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Disclaimer – I know nothing about art. If you want serious details on this exhibition I suggest you check out the Art Gallery of Ballarat website or even read this article here. If you want the low down from your average layperson – then do read on…

So you've seen the pink neon signs on billboards and coasters and even people rocking hot pink skull tattoos. In fact, the pretty city of Ballarat has been going skull crazy in recent months over this hot exhibition at the esteemed Art Gallery of Ballarat, and for good reason.

Already seen the exhibition? Read my post here on the top 4 reasons why you need to visit again!

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Top 2 Reasons to go

This one off exhibition is the first of its kind to be held at the gallery. Looking at the use of the skull throughout history and in popular culture, the exhibition displays a great range of contemporary and Australian art that varies from emotive, humerous and traditional to knockout wow pieces such as the iconic neon skull created by the gallery’s exhibition and graphic designer Ben Cox. 

Curated by Julie McLaren, the exhibition sets a new standard for the gallery’s inhouse exhibits and includes specially commissioned works. We all know Ballarat is moving ahead in its arts and cultural scene and this exhibition is an illustration of just that, a relevant show for the masses (people like me) not just the art educated, with most definitely something for everyone. 



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Your Instagram Moment 

Let’s not deny that most visitors want an Instagram moment. If it’s not posted online, how can you prove you went? Nature Morte -The dressing table with a skull on the mirror by Megan Evans is your best selfie bet. Add the hastag #romancingtheskull to get a few likes. Remember selfies are fine – selfie sticks are not. 

The Mexican Room 

This Mexican inspired room is ‘lit’. I spent my fair share of time inspecting the wallpaper (by Maria Flores) that was inspired by Mexican handcrafted ‘papel picado’. This room not only hosts the José Guadalupe Posada prints but also some of the most fun works in the collection 

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If you’re doing a walk through of some of the local alleyways around the CBD you will spot plenty of giant skull pasteups (by artists MERDA, Kat Barrand and Karl Woodward with B'You Ballarat), again, perfect for your Instagram feed. Plenty of shop windows also host multi-coloured artworks by local primary school students. I dig the artwork I found by Milla although I’m yet to find out how much she charges for her work.

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Ok so I found out these are meant to be for kids, but that didn’t stop me asking for one (or more) at the gallery shop. You can also sneak one from the exhibition entrance. Ah the nostalgia of a temporary tat– you know you want one!


You can’t possibly go home without some merchandise. My favourite is the skull aprons available from the art gallery shop. Perfect for your next dinner party it gives you an excuse to casually refer to your art gallery visit and discuss your favourite works using language like ethereal and juxtapose before encouraging your friends to visit too. I also like the bike bell and the laser cut wooden sugar skull badges made by Bok Bok B-gerk. If you want more you can also drop into Lana Rose boutique, a few doors down from the gallery, for more skull merchandise including clothes, bags and jewellery.

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To prove the galleries hipster status, you can show off your skull ink and get discounted entry, keeping in mind public decency though and of course the quick fatigue gallery staff will get of jokes about where you might (don’t) have one. If you’re un-inked like me console yourself with all the things your grandmother told you about getting a tattoo and being the practical person you are, sign up for a gallery membership to get discounts and invites for future events.

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Don’t miss the following must do events as part of the exhibition.

Exhibition Ends 28th January 2018

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