Monday, June 25, 2012

Old and new again

Mr Rosanna and I braved the chill and took the boys to the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre on Saturday to see the Melrose Art Pottery exhibition.  It's a little unexpected, up on top of a hill surrounded by faux Federation residential housing (complete with dragon gargoyles!).  The building is beautiful - a former Queen Anne/Federation homestead now turned into art gallery.  The access gallery is on the left as you enter the building through the glass doors via the car park while the main gallery is a series of original rooms upstairs.  The glass ceiling is amazing as is the balustrade for the original staircase.
Bundoora Homestead Art Centre image via Your Restaurants website
The boys of course, much preferred having devonshire tea downstairs in the cafe which was a very reasonable $8 (which gets you a tea or coffee and two scones with jam and cream).  Just remember to take cash with you as there are no eftpos facilities at the cafe.  Entry to the homestead is free (or via gold coin donation if you wish) and has been a Darebin City Council venture assisted by La Trobe University and the Commonwealth Government - it is on the National Heritage register and certified by the National Trust.  I wish that something similar could be done with Banyule Homestead here in Heidelberg.
Regal Ballroom image via Regal Ballroom website
Speaking of old buildings being transformed, the Regal Ballroom (or Northcote Theatre) is holding a number of music gigs as a concert venue throughout this month as well as screening selected movies.  Check out their Facebook page for more details.

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