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The Geelong Gallery

We are so excited to announce that the Geelong Gallery returned to daily operations on Wednesday the 11th of November.

Geelong Gallery was established in 1896 and is one of Australia’s leading art galleries, with a magnificent collection of Australian and European painting, sculpture, printmaking and decorative arts dating from the 18th century to today. The Gallery’s outstanding collection includes many works of national significance such as Eugène von Guérard’s View of Geelong 1856, and Frederick McCubbin’s A bush burial 1890. One particular focus of the collection is early images of the Geelong region, documenting the evolution of this important city and its environment.

Geelong Gallery works to contribute to the life and well-being of the city by fostering strong community engagement with the excellence of its collection, its creative lifelong learning experiences, and inspiring exhibitions.

Current Exhibition Highlights include-

Collection leads: Kate Beynon—kindred spirits-until 17 January 2021

Kate Beynon’s Graveyard scene/the beauty and sadness of bones (2014–15)—winner of the 2016 Geelong contemporary art prize—is based on a scene from An-Li: a Chinese ghost tale, the artist’s re-telling of a supernatural story of two young spirits who traverse opposing worlds: one aquatic, the other earthly. This ‘Collection leads’ exhibition includes watercolours, paintings and soft sculptures that expand on the story of An-Li and provide greater insights to Beynon’s practice in which she merges diverse pictorial traditions with personal histories to address issues of hybridity, cultural identity and feminism.

Jacky Redgate—HOLD ON-until 14 February 2021

Jacky Redgate has a 40-year practice and is critically acclaimed as one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. Redgate’s career began in the context of late 1970s feminism, minimalism and conceptual art. Redgate is well known for her sculptural and photographic works using systems and logic, and particularly for her sustained series of ‘mirror’ works over the past two decades that have engaged with optical phenomena, ‘perceptual dislocations’ and slippages between representation and abstraction.

Jacky Redgate—HOLD ON presents the most recent iteration of her mirror work in its entirety that reflects how, while continuing to make her experimental ‘hybrid' mirror works over the past ten years, Redgate has been recalling and introducing into her work and oeuvre the autobiographical images and subjects of her juvenilia. What we understood previously as formal compositions and seemingly neutral subjects are now 'contaminated' by dolls and teddy bears from Redgate’s childhood. Embodying a cathexis on emotionally laden subjects, these photographs tease with a combination of abstraction and autobiographical mirroring that seemingly contradicts the Cartesian sobriety of her well known ‘impersonal’ works.

A shining light—recent acquisitions 2019–20-until 21 February 2021

A shining light is an exhibition of acquisitions brought into the collection over the past year. Its title was inspired by the song The shining path from the 1986 album Big Night Music by British group Shriekback, the opening lyrics of which resonate in these uncertain times: ‘We had lived a blessed time but we knew nothing’.

In times of social, political and environmental crisis, and the anxiety and doubt that those times might bring, artists play an essential role in shining a light on the inner spaces of our emotions and the external forces and situations that shape the world we live in, and that focus our eyes.

This is a disparate group of works but there are dialogues between them—sometimes in the conceptual teasing out of a subject, or in others an unexpectedly shared intention by artists working in vastly different social and cultural contexts. We see here intersecting responses to landscape, to country, to environment, to human frailties, and to the very acts of making and seeing.

Scenic Victoria—Land, sea, city-until 20 April 2021

This exhibition draws on the Gallery’s exceptional collection to survey artists’ enduring interest and engagement with the landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes of our region and wider State, with a specific focus on artistic responses to locations of personal significance. Includes historical works by Eugene von Guérard, Louis Buvelot, Frederick McCubbin and Walter Withers, through to more contemporary interpretations of the landscape and suburbia by Fred Williams, Jan Senbergs and Jenny Watson, amongst others.

Thirdspace-until 31 January 2021

Thirdspace' refers to a physical and social landscape where bodily and mental understandings of space meet, and acknowledges the ways that both tangible and emotional factors effect how we live our daily lives. It is a meeting ground for the real and the imagined, mind and body, consciousness and the unconscious, everyday life and history.

Bringing together works from the collection by modern and contemporary Australian printmakers, Thirdspace explores diverse representations of internal and external spaces, and how artists have perceived the ways these relate to one another. Impressions of domestic life, formal and physical restrictions, the potential of imagination and depictions of emotional realms are brought forth through a variety of printmaking techniques, inviting reflections on how public and personal spaces are navigated and understood.

Please pre-book your free, timed-entry ticket ahead of your visit and refer to their conditions of entry: https://www.geelonggallery.org.au/covid-19
Conveniently located only a 10 minute walk away from the Geelong Gallery, The Vue Apartments are your perfect Geelong accommodation option during your next trip to our beautiful part of the world. So don't delay BOOK today!