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This Weekend

Saturday 27 August, 1pm

Christian Waller Book Launch and Illustrated Talk

Celebrate the launch of Christian Waller Stained Glass: Toward the Light at CAM with author Caroline Miley.

Christian Waller’s exemplary skills and achievements as an Australian stained glass artist are brought to light in this superb book. A leading proponent of Modernism in Australian art and the sole woman professional stained-glass artist in Australia until the craft revival of the 1970s, Christian was as ethereal in her outlook as she was exceptionally capable and innovative in her craft. Castlemaine was Christian Waller's birthplace and CAM holds a number of her works in the collection.

Please join us at the gallery for a free illustrated talk with Caroline Miley, discussing Christian Waller’s oeuvre with analysis of the themes, styles, influences, and iconography of her works, many previously unknown.

No RSVP required, all welcome.

Current Exhibitions

16 December 2021—24 July 2022

Orbit: Gabrielle Martin - Through the Long Grass

Gabrielle Martin, Landscape with River II, 2022, oil on linen. Image: Ian Hill

Gabrielle Martin paints the landscape near her home in the Goldfields town of Malmsbury. This land was reshaped in the 19th Century by civic rail and water projects, and grazing that serviced the goldmining industry. There are parallels between this landscape and the orchards and paddocks on the outer fringes of Melbourne when she was growing up in the 1970s.

Watching children playing in the long grass unlocks memories of her own childhood play. As children we inhabit landscapes around us imaginatively as well as physically, and as we leave childhood these landscapes inhabit us. Martin develops her paintings in the studio from sketches done on site. This process allows for a distancing from the literal, which frees her to seek visual expression for feelings, as first perceptions are transformed by memory and imagination.

This is the first exhibition in our 2022 Orbit series, showcasing artists who live and work in Central Victoria. Supported by the Besen Family Foundation. 

5 March 2022—5 March 2023

There is a certain Slant of light

William Gould, Fish, c. 1840, Gift of June Davies, 2000. Image: Ian Hill

What is light? It is the warmth from the sun, it is all colour, it is particles of energy, it travels in waves, it is fast. Starlight, light on water, the iridescence of shells, light is refracted through glass, it falls on skin and fabric. Light is a sudden flash, a revelation or, as in the famous poem by Emily Dickinson which lends its title to this exhibition, light is life and death.

This exhibition brings together historical works from the CAM collection with contemporary art and objects borrowed from generous artists and lenders.

This exhibition is supported by the Australian Government’s Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism (CHART) Program.

23 June 2022—26 February 2023

Reflections on the Castlemaine Art Museum Collection

George Baldessin, Acrobats, 1964, etching and aquatint, 55.8 x 37.6cm. Collection: Castlemaine Art Museum

This exhibition presents a selection of works from the art museum collection, accompanied by a written Reflection from a diverse range of contributors. Contributors are asked to ‘reflect’ on works or objects from the CAM collections and history – opening up our art and museum collections to new voices and knowledge.

This series and exhibition represent a commitment from the Castlemaine Art Museum to make our magnificent collection accessible, relevant and uplifting. You can also explore past Reflections, interviews, and videos through our website.

We invite our community to continue these reflections and conversations and have included a number of works which have not yet attracted a Reflection.

We gratefully thank all contributors for their generous texts, many of whom have volunteered their writing; and the artists and makers who have inspired such curiosity and thought.

29 July—9 October 2022

Zoe Scoglio: Agri-Cultures

Zoe Scoglio, Agri-Cultures, 2022, video still. Courtesy of the Artist

Terrace Projections reach beyond the gallery space and transform the Castlemaine Art Museum's art deco façade into a screen, featuring creative works and artists' commissions. Using the medium of light, CAM brings contemporary images and ideas to the streets of Castlemaine.

During the cold dark nights of winter, Zoe Scoglio's Agri-Cultures illuminates the CAM facade with video from the summer and autumnal days at Gung Hoe Growers and the Harcourt Organic Farming Co-op. Agri-Cultures is a commissioned video work by local artist Zoe Scoglio in dialogue with local small-scale farmers Gung Hoe growers in response to the theme ‘Industry’.

Focusing on the manual labours and tactile relations, this is a visual portrait of the daily regenerative wholistic practices and emergent cultures at the Harcourt Organic Farming Co-op. As a volunteer at Gung Hoe Growers, this commission was an opportunity for Zoe Scoglio to enter more deeply into conversation and to further learn from and attend to the practices of daily care-full cultivation.

This exhibition is supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

CAM acknowledges with respect the Dja Dja Wurrung as the Traditional Owners of the land on which Castlemaine has been established.
Free entry
Thursday 12pm–4pm
Friday 12pm–6:30pm
Weekends 12pm–4pm
Supported by
Creative Victoria
Mount Alexander Shire Council
Australian Government RISE Fund
Art Guide Australia
Christine Bell
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