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Don’t say goodbye, just ‘au revoir’

Mansfield Art Gallery, open with furniture on display outside

Mansfield Art Gallery opened on 12 March 2016.

On 19 August 2017 we’ll be changing the way we operate.

The reasons for the change are many and complex. Our location, the local appetite for what we offered and the demands of other projects have all had an effect.

On the other hand, we’ve found that there’s a demand for the beautiful work we have been displaying – and our exposure and sales through online channels sometimes exceed what we’re able to achieve in the shop.

Vive l’internet!

What will stay

You’ll still see art and objects showcased in our small room, available to view day and night through the window.

We’ll still hang selected works on the gallery walls.

We’ll still post pictures of work for sale on Instagram and Facebook, and share the posts of artists whose work we love.

We will still be happy to facilitate your purchase of art from our online shop or our display window. We’ll still arrange shipping, provide artist statements and advice.

We will still run music, workshops and other events from time to time.

What will change

The gallery will no longer be open for visits except by prior appointment.

We’ll no longer run solo or group exhibitions, but instead will maintain an ongoing display of selected local work.

Help us celebrate

We’re running an invitation-only cocktail party on 19 August – and we’d love to see you there. The Harvey Club will provide jazz, including special guest, the nationally and internationally acclaimed Fem Belling. A drink on arrival, delicious finger food to suit any taste and a 10% discount on all art purchased on the night. Contact Miriam to request an invitation.




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The Last Babushka Doll short film screening

Film poster for the short film The Last Babushka Doll showing actors Anne Louise Lambert and Don Bridges

Join us for a special screening of the short film ‘The Last Babushka Doll’ by writer and producer Georgina Luck and director Angelo Salamanca at the MAC (Mansfield Armchair Cinema). Then stay for the Q&A after the movie and a writing masterclass all about how to turn fiction into film…

Film screening and Q&A on Sunday 18 June at 10.30am at The MAC (Mansfield Armchair Cinema)

Writing masterclass ‘Turning fiction into film’ on Sunday 18 June at 2pm at Mansfield Art Gallery

The Last Babushka Doll

Film poster for the short film The Last Babushka Doll showing actors Anne Louise Lambert and Don Bridges

Award winning writer Georgina Luck and director Angelo Salamanca will be in Mansfield on Sunday 18 June to present their short film ‘The Last Babushka Doll’ and run a writing workshop ‘Turning fiction into film’.

In the mystical Blue Mountains, a paramedic faces his most confronting case – will he follow rules to prolong a patient’s horrific suffering or risk his career by ending the patient’s pain?

Don’t miss this beautifully written film starring actors from some of Australia’s most iconic films and TV shows.

Then join us for a special masterclass and learn practical tips and tricks how to turn a story into a film.

Film tickets $5 – a percentage will be donated to Mansfield Community Fund

Fiction to Film – masterclass tickets $40 – includes afternoon tea

Book your tickets through Eventbrite or call Mim on 0407 664 202

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Harvey Club 11 June with jazz at Mansfield Art Gallery

Inside of Mansfield Art Gallery at a recent jazz event

Join us for an afternoon of jazz at Mansfield Art Gallery on Sunday 11 June with our friends from The Harvey Club. This band will get you in the groove for a relaxing Sunday afternoon from 4pm.

Rolf Koren on drums, Liam Bradley on vibes, Nick Lester on saxophone – and possibly some other special guests. You never know with The Harvey Club! Kids are welcome.

High Country Wine Cellars wines will be available for purchase on the day, please no BYO.

Earlybird tickets are now available for you to book:

Adult $20

Child $12

Family $70

Book your tickets now through Eventbrite or call Mim on 0407 664 202

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Lantern making workshop at the gallery

four detailed images of lanterns being made at a workshop

four detailed images of lanterns being made at a workshop

In conjunction with Arts Council Mansfield we’re excited to be hosting a lantern making workshop on Sunday 4 June in preparation for the Mansfield Lantern Festival (17 June). Join us for a fun afternoon with this after-school lantern making workshop at Mansfield Art Gallery from 4 – 5.30pm.

