Denis Bateman Award for 2018

The Denis Bateman Award recognises a long term community service to the arts. For 2018, the award has been issued to Peter Morey, local Ballarat resident, for his outstanding contribution to the arts.

Peter is a lifetime member of the BLOC Theatre Company, coordinator of the Ballarat Philatelic Society and a recognised volunteer of the Ballarat Arts Foundation. Peter's award was announced at the Rotary Club of Ballarat South dinner on 17th May. 


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Denis Bateman - inaugural BAF Board Member and past Rotary Club of Ballarat South member
Peter Morey - Award Winner
Gordon Williamson - inaugural BAF Board Member and Rotary Club of Ballarat South Member

A big congratulations to Peter and a big  thank you to the Rotary Club of Ballarat South for their vital ongoing support and interest in the Foundation.

Four Seasons Fine Music Festival event for 5-6 May 2018

Based in the towns of Creswick and Clunes, the Four Seasons Fine Music Festival is set to kick off it's autumn performances. St. Paul's Anglican Church in Clunes plays host to two performances on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May, coinciding with the Clunes Booktown event.

Take some time out to enjoy the performances, as there are a few tickets still remaining.

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New grant created for 2018

 Louis Stevens, BAF Alumni

Louis Stevens, BAF Alumni

The Ballarat Arts Foundation is honoured to welcome the Stevens family as a supporter, with Dean Stevens committing to create a new award in recognition of the support the Foundation has provided to their son, Louis Stevens.

2018 will see the addition of the Louis Stevens Award for Musicianship for classical or jazz musicians, composers and conductors.

Louis Stevens is a Melbourne, Australia based composer and multi-instrumentalist with particular interests in theatre and film. His compositional outlook is concerned with the complexities of human relationships and the emotional outcomes they inspire. Taking inspiration from such composers as John Adams, Johan Johannsson and Olafur Arnalds, Louis incorporates a post-minimalist style in his music giving greater emphasis to complex textures and the expressive use of tone-colour. Louis’ music seeks to create emotion-based experiences for his audiences.

Louis is currently completing his Bachelor of Music (Degree with Honours) at the University of Melbourne. Majoring in composition under the esteemed Australian composer, Elliot Gyger, past teachers also include Christine McCombe, Kevin March and Miriama Young.

Louis has written for a large range of ensembles including orchestral works for theatre, solo works and chamber music. Louis has recently written music for Tellulah Theatre’s original production of A Dog Called Monkey written by Laura Collins and the University of Melbourne Shakespeare Companies production of Twelfth Night where Louis received an award for outstanding sound design/composition from Union House Theatre.

The 2018 grants will open on the 1st June 2018 and close on the 13th July. Interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates on 18th August 2018.

More information about Louis can be found on his website.

Aunty Donna headlines at Melbourne International Comedy Festival

BAF Alum, Aunty Donna are set to headline at the Melbourne International Comedy on March 29th at Max Watts, 125 Swanston Street.

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In 2012, Aunty Donna exploded onto the Melbourne comedy scene with a unique brand of surreal, fast paced, alternative sketch. Their debut show Aunty Donna in Pantsuits was nominated for the illustrious Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Golden Gibbo Award, and the Donna’s have since gone on to create an award winning YouTube channel, garnering over 170 thousand+ subscribers and 27 million+ views.

Having met throughout high-school and their time at the University of Ballarat Arts Academy, Aunty Donna are a collective of creative cats dedicated to bringing the funny across all mediums: actor / writers Mark Samual Bonanno, Broden Kelly and Zachary Ruane, writer / director Sam Lingham, film director / editor Max Miller and sound designer / composer Tom Armstrong all come together to bring Aunty Donna’s wildly entertaining style of comedy to life.

Aunty Donna’s online presence is massive, they developed award winning ‘1999’ an original web series exclusively for YouTube thanks to Screen Australia and Google’s Skip Ahead funding, ‘Trendy’ commissioned by Comedy Central and a TV Series pilot for ABC iView and Screen Australia as part of the Fresh Blood Comedy Initiative. Most recently the popular TV channel Stan announced new original productions for 2017 including ‘Chaperones’ written by and starring Aunty Donna. 

Aunty Donna LIVE had a huge year in 2016, they played to sell out audiences at Comedy Festivals and their own debut national tour in Australia and New Zealand, then headed to London and Edinburgh for the second time to packed houses. Their show “New show” was filmed at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre for ABC2 and they also headed to the US to make an impressive and well received debut at Largo in Los Angeles.

Having just completed the Australian and New Zealand 2017 festival circuit with “Big Boys”, Aunty Donna made a big impression overseas by heading out on a quick fire tour of the US and Canada which saw them perform in eleven cities in just 3 weeks. Then they went to Edinburgh for the Fringe and performed to sold out crowds at the prestigious Leicester Square Theatre in London.

Aunty Donna are a true force to be reckoned with.

Ballarat Arts Foundation 2018 Grants Calendar launches

The 2018 Grants Calendar is due to launch on Tuesday 27th March, 5.30pm. At an event hosted at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, the Board of the Ballarat Arts Foundation will reveal the key decision making dates for the year as well as the raft of impending events and activities.

Attendance is invitation only.

The Four Seasons Fine Music Festival - Supported by BAF

The Anglican Parish of Springmount presents
'The Four Seasons Fine Music Festival' featuring Greta Bradman. 

