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Hatch Contemporary Arts Space


Hatch Contemporary Arts Space is Banyule’s premiere art gallery. Hatch is a creative space to present a range of temporary exhibitions, performances, workshops, poetry readings, and more. Throughout the year Hatch showcases the Banyule Art Collection, as well as providing a valuable resource for local artists.  Our exhibitions and opening night events are FREE and open to the public. 

Location: 14 Ivanhoe Parade, Ivanhoe, VIC 3079

Tel: 9490 4370

Postal Address: Art Curator, PO Box 94 Greensborough, Victoria, 3088

Hatch Contemporary Arts Space is only open when there is an exhibition on.

Gallery Opening Times: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm

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Exhibitions 2019


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is an exhibition of works by 3 artists: Fred Colla, Michael Meszaros, and Andrew Sutton.

"Art makes that which is absent, present.
Art is the result of living and engaging with the world around us. Bits of memories, processing of ideas, travel, the here and now, all pass through and manifest as expression of some sort. These expressions can be music, writing, sculpture, painting etc which have been around for tens of thousands of years. You are invited to come and view some of our expressions."

The artists invite you to join them for:
Opening Night: Sunday 19th May, 3-5pm

Exhibition Dates: 19th May - 8th June 2019
Gallery opening times: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm



Past Exhibitions 2019 

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'Journey Through Life'

Artworks by Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Youth Group Members
and Sha Sarwari

Opening Night: Wednesday 20 March, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: 21 March – 18 April 2019


Part of this exhibition was developed by Deakin University Art Gallery through a practical program that supported members of the ASRC Youth Group, in developing their distinct artistic practices. Stories told in this exhibition are heartfelt and personal, demonstrating the creativity, courage, resourcefulness and resilience of these young artists. 

This exhibition also features artworks by local artist, Sha Sarwari. Sarwari is an accomplished multidisciplinary visual artist from Afghanistan, whose work is influenced by his personal experience of seeking asylum in Australia and the journey he undertook to become an Australian citizen.

This is a Deakin University Art Gallery travelling exhibition in partnership with Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Hatch Contemporary Arts Space and Banyule Youth Services.
Curated by Vanja Radisic (Deakin University), and Steph Neoh (Banyule Council).



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Exhibition Dates: 7 February - 2 March 2019

This exhibition showcases the artworks of four emerging artists who are vitally engaged in their practice, together with selected pieces from the Banyule Art Collection.

Each of these 4 artists works with different materials and subject matter, reflecting various aspects of contemporary art practice.

Eleanor James
James McAlpin
Steve Scalone
Emma Shaw

Complementing this, are pieces of furniture from the Banyule Art Collection acquired through Banyule's support of Melbourne Fringe Furniture, with an annual Sustainable Design Award. These unique pieces of furniture show how contemporary designers are concerned with environmental issues, and with developing sustainable processes.


Past Exhibitions 2018

2018 Banyule Art Salon

Exhibition Dates: 1 November - 1 December 2018
Gallery Open: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm

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Banyule's Biggest Community Art Exhibition: 119 Artworks by 78 local artists all in one room!
With a range of artworks from painting to photography, textile art to woodwork, and everything in between.

Banyule Council recognises that there are many talented artists in Banyule, and have created this opportunity for all artists to be a part of a professionally-curated and programmed exhibition in the beautiful Hatch Contemporary Arts Space.   

Come and enjoy this spectacular display...

2018 Banyule Art Salon Prize Winners!

  • Pinpoint Award - awarded by Banyule Council to one outstanding emerging artist, to be part of an exhibition at Hatch Contemporary Arts Space in 2019
    WINNER: James McAlpin, for his artwork, The Blue Cluster (2018).
  • Photocolor Photography Award - awarded by exhibition sponsor, Photocolor
    WINNER: Arun, for his artwork, Invisible Voices 2 (2018)
  • The Arts on Burgundy Award for Excellence - awarded by exhibition sponsor, Arts on Burgundy
    WINNER: Sally Armfield, for her artwork, Geranium solanderi or Native Geranium
  • The Arts on Burgundy Commendation Award - awarded by exhibition sponsor, Arts on Burgundy
    WINNER: Narelle Tout, for her artwork, Paddy Field Dreaming


Winners of the People's Choice Award for the 2018 Banyule Art Salon - as voted by you!

