Public Programs and Events


The Incinerator Gallery offers a range of public programs and events year round including monthly and season workshops, artist talks, history tours and more.  

To Fail is Human


Wednesday, 15 May at 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Challenge your personal relationship to failure in this unique event by the team at The Mind Room. We’ll explore the art and psychology of failure and experience a guided meditation to shed light on our own stories of failure and how they relate to our values.

Led by Dr Jo Mitchell, clinical psychologist and Director/ Co-founder of the Mind Room

Dr Jo Mitchell is a clinical psychologist working with people experiencing mental illness, burnout, or chronic stress. She combines her clinical experience with a PhD and expertise in wellbeing science - including coaching and positive psychology, ACT and mindfulness. Jo has a specialist interest in working with high performers, particularly in sport, medical and technology industries, to manage mental health, enhance wellbeing and navigate life and career transitions.

Jo’s 25+ year career has seen her working in amateur and professional sport, from AFL to orienteering, as well as a range of medical and allied health settings. She loves working on innovative and creative solutions for mental health and wellbeing issues in society. Jo led MindMax, a wellbeing and resilience digital project for AFL Players and funded by Movember Foundation. She is on the Board of Action for Happiness Australia, a charitable organisation taking action for a compassionate, kind and connected World.

Book online. 

Art Club


Creative Conversations Series

Join Art Club presenter Gina Panebianco as she sheds a light on the creative practices, challenges and issues faced by some of Australia’s most inspiring artists and designers.

Enjoy the conversation, connect with creative thinkers and discover and rediscover great stories through art and culture.

Art Club is fantastic opportunity to learn, engage in discussion and share stories and ideas with like-minded people.

Gina Panebianco is an art educator with more than thirty years of experience in the research, development, delivery and evaluation of learning programs and audience engagement, resources and publications. Gina is the former Head of Education and Programs at the National Gallery of Victoria, and has been a guest educator in museums in Singapore, Taiwan, USA and Japan.

Art Club welcomes everyone from beginners to art aficionados.

Art Club will run from 10.30am to 12 noon on the following Tuesdays in 2019:


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Art Club is free with light refreshments provided.

Bookings preferred.

Gallery Sketchers


Practice and refine your drawing skills at the iconic Incinerator Gallery.

Join our alternating art educators Carly Richardson or Ben Guy as they demonstrate a drawing technique, then find a comfortable place to sit and work on your own sketch.

Participants are invited to come together at the session’s conclusion to view each other’s work over a cuppa.

Gallery Sketchers will run from 10.30am to 12pm on the following Wednesdays in 2019:

Gallery Sketchers is free with light refreshments provided.

Paper and drawing materials are also provided.

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Wednesday, 13 February: Exploring mark making techniques and media

In the first session for 2019, join art educator Carly Richardson as we unpack the essential techniques of drawing. Exploring a range of different mark making approaches in media varying from graphite, charcoal and ink, participants will have the opportunity to experiment, expand and refine their drawing techniques in response to Incinerator Gallery exhibitions ‘Midsumma: Personal Touch’, ‘Cancelled’ by Farnaz Dadfar and ‘Rocking Reflections’ by Paula Mahoney, the buildings and their surrounds. Beginners can learn and explore new approaches to drawing, and those with more established drawing practices can refine their skills. 

Incinerator History Tours


The Incinerator offers free history tours to community groups, led by Incinerator Volunteers.

On this tour discover the unique story of the Incinerator Gallery buildings and its architectural, environmental and technological history.

Regarded as a significant building by the National Trust the striking Essendon Incinerator, designed by the offices of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney, set new standards in Australia for municipal architecture and its integration into suburbia.

Once a wetland by the Maribyrnong River, the Incinerator with its fascinating past is now the heart of Moonee Valley and a venue that provides the community with opportunities to engage with art, architecture and the environment.

Tours last 45 minutes, are available on request and are subject to availability. Groups must have a minimum of 8 participants.

For more information or to request a booking, contact Christine via email or call 03 8325 1740.

Schools interested in booking tours please click here.

Social Justice Art for Teens


Commencing Saturday, 4 May for 8 weeks

10am to 12noon 

Bookings now open!

Using art as a catalyst for expressing thoughts, opinions and ideas this course focuses on engaging young people in issues that are real and important to them about the world they inhabit.

Participants will engage in important dialogue and analysis about social issues for young people, including the role artists play in shaping dialogue and advocacy. Through a variety of art making processes, they will explore different art-making techniques, mediums, themes and ideas; learning how to lift their own ideas and transform them into art pieces that express the critical voices and thoughts of young people.

  • Suitable for teens aged 11 to 17 years
  • Includes most materials
  • May requires some independent research
  • Bookings essential as class size is limited
  • Please read our Public Programs - Terms and Conditions prior to purchasing your ticket. 
  • Tickets $150 

Skills taught

Critical thinking, social issues analysis, an understanding of the role of the artist, a variety of art techniques and materials exploration based on the interests and choices of the participants in the class (choice-based approach technique boot camps), idea generation, studio habits of mind behaviours (develop craft, stretch & explore, engage & persist, understand art worlds, reflect, envision, observe and express)


Over the program, participants will produce multiple sketchbook entries and quick sketches as they brainstorm around social issues and plan for their own piece (including technique and material experimentation). These smaller pieces will lead into participants taking away one completed ‘WOW’ art work.

Tutor bio

Francine Sculli has been studying and working in the creative arts for the past fifteen years, encompassing everything from dancing and writing to visual arts and jewellery making. Not only an avid creator, Francine also has years of experience as the Visual Arts and Multimedia Teacher at Sunshine Heights Primary School, where together with her colleague she is leading the way with teaching for artistic behaviour pedagogical approach and choice-based art program. Francine has a genuine passion for empowering young people through the arts and igniting creativity and curiosity in all aspects of life.

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Please read our Public Programs - Terms and Conditions prior to purchasing your ticket. 

Incinerator Outreach

Starting this May, we're presenting a series of low-cost artist led outreach workshops for adults all ages at Flemington Community Centre and Bowes Ave Community Centre, Airport West.

This is a great introduction to artmaking and creativity, as well as meeting other locals with a similar interest.


Workshop Venue Date/s Description Cost Bookings
Art Taster sessions Bowes Ave Community Centre Classes start Monday, 6 May at 6.30pm–8pm Join art educator Sandra Tobias to learn a range of drawing technique in a fun six-week course.
$30 per person for six weeks
Book now
Social Art sessions
Bowes Ave Community Centre
9, 16 and 23 May at 1.30pm–3pm Join art educator Carly Richardson to learn a range of drawing technique in a fun three-week course. $15 per person for three weeks Book now
School Holiday Workshops Bowes Ave Community Centre
Thursday, 4 July at 10am–12 noon Unleash your child’s creative energy with fun and interactive arts workshops. $4 per child Bookings open soon
Art Taster sessions Flemington Community Centre Classes start Monday, 6 May at 6.30pm–8pm Join art educator Ben Guy to learn a range of drawing technique in a fun six-week course. $30 per person for six weeks Book now


Last updated: Thursday, 18 April 2019, 5:48 AM