The Arts and Galleries

Art Gallery of Ballarat

40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat 

The Art Gallery of Ballarat
P: +61 3 53205 858

The Art Gallery of Ballarat is located at 40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat. Parking is available in Lydiard Street or Camp Street with access to the Gallery available from the Gallery's front entrance in Lydiard Street.


The Art Gallery of Ballarat is an exciting regional gallery with a busy event and exhibition program and an excellent permanent collection. It is the oldest and largest gallery in regional Australia, established in 1884, and houses one of the country's most significant and inspiring collections of Australian art.

Explore the rich history of Australia through the history of Australian art, from early colonial work reflecting life during the settlement years, to contemporary art exploring modern culture and ideas. See the original Flag of the Southern Cross that flew over the stockade during the 1854 Eureka uprising.

View the Gallery's website for more information about changing exhibitions and images of works in the permanent collection.

There is also a fabulous gift shop where you can buy works of local artists and craftspeople as well as souvenirs, toys and art books.

Backspace Gallery

Huyghue House, Alfred Deakin Place, Camp St, Ballarat

P : 53205 643
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The backspace arts venue, presents a public program of exhibitions which showcase contemporary art, craft design and celebrate the arts in our region.

Backspace is owned and operated by the City of Ballarat Arts and Cultural Development team.  All applications for inclusion in the backspace arts venue program are evaluated by a selection committee. Based on the written application and support material the committee will take into account the quality of artwork, application/proposal and the degree to which the proposal meets the aims and guidelines of the backspace arts venue as outlined below.

Backspace arts venue provides artists and curators the opportunity to exhibit or perform in a professionally supported and well-promoted program. The venue aims to actively engage the arts sector, interest groups and general public through the provision of excellent, innovative and socially relevant programs which not only profile local artists, but also showcase high quality contemporary art.

Preference will be given to applicants living or working in the City of Ballarat and the wider Grampians/Central Highlands Region. Applications from artists outside this area are welcome but are recommended to demonstrate a connection or benefit to the City of Ballarat or region.




Ballarat Arts & Cultural Development programs take an all-of-Council approach, reflecting Council's strategies for making Ballarat a sustainable, innovative, and vibrant 21st Century creative city.

Arts & Culture initiatives fulfill this vision by:

  • supporting & promoting Ballarat's key cultural tourism focus
  • supporting & promoting community cultural activities contributing to the engagement, wellbeing, and personal development of all Ballarat residents
  • supporting & promoting the human capital and infrastructure making Ballarat an attractive home for a skilled workforce of dynamic thinkers, creators, and implementers.

Arts & Cultural Development program areas are:

  • Community Arts & Culture
  • Public Art
  • Eureka Education Program
  • LEAP - Localities Enhancing Arts Participation
  • Regional Arts Victoria / Regional Arts Development


As part of the Arts and Cultural Development Program the backspace arts venue owned and operated by the City of Ballarat presents a public program of exhibitions, workshops and artist residencies.  Backspace aims to actively engage the arts sector, interest groups and general public through the provision of excellent, innovative and socially relevant programs which not only profile local artists, but also showcases high quality contemporary art practise.

The Arts and Cultural Development team is also responsible for the development and implementation of Council's Public Art Policy and Masterplan Implementation.

Contact Us

City of Ballarat Home Contact Customer Service
P: +61 3 5320 5500.
The Phoenix, 25 Armstrong Street
Ballarat, 3350, Victoria.
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Page last updated: Friday, March 21, 2014
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