#daddyasbirds is a series of small gouache studies and oil paintings which evolved out of a year of grief for artist Anna Farago and her daughter Cleo. Adrian Miles, Anna’s husband and Cleo’s Dad, died suddenly whilst riding his bike near Kinglake in early 2018. Adrian loved Australian nature and soon after his death, Anna began to connect with Adrian’s spirit through encounters with his favourite local birds.
Long Gallery, February 7 - March 3
This is Gwen’s second exhibition in the Boulevard @ Montsalvat. Continuing her exploration of the female form, Gwen has created a new series of limited edition reduction linocuts focusing on the quiet reposes of female reflection, sleep and the joy of being surrounded by nature.
The Boulevard @ Montsalvat, February 9 - April 30
The unique pairing of spiritually expressive shakuhachi and sonorous, lively marimba creates a rich tapestry of timbral colours. From the stillness of the breath to outbursts of percussive dialogues, the musical lifeforce is woven between these traditional and contemporary instruments in a program of repertoire and original compositions.
Barn Gallery, Sunday March 3, 2.30pm
Art Machine is the celebration of the artist. It plays on the sculptural by simply being. It represents the painter, the printer and the sculptor. Its that moment that all artist experience when ideas and inspiration seem to just flow out.
“Point of view” is a four part sculptural installation made from salvaged steel. The work brings a playful contrast to its surrounds by combining colour and form as a spatial intrusion within the sublime landscape and the historical architecture of Montsalvat.
Grounds, 16 October – 9th December
The Tudors investigate the fusion between Art and architecture; and how they effect us.
“Straddling the boundaries between abstraction and representational forms, my work explores, colour, pattern and layering through the medium of painting. As a female artist I am particularly drawn to the imagery used in the marketing towards women. I find society’s obsession intriguing and my work intends to reflect this.”
Long Gallery, 10 January - 3 February 2019
‘Perfusion’ is a term describing the distribution of fluid within a bodily organ. Sustain and release is a work that aims to perfuse the environment it occupies — filling up trajectories or streamlines, without destroying or displacing what's already there. When you perfuse an organ, you don’t change its shape or size. You add to it in such a way that it either thrives or is poisoned.
Residents Gallery, 9 - 20 January
This exhibition contains paintings, illustrations, and relief-prints depicting a selection of these native birds, some of which are considered threatened and at risk of extinction.
Long Gallery, 13 December 2018 - 6 January 2019
This series of works is a visual dancing into the realms of non-physical and physical space that we move between in our lives. How do we navigate space? How do we choose which direction to go?'
Residents Gallery, 12 December 2018 – 6 January 2019
After enjoying a delightful summer of music in Italy, join the members of The Muses’ Delight as we reminisce and travel back to 18th-century Italy. Some of the composers we will meet include Boccherini, Platti and Tessarini.
The Chapel, Sunday 18 November, 3pm - 4.15pm
drawing strength is an exhibition of drawn works curated by Jo Lane and Montsalvat's Arts Manager Jeannette Davison. The programme consists of an opening event, a lecture, and a workshop for children, the master drawers.
Barn Gallery, 16 November 2018 - 6 January 2019
Acclaimed photographer Adam Davidson utilises a shoebox of expired film from the bottom of the wardrobe, an analogue film camera and the darkroom to bring you beauty in its rarest form. Come back to a time when mastery required patience and effort was rewarded.
Residents Gallery, 15 November - 9 December
Mendelssohn was fascinated by Beethoven as a teenager and his Op. 13 string quartet draws on inspiration from this great master, as well as his own song Frage which asks the question “Ist es wahr?”.
Barn Gallery, Sunday 11 November, 2.30pm
Continually inspired by the great painters Chardin, Morandi, Monet, and Cezanne Catherine reflects on their practices and the ongoing evocative power of still life painting. A francophile and lover of French culture, Catherine is recently back from her regular sojurn in Paris where she sets up her studio in Le Marais for several weeks.
