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Exhibition Opening of Wildflowers and Terrace Projection: Michael Wolfe 20/70

Friday 8 March, 6:30pm — Friday 8 March, 8:00pm

Celebrate the launch of the latest Terrace Projection: Michael Wolfe 20/70 and the exhibition opening of Wildflowers – The First Ladies of Castlemaine Art Museum on Friday 8 March, 6:30pm.

Thank you to major sponsors, local winemaking co-operative Boomtown Wine, and local bar and brewery Love Shack Brewing Company for sponsoring wine and beer, alongside support from StrangeLove with non-alc beverages.

Free event. Please RSVP here.


Wildflowers – The First Ladies of Castlemaine Art Museum

Opening on International Women’s Day, Wildflowers pays homage to the group of women whose vision and entrepreneurial spirit was pivotal to the establishment of Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum (now known as CAM). The origin story of this museum is one of defiance and solidarity, of educated young women using their privilege for the advancement of their community and forging life-long friendships in the process.

This origin story inspired a series of community workshops run in conjunction with the National Trust’s Australian Heritage Festival 2023. Participants were invited to contribute a fabric motif symbolising the stories of these seven women. These were then sewn together into a single artefact, or storycloth. Devised and curated by Sarah Frazer, this storycloth forms the exhibition’s centrepiece and represents the combined effort of 24 artists, mostly from Castlemaine. It speaks to the materiality of the era and the sewing skills that each of CAM’s First Ladies possessed.


Terrace Projection: Michael Wolfe 20/70

In the 1970s they were in their 20s, and now in the 2020s they’re in their 70s and beyond. Unlike some traditional professions, where a defined age often marks the end of a career, artists tend to continue creating as long as they’re able.

In photographic portraits by Castlemaine artist Michael Wolfe, featuring 21 visual artists over age 70 from Mount Alexander Shire, this exhibition projection 20/70 explores how an artist’s practice is both dynamic and in constant evolution. Just what does creativity, character and commitment count for across a lifetime as an artist?

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Friday 8 March
Time: 6:30pm – 8pm
Cost: Free

Please RSVP here

Event Supporters
Boomtown Wine
Love Shack Brewing Company
StrangeLove



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In Conversation | Julie Millowick and Kyla McFarlane

Sunday 10 March, 11:30am — Sunday 10 March, 12:30pm

Join renowned photographic artist Julie Millowick, and curator and writer, Kyla McFarlane in conversation at Castlemaine Art Museum on Sunday 10 March, 11:30am.

Delving into the underlying themes of Millowick’s new exhibition, Surrounding, the conversation will traverse ecological and feminist photography, renewal and regeneration, and examine Millowick’s practice and new series of work through a lens that is both intrinsically local and environmentally global.

Free event, all welcome.
No RSVP required.

This event is presented as part of PHOTO 2024 International Festival of Photography.


Julie Millowick
Julie Millowick began her photographic career working in the darkroom of Athol Shmith, John Cato and Peter Barr. After completing her studies at Prahran College of Advanced Education, she worked as a press and public relations photographer, after which the direction of her commercial folio changed and she worked as a corporate industrial photographer. Julie achieved early recognition for her photojournalism when she exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria and Australian Centre for Photography in 1977 in Australian New Work. She has exhibited and published regularly since then, with work held in major photography collections in Australia and internationally. In 1993 she exhibited work in the exhibition Intimate Lives with Sally Mann, Nan Goldin and Jaques Henri Lartigue at the International Fotofeis in Edinburgh, Scotland.


Kyla McFarlane
Dr Kyla McFarlane is a curator and writer from Aotearoa New Zealand, living and working in Naarm Melbourne. She is currently Academic Engagement Manager in the Museums and Collections Department at the University of Melbourne. Kyla has held key curatorial positions at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; the Centre for Contemporary Photography; and Monash University Museum of Art in Melbourne. Over two decades, her curating and art writing has focussed primarily on lens-based, feminist, performative and emerging art practices in her region. An experienced public speaker, Kyla has presented conference papers, participated in and chaired panels, opened exhibitions and presented guest lectures at numerous venues in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Sunday 10 March 2024
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: Free

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Exhibition Opening | Julie Millowick: Surrounding

Saturday 24 February, 2:00pm — Saturday 24 February, 4:00pm

Celebrate the exhibition opening of Julie Millowick: Surrounding on Saturday 24 February, 2pm.

Thank you to major sponsors, local winemaking co-operative Boomtown Wine, and local bar and brewery Love Shack Brewing Company for sponsoring wine and beer, alongside support from StrangeLove with non-alc beverages.

Free event. Please RSVP here.


Julie Millowick: Surrounding

Julie Millowick is a localist, an artist who is deeply embedded in the place where she lives. Over many years, Millowick has documented the environmental legacy of gold mining around her home near Fryerstown in Central Victoria. This strangely poignant landscape has been turned upside down through violent extraction—but it remains resilient and in the process of recovery.

Curated by Jenny Long, Surrounding exhibits a selection of Millowick's work including a new series seen for the first time. Millowick’s photographs show us the devastating effects of mining, drought, flood and invasive plants, but also remind us of the interconnectedness that links all parts of this ecosystem including its human occupants. This is a terrain which the artist loves, and which she sees with acute perception. It is a landscape full of complexity, a region with a terrible past, but in its capacity for renewal is also a place that offers a spark of hope for the future.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 24 February
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Cost: Free

Please RSVP here

Event Supporters
Boomtown Wine
Love Shack Brewing Company
StrangeLove

Exhibition Supporters
Friends of Castlemaine Art Museum (FOCAM)
Ian Hill Fine Art Printing



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Drawing Course | Still Life Drawing with Gabrielle Martin

Saturday 10 February, 1:00pm — Saturday 24 February, 4:00pm

Take part in a three-session drawing course with celebrated artist Gabrielle Martin. Exclusive to Castlemaine Art Museum, this drawing course will use select items from CAM’s Collection as a range of Still Life subjects.

Presented over three Saturdays in February 2024, the sessions will take place in the Higgins Gallery at CAM, surrounded by the glorious exhibition For everything there is a season.

Gabrielle Martin will draw on the surrounding exhibition for inspiration, with items from the Collection being brought out as Still Life subjects as well as seasonal fruit throughout the course. There will be opportunity to engage with your fellow participants over afternoon tea during each session.

All levels of skill and ability are welcome, with Gabrielle Martin providing individual teaching during each session.


Gabrielle Martin
Gabrielle Martin has held solo exhibitions and has been a finalist in many national art prizes, including the Archibald Prize, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Portia Geach Memorial Award, Len Fox Painting Prize, Maldon Portrait Prize and Metro 5 Award. She was the 2022 winner of the Maldon Portrait Prize and is currently included in Archie100, an exhibition celebrating 100 years of Archibald Prize history, which is touring nationally from 2021-2024. Her work is represented in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the State Library of Victoria and Deakin University. She lives on Dja Dja Wurrung Country in Malmsbury.


Bookings essential. Limited spaces available.

Tickets: Purchase tickets here.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Dates and Time: Full course includes three consecutive weekly 3-hour sessions:
Saturday 10th February, 1pm – 4pm
Saturday 17th February, 1pm – 4pm
Saturday 24th February, 12pm – 3pm
Cost: $110 (single ticket covers the full course over three sessions)
Provided: Course includes afternoon tea and all drawing materials (paper, pencils, charcoal).
Optional BYO: Participants are welcome to bring their own paper, colour pencils or pastels. Please note, no inks or paints are permitted.

Bookings essential. Limited spaces available.

Tickets: Purchase tickets here.



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Print Poetry Workshops | Screenprinting with Troppo Studio

Saturday 20 January, 11:00am — Saturday 20 January, 12:30pm

Choose your own adventure print poem! To coincide with the 2023 Experimental Print Prize, now showing at Castlemaine Art Museum, we’re thrilled to present a unique screenprinting workshop lead by Troppo Print Studio on Saturday 20 January 2024.

Due to popular demand, a second workshop session is now available!
Limited tickets available for this session running 1:30pm – 3pm.
Purchase tickets here.

As a group, participants will screenprint a selection of words on tote bags and t-shirts, creating a wearable concrete-style poem. Participants are asked to choose a descriptive or poetic word related to the theme of Environment. Prompts or examples of words include: activate, energy, future, nature, positive, reality, revolution. These words will then be incorporated into the screens for the workshop.

When booking tickets, submit your descriptive word, or email us with your word before 12 January 2024.

Workshop includes all print materials and tote bags. Participants are also welcome to bring a light-coloured t-shirt (e.g. white, creams) to screenprint on!


Troppo Print Studio is an artist run open access print studio in Melbourne's (Naarm) North. Facilitating workshops, leading to membership options, and happenings like the Screen Print Social Club. Troppo offer darkroom facilities, and accommodate paper, fabric, and garment printing.


Bookings essential. Limited spaces available.

Tickets: Purchase tickets here.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 20 January 2024
Workshop Session 1: 11am – 12:30pm
Workshop Session 2: 1:30pm – 3pm
Cost: $35
Provided: Workshop includes all print materials and tote bags.
Optional BYO: Participants are welcome to bring a light-coloured t-shirt (e.g. white, creams) for screenprinting.

Bookings essential. Limited spaces available.

Tickets: Purchase tickets here



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Artists In Conversation | 2023 Experimental Print Prize - Objectively Speaking

Saturday 13 January, 2:00pm — Saturday 13 January, 3:00pm

A themed conversation, Objectively Speaking brings together three artists from the 2023 Experimental Print Prize who are working with printmaking in three-dimensional formats.

Join us for a discussion with artists Deanna Hitti, Kelly Manning and Kat Rae, and learn about the processes and concepts behind their 3-D works on Saturday 13 January, 2pm.

Discover the range in artistic practice and explore the sense of material familiarity as each artist shifts printmaking into new territory.

Free event, all welcome.
No RSVP required.


The Experimental Print Prize, made possible through support from donor Michael Rigg, recognises the strong tradition of printmaking in Victoria, and acknowledges that experimentation and risk are essential to art. In 2023, the Experimental Print Prize once again draws together artists from across Victoria to investigate new possibilities within the bounds of printmaking.


Deanna Hitti
Deanna Hitti’s multidisciplinary practice explores the nuanced relationships between Middle Eastern and Western cultures. Informed by her Lebanese heritage, Hitti’s work often references historical and cultural material to reveal how perceptions of difference are constructed. Her large-scale prints and artist books employ various print methods, including cyanotypes, photography and screen printing. In a career spanning more than twenty years, Hitti has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her works have been shortlisted in numerous prizes and her artist book Towla won the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award (2018). Her works have been acquired by major Australian collections including the State Library Victoria and the National Library of Australia.


Kelly Manning
Kelly Manning is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice spans painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, and printmaking. Across her 30+ year career, her work has investigated the impact of trauma and its ongoing legacies, the development of and need for strategies of survival, the power of resilience, and the importance of hope. Manning has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours (Drawing), RMIT University, Melbourne (2002) and is currently undertaking a Master of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne.


Kat Rae
Kat Rae is an emerging artist completing her Honours in print-informed fine art at RMIT, Naarm. Her work explores how place, memory and experience layer and mesh, and who/what is forgotten after the war. Kat served in the Australian Army for 20 years before deciding to become a full-time artist in 2019. Since then, her work has thrice been recognised in the Napier Waller Art Prize competition and she has exhibited in numerous group shows. She has her first two solo shows later this year.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 13 January 2024
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Cost: Free

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CAM Off-Site: Print Workshop | Laser Resist Etching with Clayton Tremlett

Saturday 13 January, 9:30am — Saturday 13 January, 3:30pm

Presented at the RedShed Arts Workshop in Newstead, join us for a CAM Off-Site 6-hour workshop exploring Laser Resist Etching with artist Clayton Tremlett on Saturday 13 January 2024.

To coincide with the 2023 Experimental Print Prize, now showing at Castlemaine Art Museum, workshop participants will produce a photographic etching and print using copper plate, and aquatint processes.

Laser Resist Etching is an etching technique developed by workshop facilitator and artist, Clayton Tremlett, for his 2016 exhibition Beard and Influence at CAM. It is geared toward adapting readily available resources to produce a photographic etching using lo-fi techniques.

Suitable for all abilities – no experience necessary.

Participants are to bring a laser printed image to the workshop. The Laser Resist Etching process works best with portraiture/botanical imagery (recommended).

In addition to producing your own photographic etching, participants will learn how to produce a 20 x 15cm plate and print it onto Magnani Incisioni Paper.
Participants will also come away from the workshop with additional resources for further exploration.


Clayton Tremlett
Based in Castlemaine, Clayton Tremlett is a Printmaker/Painter whose works draw explicitly from Australian History. His practice stems from sustained periods of research. He is renowned for his linocut portraiture; however, he also works with etching and serigraphy. His oeuvre includes wallpapers, artist’s books, collector cards and editioned prints. His work is included in the Australian National Gallery, Bendigo, Castlemaine, Geelong, Hamilton, Mornington Peninsula, Wangaratta, Warrnambool, and State Library of Victoria collections.


Bookings essential. Limited spaces available.

Tickets: Purchase tickets here

Where: RedShed Arts Workshop, Church St, Newstead
Date: Saturday 13 January 2024
Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm
Cost: $196
Provided: Workshop includes all materials.
BYO:
— Participants should bring a chosen printed image to the workshop that you wish to transform into an etching. Participants would benefit by having a laptop with the Microsoft Office program (or Photoshop) for an image manipulation demonstration. If this is not available participants can email us with a high-resolution image (approx. 20 x 15 cm, 300dpi) to CAM for preparation ahead of the workshop.
— The Laser Resist Etching process works best with portraiture/botanical imagery (recommended).
— In addition to producing your own photographic etching, participants will learn how to produce a 20 x 15cm plate and print it onto Magnani Incisioni Paper.

Bookings essential. Limited spaces available.

