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December 2020- Christmas Shopping

The gallery is stocked up for Christmas buying so come in and support your local artists. You can contact Anne Richardson on M 0408 523 498 if you wish to come in out of hours to shop for Christmas. She is happy to open up if she is available. And don't forget there are gift vouchers available.

December 2020- President's Report

Have a read of all that has happened at the gallery over the last year. agm_president_s_report_2020.pdf

October 2020

We are happy to announce that the Gallery has re-opened with COVID safe protocols. Apologies if we are not open every advertised day, however, as we are only open subject of the availability of our volunteers. If the flags are out, we are open!

Video Storytelling – 31 July 2020

Very excited to see this project coming to fruition. Thanks to FRRR funding.

Warm and Comfy – 12 June 2020

So excited and feeling WARM and COMFY!!!

Thanks to East Gippsland Shire Council and the Community Project Grants we were able to purchase a split system (installed last week) and chairs for the gallery. Previously there was only a bar heater for the “bad days” and the chairs were falling apart.

We had out first face to face meeting since February and we were basking in warmth and good will! Very, very grateful to the Shire for their continued support and cannot wait to share the space with everyone.

Lots of ideas and things coming up so watch this space!

Lighten and Brighten – April 2020

Here's an idea to lighten and brighten our days at home. Lighten and Brighten! We are inviting people in our valley to create something colourful and/or lit up at night, and install it on your fence/gate/in the paddock etc, to brighten our days. Want to join in? Send us your photos and we'll share them on Facebook. Let's cheer ourselves and everyone else up!

Closure due to pandemic – 25 March 2020

Due to the pandemic that affects us all, we will be closing the Gallery for the foreseeable future. Our next exhibition Alpine Exposure which was due to open AT East Gippsland Art Gallery on 9th April will be rescheduled.

If you are making work and would like to share it with our online community, please send us some photos of your work in progress and we would love to share it on our Facebook page. We hope you all keep safe and well. Anne Richardson

We are open – 18 March 2020

The Gallery is now open again, after our horror December and January bush fire period. (Huge thank you to all firefighting crews for their work keeping us safe). All roads are completely open (but do drive with extra care), and our volunteers are back on board.

We do encourage you to come and visit. This area is so beautiful and even with the drought and fires it is a lovely place to visit - whether for a day trip or a longer period. Obviously also with no income for our artists coming in for six weeks, we do also encourage you to drop in, have a chat and buy something - even just a locally created card. Our artists will thank you!

Bushfire Recovery – 12 March 2020

President Anne Richardson chats about her bushfire experiences and the community's early recovery. This is the second video produced by the East Gippsland Shire Council in a series about the 2019-20 bushfires and recovery featuring community members, Council and other agencies.

Australia Day Award – January 2020

26th January 2020


Summer Exhibition – November 2019

Special General Meeting – 14 November 2019

Notice of Special General Meeting Thursday 14 November 2019, 1pm Great Alpine Gallery 6881 Great Alpine Rd, Swifts Creek, 3896


The proposal is that Rule 44 (b) Composition of Committee be changed from: The Committee consists of—

                             (a)     a President; and
                             (b)     a Vice-President; and
                             (c)     a Secretary; and
                             (d)     a Treasurer; and
                             (e)     ordinary members (if any) elected under rule 53.

TO: The Committee consists of—

                             (a)     a President; and
                             (b)     two (2) Vice-Presidents; and
                             (c)     a Secretary; and
                             (d)     a Treasurer; and
                             (e)     ordinary members (if any) elected under rule 53.

Annual General Meeting – 14 November 2019

Thursday 14 November 2019, 1pm Great Alpine Gallery 6881 Great Alpine Rd, Swifts Creek, 3896


• Welcome, attendance, apologies • Confirmation of previous AGM minutes • Confirmation of Special General Meeting outcome • Treasurer’s Report • President’s Report • Election of Office Bearers • Correspondence • General Business

EG Business & Tourism Awards – Arts & Culture Award 2019

EXCITING NEWS! The Gallery has won the Arts and Culture Award at the 2019 East Gippsland Business and Tourism Awards! It has been over 20 years in the making and that is a lot of people who can put their hands up as part of this accoldade.

