Slipstitch | 21 August – 25 September 2016

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A NETS Victoria and Ararat Regional Art Gallery touring exhibition, curated by Dr Belinda von Mengersen
21 August – 25 September 2016

Slipstitch presents an Australian perspective on the contemporary uptake of embroidery by a new generation of artists. The exhibition features recent work from Mae Finlayson, David Green, Lucas Grogan, Alice Kettle, Tim Moore, Silke Raetze, Demelza Sherwood, Matt Siwerski, Jane Theau, Sera Waters, Elyse Watkins and Ilka White.
In recent years contemporary artists in Australia have embraced embroidery for its capacity for poignant and reflective narrative. The re-emergence of … Further information

2016 Len Fox Painting Award | Call for Entries


The 2016 Len Fox Painting Award is a biennial $50,000 acquisitive award at the Castlemaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum. Initiated and funded by Len Fox (1905-2004), this prestigious award commemorates the life and work of his uncle, the influential and internationally recognized Australian born painter, Emanuel Phillips Fox (1865-1915). Known for his plein air, impressionist style, Fox’s paintings are characterized by vibrantly coloured landscapes and scenes of everyday life.

The 2016 Len Fox Painting Award is an exciting opportunity for artists to interpret these qualities in a contemporary context.

Entry forms available Len Fox … Further information

In Disguise Family Art Day! Book Now!

In Disguise

To celebrate our current exhibition Clayton Tremlett: Beard and Influence the Castlemaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum invites families to come along and get creative!

Activities include:
DIY beards, crazy hair booth, bushranger stories, identikit posters and model a mini bushranger.

Cost: $10 per family* (includes exhibition entry)
*1 adult and up to 2 children (4–12 years)
Additional children $4 each
Bookings and payment essential by Friday 5 August: Call (03) 5472 2292

Hope to see you there!

Artist Talk | Clayton Tremlett | 13 August, 2pm


Clayton Artist Talk 2016

Come along to the Castlemaine Art Gallery on Saturday 13 August at 2pm and hear exhibiting artist Clayton Tremlett discuss his work in our current exhibition Beard and Influence. Exhibition on display until 15 August 2016.

Education | Beard and Influence

10 July – 15 August 2016

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Opportunities are available for teachers to conduct a self-tour of the exhibition Clayton Tremlett: Beard and Influence (10 July – 15 August 2016) or to book a general or Studio Arts focussed tour with arts educator Margot Feast.

The exhibition highlights local artist Clayton Tremlett’s contemporary approach to the compelling stories of some of Australia’s most notorious bushrangers through transformative self-portraiture.

Beard and Influence began as a performative series which was developed over four years by the artist altering his … Further information

Clayton Tremlett: Beard and Influence


10 July – 15 August 2016


Installation Beard and Influence Clayton Tremlett


Over the past 3 years, artist Clayton Tremlett has conducted extensive research into the fascinating imagery and mythology associated with Australian bushrangers of the 19th century. Included in this exhibition are these impressive objects, loaned from the Public Records Office of Victoria. These enormous books are the original Central Registers of Male Prisoners used in the Victorian gaol system. They include all the personal details and photographs of many of Victoria’s most infamous criminals, … Further information

Artist Floor Talk: Beard and Influence


Our upcoming exhibition Beard and Influence (10 July – 15 August 2016) explores portraiture and the performative nature of the artist in the various guises of twelve Australian bushrangers.

Clayton Tremlett has recreated original photographs of twelve bushrangers, and from this documentation he has developed self-portraits in linocut and laser resist etching prints.

Hear the artist discuss his work in a floor talk on Sunday 10 July at 2pm. For more details contact gallery staff on (03) 5472 2292 or

Don’t miss the remarkable Beard and Influence by local artist Clayton Tremlett, an … Further information