The AGB Book Club is back ­– with a difference!

In an initiative of the Art Gallery of Ballarat Association, Members have been meeting regularly to discuss interesting books connected in some way to the visual arts, and now it has been expanded to include film as well.

Are you intrigued by Brett Whiteley, the bad boy of Australian art, and want to know more about his extraordinary life and amazing career?

Join the AGB Book & Film Club discussion, focussing on Whioteley, either through the award-winning 2016 biography by Ashleigh Wilson, ‘Art, life and the other thing’, which is available in book shops or online, or through the 2017 documentary ‘Whiteley’, directed by James Bogle, which is currently available for viewing on ABC iview.

Together they present a fascinating picture of one of Australia’s most remarkable artists, from the stellar launch of his international career in the 1960s to his untimely death in a beachside hotel room in 1992.

Read the book or watch the film – or do both! and then join other Members interested in the art world for this online discussion. Numbers are limited so that everyone can enjoy a relaxed discussion. There is no charge, but registration is required so that online meeting details can be forwarded to you.

The AGB Book & Film Club is an initiative of the Art Gallery of Ballarat Association.

Details of the book and film under discussion:

Brett Whiteley: Art, life and the other thing’
by Ashleigh Wilson
Published by Text Publishing, 2016
A biography of the late Australian painter by the Arts Editor of The Australian. Written with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, and handsomely illustrated with classic Brett Whiteley artworks, rare notebook sketches and candid family photos, this acclaimed biography reveals for the first time the full portrait of Australia’s most celebrated artist.

2017 documentary directed by James Bogle and produced by Sue Clothier
This documentary is a visual journey into the private life and creative legacy of Australia’s most iconic artist, Brett Whiteley, told “in his own words” using personal letters, notebooks and photographs, interwoven with reconstructions, animations, archival interviews and rare footage.


16 November 2020

5.30 pm-7 pm


No charge


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