1st Prize ($300) - Fred Colla, for Arts Precinct and Go-Go Club
2nd Prize ($200) - Claire Grey, for Tidal
3rd Prize ($100) - Yongqiang Lu, for Yarra River Bush


With thanks to our prize sponsors and local businesses:

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Performance Night returns as part of the Banyule Art Salon!
While we celebrate the talents of our visual artists with an exhibition, we also invite our performance artists to an open mic style night:

ALL PERFORMANCES: Friday 30 November, 7:00pm-9:00pm  

Come along and support our performing artists, and enjoy a night of FREE entertainment!



Older Adults Art Exhibition

Engaging with Ageing - Past, Present and Future

Engaging with Ageing - Past, Present and Future

This exhibition forms part of Council’s Seniors Month celebrations, and is inspired by the goals set out in Council’s Older Adults Strategic Plan. The Engaging with Ageing Art Exhibition brings together the works of older people in Banyule who have found great satisfaction in expressing their hopes, fears, dreams and experiences through art.

We are pleased to showcase the broad range of artistic talents and different perspectives of older adults and offers an opportunity to share their achievements with friends, family, and the wider community.  The exhibition focuses on the artist's journey, and sometimes the destination, as an older person. We hope that through this exhibition, we have offered an opportunity for older people to be engaged with, to participate in, and to share with others in the community.

Come and see the art, read the stories, or join in a workshop!

Exhibition Dates: 4 - 20 October 2018

Gallery Opening Times: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm
The exhibition is held at Hatch Contemporary Arts Space, 14 Ivanhoe Parade, Ivanhoe.



For I have learned to look on nature…

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Portraits of Urban Trees by Fran Lee

Poetry by Poets@Watsonia and soundscapes by Vincent Giles

These words by William Wordsworth, from his poem Tintern Abbey (1798), are inspiration for local artist Fran Lee, as she paints her wonderful tree portraits.  The exhibition, which takes its title from this poem, featured paintings of some of the significant trees of Banyule.  The works honour their delicate beauty and their monumental forms, and removes them from their normal context so we can focus on them as individuals. 

They are all eucalypts – yet they are all different species.  Thus, they are all the same - yet different – like us.  Some of these trees are hundreds of years old and the exhibition celebrated their deeply important role in our environment which often goes unseen. 

The exhibition also celebrated the poetry and music of trees by creating an immersive experience in the gallery space with accompanying poems by Poets@Watsonia, and soundscapes created by local composer and musician, Vincent Giles. 
Download poetry booklet here. 


Telling Stories -  Winter Exhibition @ Hatch

Opening Night: Wednesday 20 June, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: 21 June – 14 July 2018

An art exhibition featuring the diverse voices and stories in Banyule, with three components:

Storytellers from the Banyule Art Collection
Selected artworks from the Banyule Art Collection by well-known Australian artists, all with a story to tell. 

Perspectives by Lisa May. 
An exhibition of portraits and sketches of community members from Bell St. Mall and Heidelberg West, as a result of a residency funded by Banyule Community Grants. 

Beyond the Masks – by the Sardinian Cultural Association
An exciting journey of discovery of the archaic masks, costumes and rites of pre-Christian Sardinia.


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FROM THE BELLY OF THE SNAKE - by Wurundjeri artist Judy Nicholson and her family

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Opening Night – Thursday 24 May (6-8pm)
Exhibition Dates – 25 May – 9 June 2018

Banyule is located in the heartland of the Wurundjeri willam. In celebration of Reconciliation Week 2018, Hatch Contemporary Arts Space proudly presents From the Belly of the Snake by local Wurundjeri artist Judy Nicholson and members of her family, James Mcfadyen, Mandy Nicholson, Wayne Wilson and April-Lee Carter.

