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Glenelg Shire Council offers a comprehensive Arts Program.

The Glenelg Shire Council Arts Program presents a diverse series exhibitions each year in the Portland Arts Centre.

In addition, a range of exhibitions, specifically designed to display aspects of Council’s Cultural Collection, are presented annually in a number of different venues including the History House Portland and the Casterton Town Hall.

For further details of these exhibitions, go to

The exhibitions in the Portland Arts Centre are normally on display for four to six weeks, and predominantly feature the work of local artists. However, from time to time, the exhibition program is also supplemented by the work of artists from outside the region, or touring exhibitions, some of which focus on social history rather than visual arts.

There are two linked exhibition spaces available in the venue:

The main CEMA Gallery is a relatively large L-shaped area, which also functions as the Foyer of the venue.

The Woolcock Gallery, a smaller adjoining room, named after Collin & Dorothy Woolcock, can be used as an extension of the CEMA Gallery, or alternatively, can be used as a separate, lockable exhibition space.

Both galleries have track lighting and provision for the display of both 2-D and 3-D art works.

CEMA Gallery & Foyer
Floor space: 104 sq. metres Linear space: 26 metres

Woolcock Gallery
Floor space: 39 sq. metres Linear space: 22 metres

Artists wishing to present an exhibition of their work are welcome to submit expressions of interest to the Arts & Culture Manager: Susie Lyons
Phone: 5522 2263, Email: Susie Lyons

However, artists should note that the Portland Arts Centre is usually booked 12 months or more in advance.


Vce Exhibition

The annual VCE exhibition provides an opportunity for Year 12 art students from Bayview College, Casterton Secondary College, Heywood & District Secondary College and Portland Secondary College to feature selected artwork. The exhibition is always notable for the impressive quality of the artwork, and for the diversity of the subject matter and media on display.
The students, assisted by their teachers and staff from the Portland Arts Centre, also take responsibility for hanging their work.

Portland Arts Centre
Exhibition Launch – Tuesday October 17, 5.30pm
17 October – 10 November 2017


Dream and Aspirations

Dreams & Aspirations is a collective exhibition of works by artists with a disability that reside in the Glenelg Shire. This exhibition is a celebration of ability, dreams and aspirations that encourage people with a disability to express themselves through their art, whilst promoting a wider acceptance and participation in the arts community for people with a disability.

Portland Arts Centre
Exhibition Launch – Tuesday November 14, 5.30pm
14 November – 1 January 2018

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