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Heritage Weekend@The Arts Academy

Ballarat's unique heritage of technology and invention brought back to life

The Arts Academy is a major contributor of talent and ideas to Ballarat Heritage Weekend, and in 2018 our staff, students and graduates were up to their armpits in performances and exhibitions.

Pandora's Box

Our first-year performance students presented a promenade on the steps of the Post Office Gallery that featured the successes and failures of Ballarat's inventors, from Henry Sutton to Tilly Thompson and Daisy Llewelyn. Students devised the performances themselves based on historical information, input from FedUni's living legend, Dr David Waldron, and their own performance pizazz. The project was part of the first-year performing arts curriculum, reliving Ballarat's rich Goldrush heritage to make history part of today.

The steps outside the Post Office Gallery, and the Post Office Theatre, were awash with onlookers all weekend.

Images: Sarah Hall

Working Dog Union

Our own Helen MacPherson Smith Theatre and The Lost Ones Bar, Camp Street, were alive with the grooves of Celtic fusion band, Working Dog Union, during the BHW festivities. Comprising Arts Academy Director, Dr Rick Chew, on keyboard and vocals, Nick Martin (uilleann pipes/whistles/vocals) and Jamie Jones (drums), WDU kept audiences spellbound with their unique sounds.

Soldiers Hill Art Walk

The Soldiers Hill Artist Collective is a group of movers and shakers that reside in the Soldiers Hill area of Ballarat. Our very own printmaker Jimmy Pasakos is a key member and advocate of the group. A myriad of shopfronts and private studios were open for viewing throughout the SHAC exhibition.

Exhibition | INNOVATOR

Since the discovery of gold in Ballarat, people have toiled for a better quality of life. Through hardships and new fortunes, the human spirit has created, innovated and adapted to build the world we know today.

The INNOVATOR exhibition was a selection of projected animations created by second year visual arts students. Students responded visually to stories of innovation and technology from the Ballarat region as a part of Ballarat Heritage Weekend.


Read about our graduates in the Fabulous Maude exhibition, presented by The Lost Ones Gallery.

Visit the Ballarat Heritage Weekend website for the weekend's program.

Read more about our diverse collaboration with the Ballarat City Council.