Past exhibitions

Main Gallery

Convergent Pathologies


21 January - 12 February

This group exhibition by trans and gender diverse (TGD) artists from Melbourne explores the experiences of TGD people living with mental illness: from making choices to resist against or comply with being pathologised, to negotiating multiple identities and realities.

The show features works by local TGD artists Hiro Mcl, Tama tk Favell, Archie Barry and Cat Calypso, and is curated by myriad collective’s darcy t gunk .

Image:Archie Barry, Cardinis 2016 (still), video, 640 minutes.

This is a Midsumma premier event supported by Go West.


Fireworks: Art & Design by Bright Young Things


18 February – 19 March

Olga Alexandrou, Amelia Amato, Kristie Anderson, Emily Arenas Zarate, Jasmine Bonnici, Millicent Cram, Thomas Emerson, Amanda Gao, Katja Heard, Sabine L'Eveille, Imogen Low, Daisy Mahoney, Bridget McAllister, Dayna McCarthy, Ruby Malcolm-Black, Dean Pilioglou, Luca Riboni, Shanelle Senaratne, Letitia Seng, Chloe Tabone, Giorgia Tigani, Jennifer Tran, Katherine Ure, Arielle Vlahiotis, and Timothy Walker.

Now in its fifth year, Firework features exceptional works from art and design students who live, work or go to school in Moonee Valley. The exhibition provides the opportunity to celebrate the great talent and contributions that youth make to the City.

Image: Abbey Williams, Evolving Tools 2016, photography, dimensions variable.

A New World


1 April – 19 May

Hayden Fowler Sam Leach, Andrew Mezei Saffron Newey, Christopher Pease, and Joan Ross\

Landscape painting in Australian Art history, from its 18th Century colonial beginnings, has told the story of the European view to this continent, its Peoples and its unique flora and fauna.

The exhibition A New World explores uses of colonial imagery in contemporary art practices and suggests that in a post-colonial age of climate change and environmental uncertainty we have a whole new world to understand and explore.

Image: Saffron Newey, Versions of Now 2015, oil on canvas, 35cm x 54cm (detail).



Guest Curator Elizabeth Liddle

Elizabeth Liddle is a highly commended Aboriginal artist and arts worker with a thorough knowledge of the contemporary art scene.

She is the guest curator of Revealed, an exhibition that explores the positive and the negative aspects of the lived experience of having a connection to country and the reality of urban life.

Image: Hayley Millar-Baker Untitled (Look mate, I don't mind a tidal wave as long as it doesn't knock over my esky), inkjet print on paper. 38 x 38 cm (detail).

Prime Movers


5 August – 24 September

Taree Mackenzie, Simon MacEwan, Michael Prior and Daniel von Sturmer

Drawing on ideas of conversion and change, Prime Movers considers how elemental forces like gravity, wind and light can be harnessed by artists to create mysterious and playful outcomes.

Comprised of non-traditional art materials, these kinetic installations and action based works explore changing states in matter and the transference of energy between people and things.

Image: Taree Mackenzie, Cylinder Live Feed, 2017, mixed media.

The Incinerator Art Award


7 October – 26 November

Art for Social Change

The Incinerator Art Award is an award of national significance with entries received from every state and territory in Australia.

The award is inspired by the original architects of the Incinerator Gallery, Walter Burley Griffin and his collaborator Marion Mahony, who believed that the aim of all art and architecture practices should be to bring about social change.

Image: Paul Trefy, Homeless still human, 2015, mixed media, Incinerator Art Award 2017, photography by Nicola Dracoulis.

Contemporary Quilting – Colour and Community


9 December – January

When the Essendon Quilters came together in 1989 they had three simple aims: to promote the art of quilting; to promote a high standard of workmanship; and to provide educational programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of the community.

Contemporary Quilting – Colour and Community will be presented in two parts. First there is the Paint Chip Challenge where the members of the Essendon Quilters have tested their skill and imagination by creating quilts using a strictly limited range of prescribed colours.

In the second part, there will be highlights from collaborative community projects undertaken by the Essendon Quilters throughout 2017.

Image: Essendon Quilters Inc., Seven Sisters, 2018, 206cm x 229cm (detail).


Arc Eight - Vertice


21 January - 20 March

James Tapscott

James Tapscott explores the physiology of our perception with a new site specific installation, Arc Eight – Vertice. This work comprises of a seemingly diminutive room extending into the Atrium Gallery from the external window.

