Gallery Exhibitions & Major 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. The gallery has wonderful natural light thanks to its cathedral style high ceiling and glass topped walls. With one large exhibition space and one adjoining smaller room this venue offers great flexibility for expansive solo shows or sizable group shows.

Outside of the gallery is a great entertainment area, bar and kitchen for your guests enjoyment plus the addition of a deck that can be used as a stage for artists talks, presentations or even some post-speeches music, all in a quintessentially Australian bush setting. Artists of all forms of arts practice are welcome to apply.


Gallery Opening Hours:
Saturday & Sunday – 11am to 5pm

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Annabel Nowlan / Ben Laycock / Bob Clutterbuck / Sir Leslie Thornton / Tracey Naughton

Opening: Sat 6 August, 2-4.30pm

Exhibition dates: 6 – 28 August 2022

Opening hours: Sat & Sun 11am – 4pm

This show celebrates the human mark and the signs we make to tell our stories in our own words. Graffiti, protest posters, T-shirts, billboard enhancement, revolutionary jam labels, secret signs left by swaggies – it is the story of people power.

The Who’s Who …

The show will be opened by Banksie – who he/she/they are – who really knows?

The Artists

Annabel Nowlan The intrinsic and identifiable characteristic of Annabel’s art practice stems from a long connection to land; the land of her family farm and of the Wiradjuri people, at Bimbi in south western NSW. In this show Annabel is exploring the human marks left by swaggies post WW1 as they sought work, food and shelter in their travels. There is evidence these covert communications are still used by itinerants internationally: by the Romani of Europe to the ‘hobos’ of America and the swaggies, wanderers and homeless of Australia.

Bob Clutterbuck was a founding artist at the famous Redletter print workshop in the 1980’a, a teacher of vast experience- everything from the Flying Art school to Moorabin Secondary College to a long career as a scenic artist working in TV, theatre, trade shows, advertising and amusement parks. He is currently working on establishing the Newstead Red Shed Arts workshop.

Tracey Naughton – was born a textile artist and after a career in the arts took on global campaigns advocating for media freedom, pluralism and independence. Her marks on the world include road signs, banners, multi-media productions, telecommunications legislation and United Nations Declarations. Official visits to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea encouraged her inner revolutionary to come out. Her revolutionary jam is legendary.

Sir Leslie Thornton’s work is whimsical, beautiful, invigorating, compelling and light hearted. With an abiding interest in geography and geo-politics, he looks at cities, landscapes, buildings and places in a unique way. Leslie takes what may seem mundane subjects and honours them with a tinge of facetiousness. Sir Leslie’s famous “B class” buildings of Castlemaine are duly honored in his work.

Ben Laycock  – Barefoot Economist Chief Assistant to the Assistant Chief, Castlemaine Chamber of Commerce. Here in the chamber we are creating a society based on the exchange of good, not goods. Our primary aim is to eradicate money from the face of the earth.

Only then can we begin the urgent task of repairing the damage it has caused.

Helen Kelly
Beneath Our Feet

New work from her Stewarton studio in the Broken-Boosey catchment area of North East Vic

Exploring what is beneath our feet, in the soil, microbial and macro connections, fungi and life

Collaborating artists:
Paul Fletcher – audio-visual work related to the micro and macro flora and fauna of the area

Liz Evans – assemblages using plants and seeds from the area

Opening celebration: Saturday 9 July, 2-4pm
Lot19 bar will be open
Exhibition open 9-31 July
Saturdays & Sundays 11am – 4pm

Dookie Arts
The Art + Ecology Residence supported by the Centre of Visual Art (CoVA), Dookie Campus, University of Melbourne
The Creativity and Community Resilience Project supported by the Centre of Visual Art, Melbourne Climate Futures and the Victorian Drought Resilience Adaptation and Innovation Hub at Dookie Campus

Hot Vagrants (overall winning act) plus guest judge Clementine Ford

Castlemaine Idyll 2022

A joyous crowd of all ages gathered at Lot 19 on Sunday March 20 for Castlemaine Idyll 2022 – one of our favourite Idylls yet! Hosted by our regular MC Dion Brownfield, the event also featured a beautiful Acknowledgement of Country from Nalderun CEO Kathryn Coff, who encouraged event-goers to remove their shoes and connect with country.

People’s feet certainly got a workout dancing and celebrating musical treats to the theme of ‘Chutzpah’. The band, backing singers, and performers gave it their absolute best – which was glorious for all involved. A massive thanks to all of them for bringing such joy and a shout out to all the wonderful volunteers, the event team, our judges Clementine Ford, Patrick Furze and Aurora Kurth, Shedshaker Brewing for running the bar, and MainFM for their live broadcast. You can listen back to Castlemaine Idyll 2022 via the MainFM website.

