Arts and Galleries

Arts and Galleries

Ballarat has a rich culture of the arts and is home of the oldest regional art gallery in Australia.

Looking for events, art spaces, opportunities and more? Be sure to visit the Central Highlands ArtsAtlas
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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.

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