Recent Exhibitions


Council’s exhibitions program includes a number of recurrent events such as Art In Public Places and Airtime. In addition, Council sponsors or co-presents the Contemporary Art Prize and SUB12 with The Substation, and exhibitions at the Joel Gallery at Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre, among others.


Orbital, an innovative exhibition space, was officially opened on 21 February 2014. It's located within the exterior wall of the Aldi supermarket at Central Square in Altona Meadows.

Each exhibition will be locally curated or themed. Curators will be able to work with local schools, and community groups, and it’s planned that exhibitions will coincide with city wide programs like Art In Public Places. The exhibitions will be rotated three times annually, hence the name Orbital.

The exhibition display case, fitted with a lighting device that highlights the work on display, has been designed to house both small three dimensional forms and images.

Members of the Balit Gulinya Aboriginal Planned Activity Group, based out of the Laverton Hub have crafted their interpretation of ‘family’ in the fifth exhibition rotation of Orbital.

For more information, phone 1300 179 944.


Airtime is an ephemeral public art project that highlights the creative talents of young people in Hobsons Bay. Artworks are reproduced and printed on large flags and exhibited for approximately three months at a time on the flag poles located at the Queen Street Skate Park in Altona Meadows.

Each series of artworks will be curated under different themes.  

Airtime is produced and managed by Hobsons Bay City Council through Arts and Culture.

Rotation Fourteen:September 2016 to November 2016
Features Year 9 Visual Arts students from Laverton College P-12. Using paint, drawing, print and collage; the students created mandala-style artworks inspired by local birds of flight.

Rotation Thirteen: February 2016 to August 2016
Featured the screen print artwork from mesh mash print design studio.

Rotation Twelve: October 2015 to January 2016
In this exhibition, Williamstown High School students have created artworks depicting the delicate balance of marine life and the risk mankind is placing on the ocean and its unique environment.

Rotation Eleven: April 2015 to September 2015
Street SmART ran free street art workshops for young people with guest artists to program a series of workshops exploring spray paint as a medium for young people at Woods Street Arts Space in Laverton. 

Rotation Ten: November 2014 to March 2015
This Airtime rotation exhibit highlights light-painting photography that members have recently generated using simple equipment such as LEDs, torches, and sparks.

Rotation Nine: June 2014 to October 2014
This Airtime rotation recognises the winners of the Pixel8 photographic competition in 2014.

Rotation Eight: January 2014 to April 2014
The artworks for the current exhibition have been chosen from those created at the Laneside space at Woods Street Arts Space, Laverton, and the others were part of the Urban Billboards project where the artists used recycled billboard canvasses to make their artworks. These workshops were part of StreetSmart, an innovative program that has been offering young artists the opportunity to showcase large scale artworks and exhibitions since 2008.

Rotation Seven: July 2013
This Airtime rotation recognises the winners of the Pixel8 photographic competition in 2013.

Rotation Six: April to June 2013
This rotation features artworks created by Year 9 Visual Arts students from Williamstown High School in the style of HardEdge Abstract painting.

Rotation Five: November to April 2013
This Airtime rotation celebrates Bayside P-12 College Literacy program and their involvement in National Literacy and Numeracy Week 2012.

Rotation Four: June to November 2012
This Airtime rotation celebrates the winners of the PIXEL8 photographic competition. PIXEL8 is a photographic project for young people who live, work or go to school in Hobsons Bay and are aged between 12 and 18 to give their impressions of living in Hobsons Bay with the themes of community harmony and wellbeing. PIXEL8 is held annually between February and May.

Rotation Three:  November 2011 to February 2012 
The young artists in this series participated in workshops to create mandalas using several techniques. The program was a great way for the artists to think about pattern and colour.

Rotation Two: August to November 2011 
Street SmART was founded in 2008 and has been running free street art workshops with young people ever since. They have been able to offer some fantastic opportunities for young artists to be involved in large scale artworks and exhibitions.

Rotation One:  April to July 2011
The winning artworks were exhibited from the ‘Hello’ Laverton Art prize. The artworks were launched on Saturday, 9th April, 2011 which also coincided with National Youth Week 2011.

Art in Public Places

Art in Public Places has been an annual month-long celebration of the arts in Hobsons Bay for many years. Art in Public Places combines the best of Hobsons Bay’s arts offerings with opportunities for local artists to work with international ground breakers. It brings about connections between arts and businesses across the city, encourages collaboration and highlights the beauty and diversity of Hobsons Bay’s natural and built environments. Local trader associations, businesses, event producers, schools, arts networks and groups all join in with Council to present Art in Public Places for the community.

Art in Public Places started in 2004 as part of the visual arts program of the Williamstown Summer Festival. In 2006 it was expanded across the city so artists and businesses throughout Hobsons Bay could participate.

The project is now managed by Council and is a three-times winner of the Australian Business Arts Foundation State award in the Toyota Community Category.

Snce the project has been running it has enabled more than 800 artists to exhibit in businesses and various venues in Hobsons Bay.

Watch our Art in Public Places 2012 documentary below.

Toyota Community Spirit Gallery

Toyota Community Spirit Gallery is part of Toyota Community Spirit, Toyota’s corporate citizenship program which aims to share Toyota’s resources and expertise with the community. Opened in 2004, the gallery has shown over 850 artists focusing on local artists from the cities of Hobsons Bay and Port Phillip, but also including many from other areas in Victoria and interstate. There is no cost to exhibit, no commission charged on sales, and a colour catalogue and launch is provided for each exhibition. Exhibiting artists are also eligible to apply for the $10, 000 Toyota Community Spirit Artist Travel Award. For more information visit

The Toyota Community Spirit Gallery project is mounted in consultation with the Hobsons Bay City Council and the City of Port Phillip.

Other past exhibitions

  • Interpret This
  • Cocoon
  • Commonwealth Games
  • Conversations Billboard Art Project
  • Mayoral Arts Project - Flags
  • Meat and Three Veg is so 70s
  • Portraits
  • Sub Urban Art Project
  • The Substation Contemporary Art Prize
  • SUB12
  • Toyota Community Spirit


For further information call the Arts and Events department on 9932 2007 or email