Friends News & Events



‘No Pauper was I’, an event in poetry and song celebrating the life of Australian poet John Shaw Nielsen was held in the beautiful Mornington Botanical Rose Garden on 23 April 2022. This was the Friends’ first event for seemingly such a long time and it received an excellent and enthusiastic response from the audience of more than 50 people.

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The Silos Art Trail - a talk by Russ Incoll
Monday 11 July
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

The Silos Art trail is Australia's largest outdoor gallery. Enjoy a tour around Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland viewing the artwork on silos and water towers. Starting in the Wimmera Mallee region, moving across to Northern Victoria, up through NSW into Southern Queensland then returning to Melbourne down the coast, you will visit nearly a hundred silos, water towers, street art sites and sculpture in the bush.


‘Sheltering From the Rain’, a short play by Ann Chadwick
Monday 29 August, 1.30pm

An art gallery is so much more than a place to shelter from the rain. That’s what Veronica discovers in the short play, ‘Nude in Decline’, by Ballarat writer, Ann Chadwick. Coming in from the rain, Veronica strikes up a casual conversation with Leo, which takes her to unexpected places.

At the end of the performance, join the Gallery staff for a short tour of the National Works on Paper final entries. 

A delicious afternoon tea will then be served which will provide an opportunity for members and friends to talk with the performers and guides.


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Guan Wei, Play on the beach No.5 2011, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, Purchased by the Friends of the MPRG with the assistance of The Robert Salzer Foundation, 2013