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

We are following pandemic guidelines and encourage Victorians to Stay Safe and Follow Us on Facebook & Instagram for updates.

Castlemaine Currency Project
Dale Cox – Ann Ferguson – Jodi Newcombe

Saturday 7 May – Sunday 22 May
Lot 19, 19 Langslow St, Castlemaine
11.00am – 4pm Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

What is this about?
For three weeks (7-22 May) we are releasing a complementary, local currency — the Silver Wattle — made of clay, as an experiment, for fun and for conversation.

Why should I care?
This project is asking us to think about how we design a resilient, local economy that supports our values and keeps money circulating in our town.

How do I obtain the currency?
There are three currency hubs where you can exchange Aussie $ for Silver Wattles: Visitor’s Information Centre, Castlemaine Art
Museum and Lot19.
The exchange rate is $10 for 1 Silver Wattle. You might also obtain Silver Wattles by offering goods or services to someone who already has the currency — that’s up to all of you!

How do I spend the currency?
Look for the poster in the windows of participating businesses. These include: The Taproom, Johnny Bakers, Tortoise Espresso, Harvest Fruit & Veg, Bar Midland, Cabosse & Feve, Kasu Emporium, The Orchard Keepers, Boomtown, and Sprout Bakery (see Facebook for updates).
Some venues have offerings that can ONLY be purchased with silver wattles, so this is your ticket to unique

What if I don’t spend the currency?
Then you will have a wonderful keepsake for the future, a unique work of art that has value in its own right.
In recognition of the ultimate source of all our wealth, Djaara Country, and the respect that we pay to traditional custodians of this land, 10% of all exchanges will go towards Castlemaine Pay the Rent.

Supported by Get Lost, Mount Alexander Shire Council
Partners: Castlemaine Institute and Castlemaine Art Museum


Tina Turner, acrylic on canvas, 2021

The Big Reveal: an exhibition of paintings by Ned Middleton

Opening celebration: Saturday 4 June, 2pm
Join the artist for fire, food and drink – with playlist curated by Ned
Exhibition open 11.00am – 4pm every Friday, Saturday & Sunday in June after the opening

Local artist Ned Middleton’s exhibition The Big Reveal is a culmination of 18 months’ studio work at Lot19. Working alongside artist Tobias Richardson, Ned has produced a series of bright, larger than life paintings of some of his favourite pop and rock stars. Ned applies a raw and unedited style to his painting, tapping into his inherited feel for colour and line. His works are bold, tough and unique, with a touch of the comical.

This is Ned’s first solo show.

Ned Middleton was born in Central Victoria in 1995 and also spent part of his childhood near the beach, south of Adelaide. He attended local schools and as a teenager was mentored by Ken Killeen and other local art teachers. Ned lives with Down syndrome, and has fully embraced the artistic culture of Castlemaine, developing a life long interest in dance, film, local radio work and more recently, painting. He enjoys being a well known and active member of the Castlemaine community and we hope you will all come and enjoy his paintings in this exhibition.

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.

For more photos and to keep up to date with Castlemaine Idyll, follow us on Facebook

Images: Diana Domonkos

Lot 19 | Facebook

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

October 2021

Various artists

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.

We thank all the artists who have registered and have been working towards exhibiting as well as the judges and generous local prize givers who had already committed including The Mill, The Hub, The Salvage Yard, Tom Chippindall, The Healing Well, Art Supplies Castlemaine, The Taproom, and Das Kaffeehaus.

And we thank you for your ongoing support of our vibrant arts community that we are so proud to be a part of.

If you would like to support Lot19 you can make a tax-deductible donation HERE.

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.

Lot 19 | Facebook

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

Lot19 Gallery

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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.