Exhibitions and events

Jeff Makin, Acacia and Blackboys

Central Goldfields Art Gallery presents a diverse exhibition programme showcasing art from the permanent collection, exhibitions by artists living in the region and touring exhibitions. 

Regular exhibition openings are held and all are welcome to attend.

 Image above:

Jeff Makin – Acacia and Blackboys, 24/60, 43 x 59 cm, etching, 2004, Central Goldfields Art Gallery.

Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Jeffrey Makin and Elizabeth Makin.



Unfortunately, but in keeping with the reinstated stage 3 restrictions for regional Victoria, Central Goldfields Art Gallery is closed from Thursday 6 August for the next six weeks.

As always, our virtual gallery services are open and we encourage you to stay connected through updates on our webpage and Facebook page.

Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram and visit our website. All these links are available here: https://linktr.ee/CGArtGallery



View the 2020 Art Gallery Exhibition Programme here.



Jeff Makin, Acacia and Blackboys
Jeff Makin – Acacia and Blackboys, 24/60, 43 x 59 cm, etching, 2004, Central Goldfields Art Gallery. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Jeffrey Makin and Elizabeth Makin.

22 AUGUST – 11 OCTOBER 2020 – This will now be an online exhibition – VIEW HERE

Australia Felix

A suite of ten etchings by Jeff Makin

Australia Felix is the title for the suite of ten etchings by Jeff Makin, inspired by the Australian landscape. Jeff and Elizabeth Makin generously donated an edition of this suite of etchings to Central Goldfields Art Gallery in 2019 through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program and they will be presented for the first time at the gallery in this exhibition.

In 2019, Jeff Makin explored the local landscape and was drawn to the Grand Duke Mine in Timor. His subsequent painting has been acquired by Central Goldfields Art Gallery and will also be on public display for the first time as part of this exhibition.



Tiffany Titshall, Out Of The Fire

Tiffany Titshall – Out of the Fire, 2018, charcoal and ink on primed paper, 56 x56cm

11 AUGUST – 4 OCTOBER – This will now be an online exhibition VIEW HERE

Pop-up exhibition

Out of the fire – Tiffany Titshall

Tiffany works in charcoal on paper from her studio in Majorca in central Victoria. From landscapes and follies to darker, more overt images of animals and devils, her work always simmers with hints of her inner world.

While in Portugal in 2018 Tiffany was caught in the catastrophic bushfires that ravaged the country around the town of Pedrogao Grande, north of Lisbon, and killed 69 people. Four months after returning home her mother passed away. This is a selection of works produced in the following months.

'Fountains burst forth and fecund plants grow out of fire. Lost loved ones visit me in my dreams and ignite ancient lights. I spend my time between night and day, life and death. My worlds burn brightly, smothered by luscious greenery and bright coloured snails. I am thrilled and horrified; I am spilling desire.' Tiffany Titshall


Ryan Prime – Poker Game, 2020, photography
Ryan Prime – Poker Game, 2020, Photography

OCTOBER – NOVEMBER 2020  Dates to be confirmed – this will be an online exhibition

VCE Art & Design Exhibition

The VCE Art & Design exhibition showcases the artwork of graduating secondary school students from Central Goldfields Shire.



wooden minature truck, Community Arts 2019

Keith Miller, Birdsville Mail (The Badger), woodwork (on display at the 2019 Community Arts exhibition)


Community Arts Exhibition

This eagerly anticipated annual exhibition unearths the diverse artistic talent of the Central Goldfields community. Central Goldfields Shire and Avoca residents are welcome to submit entries for this exhibition. Primary and secondary students from all schools within the Central Goldfields Shire and Avoca can also enter our Craft Competition. Vote in the popular People's Choice Award. Please contact the Gallery cgsc.art@cgoldshire.vic.gov.au or refer to the submission form for further details .




Central Goldfields Art Gallery collection



POSTPONED UNTIL 2021 (details to be confirmed)

Travelling suitcases!

Artwork on loan from the National Gallery of Australia

All of the artwork in these cases can be handled and will be accessible at various venues throughout the shire.

Contact the gallery to find out more information. Phone: 03 5461 6600 or email: cgsc.art@cgoldshire.vic.gov.au



POSTPONED EXHIBITION (details to be confirmed)


Did you know the most popular genre of literature in Australia today is Rural Romance?

Our gallery has embraced this topic and in an exhibition curated by our gallery staff, we explore the many facets of L O V E.

Themes explored include love of nature, love of food, love between people, love of animals and classical notions of love.

Artworks in this exhibition are drawn from the gallery’s collection and neighbouring public galleries.



The Many Story Treehouse Exhibition: Celebrating Terry Denton’s illustrations for the phenomenal Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton.

View online tour of the exhibition and a talk by Terry Denton here

This is an exhibition of Terry Denton’s original illustrations, sketches and layouts showing the development of crazy ideas, characters and stories for the phenomenally successful Treehouse series developed with author, Andy Griffiths.

The exhibition comprises original framed works along with books and story boards showing the design process. The exhibition also includes all the original illustrations for all nine titles of The Treehouse books. 

Children were encouraged to draw their own ideas on a giant treehouse mural created by Terry Denton especially for Central Goldfields Shire which also forms part of the exhibition experience and which will remain in the community.

There are free activity sheets for kids. The activity sheets can be accessed here(PDF, 7MB). (Please note competition has now closed)


Digital Exhibition

Positivity Through Creativity – VIEW HERE

This was a series of online exhibitions presented by Central Goldfields Art Gallery that presents artwork made right across our local and wider community.  


Please visit our Facebook page for up-to-date information and announcements on upcoming exhibitions and art activities.



School holiday programme (postponed until further notice)

Our school holiday programmes are fun, hands-on and cost only $2 per child to attend.

Children explore the current exhibition and then enjoy a hands-on art activity.

Sessions are held each Wednesday during terms 1, 2 and 3 holidays and in the fourth week of school holidays in January:

• 10.30am – 11.30am 5 – 8 year olds

• 1.30pm – 2.30pm 9 – 12 year olds

Bookings essential

Phone: 03 5461 6600 or email: cgsc.art@cgoldshire.vic.gov.au


Pop-up exhibitions

In addition to our regular calendar exhibitions, pop-up exhibitions, featuring the works of artists residing in the Central Goldfields region, will pop-up throughout the year.



Central Goldfields Art Gallery is situated in the picturesque old fire station, built in 1861.

The gallery’s changing exhibition programme showcases local and regional artists, and includes diverse touring exhibitions.

Community engagement is supported with an annual community art and craft exhibition and local schools VCE art and design exhibition.

A selection of artwork from the gallery collection is exhibited in the Casey Room.

Included are several donations of paintings and sculptures by Arthur Boyd, Ray Crooke and Dean Bowen.

Gallery hours: Saturday – Sunday 10am – 4pm (until further notice)

Phone: 03 5461 6600

 Admission to the gallery is free and a donation is gratefully accepted.




Interview with Kay Parkin – VIEW HERE

Farewell to Kay Parkin – after 15 years with the Central Goldfields Art Gallery, coordinator Kay Parkin will be retiring at the end of the year. Helen Kaptein, Curator and Education Officer at the gallery interviews Kay about her recollections and work at the gallery over the years.