‘Beating About the Bush’ challenges traditional notions of ‘the bush’, by combining traditional impressionist paintings with contemporary works by female photographers.

Jill Orr: Southern Cross Reclaimed 2. 2021 one of the works on display in the exhibition. © Jill Orr.

Opening on Friday, 4 November, the new ‘Beating About the Bush’ exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat brings works of contemporary Australian women photographers together with paintings from the Gallery’s outstanding collection of works by Australian Impressionist artists including Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Frederick McCubbin. This groundbreaking exhibition challenges traditional notions of ‘the bush’, and focuses on issues like gender, hardship of life in the bush, immigration, urban growth, environmental concerns and the presence of Indigenous peoples.

The exhibition features work by Will Ashton, Donna Bailey, AME Bale, Emma Minnie Boyd, Jane Burton, Louis Buvelot, Peta Clancy, Maree Clarke, Charles Conder, Nici Cumpston, Antonio Dattilo Rubbo, David Davies, Tamara Dean, Jessie L Evans, Marion Ferrier, Maude Glover Fleay, Fiona Foley, Emanuel Phillips Fox, Deanne Gilson, Ina Gregory, Stewart Handasyde, Siri Hayes, Hans Heysen, Tom Humphrey, Dianne Jones, Leah King-Smith, Rosemary Laing, Janet Laurence, Lionel Lindsay, Percy Lindsay, William Lister Lister, Sydney Long, John Mather, WB McInnes, Hayley Millar Baker, Josephine Muntz Adams, Girolamo Nerli, Jill Orr, Polixeni Papapetrou, Elizabeth Parsons, John Ford Paterson, Frederick George Reynolds, George Reynolds, Tom Roberts, Jessie Scarvell, Jan Hendrik Scheltema, Clara Southern, Robyn Stacey, Sophie Steffanoni, Jacqui Stockdale, Arthur Streeton, Jane Sutherland, Jo Sweatman, May Vale, Nicole Welch, Walter Withers and Anne Zahalka

The gallery is located at 40 Lydiard St North, Ballarat, Victoria 3350. Phone (03) 5320 5858 for more information. The exhibition will run until 19 February, 2023.