Bayside Arts

Welcome back to Bayside Gallery!

There are only two weeks left to visit Bayside Local. It’s been wonderful to see people enjoying the show and we’ve particularly loved witnessing the artists’ reactions to seeing their work displayed on the gallery walls. We’ve captured some of that magic here for you.

Painting of two people elbow bumping

Bayside Local – Workshop with Jan Rizzo

Due to the snap lockdown, this workshop has been rescheduled to:

Saturday 27 February
2-4 pm

Join Bayside Local artist, Jan Rizzo, for this exploratory workshop where you will experiment with different drawing materials and overlays to create your very own zig-zag book.

Suitable for ages 8+
Cost: $20, all materials provided.
Location: Bayside Gallery, Brighton Town Hall, Corner Wilson and Carpenter Streets, Brighton, Victoria 3186

Pencil drawing of circles in green tone

Bayside Local – Open Studio with Catherine Pickop at Billilla Historic Mansion

Billilla Artist in Residence and current Bayside Local Artist, Catherine Pickop invites you to come and see her studio at the beautiful Billilla Historic Mansion. Space will be limited, so take this chance to also enjoy the gardens at Billilla if you need to wait for entry.

Saturday 27 February
2pm – 4pm

Free Event
Location: Billilla Historic Mansion, 26 Halifax St, Brighton VIC 3186

Coming soon to Bayside Gallery

This year is full of inspiring exhibitions. Our next shows Sing and Her Own Path will feature at Bayside Gallery from 13 March to 9 May. We’d love to see you there.

Art piece - 7 handmade bird nest hanging

Debbie Symons: Sing

Sing is an immersive installation by Melbourne artist Debbie Symons. Incorporating 100 handwoven pendant nests containing individual speakers emitting bird calls, Sing evokes the delicate and intricate connections found in remaining ‘wild’ rainforest environments. 

This exhibition follows on from a prestigious art residency which Symons undertook in 2018 in one of the last remaining ‘wild’ spaces in the Amazon, Brazil. 

The nests in Sing resemble the Yellow-rumped cacique nests found suspended precariously over flooded forests throughout the Amazon while the hidden speakers emit bird calls that were recorded during Symons’ time there. As visitors walk through this immersive space, their senses will be transported to rainforest environments, enhancing their awareness of the intimate connections within the natural world.

Margaret Baskerville working on Thomas Bent statue

Her Own Path

Her Own Path tells the stories of four early 20th century women, who each have a strong connection to Bayside, and were among the first professional women artists to emerge in Australia.

Margaret Baskerville, Janet Cumbrae Stewart, Norah Gurdon and Jessie Traill were all trailblazers in their own way. Through innovation and tenacity, they had levels of success in their craft in what was, and arguably still is, a male dominated field.

Their work encompasses printmaking, sculpture, pastel and painting and we will draw from Bayside City Council’s own collection, as well as those of other institutions, to tell their story.


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Image credits in order of appearance:
1. Art Student Pia’s reaction
2. Jan Rizzo, Winning back time books 2 and 3, lockdown longing and lockdown wonder 2020, watercolour, gouache and paper on artist’s book, 13 x 19 cm. Courtesy the artist.
3. Catherine Pickop, Green 2020 (detail), earth pigment and pencil drawing on watercolour paper,76 x 56 cm. Courtesy the artist.
4. Debbie Symons, Sing 2020 (detail), palm oil fronds and wire, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist
5. Margaret Baskerville in her studio with Sir Thomas Bent sculpture. Courtesy Brighton Historical Society.