About the Gallery

Ministerial Visit 29 April 2022

History

Central Goldfields Art Gallery is owned and managed by the Central Goldfields Shire Council for local residents and visitors to our region.

Situated in the historic fire station built in 1861, this unique building has housed the Central Goldfields Art Gallery since its official opening in 1996. 

The Gallery features a diverse program of regularly changing exhibitions, showcasing art from the permanent collection, exhibitions by artists living in the region and touring exhibitions.

The permanent collection is based around works of art that relate to the Central Goldfields region from landscapes to textile art.

A regular series of public program and educational classes for kindergartens, schools and community organisations are also provided. 

 

Latest News


Ministerial visit to the Gallery redevelopment project.
Pictured L–R Front row: Central Goldfields Shire Mayor Cr Chris Meddows-Taylor, Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green, Acting General Manager Community Wellbeing Emma Little.
Back row: Art Gallery Coordinator Helen Kaptein, Serle Bros Construction Manager Matt Lowe and Searle Bros Site Supervisor Lachlan Douglas.

 
Central Goldfields Art Gallery's redevelopment

On Friday 29 April Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green visited Maryborough to inspect progress on the Gallery redevelopment.

The refurbished and restored Gallery is located inside the town’s iconic 161-year-old fire station and will build on the success of the Gallery in the region’s arts and culture scene when the doors re-open later this year.

Events, exhibitions and arts programs for all ages are being planned for the Gallery that are expected to attract thousands of tourists each year and offer locals more opportunities to come together and learn about their history and culture.

The Gallery’s new open-plan interior will make the most of the building’s natural assets – including the original 19th century ceiling beams – while improvements to lighting, temperature control and floor levels will make the building more accessible and create new contemporary spaces for retail and exhibitions. There will be upgrades to the education, community and artist workshop area which will mean more students, groups and creatives can be involved in workshops and presentations.

The building’s bell tower will overlook a new landscaped garden area designed to acknowledge and celebrate the Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owners. It will incorporate stories of fire and water with Indigenous plantings.

“We are revitalising Maryborough’s Central Goldfields Art Gallery to encourage more visitors to stop in town, support local businesses and further boost our regions vibrant economies.”–Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green.

The Gallery redevelopment is jointly funded with $1.7 million from the Victorian Government Regional Infrastructure Fund and Tourism Infrastructure Investment Fund and $273,000 from Council’s 2021/22 Budget. For more information visit www.engage.cgoldshire.vic.gov.au/gallery

 

   

   

   

Work in progress photos of the Gallery's redevelopment works showing: the newly exposed beams and open arched fire doors; two new skylights that will reveal glimpses of the bell tower from within the Gallery; a new long Gallery area that will form a pop-up Gallery space; the new education room and the curved cut-away wall in the reception area.

Indigenous Interpretative Garden concept plan.
New funding for the Indigenous Interpretive Garden


Central Goldfields Shire Council has welcomed funding from the 2022-23 State Budget for$225,000 for Stage 2 and 3 of the Indigenous Interpretive Garden through the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

Council has also committed a further $75,000 to the project to bring the total to $300,000 and has approved designs for the garden that will form part of the Gallery redevelopment.

“The Central Goldfields Art Gallery redevelopment is a tremendous project and it’s fantastic to see the Indigenous Interpretive Garden receive funding in this year’s State Budget,” Mayor Cr Chris Meddows-Taylor said.

The designs of the Garden have been led by the DJAARA (Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation) through a process called a Wartaka which, in the language of the Dja Dja Wurrung peoples, means “come with purpose". The workshops focused on creating space for storytelling, conceptual mapping and also visioning to ensure the integral values of respect, recognition and reconciliation. This process was also supported by Landscape Architects, 3Acres. Stage 1 of the Garden will be delivered as part of the current construction. For more information visitwww.engage.cgoldshire.vic.gov.au/gallery.




Visualising Shakespeare
–Art Talk by Dr Rob Conkie


Date: Wednesday 1 June 2022 10:30am to 11:30am
Venue: Paramount Theatre, 56 Nolan Street, Maryborough

Our June art talk will feature Dr Rob Conkie, an internationally renowned scholar of Shakespeare and performance.

This talk will offer a (mis)guided tour of the myriad ways visual artists have responded to the plays of Shakespeare.

Not just iconic paintings, the talk will consider visuality in its broadest sense, offering reflections (and a chance for discussion) on illustrations, woodcuts, film settings, stage designs, artist’s books, photographs, book covers, graphic novels, and more.

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions afterwards.

Refreshments provided afterwards. Entry by gold coin donation

Bookings essential as places are limited – to book click here or call 03 5461 6600or email:cgsc.art@cgoldshire.vic.gov.au


This event is presented in partnership with U3A Maryborough Inc.

 


Education news

  

Timor Primary School held a whole school excursion to the Big Boy and Flying Dog sculptures at Gordon Gardens Dunolly recently.

The sculptures were created by Deborah Halpern and the Dunolly community over two years and form part of Central Goldfields Shire Council’s permanent collection.

The excursion, hosted by Gallery Coordinator Helen Kaptein, is part of the Gallery’s education program.

Children learnt and asked questions about 3-Dimensional art, public sculpture and the kinds of responses it can provoke and what a mosaic is and how they are made.

Preps to grade three students created their own paper collages based on the Big Boy face and the Grades four to six students used the template of their own school to fill in drawings responding to the question “What I love about Timor Primary School.”

Sculpture featured in the photos above: Ministry of Fun & Deborah Halpern, 'Big Boy', ceramic mosaic sculpture, mixed media–cool room panels with structural steel framework and glazed ceramic tiles, 2018–2019.
Below: A selection of the artwork made by Timor Primary School students.

  

  


Pictured L–R: Gallery Volunteers – Trish Walsh, Sarah Norris, Chris Orr, Jill Edwards, Fiona Somerville and Helen Grace.

Volunteer news

Gallery volunteers met at Possum Gully Fine Arts at Adelaide Lead recently as part of a program of regular volunteer meetings and training sessions as we lead into the reopening of the Gallery later this year.

Thanks to Trish Walsh from Possum Gully for providing a tour of her Gallery.

If you are interested in becoming a Gallery volunteer then we’d love to hear from you.

Please contact the Gallery via emailcgsc.art@cgoldshire.vic.gov.auor call 03 5461 6600.

 

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