The Boulevard @ Montsalvat, 9th November 2018 - 6th February 2019
Alone, together is an exploration of human connection as vulnerability. It explores the fluidity of relationships, fluctuating between intimate and distant and all the spaces in-between.
Residents Gallery, 18 October - 11 November
The Magpie is considered one of Australia’s most gifted songbirds. It’s Warble highlights the often unseen, passed by and overlooked beauty found in Australian flora and fauna. Warble aims to draw our attention back into the natural world, raising an awareness and appreciation for our native wildlife and plants.
Long Gallery, 18 October - 9 December
‘I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society… When visitors came … there was but the third chair for them all… and… we often parted without being aware that we had come very near to one another…'
Waldon; or Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau page 107
Barn Gallery, 18 September - 11 November
‘Dual Aura’ features Ben Dollman (violin and viola), principal player from the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Monica Schmidt Andersen (recorders), one of Denmark’s finest early musicians and winner of the 2016 Nordhorn International Recorder Competition.
Barn Gallery, Sunday 21 October, 2.30pm
Montsalvat, Australia’s oldest surviving artists colony, and Araluen, an intellectual disability support organisation, are proud to present an exhibition celebrating the tenth anniversary of Araluen’s Art Connects program.
Long Gallery, 18th September – 14 October 2018
Aimee Timpson is an emerging artist from the Macedon Ranges. She has studied creative arts and photography and participated in a number of group exhibitions throughout Victoria.
Residents Gallery, 18 September - 14 October
Winner of the 2014 Australian Cello Awards in Sydney and the 2009 Royal Over-Seas League String Competition in London, cellist Yelian He arrives back in Melbourne with UK pianist Yasmin Rowe after 10 years of performing and teaching internationally. The multi award-winning duo "Y-Squared" comes to Montsalvat to present their stories in musical form.
Barn Gallery, Sunday 2 September, 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Join The Muses' Delight for an intimate concert of French baroque music. The program explores the music from the court of King Louis XIV including music by Marais, Philidor, Hotteterre and more.
The Chapel, Sunday 26 August, 3pm
Clive Murray-White creates marble sculptures based on or about Michelle Caithness, while Michelle draws and paints Clive in his studio as he works. Both at once artists and subjects, this exhibition tracks the development of a symbiotic artistic relationship.
Barn Gallery, 21 August - 16 September
This exhibition, a collaboration between Claire Mercer and Eleanor James, contemplates the symbolic journey of the female wanderer and storyteller, investigating archetypal female roles, from queen to crone, harpy to seamstress.
Long Gallery, 21 August - 16 September
Nature in it’s lair captures Florentina’s recent personal painting journey since her travel to Italy to study with Israel Hershberg in Civita Castellana. Her subject is constantly explored largely through still life, the figure and the landscape.
Residents Gallery, 21 August – 16 September
Listen up, an installation of suspended recycled metal fragments inspired by the variety of peeling eucalyptus bark I admired while undertaking a residency at Montsalvat in 2015, represents a swag of amulets celebrating our precious natural environment.
The Grounds, 21 August - 14 October
Accademia Arcadia is a Baroque chamber ensemble of high originality. Known simply as Arcadia, this company was formed by Jacqueline Ogeil in 2001 to explore the trio sonata, cantata, early opera and grand liturgical music genres. Arcadia’s concerts were broadcast by ABC Classic FM from its inception in 2001.
Barn Gallery, Saturday 19th January 2019, 2pm - 3pm
During these relaxing sessions artist Katie Roberts will provide guided facilitation and structure, and will be available for advice and tuition, tailored to both beginners and accomplished artists.
Barn Gallery, every Tuesday evening from 9th October - 11th December, 7pm - 9.30pm
The long-held tradition of the Melbourne Composers’ League’s Elbow Room Concert Series continues this year with a mini- festival of two concerts. These two concerts include new works for Trumpet, Voice, Piano, Strings, Electronics, Flutes, Percussion, and Tarhu.
Barn Galley, Sunday 30 September, 12pm - 1pm & 2pm - 3pm