Taking The Myth

This exhibition brings together a group of leading Australian contemporary artists who explored the idea of myth-making in history and have revealed some flaws in the stories told in mainstream Australian culture. Exhibiting artists include: Tony Albert, Aunty Marlene Gilson, Pitcha Makin Fellas, Sue Kneebone, Rodney Pople, Joan Ross and Jacqui Stockdale.

Where: Lost Ones Gallery, Camp Street, Ballarat
When: 26 April to 28 May
Information & Bookings: The Lost Ones

Taking The Myth
Art Gallery Exhibitions

Art Gallery of Ballarat Exhibitions

During May the Art Gallery of Ballarat presents three incredible exhibitions.
1 April to 28 May: Harold Freedman: Artist for the people
27 May to 16 July: Squatters and Savages: Peter Waples Crowe & Megan Evans
13 May to 11 June: Peter Blenkiron: Putting the pieces of the self together one moment at a time

Where: Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard Street North
When: 10am to 5pm
Information & Bookings: Free. Visit Art Gallery of Ballarat
Accessibility: Wheelchair access

ODDBOD: Mysteries in Motion

Projected animations responding to the mysterious oddities of our colourful Ballarat history. Fed Uni Arts Academy students will respond with an animated gif exhibition, presented in a secret room in the Post Office Building.

Where: Fed Uni Post Office Building, enter via Lydiard Street North
When: 10am to 4pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost & Bookings: Free

Oddbod Federation University
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Beers through the Years Exhibition

Explore Ballarat’s history of brewing, breweries and hotels in this exhibition in the Humffray Room - part of a month-long focus on brewing at the Mechanics Institute.

Where: Ballaarat Mechanics Insitute, Sturt Street
When: 10am to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost & Bookings: Free. Visit Ballarat Mechanics' Institute

CAFS Legacy & Research Centre

Child & Family Services Ballarat Inc. (CAFS) have been a part of Ballarat since 1865 when the Ballarat & District Orphan Asylum was established. The recently opened CAFS Legacy & Research Centre houses an exhibition and collection that showcase this important personal and public history in the form of documents, photographs, films and artefacts. As a part of Heritage Weekend 2017, CAFS Legacy & Research Centre will host a series of speaking and storytelling events outlining some of the great mysteries that go with this history.

Where: CAFS Legacy & Research Centre, Market Street, Ballarat
When: 10am to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost & Bookings: Entry by donation. Visit CAFS Website
Accessibility: Wheelchair access

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Heritage Weekend at M.A.D.E

By 1950, all but one of Ballarat’s Chinese buildings had been destroyed. What was the Chinese presence in Ballarat before everything disappeared? Uncover some of the mysteries of Ballarat’s colourful Chinese past at M.A.D.E with the Chinese Fortunes exhibition.

During Heritage Weekend, M.A.D.E shines a light on Ballarat’s Chinatown and the Chinese architecture that used to exist on Main Road, including an article written in the early 50’s that describes what Chinatown looked like, where it was and why the Chinese heritage in Ballarat is so unique and special.

Where: Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E), Stawell Street
When: 10am to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday
More Information: Visit M.A.D.E

Reds Under The Bed

Politics through history has tried to divide people with the fear of the ‘other.’ In 1950’s Ballarat, it was the ‘Red’ scare. Reds Under the Bed explores the local history of the turbulent 1950’s and looks at similar instances and contexts through Australian history where fear of the ‘other’ has divided our community and working people.

Where: Trades Hall, 24 Camp Street, Ballarat
When: 10am to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost/Bookings:Free. Visit Unions Ballarat
Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Traders Hall

Aviation Museum

Ballarat Aviation Museum is a unique collection of aircraft, engines and aviation memorabilia from the 1920’s to the present day.

Where: Ballarat Airport
When: 10am to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost/Bookings: Adults $10, Concession $5, Children $4, Family $20. Visit Ballarat Aviation Museum

Avro Anson Museum

The friends of the Avro Anson Museum have collated a wonderful display of photographs, documents and memorabilia depicting the history of the Ballarat Airport. See restoration works underway on one of the original Avro Anson planes which operated during WW2 from the Ballarat Airport.

Where: Ballarat Airport
When: 1 to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost/Bookings: Adults $6, Children $1, Family $12

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Tramways Museum

Tramways Museum - Postcards: 1880’s to the 1980’s

Where: Ballarat Tramways Museum
When: Trams run 12 to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost: Free. Visit Ballarat Tramways Museum