Top five regional art exhibitions

Bendigo Art Gallery - Photo credit: Visit Victoria

Don’t delay. Hop in the car or get on a train and head to these regional centres to experience the brilliant art on offer.

Pablo Picasso artwork - pencil drawingArt Gallery of Ballarat  

Picasso: The Vollard Suite

Until 28 April 2019

Over seven years in the 1930s, Spanish supremo Pablo Picasso etched and engraved 100 pieces in a series named after the art dealer who commissioned them, Ambroise Vollard. This complete set – on loan from Canberra's National Gallery of Australia, one of the few institutions in the world to have a set in its entirety – depicts Picasso’s fascination with myths, the human body, his mistress and politics.

Visit the Art Gallery of Ballarat website for details.

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 Queen Elizabeth I -The ‘Ditchley’ portraitBendigo Art Gallery

Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits

16 March  – 14 July 2019

Get a taste of five dynasties of British royalty from the 16th century to today at this outstanding exhibition direct from London’s National Portrait Gallery. Alongside some of the most significant royal portraits, Bendigo Art Gallery has also secured loans of historic fashion, armour and personal effects.

Visit the Bendigo Art Gallery website for details.

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Painting by Jean LangleyMornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

In the Valley

2 March – 5 May 2019

Mornington Peninsula’s beauty and fragility are captured in this exhibition highlighting Mount Martha, Somers, Port Phillip Bay and Kangerong basin as seen through the eyes of artists Rosie Weiss, Jean Langley, Merryn Lloyd and Siri Hayes.

This project coincides with the Mornington Peninsula Shire moving towards zero net carbon emissions across all its operations by 2021 and supporting long-term climate change resilience across the community. Tick tick.

Visit the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery website for details.

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Eastern Water DragonGippsland Art Gallery  

The Art of Annemieke Mein

Until 21 July 2019

From works featuring the sheep blowfly life cycle to close-ups of an Eastern Water Dragon (pictured), a blue-billed duck, giant moths and butterflies, this is an exhibition that shows off Australian wildlife at its best. Which is exactly the intention of 75-year-old Dutch-born textile artist Annemieke Mein, whose art depicting Gippsland’s flora and fauna is collected around the world. Having lived in Sale since 1971, Annemieke uses her work to convey the importance of preserving our natural heritage. In 1988, she was awarded the Order of Australia for services to the Arts. Her art space will rotate regularly, featuring works produced over the last four decades.

Visit the Gippsland Art Gallery website for details.

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Penny Byrne, Love is a BattlefieldWarrnambool Art Gallery

HIGH VIS: Protest, People and Power in a time of Fake News

2 March – 19 May 2019

In this solo exhibition, Melbourne-based sculptor Penny Byrne spotlights the concept of truth in international politics via sculptures and installations made of bronze, glass, vintage porcelain figurines and found objects. A key part of her show focuses on the recent ‘Yellow Vest’ French grassroots political movement that began in November 2018.

Visit the Warrnambool Art Gallery website for details.

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1: Pablo Picasso, Spain 1881 - France 1973, Minotaure aveugle guidé par une fillette dans la nuit. [Blind minotaur led by a little girl at night.] between 3-7 December and 31 December 1934, or 1 January 1935 from the Vollard Suite (97). Etching and scraper, printed in black ink. National Gallery of Australia.©Succession Picasso. Licensed by Viscopy, 2017.

2: Queen Elizabeth I (The ‘Ditchley’ portrait) by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, c.1592 © National Portrait Gallery, London.

3: Jean Langley

4: Eastern Water Dragon, 1979

5: Penny Byrne, Love is a Battlefield, 2013.