Tickets: Purchase tickets here



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Exhibition Opening of Ancestor Treasures and Terrace Projection Collective Movements

Saturday 16 December, 2:00pm — Saturday 16 December, 4:00pm

Celebrate the exhibition opening of Ancestor Treasures: First Nations Tools and Adornment on Jaara Country on Saturday 16 December, 2pm.

As part of this event, we also celebrate the launch of our latest Terrace Projection, a video work of paintings by First Nations collective Pitcha Makin Fellas, and an off-site billboard featuring a work by Ash Thomas (Yorta Yorta/Wiradjuri), both presented as part of the touring exhibition Collective Movements, with support from NETS Victoria.

Thank you to major sponsors, local winemaking co-operative Boomtown Wine, and local bar and brewery Love Shack Brewing Company for sponsoring wine and beer, alongside support from StrangeLove with non-alc beverages. Thank you Murnong Mummas for supporting this event with refreshments.

Free event. Please RSVP here.


Ancestor Treasures: First Nations Tools and Adornment on Jaara Country

Under the care of Jaara and Dja Dja Wurrung Country, First Nations ancestor tools and adornment have been within the stewardship of Castlemaine Art Museum since its inception in 1913 – having been housed as part of CAM’s Collection – and held in trust for the local Jaara and Dja Dja Wurrung community, as well as all First Nations people.

Many of these items are being exhibited for the first time in Ancestor Treasures, under the direction of Uncle Rick Nelson (Jaara), Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Elder; Alvin Darcy Briggs (ADB) (Yorta Yorta, Taungurung, Ngarigo Walbunga), Artist; Tiriki Onus (Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung), Associate Dean of Indigenous Development and Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, University of Melbourne; and Sharnie Hamilton (Djaara), Cultural Values Manager, Djandak.

Ancestor Treasures also includes traditional tools made by contemporary artist ADB (Yorta Yorta, Taungurung, Ngarigo Walbunga), in response to the Collection, and a video by First Nations photographer James Henry in collaboration with Henry Harmony Nelson's Descendants – the Saunders family from Mooroopna.


Terrace Projection: Collective Movements - Pitcha Makin Fellas, Why Don't Whitefellas Like Trees?

'Why Don’t Whitefellas Like Trees?' is an after dark video projection of paintings by Pitcha Makin Fellas – a First Nations collective hailing from Ballarat on Wadawurrung Country. This work was created by Gimuy Walubarra Yidinji woman Trudy Edgeley; Dja Dja Wurrung, Gunditjmara and Yorta Yorta woman Alison McRae; and Gunditjmara man Ted Laxton. This is a Monash University Museum of Art / NETS Victoria touring project. This project emerges from the touring exhibition Collective Movements.


Collective Movements - Ash Thomas, The Hunters

A new billboard, featuring 'The Hunters', a vivid artwork by First Nations artist Ash Thomas, is presented on Midland Highway, Castlemaine. Ash Thomas is a Yorta Yorta/Wiradjuri artist who creates detail-oriented paintings that interconnect culture, spirituality and realism. This is a NETS Victoria touring project, with support from The Torch. This project emerges from the touring exhibition Collective Movements, initiated by the Monash University Museum of Art.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 16 December
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Cost: Free

Please RSVP here

Event Supporters
Boomtown Wine
Love Shack Brewing Company
Murnong Mummas
StrangeLove

Ancestor Treasurers Exhibition Supporters
Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government Initiative
Gordon Darling Foundation
The Water Dragon Endowment
Chapman & Bailey
Like Butter



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Talking Rocks | Meet a Geologist

Saturday 9 December, 2:00pm — Saturday 9 December, 4:00pm

To coincide with Stonework, we invite you to bring your treasured rocks, stones, minerals or fossils to Talking Rocks and have your items assessed and/or identified by an esteemed panel of Geologists. Perhaps you will discover something new about the rocks in your life!

On a first come first served basis, please bring 1-3 items (maximum) per person, with sessions limited to 5 minutes. Please keep your specimens to an easily held size and bring a pen and paper to note any advice, as written assessments cannot be given.

Optional gold coin donation to participate. This is an informal event, and participants and attendees are invited to listen in on each assessment session.

Suitable for all ages!

All welcome. No RSVP required.


Geologist Experts

Dr Bill Birch
Dr Bill Birch, Curator Emeritus, Geosciences, joined the Melbourne Museum (Museums Victoria) in 1974 as Curator of Minerals and retired at the end of 2013 after 40 years. His main roles were to grow and improve the museum’s collections of minerals, rocks and meteorites for use in research projects and exhibitions, and to engage with the wider community across many topics of interest within the vast field of geology. Birch's personal research interests are in the analysis of minerals, especially unusual species, documentation of mineral assemblages, and historical mineralogy. Working with other experts, he has described over 50 minerals new to science.


Clive Willman
Clive Willman started his career as a geologist at Chewton’s Wattle Gully mine in 1980 and later worked for the Geological Survey of Victoria and in Victoria’s gold exploration industry. He has contributed to numerous scientific papers and books on Victoria’s geology. Clive was awarded the Geological Society of Australia’s Selwyn Medal in 2003 for a ‘significant contribution of high calibre to Victorian geology’. Clive has produced a number of science education films for his YouTube channel ‘Geology Films’.


Dermot Henry
Dermot Henry, Head of Sciences, Museums Victoria Research Institute, joined the Museum in 1982, initially working in a variety of roles within the Geosciences section. Now, as Head of Sciences, he has responsibilities for a large multidisciplinary team that works across the broad disciplines of zoology, palaeontology, geosciences, and human biology. Through his career he has been responsible for managing and developing collections, developing public programs and exhibitions, conducting peer-reviewed research, communicating science to a diverse range of audiences, and promoting the Museum in a wide variety of forums. He has published on a variety of mineralogical, petrological and meteoritic topics and has edited and contributed to four books on Victorian mineralogy.


Bringing together historical works from the CAM collections with contemporary and First Nations artists, Stonework reveals there are many ways of looking at a stone.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 9 December
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Cost: Optional gold coin donation.
Suitable for all ages.

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Contemporary Art on the Road | Teacher Professional Development with Gertrude, MUMA and VCAA

Thursday 30 November, 9:30am — Thursday 30 November, 5:30pm

Bookings are open for Gertrude's teacher professional development program Contemporary Art on the Road, presented in partnership with Gertrude, Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and presenting partners Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Castlemaine Art Museum and Shepparton Art Museum.

CAM is pleased to host this free workshop in conjunction with Gertrude on Thursday 30 November.

Contemporary Art on the Road is a teacher professional development program founded to bring artists, art educators and teachers together to exchange ideas, share creative experiences and explore contemporary art and culture. The program has been designed to introduce teachers to a range of hands-on, expertly designed strategies and resources for teaching contemporary art in their classroom.

This program is free for teachers, with priority given to regional and Low SES Victorian teachers.

Book in now for a day of professional development with educators from Gertrude, Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), alongside a hands-on workshop by current Gertrude Studio Artist Lisa Waup.

Lisa Waup will lead a workshop demonstrating the re-use of materials to create remnant fabric jewellery and ornamentation. Lisa Waup is a mixed-cultural First Peoples multidisciplinary artist and curator born in Naarm Melbourne. Waup’s practice spans diverse media, including weaving, experimental printmaking, jewellery making, photography, sculpture, fashion and digital art.

Bookings essential. Click here to book.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Thursday 30 November
Time: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Cost: Free
Bookings: Click here to book

Contemporary Art on the Road is an initiative developed by Gertrude Contemporary in partnership with Monash University Museum of Art and the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

Contemporary Art on the Road is funded by the Department of Education and Training Victoria through the Strategic Partnerships Program (SPP).



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Artists In Conversation | 2023 Experimental Print Prize - Spirit Level

Saturday 25 November, 2:00pm — Saturday 25 November, 3:00pm

Hear from 2023 Experimental Print Prize artists Melissa Proposch and Marika Strohschnieder as they discuss their exhibited works on Saturday 25 November, 2pm.

This themed talk, entitled Spirit Level, links artists from this year's EPP who touch on themes of religion, ghosts, and the human spirit through their works.

Join us for an insightful conversation with the artists, delving into their process and research.

Free event, all welcome. No RSVP required.


The Experimental Print Prize, made possible through support from donor Michael Rigg, recognises the strong tradition of printmaking in Victoria, and acknowledges that experimentation and risk are essential to art. In 2023, the Experimental Print Prize once again draws together artists from across Victoria to investigate new possibilities within the bounds of printmaking.


Melissa Proposch
Melissa Proposch is a practicing printmaker of some 30 years. She is a former publisher of Trouble magazine, lecturer in printmaking and drawing, a founding committee member of Castlemaine Press community access print studio, and currently, co-director of Artpuff gallery and workshop. Recent work has explored haunted houses, and printmaking and photography as independent and interdependent spectral technologies. This has led to work combining the tangible presence of printed and imprinted objects with the intangible histories of secondhand domestic items. She uses this vacillating palpability to invoke fissures in our everyday through which our ghosts might make themselves known.


Marika Strohschnieder
Marika Strohschnieder is a multidisciplinary artist with formal training as a stone sculptor, fine art conservator and jewellery designer. Having worked in a wide range of art institutions has inspired a diverse practice as an artist and encouraged experimentation. The use of text has been a feature of Marika’s work with techniques including 3D-printing, roller printing, letter stamping and the use of hand printed vintage letterpress type. In 2017 Marika established Studio LUX, a jewellery and sculpture studio in the Macedon Ranges in Victoria. Marika has a particular interest in jewellery, sculpture and wearable art.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 25 November
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Cost: Free

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Print Workshop | Relief Printing with Jackie Gorring

Saturday 4 November, 11:00am — Saturday 4 November, 1:00pm

To coincide with the 2023 Experimental Print Prize, now showing at Castlemaine Art Museum, we are delighted to present a unique printmaking workshop with Central Victorian artist and printmaker Jackie Gorring on Saturday 4 November, 11am.

Join us at the gallery for an intimate workshop in relief printing, where participants will experiment with using Styrofoam as a large stamp, combined with pipe cleaners, as an improvisational and boundary-pushing form of making prints, which can be editioned. Suitable for all ages and levels of ability.


Jackie Gorring practises in relief print and sculpture. She prints from stamped Styrofoam blocks on canvas and paper and repurposed cardboard. Gorring has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her prints are collected by many institutions and private collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Canberra Museum and Gallery; Parliament House, Canberra; Print Council of Australia; and Burnie Gallery, Tasmania. Jackie's work is featured in Dr Sasha Grishin's Australian Printmaking in the 1990s. Gorring has attended art residencies in New Delhi, Nepal and China. She teaches privately in her studio/gallery in Victoria. Jackie received a Rural Art Grant in 2008 and continues to exhibit in Melbourne, Sydney and regional areas.


Bookings essential. Extremely limited spaces available.

Tickets: Purchase tickets here.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 4 November
Time: 11am – 1pm
Cost: $35
BYO: Paper (e.g. A3 watercolour pad).
Provided: All other workshop materials provided.

Bookings essential. Extremely limited spaces available.

Tickets: Purchase tickets here.



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Exhibition Opening | Stonework

Saturday 21 October, 2:00pm — Saturday 21 October, 4:00pm

Celebrate the exhibition opening of Stonework on Saturday 21 October, 2pm.

Thank you to major sponsors, local winemaking co-operative Boomtown Wine, and local bar and brewery Love Shack Brewing Company for sponsoring wine and beer, alongside support from StrangeLove with non-alc beverages. Light refreshments also provided.

Free event. Please RSVP here.


Bringing together historical works from the Castlemaine Art Museum collections with contemporary and First Nations artists, including Stephen Bram, Alvin Darcy Briggs, Pete Curly, Brodie Ellis, Sally Marsland and Felix Wilson, Stonework reveals there are many ways of looking at a stone.

For First Nations artists with a deep knowledge of their Country, stones and rock formations have a spiritual and cultural energy as well as intrinsic and material qualities of colour, sharpness, hardness, weight.

A different attitude to stones developed in Europe in the 19th century. Sharp-eyed natural historians turned their attention to mountains and valleys and developed a controversial new discipline – Geology. With rocks in mind, works by Louis Buvelot, Arthur Streeton, Frederick McCubbin, W. B. McInnes, Elma Roach and Penleigh Boyd show landscapes that are dynamic and alive, constantly weathering, warping, folding, eroding, erupting or sinking.

Contemporary and First Nations artists, sculptors, photographers and jewellers also reveal unexpected aspects of rock and stone: geometry, ritual, even relationships to memory and trauma.

The exhibition also includes historical maps: the work of geologists and cartographers from the Geological Survey of Victoria, while specimens of minerals and fossils from CAM's historical collection ground the exhibition in the physical world and introduce the viewer to the concept of deep time.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 21 October
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Cost: Free

Please RSVP here

Event Supporters
Boomtown Wine
Love Shack Brewing Company
StrangeLove

Exhibition Supporters
Friends of Castlemaine Art Museum (FOCAM)
Tom Burrowes

Education Supporter
Novo Resources



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Artists in Conversation | Stonework

Saturday 21 October, 1:00pm — Saturday 21 October, 2:00pm

In this conversation event, hear from some of the contemporary artists in Stonework, including Stephen Bram, Pete Curly, Sally Marsland and Felix Wilson, as they discuss their exhibited works, and reveal their favourite stones. Join us for an informal conversation with the artists in the Whitchell Gallery at CAM on Saturday 21 October, 1pm.

Free event, all welcome. No RSVP required.

This conversation will be followed by an opening celebration for Stonework from 2pm. Please RSVP here.


Bringing together historical works from the CAM collections with contemporary and First Nations artists, Stonework reveals there are many ways of looking at a stone.


Stephen Bram
Stephen Bram is known for his paintings, large-scale wall drawings and three-dimensional, room-size installations, which have been executed in galleries and museums around the world. He was one of a small group of artists who established Store 5 in 1989, an artist-run exhibition space in Melbourne, which reinvigorated abstract painting in Australia. Bram’s work engages perspective and architecture, constructing spaces where hard-edged abstract shapes collide. His paintings reveal the flatness of the canvas and at the same time its potential to create spatial depth. The artist is engaged in a deep and long-lasting conversation regarding abstraction, illusion, representation, idealism, architecture, modernism and postmodernism. Bram’s works are in important public and corporate collections including, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; Daimler Collection, Berlin; B.H.P., Melbourne; Monash University, Melbourne; University of Queensland, Brisbane; Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology; and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Bram is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne.


