Bayside Gallery is a space for everyone to enjoy art. As the public art gallery for the City of Bayside in Melbourne’s south, the gallery is committed to promoting art and artists as a valuable part of the community.
Its curated exhibition program gives residents and visitors the opportunity to engage with high quality work from renowned Australian and international artists, as well as showcasing and supporting the practices of artists in the Bayside area.
To inspire curiosity about art in audiences across all ages, it offers a program of art-related activities ranging from its popular Great art detective, hands-on children’s workshops, artist talks, Connections: art and dementia program, and visual thinking strategy classes for schools.
Housed at Brighton Town Hall, Bayside Gallery manages the Bayside City Council Art and Heritage Collection, which comprises historical and contemporary objects and artworks that relate to the municipality and the unique art history of the area.
Bayside City Council is the custodian of the Bayside Art and Heritage Collection, a collection that was principally formed when the former Sandringham and Brighton City Councils merged in 1994.
Artworks and heritage objects are displayed at our Corporate Centre in Sandringham, Bayside Gallery in Brighton and other Council owned buildings.
The Collection is a significant cultural asset held in trust by the Council, for the people of Bayside. The Collection aims to:
- nurture a sense of community and shared history;
- assist in developing a sense of identity, pride and place;
- enhance and enrich public spaces;
- promote art and artists as a valuable part of the Bayside community.
The collection has four subcategories: Visual Arts Collection, Cultural Heritage Collection (including Memorials and Monuments), Local Government Collection, and Public Art Collection.
Highlights of the collection range from historical works of art by artists including Clarice Beckett, Charles Douglas Richardson and Margaret Baskerville, as well as artworks by well-known contemporary artists including Stieg Persson, Robert Jacks, Peter Kennedy, Anne Ross and Victoria Reichelt.
The collection largely contains a range of heritage objects relating to municipal and local history, including photographs, documents, plans, maps, furniture, memorials and civic objects, including mayoral regalia, such as robes and chains.
A selection of key items can be accessed online at Victorian Collections.
Management of the collection is governed by an Art and Heritage Collection policy that outlines collection management guidelines and recognises the collection as a valuable community asset and source of Bayside’s cultural identity and pride.
getting to the gallery
The Gallery is walking distance from North Brighton train station (Sandringham line). Approximate train travel time from Flinders Street Central Business District (CBD) to North Brighton station is 15-20 minutes. North Brighton station is a short 5 minute walk to Bayside Gallery.
Visit the Public Transport Victoria website for train and bus travel times.
A public car park can be found adjacent to Bayside Gallery on Wilson Street.
Melway Reference: 67 F10
Disabled parking is available and access to the main entrance is at street level via a small inclined ramp. Wheelchair access is available throughout the Gallery.
Connections is a free activity for people living with dementia and their carers. The program provides a unique opportunity for people living with dementia to connect, interpret and express experiences through art works during a discussion-based tour of an exhibition.
Main image: Bayside Gallery, located within Brighton Town Hall.
Above image: Installation view of the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize exhibition. Photograph by Mark Ashkanasy.