Past exhibitions

Main Gallery

Black Magic


20 January – 18 February

Peter Waples-Crowe, Dianne Jones, Todd Fernando, Neika Lehman, Jeremy Anderson and Kent Monkman. Guest curator Maddee Clark.

Black Magic features works by queer, trans, gender diverse and sistergirl/brotherboy Indigenous artists. Who explore the impact of Christian white sensibility on sexual politics in Australia.

Mainstream LGBTIQ culture can exclude the voices of the queer, trans and sistergirl/brotherboy First Nations but here artists tell their own stories that interrogate the colonial construction of Indigenous peoples as savage, silent and straight.

Black Magic refers both to the stigmatised and derogatory constructions of First Nations sexualities as demonic, devilish, and immoral, as well as the unique abilities of the LGBTIQ and sistergirl/brotherboy First Nations to resist and create. Eroticism, Indigenous bodies, and humour are presented as sites of resilience, vibrancy, and sovereignty.

Image: Peter Waples Crowe, Queer or What, Jus Sayin series 2013-2017, mixed media on paper (detail).

Fireworks: Art and Design


24 February – 18 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.

Discover the next generation of artists from Moonee Valley at the Fireworks 2018 exhibition.

Fireworks is an annual art and design awards and exhibition for Years 11 and 12 students who live, work or attend school in Moonee Valley.

Works from 25 shortlisted artists will be exhibited at the Incinerator Gallery.

Image: Veronica De Mase [Essendon Keilor College], View My Face/Choose My Gender, 2016, synthetic polymer paint on canvas.

With Seeing Hands


7 April - 20 May

Fayen d’Evie and Bryan Phillips, Carolyn Eskdale, Heather Lawson, Carmen Papalia and Nathan Liow, and Sam Petersen. 

With Seeing Hands is an accessible and inclusive exhibition that presents a range of multisensory works made by artists with and without disabilities. The audience is invited to explore non-visual artworks including tactile paintings, a pressed plasticine intervention, and a hanging installation.

Participating local and international artists explore issues of accessibility and disability, and question the dominance sight plays within art experiences. With Seeing Hands provides the opportunity for people of differing abilities to have rich engagements with art, moving beyond simply looking, to touch, listen and feel.

Image: Fayen d'Evie, Bryan Phillips, Georgina Kleege, Shelley Lasica, and Hillary Goidell, Wayfinding Sequence: Vibrational Recordings, SFMOMA, 2018. Photograph: Hillary Goidell.

standing still; looking back, looking forward


 June 2 to July 29

Dean Cross, Brad Darkson, Amala Groom & Nicole Monks, Ashley Perry and Katie West. Curated by Jessica Clark.

standing still; looking back, looking forward celebrates First Nations identities today, yesterday and tomorrow. Featuring new works by Dean Cross, Brad Darkson, Amala Groom & Nicole Monks, Ashley Perry and Katie West, this exhibition is a testimony to the non-prescription of the Aboriginal experience, asserting the complexities of navigating culture and sovereign knowledge through a range of interdisciplinary ideas, methods and media.

The selected artists offer new perspectives on Aboriginality that intersect and celebrate non-linear concepts of time, the continuing practice of culture, and self-determination in a contemporary urban context. The works in standing still; looking back, looking forward, collectively highlight the plurality of life across and between the multiples in cultures – promoting and provoking knowledges and understandings of the diaspora of Aboriginality as a contemporary experience.

Image: Amala Groom & Nicole Monks, momentous (detail), 2018, single channel video with audio, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artists.

Printing as Process


11 August – 30 September 

Participating master printmakers and print studios are Editions Tremblay (QLD), Larry Rawling Print Workshop (VIC), Megalo Print Studio and Gallery (ACT), Lancaster Press (VIC) and Sunshine Print Art Space (VIC).

Artists include: Antonia Aitken, Alison Alder, Rick Amor, Ampersand Duck, Sue Anderson, Brook Andrew, Clinton Barker, Gillian Bellas, Julia Boros, Dean Bowen, Liz Coats, John Coburn, Rick Cochram, Jack Crash, Juan Davila, Desmourteau + Moore, Trevor Dickinson, Phillip Doggett-Williams, Leslie Dumbrell, Spike Farrawell, Erica Fisher, Juanita Gabriel, Joel Gailer, Robert Hague, Michelle Hallinan, Ingeborg Hansen, Bernard Hardy, Brent Harris, John Hart, Nicci Haynes, Amanda Herzman, Megan Jackson, Peter Jordan, William Kelly, Knees, Heather Koowootha, Jeanette Laing, Jimmy Langer, Richard Larter , Alun Leach-Jones, Glen Mackie, Roy McIvor, Peter McLean, Deborah Metz, MPS, Niaf, Daniel O’Shane, Michael Pasqualone, Millan Pintos-Lopez, Mini Graff, Gabriella Possum-Nungurrayi, Hannah Quinlivan, Julia Raath, Geoffrey Ricardo, Dawn Shipley , Bernie Slater, Neil Sloane, Franki Sparke, Adrian Spurr, Chris Sutevski, Beatrice Thomson, Annie Trevillian, UK Frederick.

Printing as Process explores the collaborative nature of art production in the printmaking studio. Featuring works created in collaboration with over 50 artists from across Australia, this exhibition reasserts the idea that art production can be a social enterprise.

Image: Glen Mackie, Kawai (The Black Dogai) 2011, vinylcut (ed. 35), 100 x 132cm. Printed by Editions Tremblay, Cairns.

Incinerator Art Award: Art for Social Change


13 October – 25 November

Shortlisted artists:
Duha Ali & Justine Youssef, Helen Amanatiadis, Hayley Arjona, Rob Bartolo, Alison Bennett, Izzy Brown, Jazmina Cininas, Shan Crosbie, Adam Douglass, Megan Evans, Sarah Firth, Joseph Griffiths, Amala Groom, Nigel Hewitt, Paul Hodges, Kathy Holowko, Sonia Leber & David Chesworth, Sally Mannall, Jordan Marani, Margaret McIntosh, Asher Milgate, Hayley Millar-Baker, Ilona Nelson, Shane Nicholas, Claudia Phares, TextaQueen, Robbie Rowlands, Mia Salsjö, Nina Sanadze, Tama Sharman-La hole, Amy Spiers, Bethany Wheeler, Paul White

The Incinerator Art Award is the Gallery’s annual contemporary art prize of national significance, with entries received from across Australia. The award showcases 33 shortlisted works inspired by the theme of art for social change. 

The award pays homage to Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony, who believed that art and architecture practices are ethical enterprises that should aim to bring about positive social change. 

The Incinerator Art Award will be judged by Mark Feary (Artistic Director at Gertrude Contemporary), Melissa Keys (Curator at Buxton Contemporary) and Miriam Kelly (Curatorial Manager at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art).

The $10,000 Boathouse award and $3,000 Incinerator Gallery Award will be announced at the exhibition’s opening night. The $1,000 People’s Choice Award will be announced at the exhibition’s conclusion. 

The Boathouse is the proud sponsor of the Incinerator Art Award.

For more information call the Incinerator Gallery on 8325 1750.

Summer Show: Woven Together


Exhibition dates: 8 December 2018 - 13 January 2019

Every year the Incinerator Gallery celebrates creativity in the community with the Summer Show.

This year the Summer Show: Woven Together will celebrate the fruits of textile workshops held throughout the year at Flemington Community Centre and the Incinerator Gallery.

Works include the tapestries of Joy Smith and her students, contemporary textiles by the students of Bats of Leisure and portraiture by up and coming local photographer Amna Hamid of Studioblkk.

This exhibition has been developed in partnership with Moonee Valley’s Community Development team.

The Summer Show is an opportunity to support diversity in Moonee Valley and celebrate creative self- expression.

Image: Work in progress by Rose Ho from weaving workshops with Joy Smith, Flemington Community Centre, 2018.



Made of Holes


20 January – 18 March

Lucy Irvine

Made of Holes is a captivating work that explores how we further our knowledge. Lucy Irvine has woven the artwork without predetermined design as a way of grappling with how we approach the unknown The result is an intriguing and enigmatic installation for the atrium space. 

Image: Lucy Irvine, Made of Holes 2018, irrigation piping, cable ties, steel and paint.

The Mind on Fire


7 April - 20 May

Nick Selenitsch

The Mind on Fire is a site-specific chalk drawing on the walls of the Incinerator Gallery Atrium that considers the ‘nature’ of aesthetics and the sensory, exploring what we are naturally drawn to, and what we consider to be ‘natural’ anyway.

Image: Nick Selenitsch, The Mind on Fire, 2018, drawing, courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.

The Patterns of Displacement


2 June – 29 July

Rushdi Anwar

The Patterns of Displacement was made in collaboration with students in a refugee camp in Kurdistan/Iraq. It questions ideas about individuality and communality in the context of current global refugee crises.

Image: Rushdi Anwar, The Notion of Place and Displacement, 2017, mixed media.

The eyes that saw her were closed


11 August – 30 September

Tracey Lamb

The eyes that saw her were closed is an installation referencing the architectural drawings of Marion Mahony Griffin who was the architect and co-designer of the Essendon Incinerator, now the Incinerator Gallery, alongside Walter Burley Griffin. 

The work aims to highlight the importance of her work within their collaborative practice.

Image: Tracey Lamb, Tenuous Connections, 2017 welded steel, concrete, paint



Exhibition dates: 8 December 2018 - 13 January 2019

Gretta Louw

SWARM is a poetic envisioning of the intermingling of the digital and the physical by Munich-based Australian artist Gretta Louw.

The work is informed by research into the recent spread and evolution of Medusozoa (jellyfish) in contaminated oceans. Darkly optimistic about unexpectedly thriving lifeforms, the work looks at the issue of digitalisation through the lens of non-human subjectivity.