Castlemaine Idyll is a major fundraiser for Lot19 and we were delighted with how the 2022 event went. We would also like to acknowledge the support of the Victorian Government and Mount Alexander Shire Council in the form of two grants. We are grateful to be able to run such events for our beloved community.

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Images: Diana Domonkos

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Exhibition Program

Where the White Blind Snakes Are

September 2021
Opening Saturday 11th September, 2pm – 5pm, runs until 26th September

Tobias Richardson

Where the blind white sea snakes are is an exhibition of recent and not-so-recent artworks delving into the fabric of loss, failure and death from the vantage point of  love.

Tobias has a studio-based practice that is informed by travel and artist residences. His research aims to incorporate autobiographical investigation expressed through the depiction of built environments.

Spring Sculpture Exhibition

lot19 are excited to announce that after a two-year enforced hiatus, the Spring Sculpture Prize will return in 2022! 

Various artists

Entries are now open, and close on 26 September. Application forms and terms & conditions can be accessed via the links below. 

Entry Form

Terms & Conditions


The (b)old Collective

November 2021
Opening Saturday 6th November, 2pm – 5pm, runs until 27th November

Various artists

Works by Donna Anderson, Jennifer Barnett, Maggie Fooke, Craig Gaston, Marysia Jarosinka, Carol Jensen, Milton Moss, Margaret Naughton, Michael Rayner, Leslie Thornton, Frank Veldze and Ian Wilson.

Major Events Program

Spring Sculpture Exhibition & Prize


With more than 50 entrants across several prize categories per year

It is with great sadness that the Lot19 Board and Management have decided to cancel this year’s Spring Sculpture Prize due to Covid concerns. The possibility of the event becoming an opportunity for covid to be transmitted is too high. Rather than waiting and contributing to cancellation anxiety, this cancellation allows our artistic community to adjust. We are heartbroken, with our magnificent Sculpture Show becoming collateral damage for two years running, as with many other cultural producers and important local events in our community.

Castlemaine Idyll

2022 Sunday 20 March

More than 20 brave souls from our local community perform each year

Castlemaine’s annual talent contest returns! Local singers. Live band. Famous judges. A family friendly event. Food. Bar. Fun for miles…

A competition like no other, spectators can expect brilliant singing and performances by local legends, and legends in the making. Each contestant will have a professional band to back them, and, as always, a crowd full of enthusiastic supporters in the audience.

Castlemaine Idyll is held at Lot 19 Art Space – a not-for-profit creative space and events venue committed to supporting local talent and the Mount Alexander Community. Castlemaine Idyll is an uplifting, collaborative community event which brings joy and connection to a wide cross section of our community.

No BYO, no pets, no idiots.

Lot 19 will be adhering to Covid-safe guidelines, and ticket holders 16+ will be required to show that they are double-vaxxed. By purchasing a ticket, you agree to follow these, and any updates on the day. In event of cancellation (let’s hope not!) – refunds will be issued.

Please note, this year we have introduced a “sliding scale” of ticket prices. Castlemaine Idyll is not only a fun event, but it also raises money for the community art and performance space that is Lot 19. If you are in a position to pay a higher ticket price, we would appreciate that gesture immensely, as it not only supports Lot 19, but helps ensure that Castlemaine Idyll returns again next year.
Ticket link:

Visit our Facebook page for lots of great photos and videos of previous years events.

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Arts Open

2022 March Dates TBA
Opening TBA

Lot19 Studio Artists

Visual artists from all corners of Mount Alexander Shire will throw open their studio doors for Arts Open 2022. Members of the public have a unique opportunity to meet the artists our region is renowned for, witness the spaces in which work is created, gain insights into the creative process and purchase work directly from the artists.

Held biennially, 2022 will be the sixth Arts Open. Personal studios plus a series of group exhibitions showcasing over 90 professional painters, printmakers, jewelers, sculptors, multimedia artists and craftspeople across the townships of Castlemaine, Newstead, Maldon, Chewton and beyond will be open over both weekends. This year, the Castlemaine Market Building will be the Arts Open festival information hub and will present an exhibition of outstanding work from the region.

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
Castlemaine 3450
Victoria, Australia

PO Box 937
Castlemaine 3450
Victoria, Australia

Lot19 General Enquiries
Lot19 Founder/Director
Mark Anstey

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