Exhibition News

Get Into Art!

Published Friday, September 29, 2006

At participating public galleries [an amazing 36 of them]. It's FREE ALL DAY on Sunday 29 October 2006

On Sunday 29 October 2006, thirty-six public galleries across Victoria will throw open their doors as part of the first ever Get into Art! open day. From Mildura in the north of the state, across to Gippsland in the east, Hamilton in the west and metropolitan Melbourne, galleries will be open, offering free entry* to all visitors alongside a wide range of specially designed programs and activities for a wide range of age groups and interests.

Among the plethora of experiences offered are: workshops for adults and children, guided walks through sculpture parks and galleries, floor talks by artists and curators, performances, story telling, lectures on a wide variety of subjects, food and wine tastings and in some areas, subsidised transport to enable people to travel from outlying areas.

Amongst the events planned by each gallery …. Horsham Regional Art Gallery will stage a performance by the Wimmera Women’s Circus; City Museum at Old Treasury has millinery demonstrations; Maroondah Art Gallery is to feature an African choir and a workshop based around their African textiles exhibition; at Hamilton Art Gallery there will be model making in association with artist Callum Morton’s exhibition ‘Tomorrow Land’ Monash Gallery of Art, inspired by Emmanual Santos’ photographic exhibition of angels and biblical visions has declared the day ‘Angel Day’ and will feature a capella performances and other angel themed events; Geelong Gallery will have tastings of food & wine from the region; Shepparton Art Gallery have invited Melbourne stencil artists to speak and run workshops. All 36 Galleries have collections that invite a viewing. Textiles are a feature of Ararat Regional Gallery, sculpture is a speciality of McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park and Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum is renowned for its major Australian art works of the late 1800s.

People who may never have visited their local gallery before will find Get Into Art! the perfect introduction. “Wherever you live in Victoria you are never far from an outstanding public gallery,” says Mary Delahunty, Minister for the Arts. If you haven't visited your local gallery before, Sunday 29 October is the perfect starting point to enjoy getting into art.

And for those who need just a little encouragement to revisit their local gallery, what extraordinary incentives.

For a full program of galleries participating in Get into Art! throughout Victoria www.pgav.org.au

* restrictions apply at Heide Museum of Modern Art.

This inaugural open day event is coordinated by the Public Galleries Association of Victoria with major funding support from Arts Victoria.

Particpating ‘GET INTO ART’ galleries:

Ararat Regional Gallery, Tel: (03) 5352 2836
Arts Space Wodonga, Tel: (02) 6022 9600
Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Tel: (03) 5320 5858
Benalla Art Gallery, Tel: (03) 5762 5640
Bendigo Art Gallery, Tel: (03) 5434 6088
Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre, Tel: (03) 9466 9628
Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, Tel: (03) 5472 2292
Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Tel: (03) 5460 4588
Champions Australian Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, Tel: 1300 139 407
City Museum at Old Treasury, Tel: (03) 9651 2233
The Duldig Studio: Tel: (03) 9885 3358
East Gippsland Art Gallery, Tel: (03) 5153 1988
Geelong Gallery, Tel: (03) 5229 3645
Gippsland Art Gallery • Sale, Tel: (03) 5142 3372
Hamilton Art Gallery, Tel: (03) 5573 0460
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Tel: (03) 9850 1500
Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Tel: (03) 5382 5575
The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, Tel: (03) 8344 5148
ICON Museum of Art, Deakin University, Tel: (03) 9244 5344
Latrobe Regional Gallery, Tel: (03) 5128 5700
La Trobe University Art Museum and Collections, Tel: (03) 9479 2111
Linden – St Kilda Centre for Contemporary Arts Tel: (03) 9209 6794
Maroondah Art Gallery, Tel: (03) 9298 4542
McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park Tel: (03) 9789 1671
Mildura Arts Centre, Tel: (03) 5018 8330
Monash Gallery of Art, Tel: (03) 9562 1569
Monash University Museum of Art, Tel: (03) 9905 1618
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Tel: (03) 5975 4395
National Gallery of Victoria, Tel: Tel: (03) 8662 1555
RMIT Gallery, Tel: (03) 9925 1717
Shepparton Art Gallery, Tel: (03) 5832 9861
Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Tel: (03) 5036 2430
The Arts Centre, George Adams Gallery, Tel: (03) 9281 8000
Town Hall Gallery, Tel: (03) 9278 4626
Wangaratta exhibitions Gallery, Tel: (03) 5722 0865
Warrnambool Art Gallery, Tel: (03) 5559 4949

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