Pete Curly
Pete Curly is a Gaelic, Ngarabul-Gumbaynggirr of Barrigirrbay artist working across wood, stone, and steel on Dja Dja Wurrung Country in Central Victoria.


Sally Marsland
Sally completed an Honours degree in Fine Arts, Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT in 1996 before studying under professor Otto Künzli at the Munich Academy of Fine Art. She won the Herbert Hoffman Award in 2002 and the Colin and Cicely Rigg Contemporary Design Award in 2006. Her work is held in numerous public collections. Sally Marsland uses materials as diverse as resin, pigment, bone, wood, stone and semi-precious stones and a variety of metals in a practice guided by an internal logic based on taxonomic series, as in series such as Almost Black, Flat Colour, Some brooches that are round, Jewellery made with holes, Sally’s work is typified by simplicity and a deeply instinctive process of making.


Felix Wilson
Felix Wilson is an artist based on Dja Dja Wurrung land on the goldfields of Central Victoria. His practice explores the continuities and interconnections between human culture and the non-human, particularly place-based extractive histories and relationships across sites. Having completed a project-based PhD at RMIT in 2019 which focussed on photographic images, he has recently moved into integrating stone objects and sculptural pieces into his practice.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 21 October
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Cost: Free

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Artists In Conversation | 2023 Experimental Print Prize Winners

Saturday 7 October, 11:30am — Saturday 7 October, 12:30pm

Join us for a special conversation with the 2023 Experimental Print Prize award winners, Margaret Manchee, One-Three Collective (David McBurney and Mark Dustin) and Simon Dubbeld, on Saturday 7 October, 11:30am.

The Experimental Print Prize, made possible through support from donor Michael Rigg, recognises the strong tradition of printmaking in Victoria, and acknowledges that experimentation and risk are essential to art. In 2023, the Experimental Print Prize once again draws together artists from across Victoria to investigate new possibilities within the bounds of printmaking.

This will be an informal conversation with the artists, traversing the exhibition space and delving into the concepts and processes behind each of the winning works. Discover the way in which these artists extend the limitations of printmaking to create their distinctively experimental works.

Free event, all welcome. No RSVP required.


Margaret Manchee, First Prize
Margaret Manchee, Chartered Accountant, combines a career in accounting with a fine art practice. She was born in Hong Kong and moved to Australia in the 1980s. Since graduating in Fine Art from the University of Melbourne – Victorian College of the Arts in 2008, she has been a printmaking teacher at Firestation Print Studio in Melbourne. She creates copper etchings, mono-printing, paintings/collages, Papier Mache and artist books. The recurring motif ‘circle’ in her work came from her Indonesian and Chinese heritage.


One-Three Collective, Highly Commended
One-Three Collective (David McBurney and Mark Dustin) is a project that invites print-based artists to work collaboratively with the same, or common, image information to produce print oriented, experimental images. Through the exploration of reproduction processes, they create artworks that challenge established print norms and examine evolving relationships between media, images, and artificiality. In a world where shared images are ubiquitous, One-Three Collective seeks to re-encode ambiguity and challenge notions of authenticity. Through their art, they invite viewers to question how and where an individual view begins or ends within the complex existence of contemporary images.


Simon Dubbeld, Emerging Artist Award
Simon Dubbeld is an emerging local artist. Simon studied visual art at RMIT, Melbourne and LaTrobe University, Bendigo.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 7 October
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: Free

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Opening and Prize Announcement | 2023 Experimental Print Prize

Friday 15 September, 6:00pm — Friday 15 September, 8:30pm

Celebrate the opening of the 2023 Experimental Print Prize (EPP) exhibition. This exhibition features 43 finalists, with the announcement of three prizes on opening night: First Prize ($10,000), Highly Commended ($5,000) and Emerging Artist Award ($3,000).

Join us for the opening on Friday 15 September, 6pm, with prizes announced from 6:30pm.

In keeping with the experimental theme, The Press Gang, a Victorian art concept band, will perform in the gallery. The Press Gang is made up of esteemed printmakers who rework pop songs with printmaking themed lyrics.

This performance is supported by the Mount Alexander Shire Council Event Grants Program.

Thank you to our major sponsors, local winemaking co-operative Boomtown Wine, and local bar and brewery Love Shack Brewing Company for supporting CAM events and providing local beer and wine and StrangeLove for sponsoring non-alcoholic beverages. Light refreshments also provided.

Free event. Please RSVP here.


The Experimental Print Prize is a biennial, non-acquisitive prize, open to artists residing in Victoria. There is a strong tradition of printmaking in Victoria and the EPP seeks to foster new directions in the field, through both the exhibition of shortlisted artists and awarding of prizes. Unique amongst printmaking prizes, EPP recognises that experimentation and risk are essential to art.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Friday 15 September
Time: 6pm – 8:30pm (Prize Announcement 6:30pm)
Cost: Free

Please RSVP here

Supported by
Michael Rigg
Mount Alexander Shire Council Event Grants Program
Boomtown Wine
Love Shack Brewing Company
StrangeLove



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Closing Celebration | Air to Atmosphere

Saturday 2 September, 4:00pm — Saturday 2 September, 6:00pm

Celebrate the closing weekend of David Rosetzky, Air to Atmosphere on Saturday 2 September, from 4–6pm. Join us for closing drinks and a live set on the terrace by DJ Designer and DJ jimbellina.

Thank you to our major sponsors, local winemaking co-operative Boomtown Wine, and local bar and brewery Love Shack Brewing Company for supporting CAM events.

Castlemaine's own Forêt Distilling are also supporting this special event. Attendees will be able to sample their freshly bottled pastis, a French aperitif with anise, fennel, liquorice and more botanicals.

Free event. Please RSVP here.


David Rosetzky, Air to Atmosphere, is an interdisciplinary and collaborative project made with members of the LGBTQIA+ community in Castlemaine, on Dja Dja Wurrung Country in Central Victoria.


David Rosetzky
David Rosetzky is an artist who is passionate about finding new ways to represent LGBTQIA+ and marginal identities through an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to art making. Often working with practitioners from the fields of theatre, dance, and film, he creates videos, installations and photographic works that question whether our identity is informed by how others see us, or how we see ourselves.

With an extensive exhibition history both in Australia and overseas, Rosetzky has presented his work in over 30 solo exhibitions and 60 group exhibitions. His Portrait of Cate Blanchett (2008), commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, was exhibited in The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video at the International Centre for Photography, New York. His works are held in numerous collections including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, National Portrait Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and Monash Gallery of Art.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 2 September
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Cost: Free

Please RSVP here

Supported By
Australia Council for the Arts
Boomtown Wine
Creative Victoria
Forêt Distilling
Love Shack Brewing Company
Mount Alexander Shire Council
Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government Initiative
Victorian Government through the Pride Events and Festivals Fund



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Conversation & Book Launch | Helen Bodycomb, Mosaicism

Saturday 26 August, 2:00pm — Saturday 26 August, 3:30pm

To celebrate the release of her book, Mosaicism – Thinking in Mosaic, leading contemporary artist and mosaic specialist Dr Helen Bodycomb will be in conversation at the gallery with author Cate Kennedy on Saturday 26 August, 2pm.

Dr Helen Bodycomb is well known as one of Australia’s few contemporary artists working primarily in mosaic. She is professionally active; exhibiting, fulfilling commissions, guest teaching and presenting her work nationally and internationally. In Mosaicism, Bodycomb draws on her experience as a visual artist and her ground-breaking research, to explain the human urge to ‘make special’. This intuitive act of assembling small, like parts, is one where the act of making is as important as the artefact made.

This conversation will delve into Bodycomb’s fresh concepts about making, mosaic, and materiality, and the way in which she explores these through imagery, prose, theoretical commentary, poetry and historical analysis. Discover the ancient practice of mosaic and its significance as a potent contemporary art form today.

Following the conversation, there will be an opportunity for book signing and light refreshments in the gallery. Free event, please RSVP here.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Address: 14 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine
Date: Saturday 26 August
Time: 2pm – 3:30pm
Cost: Free

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Artists In Conversation | Transference: Justin Andrews, Michael Graeve, Melinda Harper, Clayton Tremlett

Saturday 19 August, 12:30pm — Saturday 19 August, 1:30pm

Hear from the Transference artists, Justin Andrews, Michael Graeve, Melinda Harper, Clayton Tremlett, as they discuss their current exhibition at Castlemaine Art Museum on Saturday 19 August, 12:30pm.

In this group exhibition, four Castlemaine-based artists, Justin Andrews, Michael Graeve, Melinda Harper and Clayton Tremlett, create new works that experiment with varying methodologies of transference. These artists record the process of transferring colour, shape, gesture and texture – allowing for improvisation, chance and complexities of surface and pattern.

Join us for an informal conversation with the artists, within the unique exhibition space, and discover the way in which these artists work across a variety of languages of abstraction, and navigate systematic processes that wield breaks in pattern.


Justin Andrews
Justin Andrews lives and works in Castlemaine. He has developed a form of geometric abstraction that points towards the complexity of contemporary existence. He summons his compositions through the use of angular elements, dynamic colour and organic surfaces. He is best known for his acrylic paintings on canvas, stretched on frames and panels made entirely by his own hands.


Michael Graeve
Michael Graeve was born in 1971, and lives and works in Castlemaine. He works across painting and sound disciplines through easel painting, site-specific installation, painting and sound installation, sound performance and composition. By engaging painting and sound art practices in dialogue, he seeks to extend frameworks for their creation, and reading into oscillations between conjunctive and disjunctive relations.


Melinda Harper
Melinda Harper was born in 1965, and lives and works in Castlemaine. She grew up in Canberra and went to Art school at Prahran Collage in 1982 to 1985. She studied under Robert Jacks, Lesley Dumbrell and Victor Majzner. Harper’s first exhibition was in 1987 at Pinacotheca in Melbourne. She was a leading member of the Store 5 artists group in Melbourne (1989-1993). While Melinda Harper is best known as a painter, her practice also includes prints, drawings, painted objects and embroideries.


Clayton Tremlett
Clayton Tremlett was born in 1964, and lives and works in Castlemaine. He studied Painting and Printmaking at Charles Sturt University between 1980 and 1984. He studied under Don Laycock and Simon Close. He is a printmaker/painter whose works draw explicitly from Australian History. His practice stems from sustained periods of research. He is renowned for his linocut portraiture; however, he also works with etching and serigraphy. His oeuvre includes wallpapers, artist’s books, collector cards and editioned prints.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 19 August
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Cost: Free

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Poetry with Terence Jaensch | Air to Atmosphere

Saturday 12 August, 3:00pm — Saturday 12 August, 4:00pm

Hear from local poet Terence Jaensch, discussing their poetry and involvement in Air to Atmosphere – as both collaborator and contributor.

Commissioned by CAM, David Rosetzky's Air to Atmosphere, is an interdisciplinary and collaborative project made with members of the LGBTQIA+ community on Dja Dja Wurrung Country in Central Victoria, that traverses photography, filmmaking, choreography, performance, song, poetry, publishing and social encounter.

In this conversation, Jaensch will delve into the poetic arena of the project and examine two of their sonnets featured in the Air to Atmosphere catalogue, published by Sonntag Press, exploring form, technique and more.

In an open forum format, attendees will be welcome to ask Jaensch questions about writing poetry, both in the context of the Air to Atmosphere project, and more broadly.

This is a free event. All welcome.


Terence Jaensch
Terry Jaensch is an Australian poet. Their first book of poetry, Buoy (Five Islands Press) was shortlisted for the Anne Elder Award by the Fellowship of Australian Writers. They have been the recipient of two Asialink residencies, one in South Korea, and one in Singapore where they co-authored with Singaporean poet Cyril Wong the collection Excess Baggage & Claim (Transit Lounge Publishing). Their most recent volume of poetry is Shark (Transit Lounge Publishing). They have worked in a variety of writing related positions including, Artistic Director of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, Poetry Tutor for Writers Victoria’s Online Poetry Clinic, Literature Coordinator for the Castlemaine State Festival and as Founder and Artistic Director of ISH (Insert Self Here): Queer Ideas, Activism and Arts Day. Most recently they have been a subject of, and have contributed 5 sonnets to, Air to Atmosphere, a large-scale collaborative and multi-disciplinary work by David Rosetzky exhibited at Castlemaine Art Museum, that includes photography, filmmaking, performance, publishing, music, song and choreography.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 12 August
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Cost: Free

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Live Gallery Performance | Air to Atmosphere

Saturday 12 August, 2:00pm — Saturday 12 August, 2:30pm

To coincide with current exhibition and major commission, David Rosetzky, Air to Atmosphere, CAM presents a live pop up performance in the gallery by David Rosetzky and collaborators – featuring choreography by Jo Lloyd in collaboration with performers Rhett D'Costa, Terence Jaensch and Eden Swan.

Drawing material from the Air to Atmosphere project, the performance will consist of choreographed movement, spoken text and poetry – exploring the experience of the LGBTQIA+ community on Dja Dja Wurrung Country – and propose new considerations as to how the dialogue within the project may open up possibilities for future collaboration, ideas and conversations.

David Rosetzky, Air to Atmosphere, is an interdisciplinary and collaborative project made with members of the LGBTQIA+ community in Castlemaine, on Dja Dja Wurrung Country in Central Victoria.


David Rosetzky
David Rosetzky is an artist who is passionate about finding new ways to represent LGBTQIA+ and marginal identities through an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to art making. Often working with practitioners from the fields of theatre, dance, and film, he creates videos, installations and photographic works that question whether our identity is informed by how others see us, or how we see ourselves.

