Past exhibitions

Main Gallery

All you need is love


22 January - 14 February 

Lisa White

All You Need Is Love is an exhibition by Lisa White that originated from her original project, in support of marriage equality, the In Bed Project and is a exploration of love, equality and family.

Photographing families in the intimate setting of their beds, the images shine a light on the diverse forms the family unit can take and challenges the heteronormative perceptions of families in Australia.

A selection of 24 images, will be accompanied by the families’ own stories and views on family and equality, for gallery visitors to read.

The exhibition is a powerful statement that makes the difference that exists from family to family a symbol of pride in our society.

This is a Midsumma premier event supported by Go West.


Fireworks: Art and Design by Bright Young Things


20 February – 20 March

Alisha Aloe, Zahraa Al-Zubayadi, Matthew Buccheri, Jacob Cutri, Jasmin Eljundi, Louie Evans, Madison Hedben, Rosie Lieschke, Kevin Ma, Liam martin, Matthew Modica, William Nelson, Nicholas Paloyanidis, Chloe Patinyotis, Jessica Pompei, Danielle Pozzebon, Joseph Pringipas, Eojin Seo, Yiling Shen, Kira Sozanski, Alexandra Veljanovski, Amelia Wawrzon, Thomas Wenlock.

Fireworks, now in its fourth year, features exceptional works from VCE art and design students who live, work or go to school in Moonee valley. This exhibition is an opportunity to acknowledge the great contribution that youth make to Moonee Valley's vibrant community.


1 April – 22 May

We are in the midst of a cultural change in which increasingly we value the local and the handmade over the mass-produced product. As consumers we look for artisanal qualities in everything we buy, from our morning coffee to our clothes and furniture.

This has been described as a want for authenticity or the search for the authentic. In this exhibition the concept of authenticity is interrogated by a group of artists whose practices have orbited around the authentic/inauthentic, or the real and the fake for many years now. Authenticity..? uses a range of devices including satire, humour and a little mischief to ask serious questions about the many ways authenticity operates in both the art world and in wider culture.

Image: Dr Peter Hill, True Lies and Superfictions: The Museum of Doubt, 2015 installation view.


3 June – 24 July

Kent Morris

Reframed is an exhibition exploring the role Indigenous artists are playing in reconstructing accepted ideas about history, connection to country and identity through photographic processes. Guest curator, Kent Morris has selected artworks that question aspects of the dominant colonial mindset and challenge stereotypes of what defines Aboriginality. By establishing their own cultural agency behind the lens, the artists develop a dialogue that presents alternative perspectives and ‘reframes’ the lived experiences of Australia’s First Peoples.

Image: Kent Morris, Proposed 2015, archival print on Canson Rag Photographique paper.

The Hunch


5 August – 2 October

This exhibition highlights the role of intuition in both the making and viewing of abstract art. While these artists employ instinct as a guiding force in the creation of their works, we as viewers, must also use our intuition to interpret the marks, gesture and colour before us.

In emphasising the role of the ‘hunch’ in terms of both process and experience, this exhibition proposes a rebalancing of the hierarchy between thinking and feeling in relation to contemporary art. Featuring a selection of paintings and sculptures informed by traditional and digital techniques, The Hunch asks the viewer to apply intuition and empathy, rather than words, in the reading of these affecting works.

The Incinerator Art Award


14 October – 3 December

The Incinerator Art Award is the gallery’s contemporary art prize, open to all visual art forms with a non-acquisitive prize pool of $14,000 including:

The award is inspired by the original architect of the Incinerator Gallery, Walter Burley Griffin and his wife Marion Mahoney. They believed that art and architecture could change the way we live our lives and how we understand the world around us.

The award has a strong focus on the Griffins’ notions of environmentalism, but also acknowledges other forms of social activism in a homage to the citizens of Essendon in the 1920s, who campaigned tirelessly to have the incinerators built.

The Incinerator Art Award looks to reinforce the idea that art can create deep and lasting social change.

The Summer Show


9 December – 15 January

Local Masters: Judy Drew, Greg Smith and Mark Dober

It is difficult to separate an arts practice from the everyday life of an artist. Many professional artists combine time in their studio with time spent with students, passing on their skills and sharing their knowledge with others. The Summer Show in 2016, brings together these two sides of an artistic life together in an exhibition and series of workshops.

