The exhibitions by Sue Gilford and Margaret Lees, summarised below, were postponed due to the Covid 19 pandemic. They will be re-scheduled to a date to be announced.

The next two exhibitions commencing 4 June are:

‘Studio’- Juliana Hilton – Oil paintings


‘Reconnections’ – Trudi Harley – Oil paintings 

Falkner Gallery is re-opening Thursday 4 June with two new, exciting exhibitions and a number of changes and precautions.

The exhibitions are showcasing still-life oil paintings by well-known local artist Juliana Hilton and Williamstown artist Trudi Harley, both former art teachers.

Juliana Hilton has lived in Castlemaine, Maldon and other Central Victorian towns for over 50 years. Her exhibition ‘Studio’ was planned for 2020 to acknowledge her long connection with the area, as well as to celebrate her 80th Birthday in July.

The Covid 19 pandemic threatened to prevent both celebrations but Falkner Gallery is pleased to announce ‘Studio’ will commence upstairs as planned on 4 June. Naomi Cass, Director of C.A.M. Renewal was to open the Show but as large gatherings indoors are still not permitted, the Show will commence with a limit of 4 visitors per room at a time, 20 in the whole building.

‘Studio’ is a series of large and small oil paintings on canvas. They are intensely vibrant, joyous expressions of Juliana’s painting studio environments. Bright, colourful semi-abstract still-life compositions include furniture and ephemera from her workspaces and special possessions and gifts from her friends. Her dramatic painting style is unmistakable and has made her a highly collected Victorian artist.

Accompanying this exhibition is ‘Reconnections’ by Trudi Harley.  Her oil paintings are exquisite, highly realistic studies reminiscent of times past. Each composition is a minutely detailed depiction of objects hanging by string in the style of the Spanish Bodegón painters. Intimate objects such as lace handkerchiefs, silver sugar spoons, glass oil jugs, vintage padlocks – are depicted with incredible realism. Her choice of subject matter and her realistic style connect her and the viewer with the past. She writes ‘Through referencing themes and objects drawn from the everyday l explore the notion that shared memories and experiences contribute to a sense of belonging and community.’ [Harley]

Further representative works by each artist may be seen by clicking their images on the home page at:

Throughout the gallery are also displayed new works by Margaret Cromb, Tarli Glover, Liz Caffin, Carolyn Graham, Garth Henderson, Robert Marnika and others.

Careful precautions are in place in the gallery: visitors limited to 4 per room, collection of contact details, use of sanitiser stations, a ‘no touch’ policy for artworks on walls, in boxes, books and racks. All rooms in the building will be sprayed with disinfectant each evening and frequently used surfaces will be disinfected twice daily.


The following two exhibitions will be shown at a date to be announced:

‘Observateur des Oiseau’ – Sue Gilford – Pyrographs


‘Pilbara’ – Margaret Lees – Oil pastels

‘Observateur des Oiseau’pyrographs by Sue Gilford will be shown upstairs and ‘Pilbara’ – oil pastels by Margaret Lees will be downstairs.

Pyrogravure or pyrography is the art of hand-engraving on a flat or three-dimensional surface using a heated object such as a poker or needle. The term “writing with fire” derives from the Greek pur and graphos. It is a technique used by Sue Gilford from South Gippsland.

As a passionate observer of birds and a skilled pyrographer, Sue Gilford burns, engraves, draws and paints intricate linear patterns and detailed depictions of native birds, insects, animals and plants in the Australian environment. Some works are framed works on paper, others are burnt onto boab nuts, seeds and self-grown gourds as well as on actual timber surfaces. Particularly fascinating are the series of actual guitars embellished with detailed bird and animal imagery.

Sue’s inspiration is derived from her love of the forms and colours of the natural world. Her work has been acquired by the South Australian Gallery, the National Gallery, Victoria and the National Gallery, Canberra.

Accompanying these arresting works is an equally superb exhibition of oil pastels by Margaret Lees entitled ‘Pilbara’. She too is a keen bushwalker, hiker and lover of the natural world. Two years ago Margaret exhibited a series of oil pastels and linocuts at Falkner Gallery of the Kimberley, following one of her many visits there. It was a highly successful and popular exhibition with images that glowed and vibrated with the luscious patterns and hot, burgundy colours of the north.

This new exhibition ‘Pilbara’ continues the theme of north-western Australian landscapes, this time based on her travels in the Pilbara. Amidst the fiery reds, oranges and pinks lie part-hidden wallabies foraging amongst the undergrowth and twisted tree trunks. Margaret’s decorative and stylised works are enriched by their pulsating rich colours.

The contrasting areas of north-western and south-eastern Australia show the magnificence of our bushland and natural world. At this devastating time for our country, affected communities and wildlife, both exhibitions give us cause for sadness and reflection.

Further representative works by each artist may be seen by clicking their images at:

These exhibitions will be accompanied throughout the gallery by new works by various artists such as John Lloyd, Robert Marnika, Jean Marc Laroque, Margaret Cromb, Jane Rusden, Liz Caffin, Tarli Glover and others.