Gallery Exhibitions & Major Events

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Lot19 Gallery

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: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday – 11am to 5pm

Mapping a Narrative

9th July – 8th August 2021 (New extended dates)

Molly Rule, Sally Poltrock, Melinda Rodnight

The idea of mapping is a schematic and diagrammatic representation of our physical world. Maps can also be codified, shaped and considered in relation to political, social and cultural contexts. A map embodies stories of how, where and what it represents, and within that visual recording there lies a narrative aspect.

This exhibition of works is a visual gathering and story-telling, revealing the artists’ representations of identity, revelations of memory and depictions of ways of being; exploring how we anchor ourselves in our histories, our lived experiences, and in our present moment in and within the world. Individual works present open-ended stories; narratives constructed through motifs and fragments of time and space, offering both visual stories and the mystery of the untold. 

Exhibition Program

Codgers and Cronies

August 2021
Opening Saturday 14th August, 2pm – 5pm

Jennifer Barnett and others

Works of nine artists all over 60.

Jennifer Barnett initially trained as a draughtswoman and gained valuable knowledge in the techniques of measurement and form. She returned to study part-time focusing on drawing and painting. After winning several art prizes she exhibited widely and later went on to work as a court room artist for Channel 9 in Adelaide. She moved to Victoria in 1996 concentrating on private commissions and teaching.

Tobias Richardson, Zoe Hambleton

September 2021
Opening Saturday 4th September, 2pm – 5pm

Tobias Richardson, Zoe Hambleton

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. Themes of memory, history, abstraction and intervention underlie his subject matter. Tobias has a diverse studio practice centered on drawing, painting and sculpture.

Zoe’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and festivals in Victoria. She researches idiosyncratic stories by positioning then in collective experiences and spaces to reveal common and unifying characteristics. Zoe’s creative practice is underpinned by the use of secondary materials, psychogeography and aesthetic theory.

Spring Sculpture Show

October 2021
Opening Celebrations Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th October

Various artists

Set amongst the expansive grounds of Lot19, all entrants work will be exhibited for 3 weeks, either in the Lot19 gallery or outdoors depending on the scale and medium of the work. There will be 3 independent judges, with more than $6000 worth of prizes on offer.

Major Events Program

Spring Sculpture Show

9th October – 29th October 2021
Opening Saturday 9th October, 10am – 5pm, 2021

With more than 40 entrants across several prize categories per year


Now in its 14th year, Lot19’s Spring Sculpture Prize has become a well known creative institution in Castlemaine and throughout the surrounding region, attracting a very high caliber of sculptural works.

Set amongst the expansive grounds of Lot19, all entrants work will be exhibited for 3 weeks, either in the Lot19 gallery or outdoors depending on the scale and medium of the work. There will be 3 independent judges, with more than $6000 worth of prizes on offer.

Castlemaine Idyll

2022 Dates TBA
Opening TBA

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

Castlemaine’s ultimate annual talent contest. Local talent. Professional band. Celebrity judges. A family friendly event. Food. Bar. Fun for miles.

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
General Manager (part-time)
Ciel Lindley

Lot19 Gallery

Lot19 Founder/Director
Mark Anstey

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