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Bayside Arts
Child's drawing of a bee with text that reads Bee Kind

Spread the word: Bayside’s Upstanders Project

Dates: until 18 March 2024

Spread the word is a collaborative project between renowned local artist Noni Drew and a network of five schools across Bayside who are part of ‘The Upstanders’ community. Artist and educator Noni Drew led workshops with 100 grade five students who each created graphic slogans against bullying, culminating in a street exhibition across Bayside.

Where: Artworks are displayed on footpaths in several shopping precincts throughout Bayside including Martin Street, Church Street and Bay Street in Brighton, Sandringham Village, Hampton Street, Beaumaris Concourse, and Black Rock Village. A selection of the students works will also be on display at the Bayside Council Corporate Centre at 76 Royal Avenue, Sandringham.

Purple banner with text that reades Bayside Painting Prize 2024.

Closing soon – call for entries 2024 Bayside Painting Prize

First established in 2015 as the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, the name change is just one of the ways the prize has evolved. The Major Prize has increased to $25,000 from $15,000, and is no longer acquisitive, making it one of the most generous non-acquisitive painting prizes in the country.

The Local Art Prize has been renamed the Beckett Local Prize, in honour of remarkable local modernist Clarice Beckett. Now acquisitive, the prize money has increased to $10,000 from $3,000. The $1,000 People’s Choice Prize remains unchanged.

The Bayside Painting Prize remains a celebration of contemporary Australian painting. The finalist exhibition brings together a broad range of artists, both established and lesser known, whose varied approaches to the painted medium conveys the breadth and diversity of painting in Australia today.

The judges for the 2024 prize are:

Dr Rebecca Coates, Director, Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA)
Stieg Persson, Artist
Joanna Bosse, Curator, Bayside Gallery

Entries close Friday 23 February 2024, 5pm.

A Lynne Boyd painting.

Forthcoming exhibition, opens 2-4pm Saturday 2 March

Lynne Boyd: Holding the silver sea 

Exhibition dates: 2 March to 28 April 2024

Lynne Boyd aimed to capture ephemeral beauty and timelessness in her lyrical paintings which range from romantic realism to minimalist tonal abstraction.

This major exhibition is the first to survey her four-decade engagement with Port Phillip Bay, bringing together a selection of key works that demonstrate the artist’s fascination with the atmospheric and poetic dimensions of this familiar locale.

Installation view of Bayside Local Exhibition

Bayside Local – last weeks 

Exhibition dates: until 25 February 2024

Bayside Local presents an eclectic array of works that range from traditional landscape painting to intriguing textile pieces, photographic images and experimental ceramic forms.

This exhibition boasts a rich and diverse group of creatives, showcasing the talent and skills of the Bayside community.

Artists: Elly Abrat-Udvary, Graeme Altmann, Fiona Austin, Drasko Boljevic, Penny Chadwick, Marion Chapman, Guillaume Dillee, Magdalena Dmowska, Ilan El, Antoinette Ferwerda, Karen Hopkins, Masa Hoss, Nicole Kemp, Tricia Dijkers Kidd, Ilona Kiss, Anne-Marie Kuter, Meredith Marshallsea, Eddie Moses, Gina Pontelandolfo, Cielo Quintero, Jan Rizzo, Toni Roberts, Josephine Rowbury, Setken, Jacquelyn Stephens, John Street and Donna Wynnemer, Jill Symes, Debbie Symons, Jo Taylor, Carmel Wallace, Neil Wallace, David White, Pam Wragg.

Drasko Boljevic artwork with people dancing in period dress at Billilla.

Bayside Local panel discussion 

Come along to Bayside Gallery for a panel discussion with Bayside Local artists Debbie Symons, Drasko Boljevic, Fiona Austin, Graeme Altmann to learn about their artistic journey.

When: Saturday 17 February 2024 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Where: Bayside Gallery
Corner Wilson and Carpenter Streets, Brighton Victoria 3186
Cost: Free event, bookings required.

Installation view of Refuge, workshop, stage, site: Billila Artist Studios 2022-23

Refuge, workshop, stage, site: Billilla Artist Studios 2022-23 – last weeks

Exhibition dates: until 25 February

Refuge, workshop, stage, site: Billilla artist studios 2022-23 includes a selection of works by artists who were the recipients of a 12-month studio at Brighton’s historic mansion Billilla in 2022 and 2023. Featuring the work of Yvette Coppersmith, Sarah crowEST, Carolyn Cardinet, Noni Drew, Marie Honoré, Sean McDowell and Steffie Wallace.

A person singing in the gardens

Opera Under the Stars at Billilla

Join The Parlour and their guests on Saturday 24 February, for a glorious night of music under the stars. The Parlour’s principal artists will perform a variety of opera highlights to thrill and enchant audiences in a program overflowing with vocal fireworks and soaring beauty.

The songs and arias are introduced by the singers themselves as they share fun and entertaining anecdotes from the operatic world and their experiences on stage. Bring a picnic rug or camp chair, and some treats and enjoy an evening of beautiful music. From celebrated operas such as Carmen, La Bohème, The Barber of Seville, Tosca and more – you’ll be surprised how much opera you already know.

When: Saturday 24 February, from 7pm – 9pm
Where: Billilla, 26 Hallifax Street Brighton
Cost: Free event, bookings required

Student artwork of an Aborignal flag, a Torres Strait Isand flag and Australian flag on a beach with word We Belong Together.

Call for entries: 2024 Ellen José Student Reconciliation Awards

The Ellen José Student Reconciliation Awards honour the life of Torres Strait Elder Ellen José (1951 – 2017).

Ellen was a pioneer in Australia’s urban Indigenous art movement and a radical activist and social justice campaigner. Her contribution to the arts and Bayside was outstanding and inspirational in raising awareness of reconciliation.

Established in 2018, the Ellen José Student Reconciliation Awards are aimed at Bayside primary and secondary school students, bringing awareness of reconciliation to our young people, who are the future of Australia, through art and writing.

Entrants are asked to interpret “As a young person, what does reconciliation mean to you?” in their artwork or writing piece.

The awards reflect Ellen Jose’s inspirational commitment to building awareness of reconciliation in Bayside and beyond.

Entries close Friday 19 April 2024, 5pm.

Image/art credits in order of appearance:

1.    Taleen, Bee Kind, texta on paper, Brighton Beach Primary School. Courtesy the artist.
2.    2024 Bayside Painting Prize.
3.    Lynne Boyd, Twixt, Port Phillip Bay 2009-10 oil and pencil on linen 152.5 x 183 cm. Private collection, Melbourne
4.    Installation views, Bayside Local. Photo: Mark Ashkanasy
5.    Drasko Boljevic, Blind Man’s Buff 2021, inkjet giclée print, 68 x 83 cm. Courtesy the artist.
6.    Installation views, Refuge, workshop, stage, site: Billilla Artist Studios 2022-23. Photo: Mark Ashkanasy
7.    Photo: Tunny Tang.
8.    Freddy H, Black Rock Primary. Finalist in the Year 4 – 6 category 2023

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