Women painters in the Mack Jost Collection

Starting in 1983 and culminating in his Bequest in 2001, the late Mack Jost AM progressively donated his substantial art collection to Horsham Regional Art Gallery. The resulting Mack Jost Collection of Australian Painting and Works on Paper – consisting of over 250 works by significant Australian artists from the colonial and modern eras – forms the nucleus of the Horsham Regional Art Gallery’s permanent collection of 2800 works.

From this Collection is presented ‘Women painters in the Mack Jost Collection’, which draws a series of incredible painted works by female artists from Mack Jost’s collection into a single display. The exhibition includes works by such notable artists as Judy Cassab, Jessie Traill, Jacqueline Hick and Nornie Gude. It includes a wonderful watercolour depiction of Mack Jost by Gude titled ‘A pensive mood’.


Image: Jessie TRAILL (Australia b.1881 d.1967), Digging the Bank, n.d., oil on canvas. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Mack Jost, 1995. Inv. no. 1995-8.

Shirley Newton

On display this summer in the Community Art Gallery, Horsham Regional Art Gallery presents a wonderful series of works by 92-year old Rainbow-based artist, Shirley Newton. Shirley only started her artistic career at the age of 62 after her husband passed away, and she was looking for something to occupy her time. Since then, Shirley has completed over 300 works, primarily in oil, though she has also dabbled in acrylics.

This exhibition presents 20 of Shirley’s oil paintings from across her career. It covers a variety of subjects, including still-lifes of object from around her house, landscapes and architecture of the Wimmera (including Lake Hindmarsh and Yurunga Homestead), as well as sensitive depictions animals and flowers.


Image: Shirley Newton, Boat Shed, n.d., oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow 2024

Australia’s biggest and best comedy spectacular is setting off on its 26th annual road trip around the country!

Showcasing the finest talents from the 2024 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, we’re delivering a dose of laughter right to your doorstep!

Featuring a line-up of beloved comedy royalty alongside the freshest sensations from the Festival, all in one hilarious show that guarantees nationwide laughs.

Gather your pals, secure your tickets, and get ready for a well-deserved blast of comedy when the 2024 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow graces the stage in your neighbourhood!

Greg Mallyon

Greg MALLYON, Stoney Creek Gariwerd 2023, mixed media on aluminium. Courtesy of the artist.

The Wimmera region of Australia includes the diverse geography of vast plains, desert and scrub contrasting with the dramatic Grampians / Gariwerd mountains. From above, the landscape is a fascinating pattern created by rivers, salt lakes, fields and gorges and is constantly evolving with the advent of floods, bushfire and drought.

Victorian landscape artist Greg Mallyon explores this region from an abstract aerial perspective using his knowledge and familiarity of the area. This unique exhibition is a collection of over 50 unseen small and large scale works, incorporating computer technology with traditional painting and printmaking to create a unique perspective of the Wimmera.

Mallyon’s landscapes explore his exposure to wide variety of cultures and terrain throughout his career and his application of natural ochres and pigment create rich textured paintings that not only chart and map terrain but tap into the essence of the land and its metaphysical layers.

Greg MALLYON, Autumn Little Desert Landscape 2023, mixed media on aluminium. Courtesy of the artist.

Worlds of Infinite Possibility

Mark Eliott, Cloud Harvest over West Wycombe 1880, 2021
flame-sculpted and blown borosilicate glass, soft glass base, mixed media. Photograph by R Weistein

Horsham Regional Art Gallery’s summer 2023/24 exhibition, Worlds of Infinite Possibility, is an incredible survey of contemporary Australian figural sculpture. It features Tom Moore, Mark Eliott, Jenny Orchard, Eliza-Jane Gilchrist, Vipoo Srivilasa and Stephen Bird, some of the most exciting and creative practitioners of the art across ceramic, porcelain, glass, metal and cardboard working today.

Inspired by the Great Exhibitions of the 19th century, where inventors and artists were invited to display their newest and most exciting works, each of these incredible artists has been provided a space in the halls of HRAG to create their own ‘World of Infinite Possibility’ inhabited by their most fascinating creations.

Adventure through these various Worlds which range from whimsical and magical to menacing and dystopian, where you will meet a multitude of unforgettable, fascinating creatures, marvel at exquisite kaleidoscopic totems and delightfully grotesque alien plants, and be regaled with stirring tales of adventure!

(L to R) Stephen Bird, Walking man with tree, 2023, painted ceramic with glaze | Vipoo Srivilasa, Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe, 2023, ceramic with glaze, gold lustre, mixed media.

(L to R) Jenny Orchard, Totems, 2023, painted ceramic with glaze, mixed media | Eliza-Jane Gilchrist, Three-sided capsule, 2023, cardboard.

The many faces of Wes Walters

Wes Walters was an acclaimed Australian portrait painter of the late 20th century, painting such notable individuals as Sir Donald Bradman, Dame Elizabeth Murdoch, Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum, and Philip Adams (for whose portrait he won the 1979 Archibald Prize).

However, portrait painting was but one aspect of the vast artistic interests of Walters. ‘The many faces of Wes Walters’ presents a survey of the artistic spectrum in which Walters worked across many different styles and mediums, with a focus on his love for the printed medium and his ongoing fascination with and utilisation of abstraction, to demonstrate the relentless artistic exploration in which Walters engaged over his 50 years as a practising artist.

Amongst the more than 50 works on display are paintings, collagraphs, engravings, etchings, commercial posters, and more, all of which provides insight into ‘The many faces of Wes Walters’.

Entry is free. Wheelchair accessible.

Image: Wes Walters, Walters Solos Again!, n.d., screenprint. Courtesy of the Estate of Wes Walters

Mini Makers Storytime Term 4 2023

Let’s get together around art and storytelling!

Art for our Mini Makers is all about discovery and fun … unleash your child’s creativity through wonderful books and delightful art activities.

Term 4 – Fortnightly from Tuesday October 17 through to December 12

10am to 10:45am

Please note:

December 12 – Our Xmas Session will begin at 10.30-11.15am

$5 per child (0-2yr free)
(materials included)

SPARK Education Program 2023

The SPARK Arts Education Program is a cultural package for schools covering a broad curriculum base of visual arts, performance, drama, literature, music, and hands on workshops covering themes of:

Environment and Sustainability
Resilience and Social Connection
First Nations, First People.

We invite schools to be part of an immersive and engaging range of performances, art gallery exhibitions, artist workshops in school or at the gallery conducted by local and visiting artists.

Workshops and performances in the SPARK program have resources available to complement your teaching.

$10 Package includes performance incursion/excursion with visual or creative movement artist and gallery visit.

$5 Package includes incursion/excursion with visual or creative movement artist and gallery visit.

Gallery / Performing Art Centre Tours are free 20mins.

Travel subsidy Semester 2 for schools available.

Term 4 bookings open now with many FREE or low cost workshops!
Contact Cindy Francis (03 5382 9578) or Jacinda O’Sullivan (03 5382 9547) for more information

SPARK Education Program is funded by the Department of Education and in partnership with Horsham Town Hall and Regional Art Gallery

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The Horsham Town Hall and Horsham Regional Art Gallery acknowledge the traditional lands of the Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia and Jupagulk people. We pay respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging.