Council to launch ‘MAPP Up in Lights’ outdoor galleries

Published on 01 June 2023

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Council will soon be launching two new outdoor gallery spaces in Ballan and Bacchus Marsh, helping to put local artists on the ‘MAPP’!

The two MAPP Up in Lights galleries are part of the multifaceted Moorabool Arts Pathway Program that supports artists to exhibit their works in locations across the Shire.  

Located in Ballan’s McLean Reserve and the Bacchus Marsh Village Green, the MAPP Up in Lights galleries offer artists five display boxes in Ballan and nine display boxes in Bacchus Marsh of various dimensions to showcase works. The display boxes are lit at night, putting the work of local artists in the spotlight.

Mayor Cr Rod Ward said the galleries would be ideal for visual artists, as the display boxes are two sided, and are also perfect for 3D creatives and makers of small works.

“These two new exhibition opportunities will bring lasting benefit to our local communities and are an example of how Council is continuing to support local artists to share their talent and craft with us all,” Cr Ward said.

The MAPP Up in Lights galleries have been made possible through Part B of the State Government’s $40 million COVIDSafe Outdoor Activation Fund, which was provided to support industries that were severely impacted by pandemic restrictions.

The two galleries are semi-permanent and are expected to be in place for five years. Exhibited artists will be eligible for a stipend of $500 to cover costs associated with exhibiting.

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To register interest in displaying your work in the MAPP Up in Lights galleries, email


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