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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.

OPENING HOURS

Thursday – Sunday
12 pm–4 pm

BACKSPACE APPLICATIONS FOR 2020

Applications have now closed

CURRENT EXHIBITION

Alison Parkinson, Linda, 2019 (detail) and Alan Leishman, April 2017 (detail)

ALAN LEISHMAN AND ALISON PARKINSON: PLACES AND PEOPLE

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.

OPENING
12 July 2019, 6 for 6.30 pm
Guest speaker: John Nolan
Music: Judy Turner and Neil Adam

Image: Alison Parkinson, Linda, 2019 (detail) oil on canvas. Alan Leishman, Autumn morning, Dunkeld Park, 2003 (detail) oil on board. Courtesy of the artists.

EXHIBITIONS COMING SOON

Alison Parkinson, Linda (detail), Alan Leishman, April 2019 (detail)

ALAN LEISHMAN AND ALISON PARKINSON: PLACES AND PEOPLE

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.

OPENING
12 July 2019, 6 for 6.30 pm
Guest speaker: John Nolan
Music: Judy Turner and Neil Adam

Image: Alison Parkinson, Linda, 2018 (detail) acrylic on canvas. Alan Leishman, April 2017, 2017 (detail) acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artists.

Georgina Gould-Hardwick Tile: 'Discarded' (Sun Bleached Yabby Claw). Date: 2019 Medium: Coloured pencil on paper

COMMON GROUND

1–18 August 2019

Nine 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 country.

The exhibition features work by Katherine Barrand, Areka Brown, Jack Duff, Georgina Gould-Hardwick, Angus Gregurke, Patrick Gregurke, Ariana Llewellyn, Anne Schulz and Karl Woodward.

OPENING
2 August 2019, 6 for 6.30 pm
Guest speaker: Dr Nick Schultz, Centre for Environmental Management, Federation University Australia
Music: James Ramsay

Image: Georgina Gould-Hardwick, Discarded (sun-bleached yabby claw), 2019. coloured pencil on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

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