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:
About The Lost Ones Contemporary Art Gallery - The Lost Ones Contemporary Art Gallery is located in the heart of heritage Ballarat. Housed in an 1870s-era Masonic temple, The Lost Ones Contemporary Art Gallery hosts exhibitions from emerging and established artists across a wide range of disciplines. The Lost Ones Contemporary Art is privately owned and completely independently funded, dedicated to showing high-quality works that question and challenge. The mission of the Gallery is to encourage creative thinking and supporting the birth of creative industries within modern Australia. The Gallery has a diverse and dynamic program, profiling artists from regional Victoria as well as from wider Australia and internationally. The Gallery is the premier commercial gallery in the city of Ballarat, and is part of the Camp Street Arts and Culture Precinct, which includes the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery.
the lost ones manifesto
We seek to introduce people to art and creativity.
We believe that art and creativity isn’t simply the preserve of a small group of people.
We support all makers, creators and artists who have been taught, developed and honed their craft.
We believe it is crucial to support the development of fine art skills and knowledge.
We equally believe it is valuable to ensure that people of all skills and knowledge engage with, are inspired and are informed by, art.
We work to host art that encourages people to think, to learn, to be gently disturbed, awakened and questioned.
We seek to remove the obstacles to understanding artworks – 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.