With an extensive exhibition history both in Australia and overseas, Rosetzky has presented his work in over 30 solo exhibitions and 60 group exhibitions. His Portrait of Cate Blanchett (2008), commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, was exhibited in The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video at the International Centre for Photography, New York. His works are held in numerous collections including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, National Portrait Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and Monash Gallery of Art.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 12 August
Time: 2pm – 2:30pm
Cost: Free

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Artist Floor Talk | Mitch Nivalis, Equal the Contest

Saturday 12 August, 12:30pm — Saturday 12 August, 1:30pm

Join us at the gallery for a floor talk with artist Mitch Nivalis, discussing their Terrace Projection commission for Castlemaine Art Museum, Equal the Contest on Saturday 12 August, 12:30pm.

"Equal the Contest began as a Master of Photography project that aimed to use image-making to challenge gender roles and stereotypes. As my research progressed, it became a feature documentary film and photobook about my journey learning to play AFL in the Mt Alexander Falcons Women's Sports Club, along with this projection, commissioned by CAM." – Mitch Nivalis

In this free talk, Mitch will discuss the way their video work subverts assumptions, while advocating for change and visibility in regional communities – through Australian football.

Mitch Nivalis (they/them) is a photographer and filmmaker based near Castlemaine. They are best known for their work advocating for change around visibility for diverse communities in Regional Victoria. In 2020, they published their first research study, titled Photographers as Changemakers, and in 2022, followed it up with Picture Change, a guide for organisations to produce more diverse and inclusive images. Equal the Contest is Mitch's largest body of work to date and the documentary film premiered at the 2023 Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 12 August
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Cost: Free

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Artist Floor Talk | Jane Brown

Sunday 23 July, 2:00pm — Sunday 23 July, 3:00pm

To celebrate the closing weeks of her exhibition, please join us for a floor talk with artist Jane Brown, discussing There's a certain Slant of light with Jane Brown, on Sunday 23 July, 2pm.

In this exhibition, There’s a certain Slant of light takes a darker turn with the inclusion of an exciting new body of works by celebrated contemporary photographer Jane Brown. The mysterious interplay of light on greenhouse plants, and refracted through mirrors, antique glass and windows are the subjects of these extraordinary new works – each meticulously hand-printed on paper, tin or glass.

Hear directly from Jane Brown, in conversation with curator Jenny Long, as she discusses the range of photographic techniques and processes utilised within the exhibition, whilst delving into the inspiration stemming from items in the CAM collection, including Victorian lustreware and glass-plate negatives of local portrait photographer A. D. Verey.

Jane Brown is a visual artist and Director of the Visual Cultures Resource Centre at the University of Melbourne. Her keen interest in the history of photography and photography conservation is reflected in her lectures on these subjects at the University. Jane has established herself as a skilled darkroom practitioner with a particular focus on 19th and early 20th Century photographic processes. Her work has been recognized by institutions such as the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Southeast Museum of Photography, Florida, USA, who have included her works in their collections.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Sunday 23 July
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Cost: Free

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Terrace Nights: Exhibition Opening of Transference and Terrace Projection Equal the Contest

Friday 30 June, 6:00pm — Friday 30 June, 8:00pm

Castlemaine Art Museum invites you to celebrate the latest Terrace Projection: Equal the Contest and the exhibition opening of Transference: Justin Andrews, Michael Graeve, Melinda Harper, Clayton Tremlett at Castlemaine Art Museum on Friday 30 June.

Drinks and light refreshments provided.

Thank you to our major event sponsors, local winemaking co-operative Boomtown Wine, and local bar and brewery Love Shack Brewing Company.

Please RSVP here.

Transference: Justin Andrews, Michael Graeve, Melinda Harper, Clayton Tremlett

Transference results from the touch of two surfaces that each leave their respective traces. In this group exhibition, four Castlemaine-based artists, Justin Andrews, Michael Graeve, Melinda Harper and Clayton Tremlett, create new works that experiment with varying methodologies of transference. These artists record the process of transferring colour, shape, gesture and texture – allowing for improvisation, chance and complexities of surface and pattern.

Terrace Projection: Equal the Contest

Equal the Contest is a commissioned video work by Castlemaine-based photographer and filmmaker Mitch Nivalis. Equal the Contest began as a Master of Photography project that aimed to use image-making to challenge gender roles and stereotypes. As research progressed, it became a feature documentary film and photobook about Nivalis' journey learning to play AFL in the Mt Alexander Falcons Women's Sports Club, along with this projection commission. Close up, genderless stills of our bodies are overlaid with moments of impact from the game, subverting assumptions around who has a right to belong on the football field and what our bodies are capable of.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Friday 30 June
Time: 6pm
Cost: Free

Please RSVP here.

Supported By
Boomtown Wine
Creative Victoria
Love Shack Brewing Company
Mount Alexander Shire Council
Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government Initiative



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Northern Books at CAM with W. H. Chong

Saturday 24 June, 1:30pm — Saturday 24 June, 3:00pm

To celebrate the release of his book, Portraits, Northern Books brings award-winning book designer, artist and poet W. H. Chong to Castlemaine Art Museum.

W.H. Chong's Portraits is a love letter to our culture makers, a sparkling collection of more than 300 drawings of artists, writers, musicians, thinkers and makers compiled from his sketchbooks of the last decade. There are also paintings, prints, and digital art. Portraits includes a forward by renowned artist John Wolseley.

Chong’s portraits present a kaleidoscope of the Australian cultural community, from national icons to local legends, all pursuing their individual passions and inspiration.

Chong will be in conversation at the gallery with local author, Libby Angel whose cover on her new book, Where I Slept, was designed by Chong. There will also be an opportunity for book signing with W. H. Chong as part of this event.

W. H. Chong
W. H. Chong is a well-known Australian book designer, and an artist whose preferred media are drawing and painting. He is also a published poet and writer on art. His Instagram is an ongoing project of depicting the people he encounters. In 2013 Chong was inducted into the Australian Book Designers Hall of Fame. He lives in Melbourne.

Libby Angel
Libby Angel is an Australian poet and novelist. She won the 2018 Barbara Jefferis Award for her debut novel, The Trapeze Act. Her poetry has appeared in a number of Australian journals. Where I Slept, a work of autofiction, is her second novel.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 24 June
Time: 1:30pm (for a 2pm start)
Cost: $15
Bookings essential. Tickets available here.

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CAM Art Book Fair

Saturday 27 May, 11:00am — Sunday 28 May, 3:00pm

As part of the 2023 Melbourne Art Book Fair, Castlemaine Art Museum presents a two-day regional art book fair held throughout the 1931 heritage-listed art deco building.

From 11am to 3pm across 27–28 May, CAM will host a dynamic art book fair showcasing work by central Victorian artists, writers, and publishers, alongside a series of special events including a book launch, meet-the-maker design installation, artist talks, and panel discussions on creating and publishing in the regions and beyond.

With a vast range of stallholders from central Victoria, this is an extraordinary opportunity to meet regional artists and writers and support Castlemaine’s vibrant creative community.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Address: 14 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine
Dates: Saturday 27 May – Sunday 28 May
Time: 11am – 3pm
Cost: Free

Supported by
National Gallery of Victoria



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CAM Art Book Fair | Writers Going Bush

Sunday 28 May, 2:00pm — Sunday 28 May, 3:00pm

What does waking up to birdsong instead of traffic do for a writer? And what happens when the town you live in has more artists, writers, clowns and PhDs than anywhere in Australia?

Writers Going Bush is a conversation with Carmel Bird, Martine Murray and Honeytree Thomas, hosted by Suzanne Donisthorpe. Three generations of writers at different stages of their careers discuss the benefits and obstacles of living and writing in Castlemaine.

Carmel Bird
Carmel Bird has written over 30 books and is the winner of the 2016 Patrick White Literary Award in recognition of her contribution to Australian Literature, and some of whose novels have just been re-published as part of Untapped: The Australian Literary Heritage Project. Her new collection of short stories Love Letter to Lola is coming out in May.

Martine Murray
Martine Murray has written many critically acclaimed books, including How to Make a Bird, winner of the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards Young Adult award in 2004, and The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley, winner of the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards Children’s Book award in 2006. She has studied filmmaking at Prahran College, art at the Victorian College of the Arts and Movement & Dance at Melbourne University. She has formed a dance theatre company called Bird on a Wire and received Arts Victoria funding to develop and perform a full-length work, as part of Melbourne’s Next Wave Festival.

Honeytree Thomas
Honeytree Thomas is an emerging writer, recipient of The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) Emerging Writers’ Mentorship Program for her novel The Passionflower and teaches writing at Bendigo Kangan Institute and Bendigo TAFE.

Suzanne Donisthorpe
Suzanne Donisthorpe was a producer/reporter on every incarnation of the Books and Arts program on ABC Radio National for over 20 years. She curated the well received show at Lot 19, Castlemaine, Signs of the Times in 2022. Her novel Getting Up was published by Pan Macmillan in 2013. She currently hosts The Retronauts program on Castlemaine public radio MAINfm.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Address: 14 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine
Date: Sunday 28 May
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Cost: Free

Supported by
National Gallery of Victoria



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CAM Art Book Fair | Artist Talk with David Frazer

Sunday 28 May, 11:00am — Sunday 28 May, 12:00pm

Hear from renowned artist and printmaker David Frazer in conversation with Castlemaine Art Museum Director, Naomi Cass, discussing Frazer’s current exhibition For the Love of Song.

Featuring handmade illustrated books, endorsed and signed by the musicians, as well as a suite of linocuts, broadsheets, and Frazer’s magnificent wood blocks, this exhibition sees two great art forms entwine: printmaking and song writing.

Delve into Frazer’s artistic practice and discover his process of realising hand-bound and hand-printed artist books, in collaboration some of the most iconic Australian and International songwriters of a generation.

David Frazer has held over 40 solo exhibitions in Australia, London and China. He has won many art awards locally and internationally including the 1st International Print Biennial in Guanlan China, Cossack Art Award, Broken Hill Outback Art Prize, and 6 People’s Choice awards. In 2019, he was the Australian Commissioner for the Ulsan International Woodcut Biennial in Korea. He has been selected 3 times to hang in the Royal Academy of London Summer Exhibition. He has taught printmaking extensively in Australia and abroad. He lives and works in Castlemaine. David Frazer is represented by Australian Galleries, Melbourne.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Address: 14 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine
Date: Sunday 28 May
Time: 11am – 12pm
Cost: Free

Supported by
National Gallery of Victoria



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CAM Art Book Fair | Design Installation with Like Butter

Saturday 27 May, 12:00pm — Saturday 27 May, 1:00pm

Dive into a unique site activation at Castlemaine Art Museum, created by local designer Jem Selig Freeman of Like Butter.

The Last Sauna is an exploratory installation that showcases the skeletal structure of a sauna house or tiny home, reflecting on the beauty of the minimalist, sustainable design and the challenges of the housing crisis.

Join us on Saturday 27 May, 12pm, for a 'Meet the Maker' session, and hear directly from Like Butter's co-founder, Jem Selig Freeman, about the journey and inspiration behind this innovative installation.

Like Butter
Like Butter is a design and fabrication business owned and run by industrial designer Jem Selig Freeman and sculptor Laura Woodward. Based in Castlemaine, Like Butter has gained a reputation for its approach to design and fabrication that is based on flexible and lateral thinking, strong aesthetics and considered detailing. Like Butter has functioned across multiple industries; from its own furniture and lighting products, to one-off commissions for significant design and fabrication projects, to public art installations, through to film and animation production.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Address: 14 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine
Date: Saturday 27 May
Times:
Meet the Maker Conversation: 12pm – 1pm
Installation: 11am – 4pm, 27-28 May
Cost: Free

Supported by
National Gallery of Victoria



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CAM Art Book Fair | David Frazer Book Launch

Friday 26 May, 6:00pm — Friday 26 May, 8:00pm

Celebrate the launch of David Frazer’s new artist book in collaboration with musician Tom Waits, More than flesh and bone, presented as part of the 2023 Melbourne Art Book Fair.

This exquisite handmade book is presented as part of Frazer's current exhibition For the Love of Song. This handmade artist book interprets the songs The Last Rose of Summer, Take It With Me and The Briar and the Rose by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan.

David Frazer’s exhibition is a passionate and unique collaboration between the renowned Castlemaine-based artist and some of the most iconic songwriters of a generation including Paul Kelly (AUS); Don Walker (AUS); Nick Cave (AUS/UK); Nick Lowe (UK) and Tom Waits (USA). Frazer’s most recent collaboration with Tom Waits is a world premiere.

This is a unique opportunity to celebrate David Frazer’s latest artist book and hear from the artist, alongside a special musical performance in the gallery.

Please RSVP here

David Frazer has held over 40 solo exhibitions in Australia, London and China. He has won many art awards locally and internationally including the 1st International Print Biennial in Guanlan China, Cossack Art Award, Broken Hill Outback Art Prize, and 6 People’s Choice awards. In 2019, he was the Australian Commissioner for the Ulsan International Woodcut Biennial in Korea. He has been selected 3 times to hang in the Royal Academy of London Summer Exhibition. He has taught printmaking extensively in Australia and abroad. He lives and works in Castlemaine. David Frazer is represented by Australian Galleries, Melbourne.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Address: 14 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine
Date: Friday 26 May
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Cost: Free

Please RSVP here

Supported by
Australian Galleries
National Gallery of Victoria



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Photographic Forum | Brought to Light: Darkrooms to glasshouses, the enduring presence of photography

Saturday 20 May, 2:00pm — Saturday 20 May, 5:00pm

An afternoon dedicated to light, glass, and photographic histories; the legacy of Adolphus Verey (1862 – 1933); and contemporary approaches to old methods. With a range of speakers, a magic lantern exposition and a tour of There’s a certain Slant of light with Jane Brown, this event on Saturday 20 May will celebrate Jane Brown’s exhibition at Castlemaine Art Museum.

