Two years of meticulous restoration work have transformed the Central Goldfields Art Gallery into a state-of-the-art exhibition space. 

Located within the historic fire station on Neill Street, Maryborough, the newly refurbished gallery features contemporary geometric forms that contrast and complement its original architectural features. The iconic red doors open to reveal monumental white curves juxtaposed with re-exposed triangular hardwood ceiling joists and clean-edged windows that invite glimpses of the original red brick building. The space is an artwork in itself, honouring both the history and the future of Visual Arts within Central Victoria.

To re-introduce this significant regional gallery to the public, Art Gallery Coordinator Helen Kaptein is launching the new gallery program with an exhibition of work by Maryborough-bred artist, Dean Bowen. Dean’s homecoming show, entitled “Ladder to the Stars: Dean Bowen Sculptures” is a survey exhibition of 35 bronze sculptures and assemblages created between 1999 and 2022. His joyous treatment of Australian fauna, stylised people and other forms holds appeal for adults and children alike. 

Dean Bowen, The House of Love (Tiny), 2019, bronze, 21.5 x 17.5 x 9.5 cm, edition 9. © Dean Bowen. Reproduced with the permission of the artist.

Coinciding with Dean’s exhibition over the trail, is an exhibition of traditional weaving and feather crafts by multi-clanned first nation women Aunty Kath Nicholls and Aunty Marilyne Nicholls. This exhibition is dedicated to Aunty Kath’s and Aunty Marilyne’s elders who taught them the fine creative arts practices of their family traditions.

Central Goldfields Gallery will open to coincide with the Tiny Towns Arts Trail on:

Saturday 22rd April
Sunday 23rd April
10am – 4pm daily

You can keep up to date with the gallery and future exhibitions by visiting the Central Goldfields Art Gallery website or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

While you’re in Maryborough check out Gypsy Weaver Studio and book in for a weaving lesson with Cathy Tobin.