Join the culture club – meet your mates for coffee and then make your way around the Valley’s independent art spaces and galleries, which are now open for gatherings of up to 20 people. With the current restrictions, exhibition viewings are by appointment only, so book ahead and support local artists and spaces.
 
Art from the Margins Gallery & Studios
 
This gorgeous non-profit creative program champions artists living with challenges of adversity, homelessness, mental illness, social isolation and disabilities. Located on Brunswick Street, call 3151 6655 or email aftm@wmq.org.au to book an appointment at the gallery space to view the latest artwork collection, Survival. Balance. Growth., which will be on view from Monday, 1 June to Friday, 17 July. This latest exhibition will showcase the works of four emerging artists – Clinton Barker, Janice Crosbie, Anne Parker and Michael Tichowitsch.
 
Jan Murphy Gallery
 
Celebrating 25 years in 2020, Jan Murphy Gallery has showcased and sold contemporary works by local and Australian artists. Located in the heart of the Valley with large gallery windows flanking Brunswick Street, the rotating exhibitions of established and emerging artists never fail to capture the imagination of passers-by and art lovers alike. Fresh from renovations, make an appointment on 3254 1855 to view the latest exhibition, The Lane, from NSW landscape painter and Archibald Prize winner Guy Maestri, on display until 20 June.
 
Mitchell Fine Art
 
Specialising in contemporary and Indigenous artworks, Mitchell Fine Art occupies an expansive space on Arthur Street. It’s the perfect backdrop to showcase the boldly colourful and vibrant art of Kudditji Kngwarreye and Sydney-based landscape artist Idris Murphy’s abstract paintings in the current exhibition on show from 10 June to 18 July. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 10:30am to 5pm and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm with plenty of space to move around and view the artworks at your leisure.
 
Philip Bacon Galleries
 
One of Australia’s leading commercial art galleries, Philip Bacon Galleries has a renowned stockroom of 19th- and 20th century as well as contemporary Australian art and has exhibited a wealth of established and emerging artists since opening in 1974. Currently exhibiting Important Australian Paintings until 18 July, artists on show include celebrated Australian painters Margaret Olley, William Dobell and Charles Blackman, among many others. Philip Bacon Galleries is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm.
 

Image Source: Jan Murphy Gallery, Sylvia Ken 'Seven Sisters 249-19' 2019 

— June 2020