About

Dja Dja Wurrung

Womindjika Woorineen willam bit
Willam Dja Dja Wurrung Balug
Wokuk mung gole-bo-turoi
talkoop mooroopook

Welcome to our homeland,
home of the Dja Dja Wurrung people
we offer you people good spirit.

Uncle Rick Nelson

Castlemaine Art Museum is located in the foothills of Mt Leanganook. The Jaara people of the Dja Dja Wurrung are the Custodians of the land and waters on which we live and work; country graced by river red gums and granite boulders, grasslands and flowing waters supporting a variety of wildlife which we must all care for, honour and value. Jaara culture is ancient, living and dynamic with a powerful connection to this country dating back tens of thousands of years. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present and emerging. We extend these same sentiments to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander First Nations peoples.

James Henry, Uncle Rick Nelson at Forest Creek, Dja Dja Wurrung Country, 2021.

History

Founded in 1913, the Castlemaine Art Museum has a unique collection of Australian art and fascinating historical artefacts reflecting the early history of the district.

The beautiful art deco building with purpose-built galleries is a work of art itself. It dates from 1931 and has had several extensions since then.

CAM is governed by private trustees and managed by a Board elected by subscribers. State and local government support is provided, and the Gallery has a strong tradition of support from benefactors, local families, artists and patrons.

Official opening of Gallery and Museum Building by Lord Somers, Governor of Victoria, on 18th April 1931.

Purpose and Vision

Purpose

Connecting people through art, history, place and ideas

Vision

Castlemaine Art Museum will be Australia’s leading regional art museum in the sphere of bold curation that brings art and objects from the past and present into multi-layered conversations; creating a dynamic platform for new voices, community connections, reflections and ideas.

Read our Strategic Plan.

Staff

Naomi Cass, Director

Nell Fraser, General Manager

Anna Schwann, Front of House

Sarah Frazer, Front of House

Livia Kenney, Curator

Mia McAuslan, Public Program Officer

Jennifer Long, Consultant, Honorary Curator

Deb Peart, Honorary Conservator

Staff Profiles

Unknown Photographer, Employees of O Gilpin, Drapery, Iron Mongery, Mostyn Street c1933-34, black and white photograph.

Board & Trustees

CAM's Board sets the organisation's strategic direction. CAM's building and collections are owned by the Trustees of the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum Foundation.

Board
Craig Mutton (Chairperson)
Chris McAuliffe (Deputy Chairperson)
Liz Tromans (Hon. Secretary)
Shane Tregillis (Hon. Treasurer)
Tiriki Onus
Jane Amanda Jean
Melinda Harper
Tamasine Dale

Trustees
George Milford (Trustee)
William Maltby (Trustee)

Independent Committee Members
Judy Annear
Dr Rhett D’Costa
Dr Lyndell Green
Jennifer Long
Linda Sproul
Kaye Swanton

Board and Trustee Profiles

Committee of the Castlemaine Progress Association who organised Castlemaine Past and Present Exhibition and who helped establish the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum.

Contact

Phone: (03) 5472 2292
Email: info@castlemaineartmuseum.org.au

We welcome feedback on your visit to the CAM and your experience of the website and online collection.

John Farmer, Chinese Figure and Book, oil on canvas. Gift of the artist, 1988. Image: Ian Hill.

Womindjika Woorineen willam bit
Willam Dja Dja Wurrung Balug
Wokuk mung gole-bo-turoi
talkoop mooroopook

Welcome to our homeland,
home of the Dja Dja Wurrung people
we offer you people good spirit.
Uncle Rick Nelson

The Jaara people of the Dja Dja Wurrung are the Custodians of the land and waters on which we live and work. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present and emerging. We extend these same sentiments to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander First Nations peoples.

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