This event is FREE. Please book in advance so we know numbers. To book your spot drop in at Mansfield Art Gallery between 11am and 3pm on weekends or call Mim on 0407 664 202.

Kids under 10 years of age must have an adult in tow!

See this event on Facebook

More Lantern Workshops

If you can’t make it to the gallery on 4 June, there are two other lantern workshops you can attend – both at Mansfield Library in Collopy Street.
No bookings required but it’s a good idea to let the library know you’re coming to help them set up.
Thursday 8 June: 3.45 – 5 pm. FREE.
Thursday 15 June: 4 – 5.30 pm.  FREE.
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Fashion show – Jan Barker originals

Join us for a fashion gala at Mansfield Art Gallery featuring Jan Barker’s hand dyed and leaf print natural fibre clothing.

Showing in the gallery until 12 May

Hand dyed leaf print fashion at MAG

Jan uses natural plant dyes made from local flora to create unique designs and patterns on ethically sourced sdyed merino silk fabricilk /merino, silk and other natural fabrics. Fabrics, handmade books, scarves, cowls and other small pieces by Jan Barker will be available for sale. 

This glamorous evening event will feature a fashion parade of sleepwear and casual feminine fashions, with an opportunity to purchase fabric and a limited number of pieces. 

Jan will also take orders for clothing and outfits on the night. 

Refreshments will be provided on the night. A portion of your entry fee of $15 will be donated to Jamieson Wildlife Rescue and Mansfield Community Fund. 

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Parafur and other chaise longings – Timo Juntunen

– entry is free and all are welcome.

Longing. One of Timo’s small birds

We are thrilled to present our first solo show, by local artist Timo Juntunen.

The exhibition, titled Parafur and other chaise longings will show in the gallery’s small room from 1 to 16 April 2017, with an opening event on Friday 31 March from 6 to 8 pm.

Regular visitors to the gallery will be familiar with Timo’s creations. It is his large sculpture that stands elegantly in the gallery garden, saluting the sky.  Timo’s small carved birds, hand-made furniture and notebooks have been extremely popular in the gallery.

Timo splits his time between Goughs Bay and Melbourne, finding inspiration locally in birdlife and natural settings.  He is an artist who works in many media and refuses to be bound by category or classification, choosing instead to make his own way in a world of observation and ideas.

Parafur and other chaise longings explores ideas about longing – the longing for the unreachable, the lost, the past and the far away.

The show will feature a hand-made couch, gilt-framed paintings, porcelain birds and works on paper. All works are for sale.

Visitors to the 2016 Median to Rare sculpture competition held by Arts Council Mansfield may remember the couch, which Timo exhibited surrounded with carefully placed sticks and flowers.

Parafur sofa


Timo’s artworks will challenge the expectations of the viewer, with shapes, materials, colours and placement in the room inspired by the ideas of the Baroque, the sublime and the ephemeral.

Parafur and other chaise longings opens on Friday 31 March, from 6 to 8 pm.

The exhibition remains open from 1 to 16 April.

Enquiries to Miriam Zolin, Mansfield Art Gallery. or phone 0407 664 202


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Chris McNulty – world class jazz

Chris McNulty’s voice is exquisite. This  jazz singer has recently returned to Australia after living for decades in the US and performing regularly in New York and the world stage.

One night only

Chris will be visiting Mansfield for one night only, and with her trio will perform at Mansfield Art Gallery, in the main room.


If you’re travelling to Mansfield for the concert, talk to us about accommodation – we’ve partnered with some local accommodation providers to offer some excellent deals.

More about Chris McNulty

Since her emergence on the international jazz scene in 1991 critically acclaimed Palmetto recording artist, Chris McNulty has been hailed by musicians, peers and critics alike as a jazz vocalist-composer with a unique vision, boundless creative energy and a distinctive style.

Blessed with an exquisite instrument she combines a rich, expressive voice with a deep sense of swing, a natural feel for the blues and an impressive ability to improvise. Her compositions have been hailed not only as rich harmonically, melodically and lyrically but also completely worthy of the company they keep alongside the great standards she continues to interpret and explore.

Her recordings and performances have garnered 4 and 5 star reviews in publications including Downbeat, The Irish Times, Jazz Wise, Jazz Journal and Jazz Times among many others.