Its finite dimensions bely the experience awaiting the viewer when they enter and find an infinite line of light that pierces the room’s vertical limits.

Image: James Tapscot, Arc One 2009 (details), light, salt, wind, water, dimensions variable.

Dialogue 3: Tensioned Structures


1 April – 19 May

Christoph Dahlhausen and Michael Graeve

This third collaborative project by Christoph Dahlhausen and Michael Graeve investigates the tensions between line and area, light and sound, stillness and movement, moment and duration.

Purpose built scaffolding flows from the ground to the mezzanine of the Atrium Gallery and is marked with fluorescent lights and painted panels. The installation also includes a multi-channel sound composition that further emphasises notions of tension and structure within the work.

Image: Christoph Dahlhausen and Micheal Graeve, Tensioned Structures (artist’s impression) 2016, digital photographic montage, dimensions variable (detail).

Even a Stopped Clock


3 June – 23 July

Katie Lee with Andrew Sainsbury

Katie Lee’s artistic practice is influenced by the dynamics of urban space. She draws on the interactions of humans, animals, architecture and natural forces to make her installations.

For her new work in the Incinerator Gallery’s Atrium space, Katie has engineered a suspended sculpture, made from timber, steel, toughened glass and electric fans.

Image: Katie Lee and Andrew Sainsbury, Even A Stopped Clock (bronze, brass, glass, light, steel, sound) 2017, dimensions variable.

Rocky Mountain (Circling)


5 August – 24 September

Lizzy Sampson and Alica Bryson- Haynes

Rocky Mountain (Circling) is the result of a collaborative residency between Lizzy Sampson and Alica Bryson-Haynes, which focused on an exploration of walking and its relationship with artistic practice.

Audiences are invited to circle the mountain in the Atrium space.

Image: Lizzy Sampson & Alicia Bryson-Haynes, Rocky Mountain, paper mache, wire, paint, dimensions variable.

Boadle Hall Community Gallery

Beautiful Women


21 January - 12 February

Lisa White

Beautiful Women celebrates the contributions LGBTI women have made to challenging narrow definitions of femininity and perfection. Exploring the power of lesbian, bi, trans and intersex women and the diverse characteristics of their beauty, this exhibition presents ‘beauty’ as beyond-skin to a sense of pride in ‘who we are’.

Join BreastScreen Victoria in celebrating all women as part of their work developing LGBTI inclusive services.

This is a Midsumma premier event supported by BreastScreen Victoria.


The Pho n Twenty Pie


18 February – 19 March

Lahn U-Holroyd

Lahn U-Holroyd’s family moved to Melbourne as refugees from Vietnam in 1979. As an adult and a parent, the artist has come to understand the importance of embracing her parent’s traditions whilst continuing to develop her own hybrid customs.

This exhibition investigates the artist’s family history and her own contemporary life through still life paintings of the one thing that has always transcended cultural barriers – food.

Image: Lahn U-Holroyd, Banh cam with glaze 2016, oil on board, 59 x 84cm (detail).

60 years young


1 April - 19 May

Essendon Camera Club

This group exhibition celebrates the Essendon Camera Club’s 60th anniversary and will feature a mix of genres and photographic styles created by some of its 130 members.

The Essendon Camera Club has a long-standing connection with the community of Moonee Valley, contributing to local festivals, activities and workshops in the area.

Image: Carmen Caruana, Walking away 2015, photographic print, 16 x 20 inches (detail).



3 June – 23 July

Andrea Hopgood

Andrea Hopgood began exploring the idea of the ‘cloud’ just after the death of her 18 year old son.

The quiet and solitary act of painting helped her transition through the tragedy, whilst the subject matter resonated with the emotional impact of her son’s death.

Cloud investigates the parallels between the different meanings of the cloud and her own stages of grief.

Image: Andrea Hopgood, Cloud Study 2016, oil on canvas, 100 x 100cm (detail).

Strange Music


5 August – 24 September

Domenica Vavala

In Strange Music, a number of contemporary watercolour works depict visions of devotion from throughout the ages, yet not quite from any time or place.

Themes of sacrifice and offering manifest in Domenica Vavala’s work, representing lost belief systems and the potential for the afterlife.

 Image: Domenica Vavala, Death Cycle 2016, watercolour and graphite on Fabriano Artistico paper 640gsm, 213 x 158cm.

Last updated: Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 12:23 AM