THE City of Monash’s community gallery, The Highway Gallery, is going from strength to strength and, in 2015, celebrated its 25th anniversary with an exhibition of selected works by previous Exhibitors.
The gallery had its germination way back in 1965 when Waverley was something of a cultural desert as far as visual arts were concerned but the formation of the Waverley Arts Society in 1969 heralded the beginning of change. It took a while, but by the early 1980s Waverley Council had established two bodies relevant to the arts: the Art Acquisition Committee (which was allocated funds to acquire art for the City) and Arts Waverley (an advisory body to foster all of the Visual and Performing Arts).
Acting proactively, The Arts Acquisition Committee persuaded Council to assign to them a property acquired due to road widening. This they did, and 14 The Highway Mount Waverley eventually became known as The Highway Gallery. Its goal was to benefit the local arts and wider community. Its first exhibition was on 19 January 1990. Since then the gallery has been the venue for a wide range of exhibitions by artists and community groups. It is operated by the City of Monash and its use is open to groups and individual applicants.
Over the years, artists and groups exhibiting at the gallery have been provided with professional guidance in curatorial skills, presentation and how to seek sponsorship. The Committee of Management and Exhibitors are forever grateful to the many volunteers who have contributed years of valuable service on their behalf. If you are interested in volunteering with The Highway Gallery, phone 9807 7261 during opening hours (see page 30) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The gallery very proudly mentions some of Australia’s prominent citizens who have opened past exhibitions: Weary Dunlop, Cathy Freeman, Mirka Mora, Dacre Smyth, Tim Bowden and Lady Southey. Parents, mark your diaries – a must-see exhibition for 2017’s first term holidays is Storybook Yarn Art by school children. Open from 5 to 23 April (Wednesdays to Sundays 12 noon–4pm), it includes a program of workshops and demonstrations. Also, if you have some spare time, check out the Gallery’s very interesting website – there are lots of images for upcoming and past exhibitions. highwaygallery.wordpress.com
Upcoming Exhibitions at The Highway Gallery
1–19 March Paintings of Australian Landscapes, by Greg Footit
22 Mar–2 April Living Colour, A Peg Widdows Retrospective
5–23 April Storybook Yarn Art, from Longbeach Place, Bayside
25 April–22 May Indonesian Art and Artefacts, Museum of Indonesian Arts
23 May–6 Jun Reconciliation and NAIDOC, a Monash Reconciliation Group presentation
You can find The Highway Gallery adjacent to Mount Waverley Shopping Centre, close to trains, buses and cafés. It is easily accessible and there is ample car parking and disability access. 14 The Highway, Mount Waverley.
Opening hours: Wed–Sun 12noon–4pm.