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'Upstairs at the Gallery'
If you'd like an enjoyable and relaxing evening listening to music in the
beautiful environment of the Art Gallery of Ballarat, you might consider
buying tickets for Upstairs at the Gallery, a series of six concerts to be held
The series will encompass different music styles. For those who enjoy classical
music, the Seraphim Trio will be presenting two concerts, on Wednesday 25
May and Saturday 13 August. The first concert will include works by Schubert
and Hummel, the second will feature a magnificent trio by Tchaikovsky as
well as works by Mozart and Bloch.
Founded in 1994, Seraphim Trio won the prize for Leading Piano Trio and
the Audience Choice Award in the 2001 Australian National Chamber
Music Competition. They have performed internationally and throughout
For those who are into more contemporary music, you can join well-known
musician Adam Simmons and friends for the Portraits series, a series
of four very different concerts which will each include composed and
Originally hailing from Ballarat, Adam Simmons is a composer and sought-
after instrumentalist, involved across many different scenes within Melbourne
and beyond. Concerts will be presented on Wednesday 13 April, Wednesday
22 June, Wednesday 21 September and Wednesday 2 November. Each
concert will feature Adam playing with different artists -- shamisen player
and vocalist Noriko Tadano; Wang Zheng-Ting, who plays the Chinese mouth
organ, the sheng; electro-acoustic musician David Brown and finally composer
and performer Wendy Morrison with Italian pianist Alessandra Garosi.
These evening concerts will take place in the beautiful rooms of the Art
Gallery. Lift access is available. Patrons are invited to stay at the end of the
concerts to meet the performers and enjoy some refreshments.
Discounted tickets are available if you choose to buy tickets for three or
more concerts. Tickets are available from the Art Gallery, 40 Lydiard Street
North and can also be purchased from L'Espresso Café and The Known
World Bookshop in Sturt Street.
For further information visit the Art Gallery of Ballarat website
www.artgalleryofballarat.com.au or call 5320 5858.
Museum Day at the Art
Celebrate International Museum Day (IMD) on Wednesday 18 May with a
special open Gallery evening at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
IMD has been held around the world since 1977 and is an opportunity to
reflect and discover how important museums are in the development of
society. The theme for IMD in 2011 is "Museums and memory".
The Gallery will be celebrating IMD with an open evening, allowing Ballarat
residents to enjoy the Gallery after hours. Visitors will be able to enjoy
music in different parts of the building, take part in special guided tours,
go behind the scenes into the Gallery stores, observe one of the regular
drawing classes or even participate in drawing activities for families.
You can browse through the shop, with its specially selected range of
handcrafted jewellery, local ceramics and other interesting and unusual gifts.
The café, Sweet Decadence at the Gallery, will also be open late, so you can
enjoy some of their fine coffee or sample the handmade chocolates.
A range of fascinating temporary exhibitions will also feature during this
time. Local Treasures celebrates the activities of Ballarat's own private art
collectors. Ballarat and surrounding regions have been home to some very
serious art collectors who would regularly lend their private treasures for
Visitors will also be able to admire the fine draughtsmanship of one of
Australian colonial master artists, Eugene von Guerard. In 1867, von
Guérard's published Australian Landscapes, a series of 24 tinted lithographs
which illustrated some of the most striking landscapes of South Eastern
The Stony Rises Project brings together ten contemporary artists and
designers to share their vision of the rich, layered histories of Victoria's
Western District. The exhibition focuses on the histories of the area, the
intricate relationships of people with place, foreigners on new lands, and
colonial and Indigenous narratives.
For more information contact the Art Gallery of Ballarat on 5320 5858 or
Below: Adam Simmons will perform at the Art Gallery of Ballarat
Above: Visitors to the Art Gallery of Ballarat can obser ve a drawing class on
International Museum Day
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