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Art Gallery of Ballarat

The Arts Academy and the Art Gallery of Ballarat (AGB) enjoy a long and fruitful association.

Regularly you will run into our students and staff enjoying the latest exhibitions and talks at AGB. Our location in the historic Lydiard Street arts precinct enables us to continue to forge meaningful ties through collaborative and cross-disciplinary projects.

Gallery staff by association

Staff from the Faculty of Education and Arts have served on the Gallery Association Committee or the Board of Directors continually for more than 40 years.

The Gallery Association Committee supports the needs of the Art Gallery of Ballarat, the Director and its staff, and is made up of a team of hard-working volunteers. Amongst them you will find staff from the Arts Academy.

  • Claire Blake, Secretary
  • Debbie Hill, Committee member and representative on the Acquisitions Committee
  • Dr Loris Button, Committee member

After serving for more than 40 years on the Association, academic Dr Anne Beggs-Sunter retired from her role as Secretary in 2017.

The Gallery is governed by an eleven-member Board of Directors who are directly responsible for the Gallery’s day-to-day operations. University staff on the Board of Directors are:

Fertile ground

The relationship between our institutions is itself a work of art. Staff of both institutions have long contributed to each other’s programs. Current Gallery Director, Gordon Morrison, contributes to postgraduate research as an adjunct professor at the Arts Academy Ballarat and Gippsland. He participates in the Guirguis New Art Prize (GNAP) Committee to co-curate and short-list one of Australia’s richest new art prizes, which is run by our own Post Office Gallery. Our mutual goal of enlivening our regions through art and art-making is fertile ground for the cultural exchange of ideas and support, both practical and intellectual.

Permanent connection

Artwork by current and former Arts Academy staff and graduates hangs in the AGB permanent collection, and often appears in solo and group exhibitions. Graduates are employed by the Gallery as teaching staff in their education programs, and many volunteer as guides to share their knowledge of art and the gallery with visitors. Collaboration also allows for exhibitions to be co-hosted, supporting the aims of both institutions. The Art Gallery of Ballarat and the University’s Post Office Gallery co-host the biennial Guirguis New Art Prize, with finalists’ works exhibited across the two galleries.

Works by our visual arts graduates have also featured in AGB exhibitions. Read what The Courier had to say about the 2015 exhibition, ALUMINATION.

Student learning

The AGB supports our students’ learning in diverse ways. Artworks in the Gallery’s collection are embedded in visual arts and communication design curricula, and performing arts students engage with AGB spaces to present an array of public performances across the academic year. Senior staff from the AGB deliver guest lectures and seminars to students, and postgraduate student research is conducted into the Gallery’s collection, and jointly supervised by staff at each institution. Academy staff are often invited to deliver guest lectures and opening speeches at exhibition openings and events.

AGB education staff also work with our Post Office Gallery to deliver a program for VCE art students.