Creative Businesses in the Region

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Creative Businesses in the Region

Antipodean Love

At Antipodean Love we are very proud to be Australian and very fond of our friends across the ditch in New Zealand. We believe that Australian and New Zealand gifts definitely do not need to be tacky and that you want to give and receive a gift that makes you feel happy and proud. We love giving gifts and want to join in your celebration, be it a gorgeous new baby, birthday or anniversary. Take a look around, we are here to help you find a gift you love from the heart of Australia and New Zealand. Visit us at 61 Little Bridge Street Ballarat or 24/7 online at , see you soon!


Bendigo Pottery

With a reputation for making high quality ceramics since 1858, Bendigo Pottery has expanded the visitor experience at this historic site to include an extensive retail gallery, hands on activities, an antiques & collectables centre, artists’ galleries and a cafe.

You can watch a skilled potter at work or try your hand at this unique multi-generational experience, lessons run daily. And in the holidays you paint your own mugs, plates or bowls. Times and costs are on the website,

In the smaller studios individual artists include a sculpture workshop & gallery, glass artists, photographers, textiles, soy candles, teas, olive products and printmakers and a clock repair studio. Allow plenty of time for the Antiques & Collectables Centre with over 45 sites of antiques, vintage and retro decorating pieces and collectables.

Bendigo Pottery is Australia’s oldest and largest producer of ceramic tableware and cookware, collaborating with designers and sculptors in a variety of projects. Open daily, 9am to 5pm at 146 Midland, Hwy Epsom. Ph 54484404

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Backspace Gallery

Backspace Gallery is a Ballarat City Council initiative designed to support local & regional artists by exhibiting quality contemporary visual art, design & craft.

Situated in the heart of the CBD Arts Precinct, Backspace Gallery is a fixture in the local arts scene credited with filling the need for an accessible  exhibition space celebrating the rich mix of arts practice. Upcoming shows include Reconnect: paintings & sculptures exploring identity in a new culture & place by the Indonesian artist Ismiadi; Strange Whispers:  prints & paintings by Anne Langdon, Bridget O’Leary & Fay Salmon; TreeART: a curated survey exhibition by 15 Trees’ Colleen Filippa; Four: photographs by recent graduates of the Melbourne School of Photography; and a significant retrospective of work by printmaker Val McCann.

Supported by Council, Backspace Gallery provides professionally-managed & appointed gallery space free of charge, as well as comprehensive marketing package supporting each exhibition. Backspace Gallery is openThursday – Sunday, 12 – 4pm. For information about Backspace Gallery, contact Deborah Klein [email protected]

Clare Holder Graphic Design

Clare Holder is more than an illustrator and designer, she’s an all round artist. Promising custom art from portraits, watercolours and general design work, you will not be disappointed by her creations! Available for commissions, her website The Middle, showcases a small collection of her large portfolio – as well as giving you a peek of her immense talent. Clare’s watercolour works are vibrant and youthful, whilst her graphite illustrations – her speciality- have a seriousness that can only be pinpointed to capturing the full spectrum of human emotion- a talent which few artists possess! From wedding invitations, Christmas cards or artwork for the home – make sure you utilise Holder’s talent for any of your creative needs. Find her on or her facebook /themiddlebyclareholder


Geelong Art Society & the Shearer’s Arms Gallery

The Shearer’s Arms gallery, which dated back to 1847, was acquired by the Society in1987 and is now its base. It contains a large purpose built studio, four gallery display rooms, a well-equipped office and a kitchen. The building is the oldest surviving building in Geelong West and following an agenda from the Heritage Society is slowly being renovated. Various workshops, classes and exhibitions are run throughout the year. Coming up is a limestone carving workshop with Jacinta Leitch on May 21. The annual Bequest Exhibition will open from May 3-28 featuring artworks from many of the talented members of the art society.

Where: 202 Aberdeen St, Geelong West
When: Tues-Fri 11am-3pm; Sat & Sun 1-4pm
Ph:   (03) 5223 1825


Geelong Creatives

Geelong is bursting with creative talent and resident Laura has harnessed the demand for bespoke goods by instrumenting a local creative directory online that showcases the innovative talent Geelong possesses. Taking social media by storm, #geelongcreatives runs by membership and pushes original and interesting posts on your products and pushes it out in the social-sphere so that individuals who are seeking creative services can find them easy! If you’re keen to be a member check out the website for more information about opportunities given, and if you’re looking for something in particular then head to the website anyway as there are numerous categories that make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for! Now they have a pop up store running for the next three months, in which you can get your hands on the goodies! #shoplocal

Find it: or on #geelongcreatives or
pop up: AsDaisyDoes
16 Rutland Street Newtown, VIC


Geelong Studio Hire

Finding studio space for your creativity can be difficult, but with Geelong Studio Hire you don’t have to look far. Providing the ultimate space for you, it’s the first and only studio for hire in Geelong (just 10 minutes from the CBD) and provides a hassle free space for your film or photography shoot. With a huge range of lighting and equipment, a hair and make-up room, kitchen and even catering, you can work within your budget to have all your needs met with minimum fuss. From fashion to beauty, lifestyle to products – this space is perfect for capturing the highest quality images.

Find it: or their instagram @geelongstudiohire