Poet's Walk Landcare Award – 30 August 2019

The Swifts Creek Ensay Landcare Group and the Gallery have been working closely to rejuvinate the Poets Walk idea intitiated by John Butler a former member of both of these groups. It has come to fruition and continuing on. The Landcare award recognises the efforts and importance of the walk for the local community and provides a pleasant walk for visitors to the area. We are very proud to be affiliated with both the Landcare Awards and also Community Group of the Year for Australia Day 2020

WE'RE OPEN AGAIN on the 5th April, 2019 – and looking gorgeous! If you can't make our re-opening launch on Friday 5th April from 5pm, drop by (Thursdays to Mondays, 10.30 - 3.30) and check out the new renovated space, and our new exhibition of locally produced arts and crafts.

Closed for Renovations - March 2019

The Gallery has received matching funding from the East Gippsland Shire Council to renovate and so we'll be closed for March, re-opening on Thursday 4 April. This is a tremendous boost to our gallery, some of which has the original wall covers from start up 20 years ago! Time for a face lift. We will be celebrating on Friday 5 April from 5pm, so please put that date in your diary and come along to share the celebration.

Because there is a shortfall between the dollars received and the dollars we are pulling out from our limited reserves, we have set up a Go Fund Me account to help bridge that gap. Any donation is of tremendous use. We have raised over $700 so far but are hoping to make $1000.Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed so far. We hope that those people can come to the opening.

One of the Gallery's most popular artist, Deirdre Jack, is exhibiting at the East Gippsland Art Gallery in Bairnsdale from 1 - 30 March 2019. It's a beautiful space, and her paintings are gorgeous and atmospheric. Why not check the exhibition out?

Free workshops – 2019

Free workshops! Check out our latest series of workshops in February, March and April, on the workshops page.


Christmas Exhibition – 28th November 2018 onwards

Christmas exhibition 2018

Our Christmas elves have been very busy so we have a wide range of presents and cards for sale this December.

All arts and crafts are produced and handmade by local artists and craftspeople so every gift you buy is unique. And all reasonably priced.

Why not come and check the gallery shop out? Wednesdays to Fridays, 10.30am – 3.30pm plus we will be open on Christmas Eve for all those ‘OMG I forgot Aunt Flo’ last minute presents.

Waterbug Blitz – 19 October 2018

The Gallery is thrilled to announce that we have received a $4,000 grant from the East Gippsland Shire Council's Arts and Heritage Program for Living River, an environmental art project along the Poets Walk, beside Swifts Creek and the Tambo River. And to get us all acquainted with our very own river critters, the Swifts Creek Angling Club and Landcare are presenting a Waterbug Blitz event this Friday, 19th October 2018.

There are still places available, bookings essential.

This program is supported by East Gippsland CMA, the Victorian Landcare Program, and is an initiative of the Poets Walk Working Group.

The Great Alpine Gallery celebrates 20 years this October 2018 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.

Artists Talk with Heather Leatham – August 2018

Artists Talk with Heather Leatham, 5pm Wednesday 29th August 2018, followed by dinner at the Albion Hotel.

Join us for a conversation with Ceramic Artist Heather Leatham about how we, as artists, engage with the natural environment and the elements.

Originally from Orbost, Heather nursed in a variety of settings including Melbourne, Katherine and remote areas of the Northern Territory. In this time she worked with many diverse groups carrying out health promotion and project management. Heather went on the explore art, studying Fine Arts majoring in Ceramics. She completed her Honours in 2017 and is currently studying Information Management at RMIT. Since 2011 Heather has exhibited her work and won the Victorian Ceramic Award at RMIT in her final year of study.

Heather would like to chat informally and provide a forum for discussion. Her wealth of knowledge will be so valuable to us all.

Wednesday 29th August 2018 5pm at the gallery followed by dinner at the Albion Hotel for those who would like to join Heather.

Please RSVP to Anne Richardson M 0408 523 498 or email the Gallery on

=== The Wolfensohn Gift – August 2018 The Wolfensohn Gift will be at the Great Alpine Gallery on 15 August 2018 from 10am to 2.30pm, for a special one off exhibition, courtesy of the National Gallery's touring program, and the East Gippsland Shire Council.

In 1988 Jim Wolfensohn (the Australian-born former president of the World Bank) and Elaine Wolfensohn generously donated funds to enable the National Gallery of Australia to buy museum-quality works of art to travel Australia as part of a unique exhibition program. In this program, a wide range of audiences, including those living with disability, are able to experience art first-hand in a compelling way.