Featuring a new body of work by celebrated contemporary photographer Jane Brown, this exhibition presents us with a history lesson of photographic techniques and processes – photograms; internegatives; wet plate; silver gelatin and orotones – as though paying homage to drawing with light. The work also draws inspiration from items in the CAM collection, including a Victorian lusterware candleholder, and the little-known history of local portrait photographer Adolphus Verey.


Free event. Bookings essential. Click here to book.


Program

Jane Brown (Melbourne), Glass Labyrinths
Justin Shortal (Castlemaine), Introduction to Castlemaine photographic studio A Verey and Co, 1883 – 1954
Sophie Couchman (Melbourne), What Verey’s camera lens reveals about Castlemaine’s Chinese community
James McArdle (Castlemaine), A Garden, Moonlit (Robert Vere Scott and Adolphus Verey)
Harry Nankin (Castlemaine), Cameraless photography and the ecological gaze
Ellie Young (Trentham), My Carbon Footprint: Historic processes and Gold Street Studios
Martyn Jolly (Canberra), The Magic Lantern Apparatus


Speakers

Jane Brown
Jane Brown is a visual artist and Director of the Visual Cultures Resource Centre at the University of Melbourne. Her keen interest in the history of photography and photography conservation is reflected in her lectures on these subjects at the University. Jane has established herself as a skilled darkroom practitioner with a particular focus on 19th and early 20th Century photographic processes. Her work has been recognized by institutions such as the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Southeast Museum of Photography, Florida, USA, who have included her works in their collections. In 2013 she received the Art and Australia/Credit Suisse Contemporary Art Award. This year Jane has been invited to present a paper on photomechanical prints for the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Her work is currently on display at the Castlemaine Art Museum, Victoria, for the exhibition ‘There's a certain Slant of light with Jane Brown.’

Sophie Couchman
Dr Sophie Couchman is a Professional Historian and Curator who works closely with communities to tell their stories. She has researched and published in the field of Chinese-Australian history for many years and has been involved in the development of historical projects such as exhibitions, walking tours, oral histories and online resources. Her doctoral thesis explored the ways in which Chinese immigrants and their descendants in Australia were photographed and how stereotypes about Chinese Australians were reinforced through photography. She was curator at the Chinese Museum for seven years but has since worked on a range of projects including the British Migrants: Instant Australians exhibition (2018), Shooting the Past podcast (2018), Chinese Australian Hometown Heritage Tours (2017-2019), and the Makassar-Yirrkala: Creative Collaboration (2019). She is currently the Professional Historians Australia (Vic & Tas) Vice-President (Programs), recording oral histories for the National Library of Australia and writing a book on the Leong-Lim family.

Martyn Jolly
Martyn Jolly is an Honorary Associate Professor at the Australian National University School of Art and Design. As an artist he has participated in several major curated exhibitions and developed solo exhibitions which creatively re-use archival photographs. His works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Canberra Museum and Gallery. He has also developed a series of collaborative magic lantern performances around Australia, available on YouTube. As a writer he has researched various aspects of the history of photography, particularly Australian photography. His books include Faces of the Living Dead: The Belief in Spirit Photography; The Magic Lantern at Work: Witnessing, Persuading, Experiencing and Connecting, co-edited with Elisa deCourcy; Empire, Early Photography and Spectacle: The Global Career of Showman Daguerreotypist J. W. Newland, co-authored with Elisa deCourcy; and Installation View: Australian Photography Exhibitions 1848-2020, co-authored with Daniel Palmer.

James McArdle
Photographer James McArdle has practiced professionally and artistically for 55 years, taught art and photography from 1976, and was head of the School of Art and Design at La Trobe University, Bendigo before joining Deakin as Assoc. Professor. He writes on and reviews photography for various publications. Living in Castlemaine district since 1988, he was Shire President of Newstead Shire, and is a member of the Art Support Group at Castlemaine Secondary College and Life Member of CAM. McArdle is an active member of CAM Guides.

Harry Nankin
For forty years, photographer, educator and environmentalist Harry Nankin’s focus has been our contested material, spiritual and ethical relationship with the non-human world. Pursuing an ‘ecological gaze’ he has recorded the shadows of nature – ocean, rain, forests, live insects, the light of the stars – on photographic paper and film without a camera, just as the flash of the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima caught the shadows of its victims at the instant of their perishing. Employing procedures that are as much land art and ritual as photography he has ‘turned the landscape into the camera’. Harry is the recipient of multiple arts grants and his work has been exhibited, reviewed, short-listed for prizes or acquired for collections on four continents. To interpret the post-Goldrush landscapes of central Victoria where he now lives, in 2020 Harry returned to the film camera.

Justin Shortal
Justin’s interest in Castlemaine’s 19th Century photographers began over 40 years ago when he acquired photographs by Adolphus Verey from local antique dealers. Justin came to Castlemaine as an English/drama teacher at Castlemaine High School in 1977. He was a founding member of Central Victoria’s first Community radio station, 3CCC-FM where he produced radio programs with students from schools across the region. He also produced training films for a local company, VEA (Video Education Australasia). Justin went on to work as a researcher, writer, producer, director and presenter for the Schools’ Television Unit of the Victorian Department of Education in East Melbourne. His final career move took him to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) as Communications Manager. In retirement, Justin continues his passion for researching stories of the district’s early photographers and hopes to publish his findings.

Ellie Young
Ellie Young is the founder of Gold Street Studios in Victoria Australia. Since the establishment in 1999 Gold Street Studios has become the centre for alternative photographic print processes in Australia and New Zealand. The studio provides a resource centre for photographic image-makers. It attracts local and international participants seeking to advance their knowledge and skills in the art, craft, and science of traditional handmade and early photographic print processes from local and international tutors. Ellie Young self-published The Salt Print Manual in 2011 and has exhibited widely in Australia, Europe, England and China. Works and articles published in books and magazines, locally and internationally. Teaching in Nanjing, Tanjing and Beijing China has allowed the craft and skills to be shared with the arts and photographic community within China.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Address: 14 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine
Dates: Saturday 20 May
Time: 2pm – 5pm (Arrive at 1:50pm)
Cost: Free
Afternoon tea provided, supported by Friends of Castlemaine Art Museum (FOCAM).

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Storytelling Forum | Creating CAM: A herstory in cloth and conversation

Thursday 18 May, 2:00pm — Thursday 18 May, 3:00pm

Discover the women whose vision and enterprise saw Castlemaine Art Museum grow from its grassroots conception into a celebrated gallery.

Presented as part of the National Trust's Australian Heritage Festival, Creating CAM: A herstory in cloth and conversation is a free event comprising four sessions, involving three origin story cloth workshops (part history sharing and conversation, part hand-sewing), alongside a Shared Storytelling Forum event.

Join CAM Front of House Officer, Sarah Frazer, in threading together the fascinating stories of seven women at the heart of the museum, through hand-sewing and conversation: two essential storytelling mediums that offer continuity between the age of CAM’s inception and today. All the women at the heart of this story created needlework, and one made an income designing embroidery.

To conclude the Creating CAM: A herstory in cloth and conversation series, this Shared Storytelling Forum will include an overview of CAM's herstory origins and explore the story cloth project, in which project participants will be invited to share their insights. Please note, you are not required to have participated in the project in order to attend – all are welcome.

Please join us at the gallery for this event on 18 May (2pm), on International Museums Day.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Thursday 18 May
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Cost: FREE

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Gallery Performance | Divisi Chamber Singers

Friday 12 May, 7:00pm — Friday 12 May, 8:00pm

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre in association with Castlemaine Art Museum, we are thrilled to offer a special performance with Divisi Chamber Singers in the gallery.

In a unique performance, acapella choral group Divisi Chamber Singers will perform in the Higgins Gallery at CAM, among David Rosetzky's exhibition Air to Atmosphere.

Divisi Chamber Singers maintain an active interest in pushing boundaries within the largely conservative medium of classical music performance. Due to the relative lack of queer representation in classical music, Divisi maintain a special interest in initiatives that elevate local LGBTQ+ artists.

This event is made possible through the Melbourne Recital Centre's Regional Touring Program with thanks to the generous support of the Gailey Lazarus Foundation.

Numbers are limited. Tickets on sale now.


Divisi Chamber Singers
Divisi Chamber Singers is a youth-led, not-for-profit organisation that supports early-career creative artists. We strive to break down established norms of classical music through commissioning and performing innovative creative works and projects. At heart, Divisi is a chamber vocal ensemble with a focus on the career development of its members, and of other Australian creatives. Due to the relative lack of queer representation in classical music, we maintain a special interest in initiatives that elevate local LGBTQ+ artists.

To this end, our ensemble has launched its inaugural professional development program, Compose Queer, which commissions four young queer composers to write for Divisi, and provides workshopping and development opportunities from LGBTQ+ industry professionals. Such projects give agency and professional development to composers and our members, accelerating their musical success. Divisi also maintains an active interest in pushing boundaries within the largely conservative medium of classical music performance.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Friday 12 May
Time: 7pm
Cost: $26 + Booking Fee

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Workshop 3 | Creating CAM: A herstory in cloth and conversation

Wednesday 10 May, 1:00pm — Wednesday 10 May, 3:00pm

Discover the women whose vision and enterprise saw Castlemaine Art Museum grow from its grassroots conception into a celebrated gallery.

Presented as part of the National Trust's Australian Heritage Festival, you're invited to stitch together the real history of the Castlemaine Art Museum in a hands-on series of story cloth workshops.

Creating CAM: A herstory in cloth and conversation is a free event comprising four sessions, involving three origin story cloth workshops (part history sharing and conversation, part hand-sewing), alongside a shared storytelling forum event.

Join CAM Front of House Officer, Sarah Frazer, in threading together the fascinating stories of seven women at the heart of the museum, through hand-sewing and conversation: two essential storytelling mediums that offer continuity between the age of CAM’s inception and today. All the women at the heart of this story created needlework, and one made an income designing embroidery.

These workshops will continue a long tradition of using stitched cloth as a means of communication, starting with a discussion on how cloth can tell stories of socio-economic statement, political persuasion, history, identity, emotion, and sentiment. Participants will contribute in creating a story cloth together to help unearth the little-known lives of these seven women, all of whom left an enduring legacy on the town of Castlemaine.

Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome, no sewing experience necessary. Participants only need attend one workshop (though if numbers permit, feel free to attend more).

Numbers are limited. Bookings essential. Click here to RSVP.

The fourth session will be a shared storytelling forum that will include an overview of CAM’s herstory origins and explore the story cloth project, in which project participants will be invited to share their insights. The Shared Storytelling Forum is open to all and will be held onsite at Castlemaine Art Museum on 18 May 2023, International Museums Day.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Dates:
Workshop 1: Wednesday 26 April
Workshop 2: Wednesday 3 May
Workshop 3: Wednesday 10 May
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Cost: FREE
Provided: All sewing material provided.

Bookings essential. Click here to RSVP.

Shared Storytelling Forum: Thursday 18 May
Time: 2pm – 3pm



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Workshop 2 | Creating CAM: A herstory in cloth and conversation

Wednesday 3 May, 1:00pm — Wednesday 3 May, 3:00pm

Discover the women whose vision and enterprise saw Castlemaine Art Museum grow from its grassroots conception into a celebrated gallery.

Presented as part of the National Trust's Australian Heritage Festival, you're invited to stitch together the real history of the Castlemaine Art Museum in a hands-on series of story cloth workshops.

Creating CAM: A herstory in cloth and conversation is a free event comprising four sessions, involving three origin story cloth workshops (part history sharing and conversation, part hand-sewing), alongside a shared storytelling forum event.

Join CAM Front of House Officer, Sarah Frazer, in threading together the fascinating stories of seven women at the heart of the museum, through hand-sewing and conversation: two essential storytelling mediums that offer continuity between the age of CAM’s inception and today. All the women at the heart of this story created needlework, and one made an income designing embroidery.

These workshops will continue a long tradition of using stitched cloth as a means of communication, starting with a discussion on how cloth can tell stories of socio-economic statement, political persuasion, history, identity, emotion, and sentiment. Participants will contribute in creating a story cloth together to help unearth the little-known lives of these seven women, all of whom left an enduring legacy on the town of Castlemaine.

Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome, no sewing experience necessary. Participants only need attend one workshop (though if numbers permit, feel free to attend more).

Numbers are limited. Bookings essential. Click here to RSVP.

The fourth session will be a shared storytelling forum that will include an overview of CAM’s herstory origins and explore the story cloth project, in which project participants will be invited to share their insights. The Shared Storytelling Forum is open to all and will be held onsite at Castlemaine Art Museum on 18 May 2023, International Museums Day.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Dates:
Workshop 1: Wednesday 26 April
Workshop 2: Wednesday 3 May
Workshop 3: Wednesday 10 May
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Cost: FREE
Provided: All sewing material provided.

Bookings essential. Click here to RSVP.

Shared Storytelling Forum: Thursday 18 May
Time: 2pm – 3pm



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Special Event | In Praise of First Responders

Sunday 30 April, 4:00pm — Sunday 30 April, 6:00pm

First responders of the Castlemaine region are invited to a special event at Castlemaine Art Museum on Sunday 30 April to acknowledge the dedication of paid and volunteer staff and the cooperation between services which marks this wonderful region.

Presented by Dhelkaya Health and Castlemaine Art Museum, this event celebrates those who continue to keep our community safe.

Art can inspire, refresh and soothe those who have given so generously over these challenging years. Please join us at the gallery and enjoy local refreshments and drinks in the company of colleagues and amongst CAM’s historical and contemporary artworks.

Partners and families of first responders are welcome to this free event. Please RSVP here.

Castlemaine Art Museum and Dhelkaya Health acknowledge the Dja Dja Wurrung as Traditional Owners of the country on which the museum stands, and pay respects to Elders past, present and future.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Sunday 30 April
Time: 4pm
Cost: Free

Please RSVP here

CAM Supporters
Creative Victoria
Mount Alexander Shire Council
Art Guide Australia
Boomtown Wine
Like Butter
Love Shack Brewing Company



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Workshop 1 | Creating CAM: A herstory in cloth and conversation

Wednesday 26 April, 1:00pm — Wednesday 26 April, 3:00pm

Discover the women whose vision and enterprise saw Castlemaine Art Museum grow from its grassroots conception into a celebrated gallery.

