The Lesley Batchelor Gallery

The Lesley Batchelor was launched with a gala opening in March 2019.

The Ballan & District Community House auspices the diverse interests of the many groups who meet and create at our Centre. The need for adequate art studio facilities has grown dramatically as Ballan’s population has expanded. The idea for an approachable gallery space for use by the community of Ballan and District was conceived by the Management of the Community House in 2015, as another valuable service we could offer to the area.

An intimate gallery space at the Centre of a small community where art is produced, is a great asset to a place like Ballan. Art and craft objects take a long time to create and the attraction of a small, well-appointed space with professional hanging and lighting systems is always of great interest to artists.

The space honours one of the House’s treasured Art Teachers who volunteered her time, expertise and enthusiasm for Art for many years here in Ballan.

Over the years the Studio facilities and then the Gallery were developed with the assistance of a number of Moorabool Shire Council, Community Grants and the Bendigo Bank Community Investment Fund and many hours of work by our dedicated band of volunteers to convert the space


4 – 10 December, 2020

2020 BDCH Visual Art 1st year student works

Developed over the course of the year students have presented a selection of works on paper.


4 – 10 December, 2020

Approriation / Collage / The Grid

2020 BDCH Visual Art 2nd year student works

Developed over the 20 week course. Student have responded to a range of challenges relating to early contemporary.


November 2019

An exhibition of 2019 BDCH 1st year student works

Developed over the course of the year students have presented a selection of works on paper.

October 27 – November 3, 2019

Pastel Pink Paper Work

Download Catalogue here

A selection of unadorned and affordable Art Works on paper by local artists who are members of the Community House’s various art groups.

This exhibition was part of the Pink Up Ballan Appeal. Proceeds were donated to the McGrath Foundation in support for a Breast Care Nurse for this district.

March 2019

Launch of Gallery Exhibition

In association with the opening of the Lesley Batchelor Gallery was inaugural exhibition of local artists.

March 2019

Gala Opening

Opening Ceremony

The opening of the Lesley Batchelor Gallery was performed by Moorabool Shire Mayor, Paul Tatchell in front of friends and family of Lesley Batchelor to whom the gallery was named in honour.