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.
10 am–5 pm
Access via the main Gallery door in Lydiard Street
BACKSPACE PROGRAM FOR 2020
The 2020 Backspace exhibition program will be announced shortly.
THE RAT ART GROUP: LOCUS
14 November–1 December 2019
For the artists in the Rat Art Group, an exhibition space is a ‘locus’, a place where art happens, not simply a site where it squats, a passive presence for the all-consuming eye to roll over.
David Bromfield, Scott Fredericks, PJ Gregg, Diokno Pasilan and Pippa Tandy have broad-ranging practices: from sculpting and creating assemblages to painting, printmaking, photography and video.
15 November 2019, 6 for 6.30 pm
Guest speaker: Andrew Gregg
Image: Diokno Pasilan, Milk bottle columns, 2019 (detail). plastic bottles, coloured LED lights. Courtesy of the artist
EXHIBITIONS COMING SOON
SHEILAS: FEELING GOOD
5 December 2019–22 December 2019
SHEILAS is a group of female artists of Ballarat who exhibit together. Their latest exhibition is inspired by The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s dystopian vision of the future. The titles refers to Nina Simone’s powerful 1965 rendition of the song Feeling Good which forms the musical backdrop to a critical scene of female courage and solidarity in the television adaptation of the novel.
The exhibition brings together 52 artists who each bring a wide range of age, experience and artistic practice to this venture, working collaboratively in inclusive, supportive small groups. The result is a thoughtful and diverse exhibition celebrating the moral and creative strength of women working together towards a common goal – trust.
Friday 6 December 2019, 6 for 6.30 pm
Guest speaker: Art Gallery of Ballarat Director Louise Tegart
Performances: Paige Duggan and Dr Jessica Wilkinson