Presented as part of the National Trust's Australian Heritage Festival, you're invited to stitch together the real history of the Castlemaine Art Museum in a hands-on series of story cloth workshops.

Creating CAM: A herstory in cloth and conversation is a free event comprising four sessions, involving three origin story cloth workshops (part history sharing and conversation, part hand-sewing), alongside a shared storytelling forum event.

Join CAM Front of House Officer, Sarah Frazer, in threading together the fascinating stories of seven women at the heart of the museum, through hand-sewing and conversation: two essential storytelling mediums that offer continuity between the age of CAM’s inception and today. All the women at the heart of this story created needlework, and one made an income designing embroidery.

These workshops will continue a long tradition of using stitched cloth as a means of communication, starting with a discussion on how cloth can tell stories of socio-economic statement, political persuasion, history, identity, emotion, and sentiment. Participants will contribute in creating a story cloth together to help unearth the little-known lives of these seven women, all of whom left an enduring legacy on the town of Castlemaine.

Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome, no sewing experience necessary. Participants only need attend one workshop (though if numbers permit, feel free to attend more).

Numbers are limited. Bookings essential. Click here to RSVP.

The fourth session will be a shared storytelling forum that will include an overview of CAM’s herstory origins and explore the story cloth project, in which project participants will be invited to share their insights. The Shared Storytelling Forum is open to all and will be held onsite at Castlemaine Art Museum on 18 May 2023, International Museums Day.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Dates:
Workshop 1: Wednesday 26 April
Workshop 2: Wednesday 3 May
Workshop 3: Wednesday 10 May
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Cost: FREE
Provided: All sewing material provided.

Bookings essential. Click here to RSVP.

Shared Storytelling Forum: Thursday 18 May
Time: 2pm – 3pm



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Artist Floor Talk | David Rosetzky

Saturday 1 April, 12:00pm — Saturday 1 April, 1:00pm

Join us at the gallery for a floor talk with artist David Rosetzky, discussing his major commission for Castlemaine Art Museum, Air to Atmosphere on Saturday 1 April, 12pm.

Air to Atmosphere explores the diversity, trauma, resilience, and pride of the LGBTQIA+ community. David Rosetzky, in collaboration with members of the community in central Victoria, including &so, Eden Swan, Terence Jaensch and Rhett D'Costa amongst others, has created a major new work including video and photographic portraits.

Flowing from Rosetzky's renowned practice in video and performance, this large collaborative and multi-disciplinary work includes photography, filmmaking, performance, publishing, music, song, choreography by Jo Lloyd and social events created with and about local artists and community members.

David Rosetzky is an artist who is passionate about finding new ways to represent LGBTQIA+ and marginal identities through an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to art making. Often working with practitioners from the fields of theatre, dance, and film, he creates videos, installations and photographic works that question whether our identity is informed by how others see us, or how we see ourselves. With an extensive exhibition history both in Australia and overseas, Rosetzky has presented his work in over 30 solo exhibitions and 60 group exhibitions.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 1 April
Time: 12pm – 1pm
Cost: Free

No RSVP required.

Supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government Initiative, Australia Council for the Arts, and the Victorian Government through the Pride Events and Festivals Fund.



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Artist Floor Talk | David Frazer

Saturday 1 April, 10:00am — Saturday 1 April, 11:00am

Join us at CAM for a floor talk with artist David Frazer, discussing his current exhibition, For the Love of Song on Saturday 1 April, 10am.

In this exhibition, For the Love of Song, two great art forms entwine. Renowned printmaker David Frazer collaborates with some of the most iconic Australian and international songwriters of a generation: Paul Kelly (AUS); Don Walker (AUS); Nick Cave (AUS/UK); Nick Lowe (UK) and Tom Waits (USA). Frazer’s most recent collaboration with Tom Waits is a world premiere.

In this free talk, Frazer will discuss his handmade illustrated books, endorsed and signed by the recording artists, as well as the suite of linocuts, broadsheets (images from the book), and magnificent wood blocks presented as part of this exhibition.

David Frazer has held over 40 solo exhibitions in Australia, London and China. He has won many art awards locally and internationally including the 1st International Print Biennial in Guanlan China, the Cossack Art Award (invited artist category), the Broken Hill Outback Art Prize, honourable mention (International Print Biennial Exhibit, Taiwan) and 6 people’s choice awards. In 2019, he was the Australian Commissioner for the Ulsan International Woodcut Biennial in Korea. He has been selected 3 times to hang in the Royal Academy of London Summer Exhibition. In 2007 the ABC produced a documentary on Frazer as part of the “Artist at Work” series. He has taught printmaking extensively here and overseas. Frazer lives and works in Castlemaine.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 1 April
Time: 10am – 11am
Cost: Free

No RSVP required.

Supported by the Castlemaine State Festival and Rotary Club of Castlemaine.



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Exhibition Openings | David Rosetzky and David Frazer as part of Castlemaine State Festival

Friday 24 March, 6:30pm — Friday 24 March, 8:30pm

Celebrate the opening of two major exhibitions at Castlemaine Art Museum, presented as part of the 2023 Castlemaine State Festival.

Join us for the opening of David Rosetzky, Air to Atmosphere and For the Love of Song, David Frazer with Paul Kelly, Don Walker, Nick Cave, Nick Lowe and Tom Waits on Friday 24 March, 6.30pm.

Casey Rice will be performing a live DJ set on the terrace from 6.30pm.

Drinks provided thanks to local winemaking co-operative Boomtown Wine alongside bar and brewery Love Shack Brewing Company. Light refreshments provided by Murnong Mammas.

David Rosetzky, Air to Atmosphere

Air to Atmosphere explores the diversity, trauma, resilience, and pride of the LGBTQIA+ community. David Rosetzky, in collaboration with members of the community in central Victoria, including &so, Eden Swan, Terence Jaensch and Rhett D'Costa amongst others, has created a major new work including video and photographic portraits.

Flowing from Rosetzky's renowned practice in video and performance, this large collaborative and multi-disciplinary work includes photography, filmmaking, performance, publishing, music, song, choreography by Jo Lloyd and social events created with and about local artists and community members.

For the Love of Song, David Frazer with Paul Kelly, Don Walker, Nick Cave, Nick Lowe and Tom Waits

A passionate and unique collaboration between renowned printmaker and local artist David Frazer and some of the most iconic Australian and International songwriters of a generation: Paul Kelly (Aus); Don Walker (Aus); Nick Cave (Aus/UK); Nick Lowe (UK) and Tom Waits (USA).

Two great artforms entwine – image-making and song writing – together they reach into our hearts in profound ways. Frazer’s most recent collaboration with Tom Waits is a world premiere.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Friday 24 March
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: Free

Please RSVP here

Supported by
Boomtown Wine
Love Shack Brewing Company
Australian Government RISE Fund
Australia Council for the Arts
Victorian Government through the Pride Events and Festivals Fund
Bendigo Art Gallery
Castlemaine State Festival
Haymes Paint
Pidgeon Ward
Rotary Club of Castlemaine
Sonntag Press
Tint Design



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Special Event | Conversation Piece with Kate Just 11.30am

Saturday 4 March, 11:30am — Saturday 4 March, 1:00pm

You're invited to celebrate International Women's Day at CAM with Castlemaine based artist Kate Just on Saturday 4 March, 11.30am.

Join us for this special event and be part of a live knitting circle, engaging in conversation while contributing a crafted square to Kate's new community-engaged artwork entitled Conversation Piece.

Conversation Piece involves the creation of a giant, communally knitted and crocheted yellow length of fabric. This artwork will be created in public craft circles around Australia before it is exhibited in the Tamworth Textile Triennial in 2023. As part of the triennial, the work will then tour galleries across Australia for three years, where it will continue to grow in size.

Conversation Piece will act as a live, ongoing material documentation of the important process of collective making, gathering, talking, and listening. It will materially manifest a collective ‘conversation’ across time and place. Conversation Piece is created in various shades of the artist's favourite colour – yellow. For her, yellow is the colour of spring flowers, the sun, honey and gold; it is a colour of warmth, light, joy, and exuberance. In this work, the colour yellow speaks to the optimism, openness and warmth that occurs when we work collectively, and open ourselves to new people, ideas and experiences.

Kate Just is an award-winning American born Australian artist based in Castlemaine. Just is best known for her inventive and political use of knitting in artworks which tackle feminist themes. In addition to her solo practice, Just often works socially and collaboratively within communities to create large scale, public art projects that tackle issues including sexual harassment and violence against women.

People of all genders and ages and craft abilities welcome, with all yarn provided. Some crochet hooks and knitting needles provided, however attendees are welcome to bring needles.

This is a free event with only 40 spots available. Bookings essential.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 4 March
Time: 11.30am – 1pm
Cost: FREE
Provided: All yarn provided. Some crochet hooks and knitting needles provided, however attendees are welcome to bring needles.

Bookings essential. Click here to RSVP.



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Artist Floor Talk: Jesse Boylan

Saturday 11 February, 12:30pm — Saturday 11 February, 1:30pm

Join us at the gallery for an artist floor talk with Jesse Boylan, discussing their commission as part of our Terrace Projection series, At the end of the day on Saturday 11 February, 12.30pm.

At the end of the day is a new video work by artist Jesse Boylan who asked staff working in Dhelkaya Health (Castlemaine Health), as well as residents of Pennhall Hostel (Aged Care), about what they think goes unseen in their daily lives and work.

In a kind of ‘behind the scenes’ set up, Boylan has created a series of silent video portraits.

Jesse Boylan is a photography, video and sound artist and writer based on Dja Dja Wurrung Country in Central Victoria, Australia. Jesse is interested in expanded documentary practice and the role art plays in environmental and social justice issues. Jesse likes to collaborate with others to make sense of our times and regularly collaborates with Linda Dement and Virginia Barratt as Bonedirt.

Jesse is a member of Lumina, an Australian photography collective and the Atomic Photographers Guild, an international group who aim to render visible all aspects of the nuclear age. Jesse is a current PhD candidate within the School of Art at RMIT University and they also teach into the BA Photography program at RMIT.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 11 February
Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Cost: Free

No RSVP required.

Supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government Initiative



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Artist Floor Talk: Tara Gilbee

Saturday 4 February, 12:30pm — Saturday 4 February, 1:30pm

Join artist Tara Gilbee for a floor talk, discussing her new Orbit exhibition Ellipses in the Sinclair Gallery at Castlemaine Art Museum on Saturday 4 February, 12:30pm.

"Ellipses describes both the subject and material process of my work. The photographic apparatus and employed processes embody the idea of disturbance or 'peripherality', the elliptical framing, with blurred and out of focus sections and sharp striations of light breaking through the camera and frame. Historic sites are represented as psychological ‘grey zones’ and connected to contemporary carceral complexes as places of deep trouble. The works offer metaphysical registrations of muted and marginal spaces."
– Tara Gilbee

Tara Gilbee has a multidisciplinary approach to art making and has worked in collaboration with a range of practitioners from video, sound and live arts. Her arts practice moves between individual studio work to the exploration of interesting sites and context for making and presenting work, with a focus on the interstices of site and practice.

Tara Gilbee received a BFA in Sculpture at The University of Melbourne VCA in 1996 and completed a Masters of Contemporary Art at VCA in 2019. She has been a sessional lecturer at Deakin University for 3 years and providing arts education through various organisations. Tara has attended residencies nationally and internationally and is represented in public and private collections.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 4 February
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Cost: Free

No RSVP required.

Supported by the Besen Family Foundation



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Terrace Nights: Jesse Boylan Projection Launch and Opening of Orbit: Tara Gilbee

Friday 3 February, 6:00pm — Friday 3 February, 8:00pm

CAM invites you to celebrate the launch of the next Terrace Projection: Jesse Boylan, At the end of the day and the opening of the latest Orbit: Tara Gilbee - Ellipses.

Drinks and light refreshments provided.

Terrace Projection: Jesse Boylan, At the end of the day

At the end of the day is a new video work by artist Jesse Boylan who asked staff working in Dhelkaya Health (Castlemaine Health), as well as residents of Pennhall Hostel (Aged Care), about what they think goes unseen in their daily lives and work.

Orbit: Tara Gilbee - Ellipses

Ellipses describes both the subject and material process of Tara Gilbee's work. The photographic apparatus and employed processes embody the idea of disturbance or 'peripherality', the elliptical framing, with blurred and out of focus sections and sharp striations of light breaking through the camera and frame. Featuring works which emerged from a two year site-specific project undertaken at the Old Gaol in Bendigo and recent site visits to local gaols in Central Victoria.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Friday 3 February
Time: 6pm
Cost: Free

Please RSVP Here

Supported by
Besen Family Foundation
Boomtown Wine
Creative Victoria
Love Shack Brewing Company
Mount Alexander Shire Council
Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government Initiative



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CAM Commissions Launch Event

Friday 9 December, 6:00pm — Friday 9 December, 8:00pm

Castlemaine Art Museum invites you to celebrate the inaugural CAM Commissions fundraiser at a free launch event on Friday 9 December, 6pm.

CAM Commissions are a series of unique, limited edition artworks developed and available for sale in support of Castlemaine Art Museum.

A vital fundraising venture, the funds raised from artwork sales provide crucial funding toward CAM's operations, programming and community engagement; supporting local and national exhibitions, artist commissions, inviting and accessible programs, and care for the collection.

Join us for a special evening at the gallery to celebrate, where these limited edition works will be available for purchase, alongside special art experiences with Catherine Pilgrim, Julie Millowick, Clayton Tremlett and John Wolseley.
Drinks and light refreshments provided.

2022 CAM Commissions Works Available to Purchase Online Now

The inaugural 2022 CAM Commission sees three remarkable local artists with national reputations ― artists who have recently exhibited at CAM, Zoe Amor, David Frazer, and Melinda Harper ― create new works in response to Castlemaine Art Museum’s heritage façade.

