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Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre

Architect: Wilson and Beswicke

Further Afield | F06

The former Brighton Town Hall is home to the Gallery, which presents an annual exhibition program of contemporary and historical exhibitions (including Freshwater/Saltwater, in partnership with Shepparton Art Museum, 21 July to 9 September) and three community cultural groups: the Brighton Historical Society, the Brighton Art Society, and the Brighton Theatre Company. The centre is a large two-storey Classical Revival building, and is the historical and visual focus of the precinct, built right to the footpath and balanced by the Town Hall gardens and the Victorian streetscape. The Town Hall gardens represent fine examples of formal and informal plantings, hard landscaping, sculpture and other built elements dating from the 1930s. The formal pond (built in 1933) features a bronze replica of Charles Douglas Richardson’s sculpture, ‘The Cloud’ 1900. Other notable elements include the 1961 Municipal Office and a contemporary sculpture by Slavko Tumbas, ‘Genesis’ 1998, that commemorates the creation of the City of Bayside.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat & Sun 1pm-5pm

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: Most front of house areas

  • Special Note: No flash photography allowed in The Art Gallery

  • Special Programming: The Gallery, the Town Hall, the Brighton Theatre Company and the Brighton Historical Society will be open to the public.

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Year Built: 1885

  • Transport: Bus stop: Brighton Town Hall on routes 626, 811, 812, 922

  • Tour Type: Self-guided

Location

Cnr Wilson & Carpenter Streets, Brighton 3186, VIC

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