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Mechanics' Institutes in the Frame

MIV's 20th Anniversary Art Project

 

Celebrate the history and heritage of our beautiful Mechanics’ Institute, Athenaeum and Hall buildings from urban and regional Victoria and come to an exhibition to be held in central Victoria’s Castlemaine on 9-10 September 2017. Set up as places for the working man to gain knowledge and socialise in the early 1800s, many of these buildings still serve a vital role in the social and cultural life of many communities.

 

Artist and illustrator Damian Callanan has captured the beauty and charm of twenty examples of the ornate and simple buildings in Victorian towns and cities. The oldest is the Melbourne Athenaeum, established as the Melbourne Mechanics’ Institution in 1839 and the Emerald Mechanics’ Institute was built in more recent times. The style of architecture varies from, the splendid, highly ornate establishments, which were built in the glory of the goldrush era, to the very modest simple features of places established by small farming communities as meeting halls. The works being sold are framed original watercolour paintings and there are 2018 calendars featuring twelve Institutes, one for each month, and cards which feature the twenty Institutes individually.

Opening Exhibition at the Castlemaine Market Gallery, 9-10 September 2017

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Arthurs Creek Mechanics' Institute

(Original Painting still available for purchase)

Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

Castlemaine Mechanics' Institute

(Original Painting still available for purchase)

Chiltern Athenaeum

 

Elmore Athenaeum

(Original Painting still available for purchase)

Emerald Mechanics' Institute

(Original Painting still available for purchase)

Fawcett Hall & Mechanics' Institute

Footscray Mechanics' Institute

(Original Painting still available for purchase)

Fryerstown - Burke and Wills Mechanics' Institute

(Original Painting still available for purchase)

Lilydale Athenaeum

(Original Painting still available for purchase)

Maldon Athenaeum

Melbourne Athenaeum

Moonambel Mechanics' Institute

Murtoa Mechanics' Institute

(Original Painting still available for purchase)

Shepparton Mechanics' Institute

(Original Painting still available for purchase)

Sorrento Mechanics' Institute

(Original Painting still available for purchase)

Stanley Athenaeum

(Original Painting still available for purchase)

Tallarook Mechanics' Institute

(Original Painting still available for purchase)

Walhalla Mechanics' Institute

(Original Painting still available for purchase)

Warrandyte Mechanics' Institute

 

Paintings Copyright Damian Callanan 2017

 

Contact the artist here if you are interested in purchasing an original watercolour painting from the Mechanics' Institutes in the Frame Art Project

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