From August to October 2016, Judy Drew, Greg Smith and Mark Dober, three of Moonee Valley’s most prominent local artists will deliver a series of weekend masterclasses, in which they will share their years of learning with the wider community.

Over the summer period, the Local Masters exhibition will display works from these three artists in the gallery space as a way of paying homage to the dedication that these artists have shown in following their artistic careers.

Image: Mark Dober, You Yangs painting 21, 2014, oil on canvas (detail).


A Shimmer of Hope, Once You Cut the Rope

22 January - 20 March

Travers Nash

Nash's sound generating works are constructed from discarded objects and hand built electronics. Using these materials and this process he investigates the concept of value - aesthetic, spiritual and material.

The soundscapes produced by his assemblages challenge the listener to consider the distinction between noise and harmony, pleasant and unpleasant, order and chaos. Nash's intention is that if you listen deeply, you can hear the harmony within the noise.

Travers Nash is an installation and sound artist from Tweed Heads, Queensland.


1 April – 22 May

Mitchell Brannan

Feeled is a large scale installation covering the space in brightly coloured stickers emblazoned with words of encouragement. The title of the exhibition references colour field painting, but is also a playful allusion to the sticker and its emotive and motivational quality.

The installation can be read formally, as a large scale abstraction; conceptually, as an exploration of contemporary cultures of affirmation, motivation and self-help; or playfully, as a colourful, fun and irreverent field of stickers that recalls primary school teacher feedback.

Reflection as Ideological Hallucination


3 June – 24 July

Ara Dolatian

The forms in Ara Dolatian’s installation simultaneously resemble a semi functional apparatus, the model of a utopian city and a biological experiment. Influenced by connections between architecture, urbanism and the natural environment, the artist creates biospheres containing life forms and water, predominantly indigenous plants and insects, to establish a dialogue exploring our personal and shared responsibility for biodiversity.

WHITE LIES: As we know it


5 August – 2 October

Curated by Roberta Rich

WHITE LIES: As we know it presents the work of artists and activists from diverse backgrounds who have explored the ‘rewriting’ of colonial history in their work.

The exhibition will feature The Invasion Day, a video performance by Robbie Thorpe and Gary Foley, digital prints by street artist Abyss, drawings by Texta Queen and a reconstruction of the 1968 Olympic Podium by Roberta Rich, alongside a program of workshops for young people.

WHITE LIES: As we know it explores instances of reclamation and empowerment, redressing the balance of power that drives our historical narratives.

Boadle Hall Community Gallery 

Small Works


20 February - 13 March

Nada Jovic

Nada Jovic is a local artist who paints in the tonal impressionist style. She words in oils, predominately on a small scale, to capture still life and figurative compositions. Painting 'Alla Prima', or wet on wet, Jovic's aim is to keep her paintings fresh and not overworked.

A Head Hunter’s Diary


1 April – 15 May

Gwen Eichler

Gwen Eichler is a local portrait artist with an obsession for Walter Burley Griffin’s designs. Taking the Incinerator architect’s works as inspiration, she began drawing houses, people, chooks, dogs and cats when she was a young girl growing up in a Burley Griffin designed house. A Head Hunter’s Diary features portraits of subjects who have sought the artist out as well as subjects that she has personally selected.



3 June – 17 July

Sarah Sanders

Local artist Sarah Sanders’ artistic practice fuses together a range of disparate entities such as blood vessels, bones and bits of organ, resulting in hybridised and alien organisms. Handled delicately and realised in charcoal, pastel and conté, these suggestive works on paper contrast elements such as growth and decay, hardness and softness, animal and vegetable, open and closed, alluding to an imagined world of organisms somewhere between fantasy and reality.



5 August – 25 September

Ali Griffin

The loss of her family home on Black Saturday has taught Ali Griffin to value life, not stuff, memories, not money, and to be still, and not rush. Connection to memory and the values of objects are some of the concepts which inform this exhibition. Working across a variety of media, Griffin sensitively investigates ideas of accumulating and collecting, documenting and displaying, exploring the ways these processes impact our psyche and environment.

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