View and purchase the 2022 CAM Commissions online.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Friday 9 December
Time: 6pm
Cost: Free

Free Event - RSVP Here

Supported by
Boomtown Wine
Canson Paper
Creative Victoria
Friends of Castlemaine Art Museum (FOCAM)
Ian Hill Photography
Johnny Baker
Kayell Australia
Love Shack Brewing Company
Mount Alexander Shire Council
Union Studio

Castlemaine Art Museum expresses its gratitude to the 2022 CAM Commissions artists Zoe Amor; David Frazer; Melinda Harper.



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Artist Talk: Dean Smith

Saturday 26 November, 2:00pm — Saturday 26 November, 3:00pm

Join artist Dean Smith for a floor talk, discussing his current Orbit exhibition Between Dawn and Dusk in the Sinclair Gallery at Castlemaine Art Museum on Saturday 26 November, 2pm.

"In my ceramic work I have tried to convey an exchange and curiosity between the ceramic body and the observer. These forms have been wheel-worked and hand built using coarse stoneware and porcelain combined with high-fire glazes and enamels."
– Dean Smith

Dean Smith is a multidisciplinary artist, working mainly in ceramics using special effect high fire glazes combined with low fire enamels and precious metal lustres. Dean also extends his practice into photography and painting.

He has undertaken artist’s residencies in Taiwan, Denmark and Poland and has been a recipient of numerous notable awards including the Silver Prize at the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale 2012 and a recipient of a Career Development Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts in 2018.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 26 November
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Cost: Free

No RSVP required.

Supported by the Besen Family Foundation.



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Lecture with Liz Williamson: Hidden in their leaves: eucalypts dye experiments in Australia

Saturday 22 October, 2:00pm — Saturday 22 October, 3:00pm

Hidden in their leaves: eucalypts dye experiments in Australia

In this talk, artist and weaver Liz Williamson will discuss the Weaving Eucalypts Project exhibition now showing at CAM from 15 September 2022 – 12 February 2023.

The project involves a community of practitioners from Australia, New Zealand and several Indian Ocean countries – practitioners linked by an engagement with nature, concern for sustainability and natural dyeing.

Liz Williamson will briefly discuss the development to the project, key eucalypts dye experiments in Australia and the dissemination of eucalypts to Indian Ocean countries and the practitioners in the projects. Her presentation includes the landmark research of Jean Carman, who was the first to systematically document the colours of Australian Eucalypts by testing over 450 species and publishing her findings in 1978.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 22 October
Time: 2 – 3pm
Cost: Free

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Artist Talk: Zoe Amor

Saturday 22 October, 12:15pm — Saturday 22 October, 1:15pm

Join artist Zoe Amor for a floor talk, discussing her Orbit exhibition Architecture of a dream in the Sinclair Gallery at Castlemaine Art Museum on Saturday 22 October, 12:15pm.

Informed by a deep appreciation for the natural world and how diverse forms of life might peacefully coexist; Zoe Amor's ongoing project Architecture of a dream is a mothership for visionary compositions and meditations on culturally and ecologically significant microcosms.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 22 October
Time: 12:15 – 1:15pm
Cost: Free

No RSVP required.

Supported by The Besen Family Foundation and Friends of Castlemaine Art Museum (FOCAM).



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Terrace Nights: Projection Launch and Opening of Zoe Amor, Jane Brown and Liz Williamson

Friday 21 October, 6:00pm — Friday 21 October, 8:30pm

CAM invites you to celebrate the launch of our latest Terrace Projection and the opening of Liz Williamson: Weaving Eucalypts Project; Zoe Amor's Architecture of a dream; and a new body of work by Jane Brown in There's a certain Slant of light

After sunset, our latest Terrace Projection: I'll Be Me will be viewable on the CAM façade.

Drinks and light refreshments provided.

Terrace Projections: I'll Be Me

I’ll Be Me is a presentation of new filmmaking voices: Aleka Adam, Cosmo Adams, Billy Lister, Tenzin Marius, Theo Mellick-Cooper and Ari McCord who, armed with the tools of self-reliance, have created their own stories to be projected on CAM’s façade. Six young members of the Castlemaine community have taken a chance to learn new skills and invest time and energy into exploring what matters to them. Two award-winning local bike riders Angus Melville and Flynn Culph also make an unusual appearance in the projection.

Orbit: Zoe Amor - Architecture of a dream

Informed by her deep appreciation for the natural world and the way in which diverse forms of life might peacefully coexist; Zoe Amor's ongoing project Architecture of a dream is a mothership for visionary compositions and meditations on culturally and ecologically significant microcosms.

There's a certain Slant of light with Jane Brown

There’s a certain Slant of light takes a darker turn with the inclusion of an exciting new body of works by celebrated contemporary photographer Jane Brown. The mysterious interplay of light on greenhouse plants, and refracted through mirrors, antique glass and windows are the subjects of these extraordinary new works – each meticulously hand-printed on paper, tin or glass.

Liz Williamson: Weaving Eucalypts Project

This collaborative project by Australian weaver Liz Williamson explores local colour, cultural connections, and shared weaving traditions. It extends from Williamson’s research into experiments with Australian natural dye plants and unique colours extracted from locally sourced plants.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Friday 21 October
Time: 6pm
Cost: Free

Please RSVP here.

Supported by
Besen Family Foundation
Boomtown Wine
Creative Victoria
Friends of Castlemaine Art Museum (FOCAM)
Mount Alexander Shire Council
Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government Initiative



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Paddock to Paper Drawing Workshop

Friday 23 September, 4:00pm — Friday 23 September, 6:00pm

To coincide with our current Terrace Projection: Agri-Cultures by Zoe Scoglio, we are delighted to present Paddock to Paper on Friday 23 September.

Part drawing workshop, part feast, Paddock to Paper is open to people of any age and technical ability to draw and experiment in this guided session with local artist and CAM staff member Anna Schwann. Join us at the gallery for a (sort of) still life drawing workshop, that you can eat at the end!

Anna Schwann works in expanded sculptural practice that investigates the encounter between art and audience; facilitating conversation using sensory engaging tactics as means of connection.

Taking inspiration from the farming 'industry', social economies, and the ethos of Gung Hoe Growers, this drawing workshop invites you to explore lateral thinking around process and outcome, the movement of time, and figuring out how to work with your neighbours.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Friday 23 September
Time: 4 – 6pm
Cost: $30 + Booking fee
BYO: Plate, cutlery, cup.
Provided: Drawing materials, paper, boards, food.
Note: Food provided will be vegetarian and organic where possible. Nut free, gluten free options available.

Tickets available here. Bookings essential.



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Artist Talk: Mark Dober

Saturday 17 September, 2:00pm — Saturday 17 September, 3:00pm

Join artist Mark Dober for a floor talk, discussing his Orbit exhibition The Edge of Town in the Sinclair Gallery at Castlemaine Art Museum on Saturday 17 September, 2pm.

Mark’s exhibition features works made specifically for this show at the edge of Castlemaine and its surrounds.

Light and space, the near and the far, the bucolic and the strange, make their appearance in ways which convey contrasting and ambiguous moods. Above all, Mark's work conveys a direct and lively response to landscape, one grounded in observation.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 17 September
Time: 2 – 3pm
Cost: Free

No RSVP required.

Supported by The Besen Family Foundation and Mount Alexander Shire Council Events Grants Program.



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CAM Off-Site: An Agri-Cultures Conversation

Sunday 11 September, 4:00pm — Sunday 11 September, 5:30pm

A conversation and collective digestion on the question of culture. Presented at Harcourt Organic Farming Co-op, please join Terrace Projection: Agri-Cultures artist Zoe Scoglio in conversation with members of the extended Gung Hoe Growers and HOFC family.

Featuring Mel Willard, Gung Hoe Growers Co-Founder; Ira Barker, Gunditjmara Barkindji Person and Murnong Mammas Member; and Duang Tengtrirat, Local Cook, Mindful Cooking Teacher and Food Radical.

This off-site conversation will question, what becomes possible if thinking about the cultures within our guts, within the soil and within our social sphere, as one continuum? How can we learn from and support regenerative and community supported agricultural initiatives, to create cultures that nourish in this time and place?

As part of this in conversation event, Gung Hoe Growers vegetation will be arranged and ready to eat for attendees.


Please note, when visiting Harcourt Organic Farming Co-op:

  • There is limited car parking, car sharing is encouraged.
  • If you have visited another farm with animals please change your shoes (bio-security).
  • Due to Queensland Fruit Fly, please bring cut up fruit only on-site.
  • Keep HOFC Australia Foot and Mouth disease free. If you have been to Bali/Indonesia in the past three months, please notify HOFC before coming on farm. If you have, do not wear shoes, clothing or bring equipment which you travelled with onto our farm, or any farm in Australia for 6 months. Give them a good clean and put them in the back of the cupboard to quarantine. If you have been to a country where FMD is present, we ask you not to enter a farm in Australia for at least 7 days. Please work with customs officials to declare all high risk products and follow their advice.

Where: Harcourt Organic Farming Co-op, 69 Danns Rd, Harcourt VIC 3453
Date: Sunday 11 September
Time: 4 – 5:30pm
Cost: Free

Please RSVP here.

Supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.



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Christian Waller Book Launch and Illustrated Talk

Saturday 27 August, 1:00pm — Saturday 27 August, 2:00pm

Celebrate the launch of Christian Waller Stained Glass: Toward the Light at CAM with author Caroline Miley.

Christian Waller’s exemplary skills and achievements as an Australian stained glass artist are brought to light in this superb book. A leading proponent of Modernism in Australian art and the sole woman professional stained-glass artist in Australia until the craft revival of the 1970s, Christian was as ethereal in her outlook as she was exceptionally capable and innovative in her craft.

Castlemaine was Christian Waller's birthplace and CAM holds a number of her works in the collection.

Please join us at the gallery for an illustrated talk with Caroline Miley, discussing Christian Waller’s oeuvre with analysis of the themes, styles, influences, and iconography of her works, many previously unknown.

Dr Caroline Miley has had a lifetime interest in decorative arts, especially stained glass. She was Lecturer in Art History and Theory at the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) and Curator of the College Collection. This book is the culmination of many years' research and a personal interest in the artist and her work.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 27 August
Time: 1 – 2pm
Cost: Free

No RSVP required.



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Northern Books at CAM with Judy Cotton

Saturday 13 August, 2:00pm — Saturday 13 August, 3:30pm

We are delighted that Northern Books will be presenting an event with Judy Cotton, visual artist and author, in conversation with Suzanne Donisthorpe at CAM.

Judy Cotton is an internationally recognised visual artist based in Connecticut, USA. Her work is held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, National Gallery of Australia and private collections. From 1974 to 1993, Cotton was the New York contributing editor for Vogue Australia.

Judy will be at the gallery to discuss her memoir, Swimming Home, with an opportunity to sign books after the conversation.

In this stunning memoir, full of black humour and razor-sharp observations, artist and author Judy Cotton captures the intricacies of family relationships and the push–pull of home. In dazzling prose and with an artist’s eye for landscape, Swimming Home is a powerful meditation on loss and longing, freedom and connection.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 13 August
Time: 2pm (for 2:30pm start)
Cost: $10
Bookings essential. Tickets available here.

Presented by Northern Books



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Artist Talk: Gabrielle Martin

Saturday 30 July, 2:00pm — Saturday 30 July, 3:00pm

Join us for a floor talk with artist Gabrielle Martin, discussing her Orbit exhibition Through the Long Grass at Castlemaine Art Museum on Saturday 30 July, 2pm.

The exhibition looks at the landscape near her home in the Goldfields town of Malmsbury. This land was reshaped in the 19th Century by civic rail and water projects and grazing that serviced the goldmining industry.

In this artist talk, Gabrielle will discuss the influences and ideas behind her work, and the role of memory, imagination and observation in her landscape paintings.

She will look at parallels between the landscape around Malmsbury and the orchards and paddocks on the outer fringes of Melbourne when she was growing up in the 1970s. Wild fruit trees, weathered pines and dry fields of grass are common to both, as well as endemic gorse, blackberries and briar rose that resist the best efforts at control. It is compromised landscape, but one she feels deeply connected with.

She will also talk about the role of the figure in her recent work and how it has evolved from her portraits.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Saturday 30 July
Time: 2 – 3pm
Cost: Free

No RSVP required.

Proudly supported by the Besen Family Foundation.



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Terrace Nights: Zoe Scoglio, 'Agri-Cultures' and Exhibition Opening of Gabrielle Martin and Reflections

Friday 29 July, 6:00pm — Friday 29 July, 8:30pm

CAM invites you to Terrace Nights: the opening of our latest Terrace Projection and, inside the gallery, two new exhibitions.

Please join us at the gallery on Friday 29 July, 6pm for the launch of Terrace Projections: Agri-Cultures, a projection commission by local artist Zoe Scoglio, and the opening of two new exhibitions: Reflections on the Castlemaine Art Museum Collection and, the first in our 2022 Orbit exhibition series, Gabrielle Martin's Through the Long Grass.

Drinks and light refreshments provided.

Terrace Projection: Zoe Scoglio, Agri-Cultures

Agri-Cultures is a commissioned video work by local artist Zoe Scoglio in dialogue with local small-scale farmers Gung Hoe growers in response to the theme ‘Industry.’ Focusing on the manual labours and tactile relations, this is a visual portrait of the daily regenerative wholistic practices and emergent cultures at the Harcourt Organic Farming Co-op. As a volunteer at Gung Hoe Growers, this commission was an opportunity for Zoe Scoglio to enter more deeply into conversation and to further learn from and attend to the practices of daily care-full cultivation.

Reflections on the Castlemaine Art Museum

Reflections began as part of CAM’s online response to Covid lockdowns. This exhibition presents a selection of works from the art museum collection, accompanied by a written Reflection from a diverse range of contributors. Contributors are asked to ‘reflect’ on works or objects from the CAM collections and history – opening our art and museum collections to new voices and knowledge.

