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Exhibitions

The Great Alpine Gallery features a range of exhibitions throughout the year. Regular visitors can be continually stimulated by the frequently changing artworks on show.

At times you may find a feature exhibition from a particular artist, at other times a project contributed to by a range of artists and community members. The Gallery also displays travelling exhibitions and participates in region-wide exhibition events at various times throughout the year.

It's also worth checking out the great range of workshops we offer at various times throughout the year, the outcomes of which can become the basis of some of our exhibitions.

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Current and upcoming exhibitions


Christmas Exhibition - on now!

Come on in and buy locally for Christmas, a wide range of gorgeous hand made quality items now in stock, perfect for unique gifts.

Wood crafts, fibre arts, paintings, photographs, calendars, hand made cards, paintings, prints - so much to choose from.


Past exhibitions

See a selection of our past exhibitions below.


20 Years: Water Under the Bridge, 2018

The Great Alpine Gallery celebrates 20 years this October and is one of the longest running volunteer run galleries in Victoria, if not the oldest.

Started up by local artists to provide an outlet for creative people in the area, the gallery began life in Omeo, before moving to Swifts Creek, where it has flourished and continues to provide a valuable outlet for East Gippsland artists and crafts people.

To celebrate GAG are launching their 20th anniversary exhibition 20 YEARS: WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE on Sunday October 14th, starting with a champagne brunch at 11am. The work of the founding group will be acknowledged with founder/artist Deirdre Jack doing the launching honours. As well as a photographic display of the past twenty years, the exhibition will showcase current members' high quality art, crafts and artisan works.

The exhibition runs from 3 - 28 October and all are very welcome.


Fresh off the Mountain, 2018

Five artists from the Great Alpine Gallery spent a productive two weeks at the Falls Creek Artist-in-Residence Program in February, with visits by an number of other Gallery artists. Deirdre Jack, Penny Carruthers, Anne Richardson, Tiffany Forster and Tracey Johnson will be exhibiting work produced during the residency at the Gallery from 8th June, with works by special guest artists Lynn Lochrie, Jenny Coy, Ann Bingham and Carole Pepper also on display.

Come and join us for the exhibition opening on Friday 6th June at 6pm. The artists will share a short reflection on their time at the residency, and information on the residency will be available for those interested in applying.


Great Alpine Arts Trail, 2018

The 2018 Great Alpine Arts Trail was curated and presented by the Great Alpine Gallery on behalf of the community, artists, artisans and crafts people of the Tambo Valley from Tambo Crossing to Benambra.

It was a huge success with over 20 events, workshops, talks, open studios, installations and markets. While our artists and craftspeople benefited financially from the Trail, it was also a great delight to see new connections being made, old ones being revitalised, and talk about future projects, groups and activities abounding.

More information on the Great Alpine Arts Trail 2018 page or view the event's image gallery on Facebook.


Apothecary - folk remedies, bush cures, 2018

Cook up some arty goodness! The Great Alpine Gallery is joining in the celebration of 100 years of Bush Nursing in Swifts Creek with an exhibition inspired by folk remedies and bush cures. Make some art for Apothecary - art as a cure, wacky medicine, home remedies, whatever inspires you!

Work to be delivered to the Gallery on Wednesday 7th March, then join us for the opening at 11am on Sunday 11th March, with Merrybelle Hayes sharing some tall and true bush nursing tales.

The exhibition will run until 8th April.


Christmas 2017

Come in to the Gallery for beautifully crafted hand made gifts and unique artworks for very special Christmas gifts.

Drop off new work to the Great Alpine Gallery by the end of November.

Opening 1st December.


Sofie Dieu - Artist Residency, 2017

Sofie Dieu presented the works she has created during her residency, and those produced by the community in her workshop, at the Gallery on Sunday 3rd September at 2pm. Sofie gave an artist talk about her work and her art practice which was very inspiring.

Sofie is a visual artist working across many media, including ink and paper, charcoal, textiles and installations. Originally from France, Sofie lived in China for 4 years before moving to Australia eight years ago. Based in Sydney, Sofie has a strong affinity with rural areas and regularly visits Victoria’s high country on the northern side of the ranges.

Sofie’s approach to art making draws strongly from collaborating with community: “All personal narratives are fascinating and worth of celebration, from the most decadent stories to the compelling and humbling life experiences of people living in the media spotlight or remotely, in the Australian bush. People grow in, with, through my art. People and their direct environment are motivating my work. I represent people, I collaborate with them, share their stories.”