Ticket Pricing
Adult $25.00
Senior/Student $20.00
Children under 14 years Free but must have a ticket ($0.00)

Ticket Purchase
Early purchase tickets will be available a few weeks before each concert weekend:

Creswick Visitor Information Centre
41-43 Albert Street, Creswick, Vic 3363.
Tel (03) 5345 1114

Clunes Visitor Information Centre
The Warehouse, Clunes
36 Fraser Street, Clunes, Vic 3370.
Tel (03) 5345 3359 (Closed Tuesdays)

Online @
Select ‘Buy Tickets’, then ‘Search’ for Four Seasons Fine Music Festival.
Trybooking will not accept purchases once all online tickets have been sold.


Door Sales
Door Sales may be available, depending on the number of early purchases.

The doors will be open ó hour before each concert.
There is no allocated seating.

Promotional brochure available here


Underdog project launched


#LoveOzYA Short Stories
Short tales from the Australian writers of tomorrow

Underdog is the first #LoveOzYA short story anthology for unpublished Australian writers. We are seeking submissions from Australian young adult fiction writers of all ages.

We believe young adult fiction is the perfect form for expressing what it means to be Australian, given that our country is, in essence, a 'young adult' itself. We are particularly interested in short stories that celebrate the diverse, dynamic and ever-changing nature of our young nation's culture, or that challenge the idea of what it means to be 'Australian'.

At Underdog, we are dedicated to providing unpublished writers with a platform for their stories, as we believe there are too many brilliant tales that never get told, too many voices that go unheard. The selected short stories will be published in an anthology by a local independent publisher in 2018.



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The Four Seasons Music Festival ramps up for Spring

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The Four Seasons Fine Music Festival offers four outstanding weekend festivals of fine music and song. Performances are linked to the heat of February’s High Summer, to the cusp of Autumn-Winter in Clunes, to shadows and shimmering candlelight and the heady aroma of mulled wine in the Winter Solstice, and the effervescent renewal of life and energy with Spring Vitality.

Musicians will play an extensive range of western, European and Indian musical instruments, including the beautiful historic pipe organs at St John’s Church, Creswick and St Paul’s Church, Clunes.

Each venue has first class acoustics, with each church being a significant building in the historic central Victorian goldfields area. The festival will annually showcase a great diversity of quality music and choral performance.


Vitality and Energy

Saturday 28 October, 7.00pm.

Venue: St Paul’s Church, Clunes

Babaganoush Gypsy Ensemble

Babaganoush is an energetic, exuberant and rapturous five-piece band that will mesmerise you with their spicy melodies, hot rhythms and fiery vocals. Violin, clarinet, piano accordion, bass, percussion and bouzouki create warm, sensuous and intoxicating sounds, exquisite for dancing. You may find yourself dancing in the aisle! They play the best mix of Gypsy Music, Balkan Beats and Greek Folk, full of passion.


Vitality and Energy

Sunday 29 October, 2.00pm.

Venue: St John’s Church, Creswick

Rhys Boak and Bruno Siketa Rhys studied piano and organ from an early age and since completing studies at The University of Melbourne, his career as organist, pianist, choral conductor and arranger has taken him around the world. He has toured Europe, including performing in Bach’s church in Leipzig and in the Bonn church where Beethoven was organist; given the first-ever series of classicalorgan recitals in China and performed organ to full houses in Tokyo. His many, notable musical collaborations include the celebrated Greta Bradman.

Presently Organist-Manager of Music at St Michael’s Uniting Church, Melbourne, his recordings are regularly broadcast on ABC and MBS networks.

Bruno obtained his Bachelor of Music Performance at VCA, was sub-principal trumpet with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra for two years and since 2003 has been guest principal trumpet or casual trumpet with most Australian State orchestras and symphony orchestras. He toured China as principal trumpet andperformed solo and with organ at Music at the Basilica Festival. He has performed solo at Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival and performs regularly at St Michael’s Uniting Church, Melbourne. He recently performed and recorded many new works by Australian and other contemporary composers, including with the Raga Dolls Salon Orchestra.

Early purchase tickets will be available a few weeks before each concert weekend:

Creswick Visitor Information Centre

41-43 Albert Street, Creswick, Vic 3363.

Tel (03) 5345 1114

Clunes Visitor Information Centre

The Warehouse, Clunes

36 Fraser Street, Clunes, Vic 3370.

Tel (03) 5345 3359

(Closed Tuesdays)

Online @

Select ‘Buy Tickets’, then ‘Search’ for Four Seasons Fine Music Festival. Trybooking will not accept purchases when all online tickets have been sold.

Adult - $25.00

Senior/Student - $20.00

Children under 14 years - Free - but must have a ticket ($0.00)

Door Sales may be available, depending on the number of early purchases.

Seating - The doors will be open ½ hour before each concert. There is no allocated seating.

Refreshments will usually be available for a small charge after each concert.


Tarli Glover, alumna of BAF, to open her solo exhibition

Opening on the 14th October 2017, Tarli Glover's solo exhibition LAND is a series of new and recent works. LAND celebrates the changing seasons, the subtle tones of response from the landscape to the loss of water, or the chilling cold. These colours are ones a farmer would recognise, noting the time to plant or harvest or appreciating that it's time to protect from fire. They also reveal a deep love and respect.

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