Take a trip through southern suburbs and explore the art spaces across the southside.
The arts and cultural industries have been hard hit during these last two years.
Some spaces have closed for good, other spaces have moved homes and some have gone online.
As galleries and art spaces reopen, now is a great time to reacquaint ourselves with art and culture and show galleries and artists some love.
We take a look at independent, public, not-for-profit, artist-run initiatives and council galleries across Melbourne.
From bustling Windsor and scenic St Kilda, galleries on the Southside reach out as far as Frankston and Langwarrin. Spend a day inner Southside or take a day trip out to the far edges of the south to explore all that is on offer in the art spaces.
What: Bayside Gallery is a curated exhibition space. The program program gives residents and visitors the opportunity to engage with inspirational work from renowned Australian and International artists, as well as showcasing the incredible wealth of artists in the Bayside area. Bayside Gallery is operated by Bayside City Council.
When: Wednesday - Friday 11am - 5pm, Saturday & Sunday 1pm - 5pm
Where: Brighton Town Hall, Corner Carpenter and Wilson streets, Brighton (entry on Wilson Street).
What: Set next to the Frankston Arts Centre, The Cube 37 Gallery is a community access gallery used by art groups, schools and emerging and professional artists. The Art After Dark Program occurs in the Glass Cube Gallery lighting up the front of Cube 37.
When: Tuesday - Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday 9am - 2pm. The Glass Cube Gallery is visible 24/7.
Where: 27 - 37 Davey St, Frankston.
What: The location of McClelland Gallery was originally known as ‘Studio Park’ - the site of Harry McClelland's painting studio. Harry McClelland and sister Annie May, moved to Frankston in 1912. Annie May McClelland bequeathed the land and her Estate to honour her brother’s memory by establishing the Harry McClelland Art Gallery and Cultural Hall. Known now as McClelland Sculpture Park adn Gallery, it has been operating since 1971. McClelland’s unique outdoor sculpture collection showcases over 100 works by prominent Australian sculptors. Entry to the sculpture park is free and the gallery is a $6 entry fee.
When: Wednesday - Sunday 10am – 5pm.
Where: 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin.
What: Kingston Arts galleries are located across two venues at the Kingston Arts Centre in Moorabbin and Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale. The annual visual arts program includes a series of curated contemporary art exhibitions, artist floor talks, workshops and events and provides opportunities for local artists and arts organisations to exhibit.
When: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm and Saturday 12 - 5pm
Where: G1 + G2: Kingston Arts Centre, 979 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin; G3 Artspace: Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Road, Parkdale.
What: Bunjil Place Gallery is set within the Casey City Council Entertainment Precinct, opened in 2017. Alongside studio, theatre and library, the gallery hosts exhibitions by Australian and local contemporary artists.
When: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm.
Where: Bunjil Place, 2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren.
What: Linden New Art supports brave new art by mid-career artists and engages visitors through inspiring, thought-provoking exhibitions of new work. Linden New Art has several gallery spaces in the main building and recently opened Linden Projects Space launched in 2019.
When: Tuesday to Sunday 11am - 4pm.
Where: 26 Acland Street, St Kilda.
What: Alternating Current Art Space is an artist-run initiative encouraging experimentation. The gallery contains four main exhibition spaces plus The Cupboard, a small project space. Early & mid-career contemporary artists and curators alike feature in our exhibition program.
When: Thursday - Friday 11am - 6pm, Saturday - Sunday 12 - 5pm.
Where: 248 High Street, Windsor.
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