Top five regional art shows for the cooler months

Geelong Art Gallery

When it’s cold out, head indoors for an art fix at these brilliant regional exhibitions.  

Bendigo Art Gallery

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion
Until 10 November 2019Dovima with Sacha, cloche and suit by Balenciaga, Café des Deux Magots, 1955. The Richard Avedon Foundation.

Direct from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, this major exhibition has pulled together the works of Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga, revered by 20th century contemporaries Christian Dior and Coco Chanel. On display are garments from the 1950s and 1960s plus sketches, patterns, photographs, fabric samples and catwalk footage showing an insight into Balenciaga’s salons and workrooms.

You’ll also see items from Hollywood actress Ava Gardner, dresses and hats belonging to 1960s fashion icon Gloria Guinness, and pieces worn by one of the world’s wealthiest women, Mona von Bismarck, who commissioned everything from ballgowns to gardening shorts! The exhibition also explores the lasting impact of Balenciaga, tracing his influence through the work of more than 30 fashion designers across the last half century.

Visit the Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion exhibition website.

Castlemaine Art Museum

Len Fox Painting AwardBetty Kuntiwa Pumani, Antara, 2018.
Until 1 September 2019

In celebration of the life and work of impressionist painter Emanuel Phillips Fox (1865–1915), the $50,000 Len Fox Painting Award is a biennial prize awarded to a living Australian artist.

From a pool of 190 works and a field of 48 finalists, Betty Kuntiwa Pumani is the 2019 winner, awarded by Chairman of Sotheby’s Australia, Geoffrey Smith, for her work Antara, which depicts a ceremonial site over 1000 kilometres north-west of Adelaide. It’s an important area for Betty Kuntiwa Pumani and her family as it’s her late mother’s country.

Today, Betty and her older sister Ngupulya Pumani are its custodians, mapping its significance through art. Betty’s bold reds evoke the rocky desert, while also suggesting blood or viscera and energy. Shortlisted finalists also feature in this exhibition.

Visit the Len Fox Painting Award exhibition website.

Shepparton Art Museum

Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award 2019
Until 1 September 2019
Lynda Draper. Photo by Christian Capurro.

The $50,000 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Prize for 2019 – the premier award for contemporary Australian artists working in ceramics – was awarded to Lynda Draper, Ceramics Head at Sydney’s National Art School, for her work Somnambulism.

The work references sleepwalking through the parks, gardens and decorative excesses of the Palace of Versailles on the outskirts of Paris, where Lynda was recently an artist-in-residence for three months.

On display are also this year’s shortlisted artists: Julie Bartholomew, Stephen Bird, Greg Daly, Juz Kitson and Isadora Vaughan.

Visit the Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award exhibition website.

Geelong Gallery

The Moon
Until 1 September 2019Georges Méliès 'A Trip to the moon (Le Voyage dans la lune)' 1902, Australian Centre for the Moving Image - still.

From a 16th century woodcut by Albrecht Dürer to a 1903 French film to works by celebrated Australian artists Arthur Streeton and Charles Blackman, this compelling exhibition showcases the Moon and space travel.

Incorporating links to literature, oil, music and science, it includes loans from the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Heide Museum of Modern Art, various regional galleries, private collections and Geelong Gallery’s own collection.

Visit The Moon exhibition website.

Gippsland Art Gallery

NASA, Washington DC Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr walks on the surface of the moon 1969.Space: 50 years since man first stepped on the moon
Until 8 September 2019

And here’s another spectacular exhibition that takes you on a journey into space. Its collection of art and artefacts celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing by the Apollo 11 astronauts in 1969, watched by about one billion people around the world.

Included are original photographs from NASA of the moon landing, together with astronauts’ photographs, space hardware and works from over 15 contemporary artists who examine the theme of space exploration.

Visit the Space exhibition website.