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Top Gallery

Dedicated to exhibiting the works of Emerging Artists, the Top Gallery is an intimate exhibition space infused with heritage character. This gallery is part of Salamanca Art Centre’s subsidised Access Galleries program and is offered to emerging artists who are a Salamanca Arts Centre Associate Member on the acceptance of an exhibition proposal.

The Top Gallery is located on Level 2, nestled beneath the Terrapin Puppet Theatre Workshop in the very attic of the Salamanca Arts Centre at the top of the stairs. The rough-cast, limewashed stone walls, exposed beams and wooden flooring offer a counter-point in form and texture to many types of work.


Applying for the Top Gallery

SAC Assesses applications for the Top Gallery twice annually, with the due dates for submissions as 30 April and 30 September each year (excluding special rounds).

Salamanca Arts Centre (SAC) is currently seeking applications for inclusion in the Top Gallery 2019 calendar.
Please note: the 2018 calendar is now full.

For more information on the hire of the Top Gallery, including Venue Hire Rates and the Conditions of Hire, please DOWNLOAD the Long Gallery Conditions of Hire prior to submitting your application. 

DEADLINE for SUBMISSIONS: midnight Monday 30 April 2018


Please note: All Applications for the Top Gallery must be completed online. Paper submission will not be accepted. For more details please contact the Venues Coordinator via email at venues@salarts.org.au

Conditions of Hire

For more information on the hire of the Top Gallery, including Venue Hire Rates and the Conditions of Hire, please DOWNLOAD the  Top Gallery Conditions of Hire.

Venue Hire Rates

Emerging Artists / Salamanca Arts Centre Associate Members:
$150 for a one-month Hire Period

Please contact the Venues Coordinator for more detailed information about the hire of the Top Gallery.


CLICK HERE to view the available dates in the Top Gallery Calendar.

Top Gallery Program

The emerging artists for 2017 are:
January / February 2017: Skins of the River by Nikala Bourke
March 2017: Solastalgia by Belle Moody
April 2017: Through the window was a picture by Maria Blackwell
May 2017: Against the Dark by Rebecca Robinson
June 2017: Salamanca Arts Centre Emerging Artist Scholarship : Products of Conception by Emma Magnusson-Reid
July 2017: trace by Trine Deans & Rebecca Holmes
August 2017: Home-Scapes II by Mary Pridmore
September 2017: Earth Designs by Sandra Petersen
October 2017: Nature by Nolan Art Students K-12 & Adults
December 2017: Darkness And Light On The Tasman by Adrian Bradbury

The emerging artists for 2018 are:
January 2018: A Threatening Confection by Gabrielle Gollogly
February 2018: Creatures of the Deep by Wendy Steinberg
March 2018: Edith Perrenot
April 2018: Scars by Sarah Jane Moore 
May 2018: Beastly Careless by Donna Ritchie
June 2018: Salamanca Arts Centre Emerging Artist Scholarship : Julia Todd
July 2018: Tania Price
August 2018: TBA
September 2018: TBA
October 2018: Shanshan Ai
November 2018: Nolan Art Students K-12 & Adults
December 2018: Salamanca Arts Centre Emerging Artist Scholarship : Joshua Reilly

View ALL Top Gallery exhibitions HERE

Please contact the Venues Coordinator via email for more detailed information on the Venue Hire Rates and charges associated with the hire of the Top Gallery.

Image Credits:
MetaMatter (2014) by Nadege Philippe-Janon. Photograph by Craig Opie.
The Great Feast (2013) by Alex Davern. Photograph by Fiona Fraser.
DEJA (2011) by CJ Liaubon. Photograph by Fiona Fraser.
I Consume Therefore I Am (2014) by Michael Mitro. Photograph by Fiona Fraser.
Hugging Stranger (2015) by Lui Xianghua. Photograph by Fiona Fraser.
Me-Helen (2013) by Anna Cocks. Photograph by Fiona Fraser.

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December 2017

Darkness and Light
On The Tasman

1 December, 2017 - 3 January, 2018

Adrian Bradbury‘s visceral paintings of dawn and dusk over the Tasman Sea. This small suite of paintings is a continuation of Adrian’s last body of work First Light. “It continues my fascination with the dawn light over the Tasman Sea. The subtle gradations of light to dark, and contrast between night and day that can be experienced before the sun rises.” – Adrian Bradbury In an attempt to make interesting, visceral paintings of high intensity, Adrian has focused on a strong contrast…

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January 2018

A Threatening Confection

6 January, 2018 - 30 January, 2018

A visual investigation of an eating disorder through photography and paint by emerging artist Gabrielle Gollogly. In contemporary society we are confronted daily by the triggering temptations of a culture geared toward easily accessible food, over-consumption, and the unavoidable marketing that maintains and fuels an addiction. Through theoretical research and practical exploration, Gabrielle Gollogly has investigated the destructive effects of eating disorders, through addressing the connections between food, body image, addiction, and overindulgence. A raw interpretation is expressed through photographically…

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February 2018

Creatures of the Deep

2 February, 2018 - 28 February, 2018

Take a journey into the depths of our oceans, and meet some of its curious inhabitants with emerging artist, Wendy Steinberg’s debut solo exhibition. Journey down through our oceans’ depths, and meet some of the weird and wonderful creatures that she has brought to life with vivid colours, and deep textures, created with her unique combination of finger- and brush painting. Be transported down through each oceanic zone, from the sparkling surface waters of the ‘Sunlight Zone’ to the inky…

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