our opening hours
Wednesday - Sunday, 11am to 4pm.
For any queries, please contact us on:
hello (at) thelostones.com.au
03 4343 1754
Why are we doing this?
We are often asked why we are doing this. So here's a radio interview where we tried to answer that question:
the lost ones manifesto
The Lost Ones seeks to introduce people to art and creativity. We are a completely privately operated commercial gallery, with a difference.
We believe that art and creativity isn’t simply the preserve of a small group of people.
We believe it is crucial to support the development of fine art skills and knowledge, but equally it is valuable to ensure that people of all skills and knowledge engage with, are inspired by and are informed by art.
The Lost Ones works to host artworks that encourage people to think, to learn, to be gently disturbed, awakened and questioned.
We support all makers, creators and artists who have been taught, developed and honed their craft – with no allegiances and hidden agendas.
We don’t support art wank. We seek to remove the obstacles to understanding the motivation for art works – if you can’t understand the blurb that is written about it, it shouldn’t be there.
We believe that art and creativity is a continuing conversation, and no one should be excluded from the chat. The more we share about making, creating, building and planning, the more the actual stuff will happen.
We want The Lost Ones to be the kind of place we would like to visit ourselves. It is an ongoing project. We do this because it is fun.
The history of the Masonic temple
The Masonic Hall, 14 Camp Street, Ballarat, was built in the early 1870s. It was a successful meeting and networking hub for the Masons, flush with success at the height of the gold rush.
In the 1920s the hall was bought by the State Electricity Commission as a social club. A ladies' loo and a dance floor were added, and the hall was given over to dances and film nights. Locals still remember coming to the temple for Christmas events, to see plays, to enjoy a game of billiards and ping pong. Inside a door under the stairs, a shopping list for the social club can still be seen – there was a need for pies, coffee, ginger, butter and milk. We've discovered rooms that go nowhere, an unused loft and we've kept the original urinal.
Today the temple – renamed The Lost Ones Contemporary Art Gallery – is a place to find the odd, the amusing and the interesting.