our opening hours
Wednesday to Sunday - 11am to 4pm
The Basement Bar
Wednesday - Saturday 2pm - 11pm
Sunday 2pm - 7pm
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 Contemporary Art Gallery and Basement Bar is in the heart of heritage Ballarat. We are a contemporary art gallery, with a fine spirits bar hidden in our basement. The gallery is open between 11am and 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. The bar is open 2pm to 11pm Wednesday to Friday, 11am to 11pm Saturday, and 11am to 7pm on Sunday.
We’re housed in an 1870s Masonic temple, and everything we do is about creating a living building. We’re committed to a ensuring we honour the efforts and energies of people who have come before us, but not to create a museum of heritage. Equally we’re committed to reinvention to embrace our fractured futures, but not at the cost of forgetting the past.
The Lost Ones Contemporary Art Gallery hosts exhibitions from emerging and established artists across a wide range of disciplines. We’re independently funded, and the mission of the gallery is to encourage creative thinking, supporting the growth of creative industries within modern Australia.
We have a diverse and dynamic program, profiling artists from regional Victoria as well as from across 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.
Our Basement Bar is dedicated to fine wine and spirits, celebrating the classic while enjoying the innovative. We believe good taste is ageless, so downstairs you can find the best in single malt scotch whiskys, a wide range of Australian and international gins, a comprehensive cocktail menu and an eclectic mix of music and performance.
Everyone is lost. Come get lost with us.
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. 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 & Basement Bar – is a place to find the odd, the amusing and the interesting.
Please note our Refund Policy
Events - we book and confirm your attendance at our events with your payment.
Your placement is only secured on full payment of fees.
We offer a 50% refund on your booking up to 14 days prior to the event starting. We cannot offer refunds after this date should you decide against proceeding.