Waterfront: Watercourse at Gippsland Art Gallery

Viewers of this online exhibition can spot locations that they may have visited while in the Gippsland region, including Wilson’s Promontory, Bairnsdale, Sale, Phillip Island, Tooradin, Mallacoota, Lakes Entrance and the Gippsland Lakes. The 33 works that feature in the exhibition are part of the collection of the Gippsland Art Gallery in Sale, which occupies a building renovated by architecture firm FJMT in 2018. Artists highlight the moody and often dramatic landscape of the Gippsland region, highlighting the relationships and juxtapositions between people and place; natural and human-made interventions in the landscape; land, river, lake and sea.

A selection of works will be on display on Level 2 at the Port of Sale, Wellington Centre from 13 February to 18 July 2021. For full image credits, please see below.

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Kids Workshop: Art at Home

Paint a Dramatic Ocean Scene with Watercolours.

In this Episode of Art at Home, Meg will guide you through the steps to create a dramatic ocean-and-lightning scene inspired by a Gippsland Art Gallery collection work by Peter Gardiner, ‘Above As Below’. Add drama to your watercolour artwork with the addition of salt textures and masking technique. This activity is suitable for ages 8+ with parental assistance. We recommend adult supervision for those who need some help using watercolour and masking fluid.  Share your artwork with us online! Use the hashtag #GippsArtAtHome. Time required – Approximately 1 hour.

Online video presented by Meghan Bye, Acting Education Coordinator, Gippsland Art Gallery. January 2021.

Full image credits for artworks pictured above:


Sale Backwater,c.1969
Oil on canvas, 82 x 101cm
Collection Gippsland Art Gallery. Donated by the artist, 1970

2. Mary HARRIS

Oil on board, 60.5 x 91cm
Collection Gippsland Art Gallery. Donated by Pat Wakefield, 1969

3. (after) Frederic B. SCHELL

Wilson’s Promontory,c.1880s-90s
Oil on canvas, 60.6 x 76cm
Collection Gippsland Art Gallery. Acquired, 1997


Late Evening Approach, Lakes Entrance,1994
Oil on cotton duck, 150.5 x 150.5cm
Collection Gippsland Art Gallery. Purchased, 1994

5. Alan SUMNER

Low Tide, Tooradin,1948
Screenprint on paper, 39.2 x 48.1cm (image); 50.9 x 66.6cm (sheet)
Collection Gippsland Art Gallery. Purchased, 2019

Event presented by the Gippsland Art Gallery, proudly owned and operated by Wellington Shire Council with support from the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. Gippsland Art Gallery Education Program is supported by the Victorian Government Department of Education and Training through the Strategic Partnerships Program.

Waterfront is proudly presented by Centre for Architecture Victoria | Open House Melbourne, in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and East Gippsland Shire Council and East Gippsland Shire Council. Waterfront is part of Melbourne Design Week 2021, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

Important Details

Time & Date

Online Exhibition

Friday 26 March – Monday 5 April 2021
FREE, no bookings required

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Kids Online Workshop

Paint a dramatic ocean-and-lightning scene with watercolour paints inspired by Peter Gardiner’s ‘Above As Below’. For more information, scroll below.


  • Online exhibition and workshop are accessible for all



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