So many Victorians visit the big art shows at the National Gallery of Victoria and I wonder how many appreciate the depth and breadth of contemporary Australian artists, whose work is exhibited not at the NGV but in our local galleries. It doesn’t cost anything to pop into a suburban or regional art gallery, to relax, be inspired and entertained.
If you participate in a Weekly Walk, Monthly Book Club, Striders, Meetups and so on and also have an interest in art – spice up your discussions and activities by including a visit to a local art gallery. Going on day trip or holiday? Include a trip to a local gallery. There are so many great artists in Australia and small art galleries in Melbourne and Victoria. They all deserve to be experienced and celebrated.
I can visit a different art gallery every week. I don’t always know what I’ll find – hence I discover new art, artists and techniques. I do know our artists will inspire, challenge, confront, confuse, and pretty well always amaze me with their talent. Sometimes I find myself having a conversation with the gallery owner / curator or even the actual artist.
The great thing about these galleries – I can go back a few weeks later and discover a new artist (or new works from a known artist).
Check the sidebar for Gallery Visits for my personal view on a weekly gallery experience and an example of artists works. Hopefully it will inspire you to discover our wonderful Australian artists and visit a local gallery. Check the sidebar “Suburban Galleries” for galleries listed by suburb and “Regional Galleries” for galleries outside of Melbourne.
I may visit a gallery at the beginning or the end of an exhibition so the works I have seen may or may not still be on display when you are reading these pages. I will only upload an image of the artwork after I have received the artists permission. This may take a few days after I have uploaded my commentary. Click on the link to the gallery to find out what is currently in exhibition. If you want to follow an artist I have also provided links to the artists internet pages.
Apology in advance: my photographic skills are not the best so any issues with the images of an artists work posted here are due to my poor photographic skills (too dark, too light, reflections, crooked you name it). All the more reason to visit a gallery and see the real thing 🙂