Dive into our picks of local creatives and galleries in regional Victoria

Dive into our picks of local creatives and galleries in regional Victoria

Custom collage by Georgia Naughton, cropped.
Words by Bella de Almeida Reis

From Geelong to Ballarat and Daylesford to Warrnambool, you’re bound to love (virtually) exploring some creative gems and art venues across regional Victoria.

Supporting locals is key in our current climate.

While some of our budgets have tightened and we’ve shifted our usual lifestyles, the creative community needs our help more than ever. Even if it’s following their socials, purchasing a piece or visiting their studio virtually, it all counts!


Analogue Academy
Picture this: you’re sitting in a cafe, sipping your oat milk latte wearing rolled-up jeans and a beanie, while waiting for the film pics you took over the weekend to be developed – the perfect hipster scene. Analogue Academy is part film lab, part art gallery and part café and bar lounge. Currently during COVID-19, Analogue is offering free pickup and delivery of film for Geelong, Surf Coast and the Bellarine every Wednesday. Plus, keep an eye out on their socials for photographer profiles as they unfortunately can’t hold art shows.

Where: 23 Cuzens Pl, Geelong

Georgia Naughton
You could say Georgia Naughton’s work is psychedelic – with her use of bold colour, strong images and 70s themes. She mainly produces custom pieces for her clients, and her style offering is quite broad. Her most popular commission is ‘pleb portraits’ (as seen below). These start at $90, depending on the sizing and detail. We’re kind of obsessed with these – what a cute gift idea for a family member or friend! Currently, one of Georgia’s art pieces is showcased at the Metamorph’s online exhibition, which you can purchase directly from the site.


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Lovers If you would like a plebby email me at georgiabethnaughton@gmail.com xxxx

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Bellarine & the Surf Coast

Jarryn Dower Art
Sick of holding onto your discoloured, over-used surfboard? Well don’t throw it out just yet. Ocean Grove-based Jarryn Dower can transform a board giving it new life as a re-purposed, sustainable art piece for your home. Encapsulating his love for the Surf Coast, Jarryn’s illustrations all revolve around surf and beach inspired themes. If you’re not after a surfboard design, Jarryn is an all-rounder – he designs custom tees, prints, hoodies, tote bags. Reach out to get your surfing fix. Hang ten!

QDOS Fine Arts
Home to the famous Erskine Falls, Lorne is also known for its arts community. This gallery is unique as they focus solely on fine artists and only exhibit 10 solo exhibitions annually. That’s when you know the works are going to be super special. At the moment, virtual exhibitions are on offer, including the likes of Philip Adams, Ray Firth and James Davis. So have a quick squiz if you’re a fanatic for different landscape interpretations. As stated on their website, it looks like the gallery will be opening back up in spring!

Where: 35 Allenvale Rd, Lorne


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We are still OPEN !!! Come see the amazing artwork by Carmel Wallace HIGHTIDE until 28th March

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Susan Nethercote
A floral and botanical dream. Susan – or Suse – Nethercote will brighten your day with her abstract-take on nature’s beauty and her pleasing colour combinations. Most working days, you can find Suse in her 1860s Ballarat home working away in the studio, sourcing inspiration from her ‘ever-changing garden’. Lucky for us, if you want to get an insight into the mind of Suse, she guides the ‘Painting As a Practice’ course showcasing her knowledge of the art world, which is catered to beginner or professional artists looking to experiment with a mixed media painting medium.

Backspace Gallery
Celebrating the arts of the region, Backspace is a community gallery which exhibits local artists and curators. The City of Ballarat supports Backspace and exhibitors are provided with publicity, an opening event with catering and it’s free of charge to use the space (bonus!). Backspace is an intimate environment, so if you want to experience a new form of gallery space when restrictions allow for it, this may be the perfect spot for you.