The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift comprises three art-filled suitcases and the 1888 Melbourne Cup. They have travelled to schools, libraries, community centres, regional galleries and nursing homes since their development in 1990. In this way, the Gift is enjoyed by both children and adults in remote, regional and metropolitan centres across Australia. This distinctive travelling exhibition has a strong educational function. The valuable artworks have been carefully selected to be both interesting and resilient; so that they can be handled and enjoyed by young and old for many years to come.

Fresh off the Mountain – 8th June to 8th July 2018

Five artists from the Great Alpine Gallery spent a fabulous and 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 celebrate the exhibition opening on Friday 6th June at 6pm, when the artists will share brief reflections on their time at the residency. Any artists interested in applying for the residency, please come along for some more information, and see

Thanks to Falls Creek Alpine Resort for their generous support in hosting the residency.

2018 Great Alpine Arts Trail – 5th and 6th May 2018

The Great Alpine Arts Trail, held on 5th and 6th May 2018, was enormously successful for artists and visitors alike. Full of new venues and surprises, see the Great Alpine Arts Trail page for more details.


President's Annual Report – November 2017

The Gallery's Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday, November 9. What a great year it's been for the Great Alpine Gallery! Read about the highlights in the President's Report, which was released at the AGM:

Sofie Dieu - Artist in Residence – August 2017

We are very pleased to announce visual artist Sofie Dieu as our artist for the Great Alpine Artist Residency. Sofie will be with us from 22nd August to 5th September, and will be exploring The Geographic Self using inks and other media.

We will be welcoming Sofie for dinner at the Albion Hotel from 6.30pm on Tuesday 22nd August - please come and make her feel welcome!

Sofie will be presenting workshops for the community in Benambra and Swifts Creek, see Workshops page, and also a workshop at Swifts Creek School. She will be presenting an artists talk at the Great Alpine Gallery on Sunday 3rd September with an exhibition of work in progress made during her residency, including work made by the community.

The residency has been supported by East Gippsland Shire Council's Arts & Heritage Grants.

Raffle of Gordon Bain Artwork – July 2017

One of our valued artists Gordon Bain is moving to Sydney, and has generously offered to raffle one of his large paintings in the Gallery. This fabulous artwork could be yours for just $2 (or 3 tickets for $5.)

Tickets available at the Great Alpine Gallery, drop in to have a look at this gorgeous work on display there, or you can make a direct deposit into the Gallery's account: Great Alpine Gallery Inc, BSB: 083 868, Account No: 7946 21465 with your name and “raffle” in the details.

The raffle will be drawn at the opening of our Christmas exhibition in December.The Raffle was won by one of our prolific artists from Swifts Creek- Carole Pepper!

Great Alpine Artist Residency – June 2017

The Gallery will be hosting an artist residency in August 2017. Supported by East Gippsland Shire Council's Arts & Heritage Grants, the residency will provide accommodation, work space and other resources for an artist for a period of 9 days to two weeks in August 2017.

The residency will be open to all artists - local or interstate national and international artists, both emerging and established, practicing all forms of creativity. The residency will provide an opportunity for artists to take time away from their own commitments and environment to reflect, research and develop creative ideas, responding to this new context.

It aims to bring new creative energy and skills into our region by hosting a creative with “fresh eyes” – new ways of seeing and interpreting this environment. The it aims to encourage and develop the skills of local artists and the community, through informal interaction with the artist, workshops, and exposure to the work produced.

To apply for the residency please download the residency information here.

Great Alpine Arts Trail – May 2017

The enormously popular Open Studios Weekend will be held again on 6-7 May - but this time with a foodie twist. Now 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. To see the full program go to Great Alpine Arts Trail

Unearthed - Lost Things Found, and (f)route breakfast! – April 2017

We have a fabulous new exhibition coming up - “Unearthed - lost things found” from 23rd April to 31st May. This is a theme sure to get your creative juices going – we would love lots of innovative new work, 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 at the Great Alpine Gallery - 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!

Swifts Creek Puppet Theatre – January 2017

A very special exhibition is on display at the Great Alpine Gallery, Swifts Creek. After decades packed away, the Swifts Creek Puppet Theatre collection has come out to play once more.

The puppet shows were established by Edna Gale and Pat Oram in the 1970’s and the plays and puppets brought interest and enjoyment to many community events and organizations through the 70’s and early 80’s both in the Omeo Shire and as far away as Bairnsdale and Paynesville.

Edna Gale wrote the scripts and Pat Oram created the puppets. Both of them and other community members were involved in the actual running of the shows.

