A lot of art, a lot of heart.
Lot19 Arts is an evolving creative space and events venue located in Central Victoria.
Lot19 was founded to celebrate life. Artists’ retreat, development space and presentation venue. A unique regional arts destination. A social-change project that is humbled by its on-going significant partnerships and courageous audiences. Lot19 continues to consolidate its place as a leading centre for artistic excellence.
The three acre property consists of 21 artists’ studios, two outdoor stages, a contemporary art gallery, an outdoor sculpture park, Castlemaine Press (open access print-makers facility and exhibition space), Castlemaine Clay (open access ceramics facility), a literary venue and bar in the newly settled W-Class Tram, 1035 and a yet to be launched salon style Theatre.
Gallery & Events
The Lot19 Gallery is a much loved arts space in Castlemaine with a long history of exhibiting local and visiting artists and of hosting significant arts events. We produce and present major events that gather community to celebrate, reflect and engage. We also host many wonderful events each year from bespoke dinners to grand costumed gala’s.
Workshops & Studio Artists
Enjoy a mixture of professionally facilitated art classes is delivered year-round, presented by our Studio Artists, in our purpose-built facilities. We are always building on our existing offerings of ceramics, life drawing, painting, mosaic, and taxidermy workshops. Learn about our studio artists – their diversity, and their practices.
Arts Precinct & Venue Hire
Our arts-centered venues and activities showcase Lot19 as a destination for locals and visitors seeking entertainment, edification, and cultural enrichment in Castlemaine and the surrounding towns of this food, wine, and travel region.
Founded by Mark Anstey in the year 2000, and built by hand from re-purposed materials, first and foremost, Lot19 is a place for artists. This multi-faceted space is filled with kilns, pottery wheels, printing presses, green spaces, metalwork zones, large scale fabrication utilities, woodworking sheds, easels, and tools of every type.
With 20 artists in studios residencies, over 60 beginner-to-established members regularly accessing the open-access clay and printmaker workshops, this dynamic site is integral to the long-term viability of regional arts practices. Artists’ skills, imaginations and courage are let loose is this safe and cross-collaborative testing-site.
Lot19’s considered and balanced programming appeals to all-ages, all-abilities, and diverse backgrounds. Lot19 specifically seeks presentations for-and-by youth and children, disability and other artists, international and philosophical thinkers, and Australian Indigenous practitioners.
Lot19 & COVID-19
Lot19 is committed to the safety of our community and our artists. We will follow the guidelines around Covid-safety. Closures will occur when required and social distancing and check-in requirements are in effect.
Get in touch
Lot 19 Arts Precinct is open to wanderers
Friday – Sundays, and for tours, proposals,
and visits by appointment at all other times.
Respect the artist, respect the process,
respect the space.
Lot 19 McShanag Drive
PO Box 937
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Pay the Rent
“Pay the Rent offers all Australians an opportunity to work outside of government to right the wrongs.”
– Ted Wilkes
We acknowledge we live, reflect and create on First Nations’ country and sovereignty has never been ceded. Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land.