From the Belly of the Snake will explore Wurundjeri country, its plants and animals, people and places, in a contemporary re-imaging of Wurundjeri culture, connection and continuation. Tracing the history of the Wurundjeri, from William Barak to Judy Nicholson and her family, and passing on this cultural history to future generations. This the journey of the snake, following the Birrarung (Yarra River) from Coranderrk to the present in Melbourne.  

This exhibition forms part of a range of events in Banyule during Reconciliation Week 2018, including film screenings, basket weaving with Aunty Dot Lovett and the Sorry Day Smoking Ceremony and Flag Raising. More information here.

(Image: Installation view of the exhibition by photographer: James Henry)


in conTEXT - Contemporary Art Exhibition

featuring artists:
Rushdi ANWAR

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In 2018, the Banyule Arts & Culture program celebrates and explores our community's cultural diversity, with the unifying theme, 'Finding Common Ground'.  This exhibition is the major themed exhibition for the year, showcasing contemporary art from local artists, exploring the ideas of language, displacement, loss, and hope. 

All five artists use text, or refer to language in their artworks.  These artworks all show some form of abstraction of text, or decontextualisation of language to convey the sense of loss that comes with the loss of context for one’s native language. The title of the exhibition, in context, refers to the context of language, and when that context is removed, how a language becomes useless - much as these shapes of letters and text represented here are unreadable - resulting in a loss of cultural identity. 

Opening Night – Wednesday 21 May (6-8pm)
Exhibition Dates – 22 March - 12 May 2018

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Summer Exhibition @ Hatch

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Opening Night: Wednesday 7 February, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: 8 February - 3 March 2018

An exhibition showcasing sustainable art practice by two community groups:

Unfinished Business by Textile Art Community

(in partnership with Yarra Plenty Regional Library and Banyule City Council)
In last few months of 2017, Textile Art Community collected all manner of unfinished art and craft projects, and unused materials donated by people around Banyule, then documented their stories, and invited artists and makers to pick a project to transform into a finished artwork. 

Come and see the process and results of this wonderful initiative and join in a few crafting workshops with Textile Art Community!

Re-Create by Victorian Woodworkers Association

The Victorian Woodworkers Association return to Hatch with an exhibition of furniture and fine woodworking.  All the pieces in this exhibition have been created from waste materials – wood that has been rescued or found, and upcycled into beautiful, useful objects.  



The 2017 Banyule Award for Works on Paper - Finalists' Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: 5 October - 2 December 2017

@ Hatch Contemporary Arts Space
14 Ivanhoe Parade, Ivanhoe



The 2017 Banyule Award for Works on Paper - Finalists' Exhibition

The Banyule Award for Works on Paper is awarded biennially to an outstanding contemporary work on paper.  It is an acquisitive prize, with the winning artwork entered into the Banyule Art Collection.

The 2017 Banyule Award for Works on Paper called for artists to respond to the curatorial theme, 'ebb and flow'

An astounding 410 entries were received, of which 38 artworks were selected for the Finalists' Exhibition. Thank you to every artist who entered the prize - the quality of entries was outstanding and the field of competition was fierce.

Congratulations to the following artists


Michael EATHER
Christine FONTANA
Felicity GORDON
Nicholas JONES

Phuong NGO
Randal POUND
Senye SHEN
Melissa SMITH
Dianna WELLS

Prize Pool

Main Prize - $10,000
Commendation Prize - $1,000
People's Choice Award - $1,000


We are pleased to announce that the following highly-regarded industry professionals will be judging the prize:

GUY ABRAHAMS - CEO and Co-founder of CLIMARTE,
CHARLOTTE DAY - Director of Monash University Museum of Art
DANNY LACY - Senior Curator of Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery



The Winner of the 2017 Banyule Award for Works on Paper ($10,000 Acquisitive Prize) is:

Dianne Fogwell, for her artwork '1903 - The Grey Sea' (2016)

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The Winner of the Banyule Award for Works on Paper Commendation Prize ($1,000) is:

Sarah Mufford, for her artwork 'Arabesque' (2016)

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Photos from Opening Night:

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Previous Exhibitions


Performance Week @ Hatch

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A micro-festival of live performance!
Wednesday 20 - Friday 22 September 2017

Music, theatre, dance, spoken word, cabaret, comedy...for 3 nights in September, Hatch Contemporary Arts Space will be transformed into a hive of live performance-based events.