Since 2002, McNulty has maintained a consistent presence on the international touring scene. In May 2013, Chris won the prestigious Australian Bell Award (the equivalent of a US Grammy) for Best Vocal Jazz Album forThe Song That Sings You Here. Her most recent album Eternal featuring chamber orchestra with jazz quartet and orchestrations by gifted arranger, Stephen Newcomb released on Palmetto Records in March 2015.

Visit Chris McNulty on the web at

Praise for Chris McNulty

“McNulty has put all she has learned over half a lifetime of jazz singing and songwriting into this exquisite chamber jazz CD. On this CD, McNulty bares her soul, and one doesn’t dare look away.” ★★★★½
— Allen Morrison, Downbeat, June 2015

“Such a beautifully crafted and heartfelt performance throughout. From the very first minute we hear McNulty’s eloquent, exquisite vocals, we know this is an album we are going to be listening to time and time again; to catch those rare moments of beauty a release such as this delivers.”
– Mike Gates, UKVibe, February 2015

“The best singers make us believe the songs they are singing.” ★★★★
– Cormac Larkin, Irish Times, March 2015

“The resultant blend is beautiful and seamless, as sensitivity reigns supreme.” ★★★★½
– Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz  March 2015

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Solargraphy workshop with Marc Bongers

beechworth lake solargraphy
Beechworth Lake – solargraphy image

Held over two Saturdays, this very special solargraphy workshop is presented by Marc Bongers, an established photographer from Wangaratta who is one of the local pioneers of Solargraphy in this region.

Solargraphy is a form of pinhole, time-lapse photography that creates images redolent with mystery. Learn this surprisingly complex yet rewarding technique to represent landscape.

Workshop details

The workshop runs from 11 am to 3 pm on both days

Day 1 – 4 March

Understand the process, explore the possibilities, set up and position your pinhole camera

Day 2 – 18 March

Retreive your pinhole camera, reveal the mystery and scan the image ready for digital printing.

Included in the cost

  • Pinhole camera (additional more available to purchase at a very low cost), ties and tape.
  • Light sensitive paper for your image
  • One digital print of your image, from Digital Print Art in Highett Street Mansfield
  • Lunch, coffee, tea, refreshments (you are also welcome to bring your own lunch and we will be providing sandwiches, slices and fruit)

About Marc

Wangaratta born and bred, Marc has been behind a camera since he was a child. His interest in photography has grown into a passion and career path which he now supports with his own photography and framing business.
When first introduced to solargraphy by Jesse Thompson, Marc was intrigued by the uniqueness, individuality and artistic flair of these images. He loves the fact that this genre is based on one of the most basic forms of a camera and can produce such a vibrant and detailed image. He soon developed a strong love for solargraphy – further enhanced by the thrill of not know what the outcome of the exposure would be.
Marc likes showing people how to create images with solargraphy and his workshop will help you appreciate the mystery, complexity and diverse range of difficulties associated with using this this technique to achieve an image that is printed and hung on a wall.
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The Harvey Club jazz in the garden

Join us on Sunday 5 March for jazz in the garden at the gallery.

Rolf Koren (drums, vocals), Liam Bradley (keyboard, vibes, vocals) and friends will play three sets of standards in our gorgeous garden.

Video from November


Food and drink

You are most welcome to bring a picnic!

As in November, we’ll also have delicious hampers available from Mansfield Produce Store. Pre-order when you purchase your ticket or a limited number will also be available on the day.

Ros Ritchie wines available for purchase on the day

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Origami at the gallery

*early bird ticket prices until 22 January*
Featuring the trio ORIGAMI and ice-cream from Mansfield Icecream
Origami is
Adam Simmons – alto sax, bass clarinet
Howard Cairns – double bass, concertina
Hugh Harvey – drums
Origami’s original material offers a twist on the classic jazz trio. A focus on Australian identity, including tunes by influences such as Ornette Coleman, Colin Hay, Merle Haggard, Outkast, Sun Ra, Gotye and the occasional Australian folk song, blending melodic lyricism with beauty, passion and fire.

Mansfield Art Gallery
4 Highett Street
Mansfield, Victoria 3722