Exhibitions and events

Australian Print by Sue Reid, (detail) textile, painted, hand embroidered and quilted 2019

Central Goldfields Art Gallery presents a diverse exhibition program 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:

Sue Reid, Australian Print, 124cm × 105cm, textile painted, hand embroidered, machine embroidered and quilted, 2019.
Winner of the 2019 Golden Textures Contemporary Art Quilt Exhibition.


is open Thursday to Sunday, 10am–4pm. 


As always, our virtual gallery services are open and we encourage you to stay connected through updates on our webpage and Facebook page.

Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram and view our website pages. All these links are available here.



View the 2021 Art Gallery Exhibition Program here (PDF, 461KB)





The Salon Style Exhibition – Central Goldfields Art Gallery collection

Central Goldfields Art Gallery acquires works of excellence that relate to the Central Goldfields region and contemporary art quilts.

In The Salon Style Exhibition, the breadth of the Central Goldfields Art Gallery’s permanent collection is celebrated. The salon hang is a term that originated in 1667 at the Royal Academy in Paris, in which paintings were densely hung on the wall. Expect to see some of the works from the collection that you may not have seen for a long time!

In 2021 Central Goldfields Art Gallery will be digitising the permanent collection, ensuring the public can easily access our growing collection online.




A family at Kids Summer Festival 2020. Photo: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.


NGV Kids on Tour
Art is for Everyone!

14 JANUARY – 24 JANUARY 2021

Free Summer Holiday Activities for Kids and Families
NGV Kids on Tour offers children and families throughout regional
and metropolitan Victoria the opportunity to engage with art
and creativity through free hands-on activities, virtual programs
and workshops.

Drop into Central Goldfields Art Gallery anytime during the summer
holidays and enjoy these free activities:
● Activity books – explore art and design and play art games
with the NGV’s Art is For Everyone! activity booklet for kids
and families
● Artist Activity Templates – create cheeky dog characters,
puppets and more
● Activities for teens – learn techniques for constructing
perfect still-life compositions.


School holiday program
– one day only


10.30AM – 11.30AM

Little Warriors Yoga

Join a live streamed family meditation with the Little Warriors Yoga.
● Little Warriors Yoga lead children and families in a guided
yoga and meditation session to reflect, relax and explore
the calming effect of nature.
● Followed by hands-on art activities in the Central Goldfields
Art Gallery.


2.30PM – 3.30PM

Dance party!

Get active, learn some new moves and feel the positivity in a
digital dance party for children and families, hosted by Melbourne
dance icons, Body Electric Dance Studios as part of the NGV Kids
Summer Festival.

After each of these activities, participants will enjoy a program at
Central Goldfields Art Gallery with the Education Officer.
These programs are for primary school aged children and their carers.
All children to be accompanied by their parents or carers.

Programs are free.
Bookings are essential go to: 
or email: cgsc.art@cgoldshire.vic.gov.au or call 0438 367 094.





4 MARCH – 9 MAY 2021

6th Biennial Golden Textures Contemporary Art Quilt Exhibition

Contemporary textile artists will participate in the 6th Biennial Golden Textures Contemporary Art Quilt Exhibition. One quilt will be selected for the Central Goldfields Art Gallery’s permanent collection and the winner will receive $3,000. The Golden Textures Award celebrates the region’s long connection with textiles. Golden Textures plays homage to this rich history as well as bringing together the work of exciting contemporary textile artists from around Australia.



POSTPONED UNTIL 2021 (details to be confirmed)

Travelling suitcases!

Artwork on loan from the National Gallery of Australia

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



POSTPONED EXHIBITION (details to be confirmed)


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.




VCE Art & Design Exhibition VIEW HERE

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

Australia Felix – A suite of ten etchings by Jeff Makin VIEW HERE

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 Program 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 is also part of this exhibition.

Out of the fire – Tiffany Titshall VIEW HERE

Tiffany works in charcoal on paper from her studio in Majorca in central Victoria. From landscapes and follies to darker, more overt images of animals and devils, her work always simmers with hints of her inner world.

While in Portugal in 2018 Tiffany was caught in the catastrophic bushfires that ravaged the country around the town of Pedrogao Grande, north of Lisbon, and killed 69 people. Four months after returning home her mother passed away. This is a selection of works produced in the following months.

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

View online tour of the exhibition and a talk by Terry Denton here

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 were 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 activity sheets for kids. The activity sheets can be accessed here(PDF, 7MB). (Please note competition has now closed)

Positivity Through Creativity – VIEW HERE

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


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: Saturday – Sunday 10am – 4pm (until further notice)

Phone: 03 5461 6600

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




Interview with Kay Parkin – VIEW HERE

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.