Eltham Library Community Gallery

Opened in 1994, the Eltham Library Community Gallery (ELCG) is a much-loved community gallery space, that sits within the Eltham Library complex on Wurundjeri Woi wurrung Country. It was designed by multi award-winning Melbourne architect, Gregory Burgess.

The Eltham Library Community Gallery is an important platform for emerging artists that provides entry into professional practice.

The gallery space offers a diverse exhibition program that showcases both traditional forms of art-making and new methods of art production, along with themes and ideas that are relevant to our times.


Eltham Library
Panther Place, Eltham 3095

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday 9am-9pm
Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm

Current exhibition 

Visual description: Six woven necklaces overlapping each other on a white background. The necklaces have blocks of brown, gold, white and black colours.

Catrine Berlatier & Chantal Stewart | Of Two Minds

Friday 16 September – Sunday 23 October 2022

Of Two Minds is an exhibition of works by two friends of 40 years. Both originally from France, Berlatier and Stewart share similar artistic sensibilities. There is a common thread of lightness, purity of lines and elegance present in both their practices, be it Chantal’s graceful drawings and refined ceramics, or Catrine’s delicate jewellery and diaphanous textiles.

Image: Catrine Berlatier, Woven Necklaces, 2018-2021, Canson paper, dimensions variable

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Upcoming exhibitions


Image description: An abstract painting divided into six equal sections. The artist uses line and block shapes and pinks, yellows, blue, red, white and brown.

Araluen Centre | Art and Agency

Friday 28 October - Sunday 4 December 2022

Art and Agency is an exhibition that celebrates the art created by artists with a disability. Araluen is an organisation supporting adults with disabilities. It’s supported studios Art Connects, provides the artists the space and the assistance they need to create wonderful works of art. This exhibition will give a number of these artists an opportunity to plan and develop their own exhibition. It will give them choice and control and highlight a community of artists that have historically been overlooked.


Image: Melissa Kent, Spaces inbetween, 2020, mixed media, 84 x 89cm

Visual description: Two ceramic creatures that appear to be white unicorns. The creature in the background is blurred in the photo, both creatures are seated and resting.

Living & Learning Nillumbik | diversARTy

Friday 9 December 2022 – Sunday 22 January 2023

In December each year Living & Learning Nillumbik hold an exhibition at the Eltham Library Community Gallery which showcases the work of current participants and tutors including visual arts, ceramics, textile, glass, crafts and more. It celebrates the diversity of activities, abilities and people who come together to share, learn and connect at our centres.


Image: Julie Barrington, Magical Creatures, 2021, Stoneware, shino glaze, dimensions variable

Past exhibitions

Visual description: A painting depicting a women’s face, her skin is coloured multiple colours. Two yellow flowers are depicted below her face. The word loss is depicted in red near the flowers.

Creative Minds: Nillumbik VCE Arts, Studio Arts & Fashion students of 2021

Friday 5 August – Sunday 11 September 2022

A showcase of artworks created by Nillumbik’s VCE Art, Studio Arts & Fashion students. An annual exhibition presented at the Eltham Library Community Gallery. Showcasing works from the following schools: Catholic Ladies College, Eltham College, Eltham High School & Plenty Valley Christian College.

Image: Bianca Walker, Loss, 2021, Mixed media on paper, 42 x 59cm,Courtesy of the artist and Catholic Ladies College

Visual description: A monochromatic painting depicting the back of a man with a dog on a lead. The background is the woodgrain from the plywood.

Chloe Vallance | Sit. Walk. Wonder

Saturday 25 June – Sunday 31 July 2022

Sit. Walk. Wonder explores studio-based drawings by local artist Chloe Vallance.  Chloe’s works are developed by observing everyday activities of people and animals.  Chloe is interested in moments of contemplation. Often the figures in her works are seen to be looking into the middle distance, pausing or walking, each on their own journey.

Image: Chloe Vallance, Music, 2021, colour pencil on plywood, 29.5 x 35cm

Visual description: A glass word with a girl depicted and a rabbit. With a teapot and cup between them and a key hanging above in a tree branch

The Artistry of Books | Thou Art Mum

Friday 20 May – Sunday 19 June 2022

Books are portable magic. They can take us to faraway lands filled with emotive adventures, mysteries to solve and dragons to chase. Words and diagrams teach us about nature, our world and our past. Beautiful images of art, architecture and animals grace the pages and our imaginations.

See how books have inspired our group of TAM artists, from how they are physically constructed, to stories we’ve experienced and knowledge we’ve gleaned. We welcome you to our exhibition, The Artistry of Books, and join us on a journey without leaving the room.

Image: Deborah Bowen, Alice’s Adventures, 2020, kiln formed glass


Open Studios 2022

Nillumbik Open Studio Artists

Friday 8 April to Sunday 15 May, 2022
Visual description: A ceramic plate with five red flowers with blue stems, and light green leaves. With a cream background with small blue dots.



The Nillumbik Artists Open Studio program involves over 28 studios working across various art forms, including painting, ceramics, metal work, sculpture, printmaking and glass work. Each of the artists involved in the program will have work in the exhibition.


