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 PROGRAM FOR 2020
The 2020 Backspace exhibition program will be announced on 19 September 2019.
MARGARET DELAHUNTY SPENCER AND MARY VAN DEN BROEK: OUR PLACE AND…
19 September–6 October 2019
Mary van den Broek is a sculptor, working metal and other natural materials while Margaret Delahunty Spencer is a painter who creates abstract works on linen. Both are mindful of the words of Romanian artist Constantin Brâncu?i: ‘the moment you are no longer a child you are already dead’.
For this collaborative exhibition, they draw inspiration from a bee hive and the comings and goings and daily rituals of its inhabitants, using different mediums to create fresh new work that speaks of both the significance and the insignificance of our place in the world and the universe.
20 September 2019, 6 for 6.30 pm
Guest speaker: Julie Collins
Image: Mary van den Broek, Between Resting 2019 (detail) mild recycled steel in front of Margaret Delahunty Spencer, Domesticity 2019 (detail) oil, acrylic and charcoal. © the artists
EXHIBITIONS COMING SOON
RACHEL GROSE: SILVER GARDEN AND CATHERINE RATCLIFFE: THE NARMBOOL RUN
10 October–27 October 2019
Ballarat silversmith Rachel Grose has created a collection of silver jewellery featuring foraged little pieces of nature. Succulents, leaves, flowers, berries, nuts and seeds have been cast in silver and framed to create wearable one-of-a-kind botanical structures.
Artist Catherine Ratcliffe has drawn from a residency at a farm on the former Narmbool pastoral run to reflect on the impact of white settlement on the lives of the indigenous Wadawurrung people and on the environment, and how we live with the consequences of decisions made in the past.
11 October 2019, 6 for 6.30 pm
Guest speaker: Kiri Smart
Image: Rachel Grose, Moonlight succulents, 2019, recycled sterling silver, photo : Angela Hayward, and Catherine Ratcliffe, Red sky in the morning, 2019 (detail) oil on canvas. © the artists
ALISON DESMOND, MAX SHARAM AND ELIZABETH WINTER: BETWEEN WORLDS
31 October–10 November 2019
Between Worlds explores the proposition that artists are pioneers who push through frontiers, inviting us to think about what we ‘see’, and why and to take a closer look at our beliefs about and attitudes to the personal, social and natural worlds.
Alison Desmond writes about art and makes art about language. Here she illustrates a series of animated psychodramas populated by anthropomorphic and imaginary creatures.
Interdisciplinary artist and animator, well known for her theatrical music and performance, Max Sharam is often ‘between worlds’, Living between Manhattan, Berlin and rural Victoria. Her work oscillates between uncanny and camp.
In her drawings and paintings, Elizabeth Winter focuses on the individual details of a larger picture, looking at the micro rather than the macro. Her series in the exhibition reflects the importance she places on conserving and respecting our natural environment and its creatures.
1 November 2019, 6 for 6.30 pm
Guest speaker: TBC
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 Friedrichs, 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