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


Art bikes at Backspace

Art bikes Ballarat

17 January 2019 – 27 January 2019

Art bikes are commissioned sculptural objects which will enliven the Ballarat CBD in association with the 2019 FedUni Road National Championships cycling extravaganza hosted by the City of Ballarat from 4 – 8 January. Twelve bikes have been designed and created by six local
artists, each working individually and with a community group.


Lynden Nichols, Orange brain, 2018 (detail) digital photograph

Natural Abstraction

31 January 2019 – 17 February 2019

For this joint multimedia exhibition, artist Lynden Nicholls, Rosalind Lawson, Andrew Thomas and Peter Coogle have used a range of mediums to provoke enquiry into our engagement with artmaking and nature itself. All works are sourced from the natural world and question our assumptions of nature’s beauty and powers of destruction.

Curated by Lynden Nicholls.

Opening: Friday 1 February, 6 pm

Image: Lynden Nicholls, Orange brain, 2014 (detail), digital photograph, copyright Lynden Nicholls

Julia Newson, The Weekly, 2018, linocut from a series of individual self-portraits, 8 cm x 15 cm. Courtesy of the artist

The Art Teachers Exhibition

21 February 2019 – 3 March 2019

This exhibition showcasing the talents of many art teachers from our region, is presented as a complement to the Next Gen 2019 exhibition. As practising artists, these teachers pass on their skills to their students. A wide variety of media and themes will be included.

Image: Julia Newson, The Weekly, 2018 (detail), linocut from a series of individual self-portraits. Courtesy of the artist


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