Image: SWARM, Gretta Louw, digital image, dimensions variable, 2018

Boadle Hall Community Gallery

LBGTIQA+ in Moonee Valley


20 January - February

To coincide with Moonee Valley’s participation in Midsumma Festival there will be an installation that relates to local LBGTIQA+ issues in Boadle Hall. This space is prepared by Moonee Valley’s LBGTIQ working group in collaboration with Council’s Community Planning department.

Alien Nations


24 February – 18 March

Sha Sarwari

Alien Nation highlights the issue of refugees and asylum seekers around the world. The treatment of refugees by various governments has polarised communities in many places.

The government’s rhetoric focusses on border control and terrorism and this has had the effect of alienating refugees from their new home and driving a division between peoples. After travelling long distances and crossing seas, with the hope of finding a safe place, refugees find themselves rejected by people enjoying peace and prosperity. They can be left puzzled and even question the existence of the essential unity of the human race.

The Eureka Project


7 April – 20 May

Amanda Fewell

The Eureka Project draws on the contested terrain of the Eureka Flag to explore contemporary Australian societal issues. Each hand stitched flag acts as a mirror, playfully reflecting a range of themes relating to Australian identity.

Image: Amanda Fewell, Advance Australia I, 2014, polycotton fabric, cotton embroidery thread, polyester ribbon (detail).

Calligraphic Media 


2 June – 15 July

Hugh Davies and Yoko Nakazawa

The works in Calligraphic Media combine the beauty of traditional calligraphy with the design of electronic devices. The exhibition reflects on the cross-cultural industrial collaboration in which products designed in Europe and the United States are made in North Asia.

Melbourne Fringe - Colour in our City 


20 September – 30 September

Tegan Iversen

Colour in our City is an interactive art piece featuring a series of hand drawn images by Essendon-based artist and illustrator, Tegan Iversen, created with a thick black marker. 

Each artwork is depicts a different scene from around Moonee Valley, as interpreted by the artist showing the people, shops, businesses, animals, nature and the environment.

Covering the walls of the Boadle Hall Community Gallery, visitors are invited to breathe new life into the scenery as they, literally, colour in our city!

One World 


11 August – 16 September

John Barcham

One World is an exhibition of works inspired by global travel and adventure. 

Through his extensive travel, artist John Barcham documented the beauty and intimacy of lives and places that are both extraordinary and familiar, which has been translated through his works.

Image: John Barcham, Lonesome Road Folk Coffee Lounge, Ballarat Road, Maidstone, 2014, oil on canvas, 100 x 150cm (detail)

Moonee Valley Art Collection

Opening night: Friday 25 January, 6-8pm
Exhibition dates: 8 December 2018 - 13 January 2019

Geoff Hogg

This summer, Boadle Hall will host a series of painted mural works from the Moonee Valley Art Collection by celebrated public artist Geoff Hogg.

The Clocktower Gallery


Liza Posar
Chain of Hearts
31 October 2018 – 16 January 2019

To inspire us to prioritise our relationships and practise an attitude of gratitude in our everyday lives. By making time to connect with others, we can ensure we have a network of people to strengthen our highs and soften any lows that come our way. By focussing on our relationships and being present for those around us, we can begin to understand the importance that human connection has on our mental wellbeing. 

It is no secret that connection is only a click of a button away, but true connection happens when we are offline and consciously doing things to bring ourselves into the moment.

Life is fleeting and whilst technology can help us maintain our relationships in the short term, true connection is the result of being present.



Voula Christopoulos

29 August – 31 October 

My current work is focused on memories, dreams and the subconscious. The work is an exploration of domestic interior spaces, since the home is where we dream and memories are made. It is also an intimate place, where we can retreat into our own mind space.

The paintings are glimpses of domestic interior spaces and objects that are not fully described. They are both familiar and vague, like a fragmented recollection of a dream or memory.

Image Credit: Voula Christopoulos, Memory Recaptured, 2017, oil on linen, 51 x 51 cm



Josh Simpson
Out of Sight
27 June – 29 August

“The only true paradise is a paradise that we have lost.” -Marcel Proust

The travel experience promises adventure, growth and authenticity; a journey into the unknown. Yet, in our highly connected global environment, experiences often become the product of spectacle, the mediated image and desire.

Shaped by exotic tropes and clichés Out of Sight presents a dark and seductive paradise that is both arresting and unsettling. The work examines ‘exoticised place’ (often portrayed through social media, tourism and film) teasing the space between authentic and inauthentic, masking and mocking notions of paradise. In the work, tropical motifs are layered and fractured just beyond our grasp; digital auroras emerge from silhouetted skylines; and melancholy figures sit idly, obscured by landscapes and mask-like motifs.

Out of Sight invites contemplation of contemporary experience asking the viewer to examine their own worldly encounters. If we encounter the world, in favour of controlling an image, we create a place that is out of reach and out of sight.

Image: Bruno Pasqualini ,Floating Worlds, 2017
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