27 March – 5 April 2020 | online
Castlemaine State Festival is delighted to announce that the annual fundraising Art Auction 2020 will be conducted online for the first time in the history of the Festival, commencing Friday 27 March for a full ten-days. The CSF Art Auction is one of the Festival’s main fundraising activities each year and a great way to support the Festival as well as the many talented artists living and working in the region.
Potential bidders can register and view the works on offer with no obligation to buy via castlemainefestival.com.au from Monday 9 March and the auction will take place between Friday 27 March, 10am and Sunday 5 April, 5pm.
For further information, visit castlemainefestival.com.au/art-auction
Castlemaine was once renowned for its gold and is now renowned for its vibrancy and liveability. Just 120km north west of Melbourne and 110 km from the Melbourne International Airport, Castlemaine is a dynamic central Victorian community nestled between Bendigo and Ballarat. Home to the richest shallow alluvial goldfield the world has ever seen and now celebrated for its eclectic mix of manufacturing, the arts, hot rods, fine food, wines and beers, heritage, history and scenery, Castlemaine today is a relaxed 21st century city. Find out more about visiting the region here.
Castlemaine is famous for its arts scene; from the many artists that open their doors for Arts Open to the major Australian and International works at the Castlemaine Art Museum. Around 400 practising artists have made the region their home and you will find sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, paintings, textiles, music and everything imaginable in between. There are many practising artists and makers based at The Mill.
The Castlemaine State Festival is held in autumn, and major venues such as the Theatre Royal, Australia’s oldest continually operating theatre, hold events all year round. Add to the growing list the The Arts hub of Lot 19 and you’ll find a cultural scene far outweighing towns of similar size.
Castlemaine’s history moved from the Goldrush to major manufacturing with several 1875 factories still standing such as Thompsons Foundry and The Old Castlemaine Woollen Mill. Today a culture led economic regeneration is in progress. Craftspeople and artisans embrace and preserve our built history by repurposing and redefining heritage spaces and contribute their skills to the town with vision and integrity. They can be seen at work at The Mill, The Old Goods Shed, The Old Castlemaine Gaol and cottages and heritage buildings throughout the town.
Castlemaine’s fresh produce
Foodies and wine and beer lovers won’t be disappointed. A number of talented chefs have made the move to the area, so book a table and try some of the region’s finest food coupled with exceptional local wines. Try the local brew at the Shedshaker Brewing Company’s Taproom, local wines at the Boomtown Winemakers cellar door and buy your freshly roasted coffee at Coffee Basics own roastery, based at the foot of the historic chimney at The Mill. The Mill is also home to Oakwood Smallgoods Co., Sprout Bakery and Harvest Fruit and Veg. Stock up on olive oil, cheeses, preserves and fresh regional produce at the Castlemaine Farmer’s market.
Antiques and collectables
Collectors, beware. Allow plenty of time to browse the fascinating wall-to-wall vintage and collectables at the Castlemaine Vintage Bazaar and Platform No. 5 based here in the main factory at the Mill. Then head to the Restorers Barn in Mostyn street and take a stroll to discover the little shops around each corner such as the Corner Store Merchants and Tribe.
Heritage and History
Explore Castlemaine’s rich history and heritage with a self-guided tour of its grand public buildings, wide streets, ornate hotels and century-old shops. You’ll find a range of self-guided walks that take in the village and beyond. Hire an MP3 player from the Visitor Information Centre in the historic Market Building on Mostyn Street and start exploring.
The great outdoors
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the lake in the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens opposite The Mill. Established in 1856 the gardens have recently undergone a multi-million dollar refurbishment. Visit Buda Historic Home and Garden with its magnificent 19th Century gardens and house. Then head out along the Goldfields Track by foot or on two wheels. where there are amazing historic sites, ruins and relics to discover in the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park.
Here’s how Sarah Willcocks of Melbourne’s The Urban list saw Castlemaine…