Come along to support our local artists and enjoy some free entertainment!

Free entry, All Welcome!  Please book your seats online here.

Spread the word, and share this event with your friends:


Open call to all performers who live, work or play in Banyule.
$250 in prizes awarded to the best performances on Thursday and Friday nights!  
Apply HERE to perform.

Program of Events:

Wednesday 20 September 7PM
Performing Arts Forum

Featuring a performance of the original production, Woman Implodes by Rebecca Cook.
Followed by a conversation about the future of performance spaces in Banyule.

Thursday 21 September 7PM
Comedy & Spoken Word

Calling all spoken word performers!
Open mic night for comedy, poetry, dramatic monologues and everything spoken word.
Please apply to perform.

Friday 22 September 7PM
Musical Performances

Calling all musical performers!
Open mic night for musicians, singers, small ensembles, choirs, small bands, and sound artists.
Please apply to perform.


STATES OF BEING - The elemental importance of water

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Opening Night: Wednesday 9th August 2017
Exhibition Dates: 10 August – 9 September 2017

Exhbition curated by Dr Anne Bennett

Featuring works by:
Rosemary Crosthwaite
Carolyn Lewens
Kari Henriksen
Anne Bennett
Jill Orr
Lynne Boyd
Fiona Murphy
John R Neeson
Graham Brindley

To be opened by Bronwyn Johnson (Executive Director CLIMARTE)

This visually stunning exhibition, featuring painting, drawing, photomedia, ceramic installation, video projections and tapestry highlights the elemental importance of water in the environment and to human being.

In visualising the natural grandeur and subtle shifts in diverse terrain from the ocean’s depths, fresh waterways, misty glaciers, through to drought-prone regions, each artist in their unique way highlights the gravity of pressing ecological and existential changes, whilst also implicating significant shifts in our psychological and philosophical states.

To download a copy of the invite/event flyer, click here.

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Shifting Skies (still from video projection) by Kari Henriksen



Hatch Contemporary Arts Space presents a mid-winter event, bringing together three further explorations of water.

Join us for the opening event: Wednesday 21 June, 6-8pm

Exhibition Dates: 22 June - 22 July 2017



Ceramics and glassware from the Banyule Art Collection.


Video artwork observing birds and animals that stop by a backyard watering hole.

FLUIDITY - by Amanda Peluso and Teresa Flynn

A collaborative installation of textile hangings and paintings interpreting the textures, patterns and rhythms of Banyule's waterways and landscapes. 

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(Image Credit: Pour Slowly Into Me (1996) detail, by Rosslynd Piggott)


Nhalinggu Bagung (Come Gather)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Exhibition

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Banyule is fortunate to have a strong and creative First Nations artist community. This exhibition brings together and celebrates the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living, or are involved in the community within Banyule.

This exhibition will feature a range of Aboriginal artworks and styles, with the artists drawing on their own experiences and Dreamings.  

Opening Night: Wednesday 24 May, 6-8pm

Exhibition Dates: 25 May - 10 June 2017

Program of Reconciliation Week events here.


Water and Climate Change

An exhibition of art for environmental sustainability, featuring new and original works by:

Alice Bennett
Felicity Gordon
Textile Art Community


Turbulence is a creative response to global climate change and environmental sustainability. Banyule-based artists from the Textile Art Community, sound artist Alice Bennett and environmental artist Felicity Gordon have collaborated to create an immersive art installation using salvaged and recycled materials. The exhibition’s theme is water, focusing on Banyule’s waterways and natural environmental processes of decay, renewal and regrowth. In an unsettling time of increased concern about our natural environment, art can be a catalyst for positive engagement and change as we navigate the unknown.

This exhibition is supported by the Banyule Environment Advisory Committee, and will be accompanied by a public program of free events, talks and workshops.
Please check back here for details of events as they become available.

Opening Night: Wednesday 29 March, 6-8pm. 

Exhibition Dates: 30 March - 13 May 2017

Download a copy of the invite here.

