Exhibitions and events

The 13-Storey Treehouse cover

Central Goldfields Art Gallery presents a diverse exhibition programme showcasing art from the permanent collection, exhibitions by artists living in the region and touring exhibitions. 

Regular exhibition openings are held and all are welcome to attend.

 Image above:

Cover illustration, The 13-Storey Treehouse,

written by Andy Griffiths, illustrated by Terry Denton,
published by Pan Macmillan, 2011.



2020 Art Gallery Exhibition Programme



The Many Story Treehouse Exhibition: Celebrating Terry Denton’s illustrations for the phenomenal Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton is the new exhibition on display.

This is an exhibition of Terry Denton’s original illustrations, sketches and layouts showing the development of crazy ideas, characters and stories for the phenomenally successful Treehouse series developed with author, Andy Griffiths.

The exhibition comprises original framed works along with books and story boards showing the design process. The exhibition also includes all the original illustrations for all nine titles of The Treehouse books. 

Children are encouraged to draw their own ideas on a giant treehouse mural created by Terry Denton especially for Central Goldfields Shire which also forms part of the exhibition experience and which will remain in the community.

There are free take away school holiday activities for kids with signed copies by Terry Denton of the Treehouse books to be won.  The free activities can be accessed (PDF, 7MB)(PDF, 7MB)(PDF, 7MB)(PDF, 7MB)here(PDF, 7MB) . 

The Many Story Treehouse Exhibition will be on display at Central Goldfields Art Gallery until 16 August 2020

Book your FREE ticket to secure your time to visit the exhibition, entry at the door during the school holidays and weekends is not guaranteed. Thank you.




Australia Felix

A suite of ten etchings by Jeff Makin

Australia Felix is the title for the suite of ten etchings by Jeff Makin, inspired by the Australian landscape. Jeff and Elizabeth Makin generously donated an edition of this suite of etchings to Central Goldfields Art Gallery in 2019 through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Programme and they will be presented for the first time at the gallery in this exhibition.

In 2019, Jeff Makin explored the local landscape and was drawn to the Grand Duke Mine in Timor. His subsequent painting has been acquired by Central Goldfields Art Gallery and will also be on public display for the first time as part of this exhibition.



Travelling suitcases!

Artwork on loan from the National Gallery of Australia

The Red case: myths & rituals, is filled with artworks that draw upon beliefs and symbols from different countries around the world including India, China, Africa and Australia.

The Yellow case: form, space & design, presents a mixture of concepts that show great humour and originality.

All of the artwork in these cases can be handled and will be accessible at various venues throughout the shire.

Contact the gallery to find out more information. Phone: 03 5461 6600 or email: cgsc.art@cgoldshire.vic.gov.au



VCE Art & Design Exhibition

The VCE Art & Design exhibition showcases the artwork of graduating secondary school students from Central Goldfields Shire.

This eagerly anticipated annual exhibition unearths the diverse artistic talent of the Central Goldfields community.

Central Goldfields Shire and Avoca residents are welcome to submit entries for this exhibition.

Join us to vote for the popular People’s Choice Award with the winner receiving a prize.

Please contact the gallery in October for details and submission forms.



Community Arts

This eagerly anticipated annual exhibition unearths the diverse artistic talent of the Central Goldfields community. Central Goldfields Shire and Avoca residents are welcome to submit entries for this exhibition. Join us to vote for the popular People's Choice Award. Please contact the Gallery in October or visit this page for details and submission forms. 



Central Goldfields Art Gallery collection 

Digital Representation of the Exhibition Online

Ian Tully: Future Farming the Mars Project

Ian Tully is an artist who lives in Moulamein in the border region between New South Wales and Victoria.

This exhibition stems from his upbringing on the family farm and includes sculptures, photographs and video works.

The exhibition explores farming, conflicts and issues in environmental degradation and the all-consuming climate change we are experiencing.

The resourcefulness and creativity of the farmer is a pervasive theme in this work. Could the next farming frontier be Mars?


Digital Representation of the Exhibition Online

Renewable Energy Art Award Touring Exhibition

Ten artists across the Loddon Mallee region have created works of art inspired by their vision of a renewable energy future.

Georgia MacGuire from Central Goldfields is one of the exhibiting artists.


Digital Exhibition Online

Positivity Through Creativity

This is a series of ongoing online exhibitions presented by Central Goldfields Art Gallery that presents artwork made right across our local and wider community.  




Did you know the most popular genre of literature in Australia today is Rural Romance?

Our gallery has embraced this topic and in an exhibition curated by our gallery staff, we explore the many facets of L O V E.

Themes explored include love of nature, love of food, love between people, love of animals and classical notions of love.

Artworks in this exhibition are drawn from the gallery’s collection and neighbouring public galleries.


Please visit our Facebook page for up-to-date information and announcements on upcoming exhibitions and art activities.


School holiday programme (postponed until further notice)

Our school holiday programmes are fun, hands-on and cost only $2 per child to attend.

Children explore the current exhibition and then enjoy a hands-on art activity.

Sessions are held each Wednesday during terms 1, 2 and 3 holidays and in the fourth week of school holidays in January:

• 10.30am – 11.30am 5 – 8 year olds

• 1.30pm – 2.30pm 9 – 12 year olds

Bookings essential

Phone: 03 5461 6600 or email: cgsc.art@cgoldshire.vic.gov.au


Pop-up exhibitions

In addition to our regular calendar exhibitions, pop-up exhibitions, featuring the works of artists residing in the Central Goldfields region, will pop-up throughout the year.


Central Goldfields Art Gallery is situated in the picturesque old fire station, built in 1861.

The gallery’s changing exhibition programme showcases local and regional artists, and includes diverse touring exhibitions.

Community engagement is supported with an annual community art and craft exhibition and local schools VCE art and design exhibition.

A selection of artwork from the gallery collection is exhibited in the Casey Room.

Included are several donations of paintings and sculptures by Arthur Boyd, Ray Crooke and Dean Bowen.

Gallery hours: Thursday – Sunday 10am – 4pm

Phone: 03 5461 6600

Admission to the gallery is free and a donation is gratefully accepted.



Interview with Kay Parkin

Farewell to Kay Parkin – after 15 years with the Central Goldfields Art Gallery, coordinator Kay Parkin will be retiring at the end of the year. Helen Kaptein, Curator and Education Officer at the gallery interviews Kay about her recollections and work at the gallery over the years.