Basil Gerard has made a short video of our 2016 Nara Dreaming Exhibition - it is well worth looking at.

We thank Basil for donating his time and talents to record this very special event

Please click on this link and it will open for you


Nara Dreaming 2017 finished on a high on Sunday 4th June 2017.  It was successful on all levels - sales although initially slow certainly gained momentum over the last weekend, we had a steady flow of people coming out to visit - some lovely groups in for Morning/Afternoon tea and met some great new people and spent time with old friends.


Thank you so much to all who helped us - the media and in particular Phoenix FM, our friends who gave us "hands on help" when we needed it and the public who supported us



Our 2017 Exhibition was opened on Friday 19th May 2017 in the middle of a terrible storm but that did not deter the faithful.  We had a good number of people present and

made a number of sales.   Our first weekend was also well patronised with a steady stream of people coming through.




Eighth Annual Nara Dreaming Exhibition


We have set out dates for the 2017 Nara Dreaming Exhibition.  The Exhibition will be opened by City of Greater Bendigo Councillor, Rod Fyffe at 6.30pm on Friday 19th May 2017 and will then run from 10.00am on Saturday and Sunday for the next three weekends - closing on Sunday 4th June 2017. 

Our Opening Night is always a lovely affair - the wood fire, the wine, the food, the music, the company and of course the art itself. Once again Kathy Maher will be creating a lovely ambience with her guitar.  We usually find that people do not want to leave and stay until late and that is great

We are available during the week for group bookings please contact us to enquire and/or make your booking.

Devonshire Tea and Bush Tucker afternoon/morning tea will be available to groups or individuals.  To make a booking or an enquiry please contact us through our "Contact Us" tab.


The Nara Dreaming Exhibition is the manifestation of an ambition held by a small group of Central Victorian  visual and performing artists to bring together a cross-cultural exhibition featuring various mediums including painting, photography, sculpture and craft work.

The Exhibition is held on a private property “Avisford” 1023 Calder Alternative Highway Lockwood in a purpose built rustic venue colloquially named (Bills Shed).  

Significantly the exhibition runs through Reconciliation Week and that is how we see ourselves “Reconciliation in Action” without the meetings, the lectures, the polarisation – just a group of people who are getting along just fine and working side by side.   

Our core group of artists stays the same each year – Robyn Davis (Aboriginal Artist),, Bill Whitbread (photography), Trina Dalton Oogjes (Aboriginal Artist) and Anne Conway (usually photography)  each year we invite new artists into the exhibition to keep it fresh and diverse.

We are currently in the process of confirming this year’s artist roster – some great talent coming up!

 We are probably a little different to most exhibitions in that we do not focus on one genre or medium but like to exhibit across the board – from painting to woodwork, photography, sculptor – the list goes on.

Each year we raise money for  New Horizons Welfare Services (Anglican Diocese of Bendigo). 

You may like to go to our Facebook Page or our web site to get a better idea of what we are about.

Our Vision

In the words of Kev Carmody “From Little Things Big Things Grow” and we are hoping that The Nara Dreaming Exhibition will become an integral part of Bendigo’s artistic calendar over the coming years.  In 2016  we had our seventh successful exhibition.  Over time we would hope to expand to include more events  artists and performers, showcasing them in a unique, rustic setting and celebrating Australia’s unique culture.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further information you may require.

Key Contacts:

Anne Conway    5441 2430 or    0418 579501    or find us on Facebook



We are in the process of sourcing our artists for this year.  At the moment it is just our core group but that will change over the following months as we look at the applications we have received. We would love to have many more artists and we do rotate each year but of course are limited by space.




Anne Conway (Photography)

Anita Jones (Artist - 3D Embroidery)

Brian Rabacal (Artist)

Bill Whitbread (Photography)

Christine Arnott

Danielle Byrne (Craft)

George Kendall (Naive Artist)

Jan Lawler (Artist)

Michelle Bird (Artist)

Robyn Davis (Aboriginal Art)

Robyn Stevenson (Artist - Craft)

Samantha James (Aboriginal Artist)

Trina Dalton-Oogjes (Aboriginal Artist)

Troy Firebrace (Aboriginal Artist)




Robyn Davis  -  Aboriginal craft

Robyn Stevenson (Jewellery and other craft)

Trina Dalton-Oogjes - basket weaving and other craft work



Col Wylie

Patrick Curtis


Bush Poetry and Yarn Spinning


Ken Jones will be entertaining some of our guests with his Yarnspinning and Bush Poetry.



Our friendly dingoes along with Ann and Dennis Murray from Lake Boga will once again be visiting on one of our Sundays (date to be arranged).  This will give people a chance ot meet and greet dingoes and learn about them.


Morning and Afternoon Teas





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