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December 2020

Geelong Conservation—a conservator’s view (a virtual event)

3 December 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Geelong Conservation invites you on a journey to the workshop of painting conservator Dr Sabine Cotte.Discover the intricate details of Sabine’s recent conservation treatments focused on collection works by Walter Withers, Danila Vassilieff and Clarice Beckett, made possible with the support of Geelong Conservation. Hear from Senior Curator Lisa Sullivan regarding the Gallery’s priority works for conservation and cast your vote for the next treatment to be supported by Geelong Conservation.   Cost— Members: $20 Non-members: $25 Purchase tickets This event…

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Jason Smith—2021 exhibition program (a virtual event)

4 December 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Friday 4 December 2020, from 11.00am to 12.00pmGeelong Gallery Director and CEO Jason Smith will present an illustrated lecture detailing the Gallery’s recent acquisitions, followed by an overview of the Gallery’s 125th anniversary exhibition program for 2021 including RONE in Geelong, Blanche Tilden—ripple effect: a 25 year survey, Frederick McCubbin—the bush and more.   Cost— Members: $10 Non-members: $12 Purchase tickets This lecture will be presented online to ensure COVID-19 safety. These inspiring talks are fundraising events for Geelong Gallery.

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2021 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize

7 December 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5 March 2021 @ 5:00 pm

The 2021 Geelong contemporary art prize is a signature event that assists with the development of the Gallery’s collection while fostering Australian artists and contemporary painting practice in general. Important dates Entries open Monday 7 December 2020 (10.00am) Entries close Friday 5 March 2021 (5.00pm) Shortlisting March 2021 Notification of selection From Monday 12 April 2021 Selected entries to be delivered to the Gallery From Monday 10 to Friday 14 May 2021 (between 10.00am and 4.00pm) Official opening Thursday 27 May 2021 Exhibition dates Saturday 29 May to Sunday 22 August…

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*ONLINE* Analog Iran by Ali MC

8 December 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

*ONLINE* Analog Iran by Ali MC Photographic Essay Presentation In August and September 2019, documentary photographer Ali MC spent four weeks capturing the diversity of Iran through black and white 35mm film. The result is Analog Iran, an online exhibition which explores the diversity of a country that is often stereotyped in the media.  From the border of Afghanistan to the bustling metropolis of Tehran, these photographs bring to life the everyday lives of Iranian people.  Ali’s work shows the…

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Live-Stream: Soul Train – A Journey Through The Music Genre

8 December 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Live-Stream: Soul Train – A Journey Through The Music Genre From early R&B and Motown, to Stax and Modern soul, join The Sweethearts as they journey through the changing sounds that make up the soul genre. Soul Train – A Journey Through The Music Genre will feature renditions of hits from artists including Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Stevie Wonder & more. This group of young women have carved out a well-recognised place in the professional music industry with a reputation…

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Geelong Art Centre Presents Through the Looking Glass

10 December 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 11 December 2020 @ 1:30 pm

Geelong Art Centre Presents Through the Looking Glass Through the Looking Glass is an interactive, multi-media performance that playfully questions your own perception. You, our virtual chorus, are invited to spiral down a virtual rabbit hole as we follow the hunch that there are multiple ways to perceive reality. Audience members can actively participate in this free 30-minute zoom webinar by using zoom’s chat function, voting in the polls and clicking on the provided links to different video platforms including YouTube…

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ONLINE – Risk-Taking During Restrictions

10 December 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

ONLINE – Risk-Taking During Restrictions Organised by Geelong Arts Centre. After a successful delivery of the Brisbane Festival in September, Program Director Kate Fell joins the Geelong Arts Centre online for an Artists Accelerate speaker session. Kate will discuss supporting risk-taking despite restrictions, and how Brisbane artists have responded to the challenge of delivering live performance during COVID-19. With an aim to support artists in building a pathway to professional artistic practice the Artists Accelerate professional development speaker series has…

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Creative Conversations: Jacky Redgate and Jason Smith (a virtual event)

10 December 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Creative Conversations: Jacky Redgate and Jason Smith (a virtual event) Join Australian contemporary artist Jacky Redgate joins Geelong Gallery Director and CEO Jason Smith for an online, in-studio conversation, discussing her mise en scene photographs on display in the Gallery’s current exhibition, Jacky Redgate—HOLD ON. This event will be hosted on Zoom and include a moderated Q&A session via the chat function. There is a small cost to attend this event: Members: $10 Non-members: $12 To book visit Geelong Gallery. …

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10 December 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Platform Arts ensemble - infinity

How do young people negotiate identity when more and more of our interactions are mediated? How do you find space to understand yourself when it seems everything is happening at the same time? “From our rooms via the internet, we talk about anything and everything – from intimacy to goldfish, to TV shows with protagonists who end up ‘finding themselves’. We repurpose video conferencing software to create a smashed-up live-streaming event where awkward dance sequences, tacky video effects, and video…

