Join us to rediscover Bayside through exceptional artworks from some of Australia's finest artists in our latest exhibition, Bayside: Portrait of Place.
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.
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.
Image credit: Installation view of Bayside: Portrait of place
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.
Image credit: Cat Rabbit, William ShakesBeare 2020, felt, fabric, thread, feathers, plastic. Courtesy the artist
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.
A Murray Art Museum Albury exhibition, curated by Caleb Kelly and presented nationally by Museums & Galleries of NSW. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Australia Council for the Arts, its art funding and advisory body.
Image credit: Material Sound installation view at Manning Regional Art Gallery, 2020 featuring Vicky Browne, Cosmic Noise (detail), 2016-2018. Rose. E. Smith Photography
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.
Image credit: Installation view of Bayside Local 2021
13 March - 9 May
Sing ws 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.
Image credit: Debbie Symons, Sing 2020 (detail), palm oil fronds and wire, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist
13 March - 9 May
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.
Image credit: Installation view of Her Own Path
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.
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
Bayside Gallery is open again at the following times.
Wednesday - Friday 11am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday 1pm - 6pm
The Gallery is closed on all Victorian Public holidays and in between exhibitions. Please review our exhibition dates before visiting.
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.
Corner Carpenter and Wilson streets, Brighton (entry on Wilson Street)
All day on street parking is available and a public car park is adjacent to Bayside Gallery on Wilson Street.
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
Email: gallery [at] bayside.vic.gov.au (subject: Gallery%20enquiry)
Mail: PO Box 27, Sandringham VIC 3191
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