Backspace Gallery presents a vibrant program of exhibitions which showcase contemporary art, craft and design and celebrates the arts in our region. Backspace Gallery, managed by the Art Gallery of Ballarat, provides artists and curators the opportunity to exhibit in a professionally supported gallery.
There is no fee to exhibit in Backspace Gallery. The City of Ballarat supports the gallery and exhibitors receive assistance with installation and publicity, and an opening event.
An annual call for applications will be made in the first quarter of each year. All applications for inclusion in the program are evaluated by a selection committee, and are based on the written application and supporting material.
Preference will be given to applicants living or working in the City of Ballarat and the wider Grampians and Central Highlands Region. Applications from artists outside this area are welcome but should demonstrate a connection or benefit to Ballarat or region.
Thursday – Sunday
12 pm–4 pm
BACKSPACE APPLICATIONS FOR 2020
5.00pm Friday 21 June 2019
EXTEMPORE: IMPROVISATION, SERENDIPITY, SPONTANEITY
9 May 2019–26 May 2019
This exhibition explores how different artists accommodate or even encourage the unanticipated or the unexpected in their work. Extempore encourages and investigates the creative process of a group of artists for whom improvisation, serendipity, and spontaneity are vital to their practice: Pam Andrews, Alexandra Bell, Mason Chamberlin, Len Hyatt, Jack Morph, Pauline O’Shannessy-Dowling and Dawn Whitehand.
Curated by Kiri Smart.
EXHIBITIONS COMING SOON
LIZ SOUTER RETROSPECTIVE: FOUR DECADES OF BASKETMAKING
30 May 2019–16 June 2019
Liz Souter turned basket-making into an art form, creating sculptural works from home-grown and recycled materials. Her stitched baskets, made from threads such as precious silks and indigo dyed camel hair, could take many hours to make. She travelled widely absorbing influences from other cultures but was always original with a richness and fine eye for decorative touches.
Curated by Kate Souter
31 May 2019, 6 for 6.30 pm
Image: Liz Souter, Trinket box, ca. 1990, Jacaranda twigs,hazel wood, handmade paper, beads
VENUS RISING: FOUR EMERGING FEMALE ARTISTS
20 June 2019–7 July 2019
This exhibition showcases work by four emerging female artists in different media. Myfanwy Dabner, Rachel Power, Teira Stuart and Mel Jane Wilson all explore aspects of women’s experience in their work.
Friday 21 June 2019, 6 for 6.30 pm
Image: Mel Jane Wilson, Parade, 2018 (detail). watercolour on paper. Courtesy of the artist
ALAN LEISHMAN AND ALISON PARKINSON: LANDSCAPES AND PORTRAITS
11 – 28 July 2019
Alan Leishman is a landscape artist and Alison Parkinson focuses primarily on portraits, but both create works that are strongly informed by personal perceptions and emotional connection to their subjects.
12 July 2019, 6 for 6.30 pm
Image: Alison Parkinson, Linda, 2018 (detail) acrylic on canvas. Alan Leishman, April 2017, 2017 (detail) acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artists.
1–18 August 2019
Ten local artists come together to celebrate the natural Australian environment and explore our relationship with it, bringing to the theme their personal experiences and knowledge of the natural heritage and ecosystems of the Ballarat region. The exhibition features work by Katherine Barrand, Areka Brown, Jack Duff, Georgina Gould-Hardwick, Peter Georgakis, Angus Gregurke, Patrick Gregurke, Ariana Llewellyn, Anne Schulz and Karl Woodward.
2 August 2019, 6 for 6.30 pm
Georgina Gould-Hardwick, Discarded (sun-bleached yabby claw), 2019. coloured pencil on paper. Courtesy of the artist.