The puppet shows on display at the Swifts Creek Gallery include: • Punch and Judy • The Littlest Pig of All • Goldie Locks and the Three Bears • The Enchanted Island

There is also a collection of ‘Political Figures’ puppets including Gough and Margaret Whitlam, Bob and Hazel Hawke, Billy Snedden, Malcolm Fraser and Justice Lionel Murphy. A script was never written for these puppets.

The scripts were recorded and a tape of the script was played during the show. Edna and Pat moved the puppets on and off the stage as prompted by the script. Pat usually had a puppet on each hand and Edna had a puppet on one hand and kept the other free to open or close the curtains or attend to other technical details.

The puppets were constructed from sawdust and glue, and formed into the shape required before being baked in the oven. They were then carefully sanded and covered with small pieces of tissue paper to form a surface on which they could be painted into the likenesses visible in the puppets on display.

The exhibition will be on display at the Gallery for the next month.


(f)route breakfast at the historic Cassilis Cemetery – October 2016

Join us for the fabulous (f)route breakfast Sunday 16th October from 9am at the Historic Cassilis Cemetery. Bring a plate or $5 donation for brekky. Special guests, founding (f)routists Andrea Lane & Josephine Jakobi, bearing gifts and sharing news from Far East Froutevilleans.

ə.par.əl - outfits from another world – September 2016

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 of course those weird old things at the back of the wardrobe … all as seen through an artist eye.

Drop off work to the Great Alpine Gallery on Wednesday 7th September

Opening Friday 9th September, 6pm - wear that thing from the back of the wardrobe!

Love East Gippsland Community Tapestry – August 2016

East Gippsland Art Gallery is proud to announce that Jennifer Sharpe, a renowned and highly experienced tapestry weaver will travel to East Gippsland and over ten workshop days create a tapestry with members from the community based on a gridded map of East Gippsland, weaving a total of 40 squares or bands that will be stitched together to form the finished piece. Participants can pick a square/band, personalise it and weave it.

Tapestry weaving is a weft faced weave which is woven on upright looms, an ancient method but very meditative. Jennifer will teach the basic techniques and participants can be a part of the project while learning a new skill. The finished Love East Gippsland Community Tapestry will remain in East Gippsland and has the potential to travel the region and be on display at various venues throughout East Gippsland and possibly beyond.

Jennifer will be at the Great Alpine Gallery on 18/19/20th August. People can book in to come for an extended sessions or they can just drop in.

Proudly supported by East Gippsland Shire Council Arts and Heritage Alliance and Regional Arts Victoria Regional Arts fund.

Weekend workshops

Textile artist Wanda Bennett will be in Omeo from 22-28 May, 2016

As part of Creative Gippsland's Come and Play, All of May initiative, six artist in residence opportunities across Gippsland were advertised nationally. Textile artist Wanda Bennett from QLD was selected for the East Gippsland residency, which will be located in the shopfront opposite the Golden Age Hotel in Omeo.

Wanda will be conducting workshops in the community and in the shopfront. Call in and say hi, have a cuppa, get creative and do some weaving!

Please join us on Saturday 28th May in the shopfront for the Week of Weaving Celebration from 11am-2pm - all the works created during the week will be on display, light refreshments served.

Sponsored by Omeo Ski Hire, East Gippsland Shire Council and Creative Gippsland, hosted by The Great Alpine Gallery.

See our Workshops page for more information.

Weekend workshops

Weekend Workshops on May 28 - 29; bookings now open – March 2016

Bookings are now open for the Weekend Workshops taking place on 28 - 29 May as part of the Come and Play All of May exhibitions and events.

See our Workshops page for more information and to make bookings.

Small Town Transformations – 20 March 2016

Small Town Transformations Unfortunately we weren’t short listed for the Regional Arts Victoria Small Town Transformations. I’m sure all our work won’t be wasted, there were many great ideas and initiatives that I’m sure will find another way to grow.

Thanks so much to everyone who put their heart, soul and time into this project, what a great group of people you all are and such a positive and supportive community. Maybe we can have another go next time round!

2016 Australia Day Award

Australia Day Awards, Community Group of the Year – 26 January 2016

The Great Alpine Gallery was awarded Community Group of the Year at the 2016 Australia Day Awards in Omeo.

The Gallery can be very proud of this and it is due to the great volunteers who keep the gallery running day to day. Thank you to everyone who supports it as it is a wonderful spot to drop into in our small town of Swifts Creek.

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