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12 x 12 PLAYS

12 December 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

12 x 12 PLAYS (Subject to the lifting of  Covid-19 social restrictions) Theatre 3triple2 presents  Local writers and performers from across the region submit original plays or selection by our panel. In December the company produces the 12 best plays at the Potato Shed, Multi-Arts Centre, Drysdale. Each play is 12 minutes long. Some deal with the darker side of life while others will have you laughing in the aisles. This very popular series of original works is a must-see…

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Oxide Art Life Drawing December

13 December 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Exciting news! Oxide Arts will be launching life drawing classes in collaboration with Steve Salo, local Geelong artist. Tutored workshops and untutored casual drawing sessions will be available in January next year. Try out our first workshop this year, 13th of December, a great entry level class for those new to life drawing. Sunday 13th of December 2020 10am – 4pm (1 hour lunch break) $135 Bookings: phone: 0431 909 782 email: oxidegallery@gmail.com

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IN CONVERSATION: The role of creativity in recovery and rebuilding

14 December 2020 @ 8:00 pm

IN CONVERSATION: The role of creativity in recovery and rebuilding Lydia Miller and Shane Fitzsimmons will discuss the role of creativity in recovery and rebuilding Join Shane Fitzsimmons and Lydia Miller to examine how in our rebuilding, recovery and resilience, creativity can connect us and help us ensure our nation’s future success. One year on from the devastating 2019-20 Australian bushfires, and amid the continuing challenge of the global pandemic, arts and creativity have been crucial to the recovery of our communities. Long after…

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Life drawing—adult workshop (a virtual event)

17 December 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

  Join us for a facilitated life drawing workshop online—practice observation and explore drawing techniques while experimenting with rendering and the relationship between forms.   Cost— Members: $18 Non-members: $22 Purchase tickets All skill levels welcome | Attendees must be 18+

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Geelong’s 56th Annual Carols By Candlelight

17 December 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The “Y” presents Geelong’s traditional Carols By Candlelight broadcast on C31. The CovidSafe Carols was filmed in the historic Palais building, featuring a host of young local artists to send some Christmas cheers. Watch this classic event on your TV by tuning to C31 (Channel 44) on Thursday 17 December at 7.30pm.

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The Gathering – Live-stream

19 December 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Gathering – Live-stream Bluebird Foundation invites you to ’The Gathering’ – a special live-stream event by the NORTH Children’s Choir. There’s no denying that 2020 has been a challenging year, but the Creative Communities Arts Project grant from City of Greater Geelong has been instrumental in bringing this incredible project to fruition. Award-winning ensemble NORTH Children’s Choir presents a unique performance that weaves together songs, stories, film and animation. The choir families represent the diverse cultural landscape that shapes the Northern…

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January 2021


9 January - 10 January

INTRODUCTION TO BOTANICAL ART WORKSHOP with Botanic Art Tutor AMANDA AHMAD This intensive 2 day workshop is an introduction to botanical art, learning the basics of drawing.  The focus will be on drawing from observation starting with graphite pencils (first day) and moving to coloured pencils (second day) to achieve realistic renderings of botanical subjects.  This will incorporate developing skills such as tonal variation, different mark making techniques, understanding how basic geometric shapes can be found in nature and translating…

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High Tea Launch 2

11 January @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Festival of Glass and Treasure Hunt High Tea Launch Join the Festival of Glass for its 2021 High Tea Launch at Cafe Zoo, Drysdale. The High Tea includes delicious hot and cold, savoury and sweet finger food with tea or coffee. There will be glass blowing demonstrations and glass treasure door prizes. Be the first to join the 2021 Glass Art Treasure Hunt. Limited places – book direct with Cafe Zoo, Drysdale ph: 5251 5333.  

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Not the Archibald

13 January @ 9:00 am - 30 January @ 3:00 pm

Photographer John Kelly’s latest exhibition in Rachinger Gallery is a departure in subject matter. John is better known as an iconic photographer of Geelong’s landscapes, most recently creating large scale aerial views of the city. Now John has shifted  focus to human subjects in an exhibition of portraits that that range from the face as a mirror of emotions to figures isolated in landscapes. From the impressionistic Into the Night to the minimalism of Promenade, John has created works that…

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16 January - 17 January

REGAL & ZONAL PELARGONIUM FLOWER PORTRAITS WORKSHOP with Botanic Art Tutor JOHN PASTORIZA-PIÑOL The Florence E Clarke Geranium Conservatory holds the State’s Pelargonium Collection which is the largest collection of species and cultivars from the Geraniaceae family. This family includes the popular Geraniums and Pelargoniums familiar to gardeners. The amazing variation of cultivars amongst the Regal and Zonal pelargoniums are vast. On closer inspection, the structure of these flowers is truly remarkable and this workshop will focus painting a single…

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Life drawing—adult workshop (a virtual event)

