Opening event – Bayside Local and Speak up: Bayside’s Upstanders exhibition

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His Worship the Mayor, Cr Hanna El Mouallem and Councillors of Bayside City Council invite you to the opening of Bayside Local and Speak up: Bayside’s Upstanders exhibition.

Bayside Local
Bayside Local
 is a much-anticipated annual exhibition that celebrates the high
calibre of work produced by artists who live and work in the Bayside area. This
year we are also including a selection of works by year 11 and 12 VCE and IB students. Bayside Local launches our 2023 exhibition program with an eclectic and energising showcase of local talent.

Speak up: Bayside’s Upstanders exhibition
Speak up is a collaborative project between renowned local artist, sculptor and master printer Adrian Spurr and a network of five schools across Bayside who are part of The Upstanders community. Collagraph workshops with 100 grade five students on the theme of being an upstander, not a bystander, to bullying, have produced over 400 artworks that will be displayed in an immersive installation at Bayside Gallery. The participating primary schools are: Beaumaris, Brighton Beach, Hampton, Sandringham, and Sandringham East.

Opening event
Saturday 4 February, 2pm – 4pm
Bayside Gallery
Bookings essential, please RSVP by Wednesday 1 February

Four babies smiling and laying on a colourful blanket

Hey Diddle Diddle!

Bring your bub for a sensory art experience at Bayside Gallery. Facilitated by a Barking Spider Visual Theatre artist, you’ll will be guided through a gentle, sensory, playful experience.

Hey Diddle Diddle! is an opportunity to view our current exhibition with your little one while connecting with other parents/caregivers with bubs the same age.

Friday 10 February, 11.30am – 12.30pm
Bayside Gallery
Suitable for babies up to 12 months with a parent or carer
$10 (ticket is for one adult and one child only)

Colourful arts and crafts with a child's arms visible cutting paper. The photo is taken from overhead.

Play, Art and Learning

Introduce your little one to art through play at Play, Art and Learning. Children and their parents/carers enjoy exploring art together in creative ways in the setting of Bayside Gallery. Facilitated by a Barking Spider Visual Theatre artist, you’ll be guided in art and story-based exploration, plus a craft activity.

Play, Art and Learning is a child-led experience, and the workshop is as fun for adults as it is for children, with everyone creating and playing together.

Friday 10 February, 10am – 11am
Bayside Gallery
Suitable for children aged 2 to 4 with a parent/carer
$10 (ticket is for one adult and one child only)

Marie Bogoyevitch, Bayside Parklife 2022 (detail), Bayside Rain 2021 (detail), Bayside Summer 2022 (detail), ink on paper, 35 x 26cm each. Courtesy the artist. Three drawings of trees,

Botanical art under the microscope with Marie Bogoyevitch

Join botanical artist Marie Bogoyevitch and discover the beauty and hidden complexities of nature in this observational drawing workshop. Having worked for more than three decades as a biomedical scientist, Marie now continues this attention in her art practice, in which she explores shapes, textures and forms of seedpods, leaves, and flowers.

Marie will introduce you to her scientific approach to pencil drawing by investigating the amazing details in plants through a microscope. Participants will study foliage in the surrounding garden of the Brighton Town Hall and are encouraged to bring small pieces of plants from their own gardens. 

You will also see Marie’s works on display in Bayside Gallery’s exhibition Bayside Local, celebrating our incredible local talent.

Saturday 11 February, 2pm – 4pm
Brighton Town Hall

Installation view of Bayside Local 2022 featuring hung works as well as sculptural pieces.

Artist panel: who are the artists in your neighbourhood?

Do you know your creative Bayside neighbours?

Join us at Bayside Gallery for an informal panel conversation featuring some of this year’s Bayside Local exhibitors. Artists Steffie Wallace, Charlotte Watson, Guillaume Dillee and Philippa Taylor will discuss their individual practices which range across the genres of painting, printmaking and ceramics.

Hosted by Bayside Gallery curator, Joanna Bosse, this is an event that cannot be missed!

Saturday 25 February, 2pm – 3pm
Bayside Gallery, Brighton Town Hall

Man singing to a crown in the gardens

Opera in the gardens

Join The Parlour and their guests, 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 BohèmeThe Barber of SevilleTosca and more – you’ll be surprised how much opera you already know!

Saturday 25 February, 7pm – 9pm
Kamesburgh Gardens

Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize $15,000. Entries now open. Entries close 17 Feb 2023.
Installation view of Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize 2022.

Call for entries – $15,000 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize

Now in its 8th year, the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize for painting is calling for entries from all Australian artists. Designed to attract both emerging and established artists, the winning work selected by the judges is awarded an acquisitive cash prize of $15,000.

Artwork of Australia which is themed First Nations.

Ellen José Student Reconciliation Awards 2023

The Ellen José Student Reconciliation Awards are aimed at Bayside primary and secondary school students, bringing awareness of reconciliation to our young people through art and writing. 

Primary school students are invited to create an artwork and secondary school students are invited to write an essay or poem interpreting ‘As a young person, what does reconciliation mean to you?’.

Up to $500 in prizes will be awarded in each category.


Image/art credits in order of appearance:
1. Left: Bron Smart, Handstands 2022 (detail), digital photograph, 84 x 118 cm. Courtesy the artist.
Right: Collagraph by Lealah (detail).
4. Marie Bogoyevitch, Bayside Parklife 2022 (detail), Bayside Rain 2021 (detail), Bayside Summer 2022 (detail), ink on paper, 35 x 26cm each. Courtesy the artist.
5. Installation view, Bayside Local 2022. Photo by Mark Ashkanasy.
6. Photo: Tinny Tang
7. Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize 2022 installation view. Photo by Mark Ashkanasy.
8. Lola, Grade 4, Black Rock Primary School (detail). Winner of the Grade 4 to 6 Category of the Ellen José Student Reconciliation Awards 2022.

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