An exhibition of some of her work that has been done in the area on the residency plus that of the community are being shown at the Great Alpine Gallery for around 2 weeks.


W I N T E R - Photographic Exhibition, 2017

Let the wintry season inspire you to take some great photos for our next exhibition at the Great Alpine Gallery. Works need not be framed for this exhibition as we have a magnetic hanging system. The work can explore the theme in any place, in any way – and the elements of design (line, shape, form, texture, colour, pattern, space, value)

Digital works may also be accommodated – please contact the Gallery if you have ideas you would like to discuss. Work to be delivered to the Gallery on Wednesday 26th July, with artist details, title, and selling price (if for sale). The exhibition will open on Friday 28th July at 5pm – come and warm your heart with some mulled wine!


Unearthed - Lost Things Found, 2017

The next exhibition will be held from 23rd April to 31st May, on the theme of lost things found and re-made. We would love to see lots of innovative new work, in any medium. Drop off work to the Gallery on Wednesday 19th April.

The exhibition will open on Sunday 23rd April at 9.30am in conjunction with a (f)route breakfast - served with some fresh fruit-flavoured kombucha brewed by Judith Wong! Judith, unearther of many Alpine marvels, will open the exhibition. Then head over to the Albion Hotel for the Harvest Exchange to swap some local produce - what a fruity feast!


Great Alpine Arts Trail, 2017

It's on again, the enormously popular Open Studios in May - but with a foodie twist. This time known as the Great Alpine Arts Trail, the route will stretch from Bruthen to Omeo and includes galleries, studios, pop up art spaces, art in pubs and cafes, and great local food and wine. It will be held the over the weekend of 6-7 May. To see the full program go to Great Alpine Arts Trail 2017.


Christmas 2016

Come in to the Gallery for beautifully crafted hand made gifts and unique artworks for very special Christmas gifts.

Drop off new work to the Great Alpine Gallery by the end of November.

Opening 1st December.


ə.par.əl, 2016

'outfits from another world'

Coming up in September, weird and wonderful interpretations of 'clothing' . . . anything that can be worn on the human (or non human) body . . . using any medium - weaving, knitting, crochet, painting, drawing, welding, clay, photography, and off course those weird old things at the back of the wardrobe . . . all as seen through an artists eye.

Drop off work to the Great Alpine Gallery Wednesday 7th October, Opening Friday 9th September at 6pm


Woven Creations, 2016

Come and see the works created during the Artist in Residence with Wanda Bennett in Omeo held in May 2016.

Wall hanging


Weede, 2016

This was a weed themed exhibition from May 7th - 29th, 2016.

Weede invitation

Painting, drawing, basketry, printmaking were on display, all on the theme of weeds of the Tambo Valley.

A celebration opening of Weede at the Great Alpine Gallery was held on Friday 6th May at 6pm.


Come and Play All of May, 2016

Visitors explored the breathtaking Tambo Valley during May and celebrated the Arts of Gippsland with us. A map and picnic basket were taken and visitors made their way through country lanes, met the artists in their handmade studios, took part in workshops and master classes, sampled local gourmet food, and bought local art.

Come and Play All of May

The Great Alpine Gallery hosted open studios and workshops in May 2016. Artists ran open studio sessions throughout the Great Alpine Region and a weekend full of creative workshops.

Download the Open Studios and Weekend Workshops Brochure in PDF format.

See the Creative Gippsland website for more details of these and other events throughout Gippsland, and to make bookings.

Open studios


Tributaries: Portrait of a Regional Town, 2015

Photographers Anne Richardson and Lynden Nicholls created an exhibition in early 2015 based around the images they had captured distilling the culture and community of their small country town, Swifts Creek, and the local area.

Tributaries: Portrait of a Regional Town Photographic Exhibition opened to great reviews and later took to the road to feature in other galleries around Victoria. The video below, created by local film-maker Michael Firus, shows the opening of the exhibition and some of the photographers' works.

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The Mad Hatter's Tea Party, 2014

In 2014 the Gallery celebrated the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll's classic fantasy novel “Alice in Wonderland” by holding an exhibition based on The Mad Hatter's Tea Party. A video of the event, created by a young local film-maker Michael Firus, can be viewed below.

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