Where: Huyghue House 15 Camp Street, behind the Art Gallery of Ballarat

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Backspace Gallery has now been integrated into the main Gallery building. This will increase accessibility and visitation for the local early-career artists who exhibit as part of the Backspace program. The first artist to exhibit in this new space is Ballarat painter Mairin Briody. Her exhibition Signal opens to the public tomorrow, Saturday 1 August, along with new exhibitions with @david_frazer_art @madeleinecruise @rubypilven_ceramics & the Pitcha Makin Fellas, and continuing exhibitions David Noonan: Stagecraft and Anne Wallace: Strange ways. Please visit our website to book your free timed ticket entry and conditions of entry. #artgalleryofballarat #AGBanywhere #bekindballarat #bekindbecreative #loveballarat #visitballarat #whyilovemuseums #PGAVgalleries #VicGalleriesFromHome #AustralianPublicGalleries #backspacegallery #mairinbriody #signal @mairinbriody

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Daylesford & Castlemaine

Lot 19
Lot 19 is a dynamic art space consisting of 21 artists’ studios, two outdoor stages, a contemporary art gallery, and an outdoor sculpture park. It’s the perfect picture of the creative community: from performers, musicians, ceramicists, printmakers, painters – how incredible! Unfortunately, Lot19 is temporarily closed but the artists are still working away in their studios during COVID-19 which hopefully means plenty of new exhibitions to come in the future.

Where: Lot19 Mcshanag Drive (off Langslow Street), Castlemaine

Convent Gallery
History nerd? Ok, you’ll get around Convent Gallery. Originally known as ‘Blarney Castle’ back in the 1860s Gold Rush, this gallery was initially built as a residence for the Gold Commissioner. Fast forward, it’s been transformed into a presbytery, a girls’ boarding school and now an art gallery in the space of over 150 years. Over-looking the beautiful greenery of Daylesford, the Convent Gallery feels like a magical, country haven: quaint and cosy. The art is sourced both nationally and internationally and is a mixture of all different styles and mediums. Don’t forget to stop and look at the Chapel and Atlas Bar, both perfect for a wedding event.

Where: 7 Daly St, Daylesford


The F Project
A self-funded, volunteer-run, community initiative. The F Project (no, not that F word) launched in 2008 when the Fletcher Jones Factory closed in Warrnambool, to help drive the local art community. These volunteers work with artists to exhibit their contemporary pieces, take them on a professional development journey and invite them to lead workshops and classes. Want to go but can’t get there? No worries. This gallery has a virtual 3D experience, taking you through the space so you can immerse in the artworks at home. Throw on some jazz music and your favourite going-out outfit – trust me, it’ll feel like (almost) the real thing.

Where: 224 Timor Street, Warrnambool


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Opening tomorrow! In one way or another we are all connected to each other. Either through family, friendships, interactions, or just being on this planet together. In this world of technology there can be a separation and distance from each other. Texts replacing conversation and communication challenges everyday. All living things are connected one way or another; dependent, reliant and loved. Jane Downing’s optimistic paintings showcase her love of colour and expresses her exploration in the essence of connection through art. Painting from within she harnesses her emotions and life Experiences. Her aim is to provoke thought, gratitude, nurture and caring for each other through her paintings in this exhibition. Web: janedowningart.com Instagram: @janedowningart Facebook: janedowningart

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Jimmi Buscombe
If you’re from Warrnambool, we bet you’ve heard of Jimmi Buscombe, or at least stumbled across his work. For one, his ‘Gutsy the Wombat’ street mural went viral on ABC back in 2018, which wasn’t meant to stay permanent… oops! Thanks to the help of cheeky Phil Hoy. Jimmi’s style is stunningly eye-catching and a lot of detail goes into his life-like representations. Since then he’s been commissioned for even more and you can catch Jimmi’s street art on walls, towers and pavements across regional Victoria.


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The first of eight insects on the Simpson street bridge is finished. A solitary bee, our native Australian Blue Banded Bee is a buzz-pollinator, and is able to retrieve pollen from flowers that more common bees can’t get to, such as tomatoes, potatoes and blueberries. In order to release the pollen, blue-banded bees grab onto the flower and move their flight muscles rapidly, causing the flower and anthers to vibrate, and dislodging pollen. The East Warrnambool Simpson Street Bridge artwork is a collaboration with Sinead Murphy of @lovelockstudio and @sheridan_move.shake.create. • #bee #nativebee #bluebandedbee #buzzpollinators #WildVsWarrnambool is funded by the Victorian State Governments Pick My Project scheme. #pickmyproject #jimmibuscombe #warrnambool #warrnamboolartist #victorianartist #victoria #australianartist #warrnamboolart #nativeanimals #streetart #mural #publicart #outbackcreative @savethebeesaustralia @bensbeesau

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