season’s greetings | a taste of what’s coming in 2021
Bayside Arts

Bayside Gallery is feeling festive!

Thank you for your continued support this year. We can’t wait to welcome you back in 2021.

What else is coming up in 2021

We are very excited to announce the following exhibitions for next year. Mark them in your calendar and stay tuned for more information…

Painting of two people elbow bumping

Bayside Gallery re-opens on 27 January 2021 with Bayside Local.

Now in its third year, 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 year 11 & 12 VCE students.

Lady standing behind hanging art

Debbie Symons: Sing: 13 March – 9 May

Sing is an immersive and poetic 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. 

Statue of Thomas Beck being created

Her own path: 13 March – 9 May

Her own path brings together the works of four early 20th-century women artists. Margaret Baskerville, Jessie Traill, Norah Gurdon, and Janet Cumbrae Stewart, all of whom have links to Bayside and were trailblazers in their own way. Through innovation and tenacity, they had levels of success in their craft at a time when men dominated the field.

Painting of woman outside a tent

Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize: 14 May – 4 July              

Established in 2015, the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize is 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.

Framed painting of Bayside beach

Bayside: Portrait of place: 10 July – 12 September

Bayside: Portrait of place brings together significant artworks from public and private collections dating from the mid-19th century to the present, revealing artists’ significant engagement with the area. Key works from esteemed artists such as Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin, Clarice Beckett, Arthur Boyd, Sandra Leveson, Roger Kemp and Yvette Coppersmith are brought together for the first time to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Bayside Gallery and the important artistic legacy of the area.

Soft toy bear Willian Shakesbear writing

Cat Rabbit: The soft library: 18 September – 7 November

The soft library is an extraordinary new project by Melbourne-based textile artist Cat Rabbit. The artist transforms the Gallery into a fantastical library run by bears, or ‘libearians’, many of who are famous literary characters. Lovingly made by the artist in felt and fabric, the library houses books and animations and a special giant ‘storytime’ bear who invites visitors to sit and enjoy an audio story. This whimsical and delightful exhibition celebrates the freedom found in play and pays tribute to the library as a place of learning and wonder – a home for the endless possibilities of the imagination.


Material sound: 18 September – 7 November      

Material Sound brings together six contemporary artists who each create an experience of sound within installations and apparatus constructed from everyday materials. Featuring newly commissioned work by artists Vicky Browne, Pia van Gelder, Caitlin Franzmann, Peter Blamey, Ross Manning, and Eric Demetriou, whose work and practice investigates sound and materials within art and performance.                                    

Developed by the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), and toured nationally by MGNSW


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Image credits in order of appearance:
1. Electric Confetti window installations at Bayside Gallery
2. Gregory Alexander, Elbow bump 2020, collage on card, 29 x 40 cm. Courtesy the artist.
3. Debbie Symons with Sing 2020.
4. Margaret Baskerville in her studio with Sir Thomas Bent sculpture. Courtesy Bayside Historical Society.
5. Dani McKenzie, Camp 2019, oil on linen, 61.5 x 87 cm. Winner of Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize 2019.
6. Stewart Handasyde, Hampton beach c.1914, oil on canvas, 65 x 131 cm. Bayside City Council Art and Heritage Collection. Donated by the Handasyde Family. 2018.
7. Cat Rabbit, William ShakesBeare 2020, felt, fabric, thread, feathers, plastic, 28 x 7 x 7cm. Courtesy the artist
8.Pia van Gelder, Soft Synth No.1 2018, Material Sound, installation view (detail), Manning Regional Art Gallery, 2020. Photo: Rose. E. Smith Photography