Exhibition

18 May to 8 July 2018

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.

Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize: Moya McKenna, Boombox 2018, oil on canvas, 86.5 x 122.5 cm. Courtesy the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney.

Local art prize: Georgie Mattingley, Toilet still life 2017, oil on silver gelatin print, DiBond,120 x 90 cm. Courtesy the artist.

People's Choice Award: Christine Healy, Wishing well – what's going on in the future? 2017, oil on acrylic primed canvas,153 x 122 cm. Courtesy the artist and Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art, Melbourne.

The finalist artists were:
Sam Cranstoun, Tony Curran, Patrick Dagg, Nick Devlin, James Dodd, Troy Emery, Julia Gorman, Alizon Gray, Louise Gresswell, Christine Healy, Sophia Hewson, Justin Hinder, Fassih Keiso, Robyn Kinsela, Annika Koops, John Krzywokulski, Ngaio Lenz, Jordan Marani, Sam Martin, Georgie Mattingley, Rob McHaffie, Moya McKenna, Fiona McMonagle, Valmayi Nampitjinpa, David Neale, David Palliser, Jahnne Pasco-White, David Ralph, Ebony Truscott, Kate Tucker, Darren Wardle, Michelle Zuccolo.

Celeste Chandler: be my eyes

17 March to 6 May 2018

Celeste Chandler presented a large installation of paintings made in direct response to two anonymous historical portraits from Bayside City Council’s Art and Heritage Collection. The exhibition poses questions about identity, empathy and portraiture and draws upon Chandler’s PhD research into how paintings of people create meaning, rewarding audience members in surprising ways.

Deborah Kelly: No Human Being is Illegal (in all our glory)

10 March to 6 May 2018

No Human Being Is Illegal (in all our glory) is an epic life-sized portrait project, initially commissioned for the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014). The 20 photographic portraits have evolved into intriguing collage works through the collaborative creativity of teams of public participants over the course of many months. Conceived and organised by artist Deborah Kelly, the work continues to unfold throughout its tour of regional galleries and museums around Australia.

Bayside Art and Design Graduates: Target

17 January to 14 March 2018

Target was a celebration of the skill and diversity of the art, design, textiles and media created by some of Bayside's talented 2017 VCE and IB art, design, textile and media graduates.

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

A Shared Horizon: Beaumaris art group and Brighton art society

17 January to 14 March 2018

A Shared Horizon presented paintings by the Brighton Art Society and ceramic works by the Beaumaris Art Group in an exhibition that considers the landscape and the environment as a unifying theme.