Bundoora Homestead Art Centre


A1 Darebin Art Salon 2020

July 10, 2020 - September 4, 2020



Bundoora Homestead Art Centre proudly presents The A1 Darebin Art Salon 2020, a celebration of art, creativity and expression within our community.  Artists who live, work or study in the City of Darebin are invited to present a new artwork in this much loved biennial exhibition.

This is the third iteration of this major community art prize, featuring 106 works by talented local artists. In response to our gallery’s closure due to COVID-19, this year the exhibition is presented exclusively online. We invite you, the artists and art lovers, to vote for your favourite works in all five prize categories.

The exhibition and community voting will run from 10 July – 4 September 2020, and prizes will be announced in a special online event at 6pm on Friday 11 September.


  • First Prize – a solo exhibition at Bundoora Homestead.

Winners in each of the following categories will receive a $500 voucher for art supplies:

  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Drawing / Printmaking
  • Textile / Mixed Media


Prize winners will be announced in a special online presentation at 6pm on Friday 11 September.

If you are interested in purchasing one of these fantastic works, please email bundoorahomestead@darebin.vic.gov.au with A1 PURCHASE in the subject line, and we will put you in contact with the artist.



EO Gill


September 9, 2020 - December 6, 2020

CLEAVE, meaning both to split or sever and to stick to, presents two slippery figures in a domestic setting who perform the same scenes over and again, with changes in emphasis, intonation and camera placement. 

The project uses the formal and aesthetic properties of amateur pornography and erotic narrative to question issues of agency, pleasure and autonomy with the aim of critiquing the regulative, exploitative regimes of body and gender representation that reinforce heteronormative models of sexual desire and naturalised behaviour.

EO Gill was the winner of the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre Prize at the 2020 Midsumma Australia Post Art Prize. This exhibition is presented in partnership with Midsumma Festival.

Image: EO Gill, Cleave 2020 (still), digital video. Photo by Katie Winten
Collaborators: Athena Thebus (Performer), Chloe Corkran (Performer), Sarah Hadley (Camera Operator), Akil Ahamat (Sound Recordist), Anastasia Zaravinos (Makeup Artist), Katie Winten (Producer)

Shannon Lyons
Study for Li 2020


September 9, 2020 - December 6, 2020

Li is a site-specific installation that responds to the unique social and institutional histories of the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, formerly the Bundoora Repatriation Mental Hospital. The installation pays homage to the caregiving environment that once existed for patients at the hospital, and makes reference to ‘the shed’ -a kitchen located in an unused ward that became the locus for resident psychiatrist Dr John Cade’s important research and early experiments with lithium salts in the 1940s. The elements of the installation coalesce to shine a light on the biography of a doctor whose work would alter the course of treatment for people with bipolar disorder.

Shannon Lyons was the winner of the 2018 A1 Darebin Art Salon.

Image: Shannon Lyons, Study for Li 2020, digital photograph. Courtesy of the artist.


IMMI in the Multiverse 2020


September 9, 2020 - December 6, 2020

Xanthe Dobbie | IMMI | Bhenji Ra as part of Club Ate with Justin Shoulder | Diego Ramirez | Kaylene Whiskey

Curated by Charlotte Christie

Digital space designed by Alex Margetic

In the multiverse all possibilities exist. Artists often ask us to reimagine the world we know into different possibilities; some dark, some utopian, some absurd, some just a small step sideways. Reconstructing reality can often reveal the arbitrary parameters that define our world, but perhaps shouldn’t – and in somewhere in the multiverse, might not. If our universe is truly an accident, how much of it can we control, shape and shift to change the dominant narrative, turning left, instead of right, to reposition the values that define it.

In this exhibition five artists will each inhabit a room within Bundoora Homestead transforming the space into their own version of the universe. In these parallel worlds the artists find their doppelgängers engaged in dismantling the mainstream, each offering us a portal into what could be in their alternative realities within the multiverse.

Image: IMMI (Kaspar Schmidt Mumm), Immi in The Multiverse 2020, digital image. Image courtesy of the artists.