Orbit: Gabrielle Martin - Through the Long Grass

Gabrielle Martin paints the landscape near her home in the Goldfields town of Malmsbury. This land was reshaped in the 19th Century by civic rail and water projects, and grazing that serviced the goldmining industry. There are parallels between this landscape and the orchards and paddocks on the outer fringes of Melbourne when she was growing up in the 1970s. Wild fruit trees, weathered pines and dry fields of grass are common to both, as well as endemic gorse, blackberries and briar rose that resist the best efforts at control. Watching children playing in the long grass unlocks memories of her own childhood play.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Friday 29 July
Time: 6pm
Cost: Free

Please RSVP here.

Supported by
Besen Family Foundation
Castlemaine Mail
Christine Bell
Creative Victoria
Mount Alexander Shire Council
Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative



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Artist Talk: Peter Tyndall

Sunday 10 July, 2:00pm — Sunday 10 July, 3:00pm

Join us for a floor talk with artist Peter Tyndall, discussing his current exhibition SINCLAIR+GALLERY at the Castlemaine Art Museum on Sunday 10 July, 2pm.

The exhibition Peter Tyndall: SINCLAIR+GALLERY first took shape on a series of small Spirax notebook pages. In this artist talk, Peter Tyndall will meditate on his habits of note taking, and the relationship of his vast collection of Spirax jottings to his finished artworks.

Peter Tyndall is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Date: Sunday 10 July
Time: 2 – 3pm
Cost: Free

No RSVP required.



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Len Fox Artist Talk

Saturday 11 June, 2:00pm — Saturday 11 June, 3:00pm

Join us for an afternoon of artists in conversation with exhibition finalists Kylie Banyard and Safak Gurboga, chaired by CAM Director, Naomi Cass.

Where: Stoneman Gallery
Date: Saturday 11 June
Time: 2 – 3pm
No RSVP required.



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Len Fox Artist Talk

Saturday 28 May, 2:00pm — Saturday 28 May, 3:00pm

Join us for an afternoon of artists in conversation with Len Fox Painting Prize winner Greg Creek and finalist Christine Wrest-Smith, chaired by CAM Director, Naomi Cass.

Where: Stoneman Gallery
Date: Saturday 28 May
Time: 2 – 3pm
No RSVP required.



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Drawing with Foxes

Friday 27 May, 4:00pm — Friday 10 June, 6:00pm

CAM invites you to a casual afternoon of drawing held amongst the Len Fox Painting Prize exhibition.

Drawing a painting? You might argue that drawing is the foundation of painting, a starting point and place to develop ideas.

With this in mind, we invite you to look to the works for inspiration. Surrounded by paintings from fifty three exhibiting artists whose works embody Emmanuel Philips Fox’s connection with light, colour and connection to place, there is much to be explored.

Make yourself comfortable at CAM and draw amongst like-minded people. All ages and ability levels are invited to come and let loose on paper. Facilitated by local artist Anna Schwann.

Please contact our friendly staff at the front desk with any access questions so that we can give you the best experience.

Cost: Free

When: Friday 27 May and Friday 10 June

Time: 4 – 6pm

Provided: Drawing materials (pencils, charcoal, coloured pencils), butchers paper, sketch paper, drawing boards

BYO: Any special papers or drawing materials

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drawing-with-foxes-a-drawing-session-at-cam-tickets-340278360737



Dates:
Friday 27 May, 4:00pm
Friday 10 June, 4:00pm

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Castlemaine Art Museum Book Fair

Saturday 26 March, 12:00pm — Sunday 27 March, 4:00pm

CAM is hosting a two-day regional art book fair held on the gallery terrace showcasing local artist publications.

To complement the 2022 Melbourne Art Book Fair, CAM is hosting a two-day regional art book fair held on the gallery terrace and inside the beautiful 1931 art deco building. From 12pm-4pm across the weekend of the 26 and 27 March, CAM will host stalls showcasing work by central Victorian artists, writers, and publishers, and two afternoon panel discussions on creating and publishing in the regions.

Date and time
Sat, March 26, 2022
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM AEDT

Sun, March 27, 2022
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM AEDT

Location
Castlemaine Art Museum
14 Lyttleton Street
Castlemaine, VIC 3450



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Terrace Nights: Drawing Workshop with Eloise Grills

Friday 25 February, 5:30pm — Friday 25 February, 7:30pm

In this guided drawing workshop with local essayist, comics artist and poet, Eloise Grills, participants will be led through a series of prompts that respond to CAM’s projection of Michael Corridore’s Angry Black Snake.

Angry Black Snake captures the drama of burn out meets across regional Australia. The term describes when an engine overheats and the radiator hose explodes through the smoke. This workshop will explore themes such as climate change and bodies in landscape.

Eloise Grills has taught creative writing and comics through Arts Access, Stella Schools, Emerging Writers Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, and a number of universities. Her work has been recognised by awards such as The Melbourne Prize, The Peter Blazey Fellowship, The Lifted Brow X RMIT Non/Fiction Lab Prize for Experimental Nonfiction, The Cosmonauts Avenue Nonfiction Prize and the Woollahra Digital Literary Award. Her first full-length illustrated essay collection ‘big beautiful female theory’ is forthcoming via Affirm Press in July 2022.

This is a relaxed workshop.

No prior drawing experience required.

Non-alcoholic punch and drawing materials provided.

Young people are especially encouraged to attend this workshop, though all ages are welcome.

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Experimental Print Prize - Another Dimension

Saturday 19 February, 2:00pm — Saturday 19 February, 3:00pm

CAM welcomes you to join three of the selected artists as they discuss their conceptual approach to experimentation for EPP. The Experimental Print Prize draws together artists from all over Victoria to investigate new possibilities within the bounds of printmaking.

Another Dimension - artists in conversation are:

Rudi Williams:

unfixed: σκιά σκιά σκιά ombra ombra ombra shadow shadow shadow 2021

Jon Butt:

u Muography - experimental printer 2021

Kate Gorringe-Smith:

Eastern Curlew Afterimage (the things we see more clearly once they're gone), 2021

Visit the exhibition to cast your vote in the People's Choice Award.

The Experimental Print Prize is open now until 28 February 2022.

Castlemaine Art Museum recognises and celebrates contemporary printmaking. There is a strong tradition of printmaking in Victoria and this non-acquisitive prize is the second of three award exhibitions.

Address: 14 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine
Cost: Free
Bookings via Eventbrite link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/experimental-print-prize-talks-another-dimension-tickets-261583672807?ref=estw



Dates:
Saturday 19 February, 2:00pm

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Terrace Nights: Michael Corrdiore, 'Angry Black Snake'

Friday 4 February, 6:00pm — Friday 4 February, 9:00pm

Castlemaine Art Museum invites you to the launch of a new projection program, and a series of public programs, 'Terrace Nights'.
'Terrace Nights' opens with a projection of photographer Michael Corridore's work 'Angry Black Snake' on the gallery facade.
‘Angry Black Snake’ contrasts the joy of gathering in celebration of a shared love of cars, with dream-like scenery that is neither distinctly pleasant nor clearly post-apocalyptic. Corridore’s contextless figures elicit a sense of unease in the viewer that remains unceasingly relevant in conversations around man’s impact upon the environment. 'Angry Black Snake' was the winner of the Aperture Foundation's Portfolio Prize and was exhibited in their New York gallery in 2010.
Please join us in the gallery at 6pm, Friday 4 February to be the first to hear about this new two-year program of projections and events.
Drinks and light refreshments provided.
Music by Castlemaine Electronics Workshop;
Refreshments by Sprout Bakery & Long Paddock;
Wine by Black Jack Wines.

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National Boys Choir of Australia - Annual Concert Tour

Thursday 13 January, 5:00pm — Thursday 13 January, 6:30pm

CAM is pleased to host the National Boys Choir of Australia for their Annual Concert Tour, 'Gippsland to Goldfields'.

CAM will stay open late until 6:30pm on Thursday 13 January, with the boys performing three 15-20 minute sets from 5pm-6:30pm.

The National Boys Choir of Australia is delighted to return to the concert platform after nearly two years, to present a program of beautiful choral works, including Australian songs, folk tunes and classical pieces, a few favourite showtunes, and a tiny touch of Disney.

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In Conversation: Peter Tyndall: SINCLAIR+GALLERY

Saturday 18 December, 2:00pm — Saturday 18 December, 4:00pm

Join artist Peter Tyndall and curator Jenny Long in conversation at 2pm, Saturday 18 December.

The exhibition SINCLAIR+GALLERY will re-stage all such SITE+SIGHT inspections, as the Actors of Regard come and go.

The formal Title of each Act of Regard will be :

detail

A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/

someone looks at something...

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Peter Tyndall

for

Theatre of the Actors of Regard

Peter Tyndall: SINCLAIR+GALLERY
When: Saturday 18 December, 2-4pm
Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Cost: Free

Bookings non-essential.



Dates:
Saturday 18 December, 2:00pm

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Experimental Print Prize - The Winners Speak

Sunday 12 December, 2:00pm — Sunday 12 December, 3:00pm

CAM welcomes you to join this year's winning artists in conversation on Sunday 12 December from 2pm-3pm. The Experimental Print Prize draws together artists from all over Victoria to investigate new possibilities within the bounds of printmaking. Bookings are not required.

The winners of the 2021 Experimental Print Prize, as judged by Catherine Pilgrim and Trent Walter, are:

First Prize - Bridget Hillebrand, Drift, 2021

Highly Commended - John Loane, The Shallow, The Deep (existential dichotomies), 2020

Emerging Artist Award - Hannah Caprice, We must be imaging things, 2019

Visit the exhibition to cast your vote in the People's Choice Award.

The Experimental Print Prize is open now until 28 February 2022.

Castlemaine Art Museum recognises and celebrates contemporary printmaking. There is a strong tradition of printmaking in Victoria and this non-acquisitive prize is the second of three award exhibitions.

Experimental Print Prize - The Winners Speak
When: Sunday 12 December, 2-3pm
Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Cost: Free

Bookings non-essential.



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Floor Talk: #Perempuan 2021

Saturday 15 May, 2:30pm — Saturday 15 May, 3:30pm

Join Project Eleven's Konfir Kabo, Mara Sisson and Ressika Tikoalu in conversation as they discuss #Perempuan 2021: Contemporary Indonesian Art.

Perempuan 2021 celebrates voices and unspoken stories of Indonesian women – a platform for artists to share issues that are not always openly discussed in Indonesia. Selected from the remarkable Project Eleven Collection, this exhibition explores activism, values and traditions through a broad range of art forms from painting, photography, textiles, sculpture and installation.

This exhibitions is supported by the Kabo Foundation, Art Guide Australia, Tint Design, and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

2:30pm-3:30pm.
Stoneman Gallery.

Bookings are not required.



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One Word is a Million: Writing Workshops at CAM - Workshop 2

Saturday 13 November, 9:00am — Saturday 13 November, 11:30am

One Word is a Million: Writing Workshops at CAM
Workshop 2: Cloudy: A few isolated showers…

Local storyteller Wahibe Moussa is presenting two writing workshops that encourage new writing in response to artworks currently on exhibition at Castlemaine Art Museum.

Wahibe approaches art and writing with the belief that everyone has the ability to interact with and be inspired by art. We can foster new narratives using prompts that invite us to explore an individual artwork through our senses, creating new relationships between art and our inner world.

Each guided workshop will take place while the gallery is closed and surrounded by an exhibition for inspiration. Using the artworks as instigators, participants will be guided using prompts and drama-based stimulus to create new writing.

Who is this for?
This is a generative writing workshop, aimed to help participants discover entry points into their creative writing. You may have an idea, but can’t think how to get started, or feel daunted by the sight of the first blank page. You may be in the middle of the Great Australian Novel but stuck on a particular point.

You may be a writer, you may be a visual artist, a performer, a cook, a nurse. You may be a high school student struggling with an assignment. Whoever you are, come along with your pen and notebook or electronic device of choice. But most of all bring along your curiosity and let’s see what we can do together. All genres are welcome: poetry, fiction, dialogue, essay, and anything in between.

Each workshop will be two and a half hours long. Participants can expect to leave the workshop with two or three pieces of new writing.

This event was supported by Mount Alexander Shire Council.

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Workshop 2: Cloudy: A few isolated showers…
When: Saturday 13 November, 9am-11:30am
Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Cost: $10

Bookings essential.

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One Word is a Million: Writing Workshops at CAM - Workshop 1

Saturday 21 August, 9:00am — Saturday 21 August, 11:30am

One Word is a Million: Writing Workshops at CAM
Workshop 1: #Perempuan 2021: Contemporary Indonesian Art.

Local storyteller Wahibe Moussa is presenting two writing workshops that encourage new writing in response to artworks currently on exhibition at Castlemaine Art Museum.

Wahibe approaches art and writing with the belief that everyone has the ability to interact with and be inspired by art. We can foster new narratives using prompts that invite us to explore an individual artwork through our senses, creating new relationships between art and our inner world.

Each guided workshop will take place while the gallery is closed and surrounded by an exhibition for inspiration. Using the artworks as instigators, participants will be guided using prompts and drama-based stimulus to create new writing.

Who is this for?
This is a generative writing workshop, aimed to help participants discover entry points into their creative writing. You may have an idea, but can’t think how to get started, or feel daunted by the sight of the first blank page. You may be in the middle of the Great Australian Novel but stuck on a particular point.

You may be a writer, you may be a visual artist, a performer, a cook, a nurse. You may be a high school student struggling with an assignment. Whoever you are, come along with your pen and notebook or electronic device of choice. But most of all bring along your curiosity and let’s see what we can do together. All genres are welcome: poetry, fiction, dialogue, essay, and anything in between.

Each workshop will be two and a half hours long. Participants can expect to leave the workshop with two or three pieces of new writing.

This event was supported by Mount Alexander Shire Council.

View exhibition details.

Workshop 1: #Perempuan 2021
When: Saturday 21 August, 9:00 - 11:30
Where: Castlemaine Art Museum
Cost: $10

Bookings essential.
Click on the link below to book.
Change the date to '21 August' and a booking button will appear next to the event.

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