Image: M L Pittard, Red Flower, 2021

Naughty See Monkey & Louise Jade | Dancing on Sunshine

Friday 4 March  Sunday 3 April 2022

Visual description: A painting depicts blue, green, yellow, orange and red organic shapes on a grey background. A blue pool shape appears in the middle ground, with a black colour in the foreground.
No matter what the day brings, I get unequivocal joy being in the studio improvising and being immersed in my creative process.

 - Naughty

Being in thrall of my creative process: the contemplation, the execution and process, is at once thrilling and gentling for my being.  Making Art is inevitable.
- Louise

Image: Naughty See Monkey, 98 pool of reflections, 2007, Oil and collage on paper, 60 x 42cm 

Deb Garrett & Kate Belvedere | Solitude 

Friday 21 January  Sunday 27 February 2022



Inspired by the landscape, Deb Garrett and Kate Belvedere’s practice explore feelings of solitude, isolation, quietness and emptiness through a variety of mediums - photography, drawing, print making and ceramics. Ironically, their shared interest in solitude has brought them together. Deb Garrett’s work centres around finding stillness and quiet in order to connect to a space. Also having lived in the area for many years, Deb’s interested in capturing the landscape during these quiet moments, particularly during dawn when there is a sense of calm and stillness that can sometimes also be unnervingly eerie. Kate Belvedere’s work centres around themes of decay and the indifference of nature as well as exploring the duality of the life giving and life taking aspects of the natural world. Her work particularly references native Australian bowerbirds, and their enchantment with decorating their nests with bright blue objects.

Image credits:
Left: Kate Belvedere, Into the Abyss, 2019, oil on board, 21 x 29 cm
Right: Deb Garrett, The pond in Summer 1, 2021, Giclee print photograph on cotton rag, 29 x 42 cm



To see what else is happening in the arts across Nillumbik visit our What's On page.

Expressions of Interest - 2023 Exhibition Proposals

Install photograph 'Solitude', Eltham Library Community Gallery 

Applications Open: Friday 1 July 2022
Applications Close: 1pm Wednesday 31 August 2022
Download: Exhibition Information, Terms & Conditions and Floorplan(PDF, 271KB)

The Eltham Library Community Gallery is seeking proposals for exhibitions in 2023. Artists, Curators and Collectives are invited to submit ideas for group shows, two-person shows and solo exhibitions. 

It's free to exhibit at the Eltham Library Community Gallery. Successful projects will be supported with basic marketing and a nominal artist fee. The Eltham Library Community Gallery is a unique space and we strongly recommend that applicants visit the gallery space before applying. 

We encourage submissions from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants, applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, applicants living with a disability and LGBTQIA+ applicants. 

Please read the Exhibition Information, Terms & Conditions and Floorplan(PDF, 271KB) and the Frequently Asked Questions below, to see if the space and program is a good fit for your exhibition. 

Apply now 

Frequently asked questions

Is this a competitive process?

The exhibition call-out process is highly competitive. We strongly recommend visiting the gallery space and reading the Exhibition Information and Terms & Conditions before applying. If you’d like to talk through your application, contact the Exhibitions Support Officer.  

Are artists paid to exhibit in 2023?

Yes, each successful exhibition will receive a $500 fee.

Can I submit a proposal if I have exhibited previously?

Yes, applicants may submit a proposal if they have exhibited at the Eltham Library Community Gallery in the past. Please note: Applicants new to the program are given additional scores in the evaluation criteria. To view the Evaluation Criteria for the Eltham Library Community Gallery 2023 Exhibitions please read the Exhibition Information and Terms & Conditions.

Is this a good space for emerging artists or curators to apply?

Yes, we strongly encourage emerging artists and curators to apply for an exhibition at the Eltham Library Community Gallery.

Does the Eltham Library Community Gallery have plinths, glass cabinets and televisions available?

Yes, we have plinths, flat and tall glass cabinets and a television available.

How often is there a call-out for exhibitions at the Eltham Library Community Gallery?

We have a call-out yearly. To keep in the loop about opportunities we recommend joining the Nillumbik Arts e-newsletter by emailing artsinfo@nillumbik.vic.gov.au and following Nillumbik Arts via Instagram and Facebook.

When will successful applicants be notified?

Applications close 1pm on Wednesday 31 August 2022 and successful exhibitors will be notified late October 2022. 

For more information, support or to talk through your application, please contact:

Exhibitions Support Officer
Email: artsinfo@nillumbik.vic.gov.au
Phone: 03 9433 3111

Image: Solitude by Deb Garrett and Kate Belvedere, Eltham Library Community Gallery, 2022. Photography Jamie Robertson. 

More information

To keep in the loop about opportunities subscribe to the Nillumbik Arts e-newsletter and follow Nillumbik Arts via Instagram and Facebook

For more information about Eltham Library Community Gallery, contact:

Exhibitions Support Officer 
Email: artsinfo@nillumbik.vic.gov.au
Phone: 03 9433 3111