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Atmospheres & Environments

Landscape Art from the Banyule Art Collection together with a "Photographic Exploration of Water" by Ivanhoe Photographic Society

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(image contains text overlaid on original artwork by:
Domenico de Clario, Kinglake Landscape (1981), from the Banyule Art Collection)

Please join us on the Opening Night:Wednesday 8 February, 6-8pm. 

Exhibition Dates: 9 February - 11 March 2017

The Banyule Art Collection is a contemporary collection of artworks by emerging and leading Australian artists.

The theme for Council’s 2017 Arts & Culture Program is ‘water’. To kick things off, the first exhibition for 2017 presents an aesthetic experience of the natural environment through a selection of artworks from the Banyule Art Collection, and a photographic exploration of water by Ivanhoe Photographic Society.

 Download a copy of the invite here.

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Pinpoint - The Banyule Contemporary Art Fair 



14 September - 12 November 2016

The second installment of our biennial exhibition of contemporary art dedicated to presenting the works of creative artists living and working in Banyule.

Featuring works by nine Banyule-based contemporary artists: Rushdi Anwar, Anne Bennett, John Billan, Anna Farago, Brady Freeman, Irianna Kanellopoulou, Helen Macqueen, Jodi Wiley, Anthony Williams. 

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Impressions - Print Making Exhibition


Image: Angela Cavalieri's 'Isola' from the Banyule Art Collection 

28 July - 27 August 2016  

The Banyule Art Collection is a contemporary collection of art works by leading and emerging Australian artists. While it includes a range of media, it is distinguished by its collection of works on paper, many of which are print artworks. In 2016, the Print Council of Australia is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, with the “Year of Print”. In support of this milestone,  this exhibition showcasd the many fine examples of printmaking from the Banyule Art Collection.

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Banyule Art Salon


22 June - 16 July 2016 

An exhibition celebrating the artistic talents of Banyule residents.  There was an open call for entries from all artists who live in Banyule, to have their artworks exhibited at Hatch Contemporary Arts Space.  This exhibition provided a survey of the array of talent hidden within Banyule, and provided local artists with a great opportunity to exhibit in a professional space.

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Image Below: Cr. Craig Langdon awarding Nadine Dudek with the People's Choice Award for her painting "Barred Owl".

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Banyule Art Salon - Solo Performance Night

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Nhalinggu Bagung (Come Gather) - An exhibition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art 



21 April - 4 June 2016

This exhibition brought together and celebrated the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living, or are involved in community within Banyule.

It showcased the diversity of art and culture of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communicated the meaning of the different art forms from different countries, told the stories of each country, and told the stories of the artists' personal journeys.

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Create from a Crate - Upcycling Woodwork Exhibition


3 March - 2 April 2016

The biennial Create from a Crate competition and exhibition brings together some of Australia's most talented woodworkers, designers and artists, who have risen to the challenge of making a beautiful object or furniture from two rough and discarded timber pallets.

Designed to shine a spotlight on the environmental impact of timber packaging waste, the biennial Create from a Crate Exhibition will demonstrate that waste timbers can be a valuable resource material when handled by skilled craftspeople.  

Create from a Crate is a collaboration between The Victorian Woodworkers Association and timber packaging recycler, Waste Converters.  Exhibition supported by Banyule City Council, Hatch Contemporary Arts Space and Effective Freight Management.


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The 2015 Banyule Award for Works on Paper Finalists' Exhibition 

14 October - 12 December 2015  

The Banyule Award for Works on Paper is a $4000 acquisitive prize awarded biennially to an outstanding contemporary work on paper.

The Banyule Art Collection is a contemporary collection of art works by leading and emerging Australian artists. While it includes a range of media it is distinguished by its collection of works on paper. The Banyule Award for Works on Paper capitalises upon this strength by developing this aspect of the collection further.

In 2015, the curatorial theme for the Banyule Award is In Space and each artwork reflects the artist’s personal interpretation of this theme.

Congratulations to the Winner of the 2015 Banyule Award for Works on Paper: Simon Finn, for his work Steady State Intervention (2015).


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