21 January @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a facilitated life drawing workshop online—practice observation and explore drawing techniques while experimenting with rendering and the relationship between forms.   Cost— Members: $18 Non-members: $22 All skill levels welcome | Attendees must be 18+

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Amber Stokie / Gordon Lingard / Beth Gibbeson

28 January - 21 February

Amber Stokie / Finding My Way “This collection of work is the outcome of an intense and exciting period of exploration and discovery during the first few months of my relocation from Victoria to South Australia. In an attempt to capture special and distinct moments in the early days of my new life I have interpreted both the physical landscape and my state of mind, the resulting collection is a combination but as a whole speaks of the unique experience of…

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Members exclusive: Behind the lens—technical aspects of photography

28 January @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join the education team from michaels camera video digital for a special guided tour of Geelong Gallery’s Framing the figure—contemporary photography and moving image works from the collection. Explore artists’ use of the camera to capture their human subjects in both still and moving images and learn a range of lighting techniques used to deliver powerful and emotive photography.   This is a free event. Book now Are you interested in becoming a Geelong Gallery Member? Click here to sign up…

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The Hive Gallery Ocean Grove

29 January @ 10:00 am - 28 February @ 4:00 pm

‘Entropy’ is an exhibition of paintings by Linda Gallus exploring the transformation of the decaying farm buildings on a historical Bellarine property. Opening January 30th 2-4pm Exhibition January 29th – February 28th 2021 “I am humbled by nature and Mother Earth as she takes back the building blocks which were once borrowed from her.’ Rune Werner Molnes

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Curator insights—Framing the figure (a virtual event)

30 January @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Explore the Gallery’s current exhibition Framing the figure with Senior Curator Lisa Sullivan surveying the work of artists in the collection and their use of the camera to capture their human subjects in both still and moving images.   This is a free event Book now This event will be hosted on Zoom and include a moderated Q&A session via the chat function. Details will be sent to participants 72 hours prior to the event.

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February 2021

DEBRIEF Bootcamp: contemporary art for an art school career

1 February @ 9:30 am - 5 February @ 3:30 pm

Have you always wanted to go to art school? Are you 40 and forced to change career, or are you young and unable to find a job you like? Are you ready to discover an exciting new experience in life that challenges the way you think about the world around you? Join us in an intensive 5-day DEBRIEF career taster of what it is like to study and develop a career in the creative arts. Centred around you as an…

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Louise Voll Box—Stuck up: The British country house and the passion for print rooms (a virtual event

5 February @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Adhering engravings, mezzotints and ornamental paper borders directly onto walls was an elite eighteenth-century interior design trend. ‘Print rooms’ were commissioned or created by Queen Charlotte, Horace Walpole, Mrs Delany and aspiring style leaders. This lecture examines this short-lived phenomenon from the contexts of print collecting, craft practice and commerce; and explores how print rooms were perceived by eighteenth-century audiences.   Cost— Members: $10 Non-members: $12 Purchase tickets This lecture will be presented online to ensure COVID-19 safety. These inspiring…

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The National Gallery  UK exhibition of Spain’s impressionist, Sorolla.

11 February - 28 February

The National Gallery  UK exhibition of Spain’s impressionist, Sorolla. This February ADFAS online lecture from: Jacqueline Cockburn Jacqueline is Managing Director of Art and Culture Andalucía. She runs residential courses in Andalucía, Southern Spain in the art and culture of the region. Her specialist field is Spanish Art. From 18th March – 7th July 2019 the National Gallery held the first UK exhibition of Spain’s impressionist, Sorolla, in over a century. One of the most extraordinary Spanish artists from Valencia;…

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March 2021

International Women’s Day Craftivism Workshop

1 March @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Get creative and make badges, stickers, ribbons and other crafts to celebrate International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women as well as opportunity to recognise how far we have come towards gender equality as wells highlight what work still needs to be done. This year’s theme is ‘Choose to Challenge’ – (Gender Bias and Inequality) and in the lead up to International Women’s Day we…

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Hidden Gems Artist Open Studios

6 March - 7 March

Nestled in the countryside just minutes from Ballarat, Lucas, Smythesdale and Delacombe you will find these treasure troves of art and inspiration in Golden Plains Shire. Visit these five picturesque studios to meet the artists and see a range of unique and desirable artworks including paintings, original prints and ceramics. All of the artists are members of GP Arts Inc., so take a tour on the first weekend of the month and explore some of the wonderful creative talents in…

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Music at Waterfront Market Sun March 7

7 March

On the first Sunday of each month until May 2021 the Waterfront Growers and Makers market will have even more music to showcase local musicians who have been in “iso” for so long. These performances are supported by the City of Greater Geelong through its ‘ COVID-19 Arts, Culture and Heritage Recovery Grants Program’. On March 7 we will feature: Josie Howells from 11.00 to 1.00pm The Joneses from 1.30 to 3.00pm Come on down – enjoy the market, the…

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