Valentine’s Residential Artists Present

The artists in residence at Valentines are preparing for their first group exhibition. Craving a fresh start in the midst of a pandemic, four have chosen to align with the seasons, to express what Spring means to them. Works will include still life, new life and abstraction.

Visitors to the exhibition will also have the chance to see studio spaces, where the original work is created and purchase work at a special, ‘exhibition dates only’ discounted price…. perfect timing for Christmas shopping.

Or find ‘the pollinator’ for the chance to win a free coffee from Valentine’s Café.

So, grab a friend and pop in from 5pm for the opening with artists Alicia Thomas, Sarah Wallace-Smith, Lauren Starr and Sylvia Hewitt on Friday November 12th or Tuesday-Sunday to view a range of exquisite work, capturing everything wonderful about this time of year. It will be sooooo good to catch up!

Visit Spring & All Art Exhibition at Valentines Antique Gallery, 18 View Street, Bendigo.

Opening 5-7pm Friday November.

Exhibition dates 12th to 25th November 2021.



Congratulations to Sarah Wallace-Smith – Finalist for The Mission to Seafarers’ MSC Maritime Art Prize & Exhibition 

The Mission to Seafarers’ MSC Maritime Art Prize & Exhibition is an international competition that has been hosted at the heritage-listed Mission building in Melbourne’s Docklands for nineteen years and is returning once again in 2021.
The annual event is a major fundraising initiative of the Mission to Seafarers Victoria (MtSV). Australia relies on shipping and seafarers to connect to the world and to bring goods to our homes for the economy to thrive, and for the health of our island nation. MtSV provides welfare services to support the tireless work and hardships faced by those seafarers.

We’re incredibly excited to support our Resident Artist Sarah Wallace-Smith, whos work “Off to Sea Again” has been selected as a Finalist. Sarah is looking past hero’s and victims, “I scuff around the detritus of the everyday, photos that never made the album, exposing clues as to the environment of the time. Examining the transgenerational impact of military life and P.T.S.D. on families.”

Off to sea again’  is a simple watercolour and pencil drawing, to help viewers dip their toes into another time and place. To imagine how a child would process Dad, ‘going off to sea’.
Watercolour and graphite on 49.5cmx76cm Fabriano artistico 200GSM paper.

Congratulations Sarah!

Details to be confirmed, depending on the latest COVID restrictions:
Opening Night Thursday 30th September 6pm
717 Flinders St. Docklands VIC 3008
Public Viewing Friday 1st to Sunday 17th October 12pm-8pm


Lessons and Workshops @ Valentines with Art on View



Sandhurst View, Bendigo CBD Apartment

Valentines is excited to announce our newly available serviced apartment accommodation – Sandhurst View. Sandhurst View is perfectly appointed for a stay with friends, a family getaway or couples retreat. Situated above the stunning heritage listed Valentine’s Antiques building and located in the heart of Bendigo’s arts precinct, Sandhurst View is only footsteps away from Bendigo’s top cafes, restaurants, wine bars and shops. With attractions such as the art gallery, capital theatre and parklands, your accommodation offers all you need for an outstanding time away all on your front door step.

Email or Call us on 5443 7279
Follow this link to book now. 


Upcoming Valentine’s Monthly Lectures 2021

“Althorp, Home of the Collection of the Earls of Spencer” | Michael Carr Art Dealer and Historian

Althorp is famously the ancestral home of the Earls Spencer and most famously and recently that of Diana, Princess of Wales who is buried on an island in the grounds of the house. What most people don’t know is that Althorp is also home to one of the greatest family collections of art, furniture, silver and ceramics in Europe.
The collections were begun by Robert 2nd Earl of Sunderland who began the collections in 1643 when he inherited Althorp.
He acquired most of the portraits by Lely and the famous double portrait by Van Dyke of the Earl of Bristol and the Duke of Bedford.
The Earl also acquired works by Rubens, Holbein, Bourdon and Lebrun.
The collection was expanded by a major inheritance from Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough in 1747 who left major works to her grandson the Hon John Spencer. His son and grandson, the first and second Earls Spencer also made significant contributions to the collection which has been added to by most subsequent Earls Spencer.

Michael Carr will outline the history of both the Spencer family and its connection to the Dukes of Marlborough and its collecting genius which has resulted in the great and enduring collection that exists today.

Date: Friday 26th November
Time: 11am
Price: $20 per person
Bookings are essential, contact us on 5443 7279 to secure your place.
“Althorp, Home of the Collection of the Earls of Spencer” will also be hosted in an online capacity, please visit our Facebook page for more information.

“Go Figure” | A lecture on figures in ceramics with Paul Rosenberg

Paul Rosenberg brings to life the fascinating story behind the creation of figures in ceramics with his lecture “Go Figure!” From the ancient world through to the present, each culture created figures that reflect what was important to them, or what fascinated them enough to make a representation for posterity. Their reasons might sometimes surprise you!
Paul will present “Go Figure!” alongside numerous superb examples in order to highlight the movement in an interactive visual manner. Be sure to join us to explore the astounding craft of ceramics, and learn more about the intricacy and history of the Figure within.
Date: 27th November
Time: 11am
Price: $20 per person
Bookings are essential, contact us on 5443 7279 to secure your place. 
“Go Figure” will also be hosted in an online capacity, please visit our Facebook page for more information.


Past Valentine’s Monthly Lectures

May 2021“Cartier and the Art of the Tiara” Michael Carr
Michael Carr, an art dealer and historian with over 30 years’ experience in dealing with major Australian and international paintings and sculptures including both Old Masters and contemporary works, joined us to reprise his spectacular lecture on “Cartier and the Art of the Tiara” which was given as part of the lecture series accompanying the NGA’s glittering exhibition of “Cartier: The Exhibition” in 2018.
Michaels talk captured and reviewed the history of the tiara and showed us some of the more splendid examples of the tiara’s art and craft, along with stories of their creation and history.
“Cartier and the Art of the Tiara” was successfully our first online compatible lecture, allowing those unable to visit Bendigo indulge in this brilliant talk from the comfort of their own homes. We look forward to continuing this platform with future lectures. 


May 2021 – “Silver or Glass? A Silver Service Wine Tasting” – Tony Lewis
Have you ever wondered if Fine wine would taste better sipped from an antique silver goblet?
Antique Silver expert Tony Lewis, accompanied by wine consultant Adrian from Munari Wineries, lead the discussion on the antique silver goblet, followed by an exploration of numerous wines and their altered qualities between the different vessels.
After sipping the wines from each vessel, the group had a lively times sharing their experiences of both the wines and the goblets.


April 2021 – “How to Renovate Well” Tom Wilson
Tom Wilson is an award-winning architect specialising in renovating period and heritage home around Melbourne. Based in Eastern Melbourne Suburbs and Woodend, Tom has over 45 years experience in renovation architecture and restoration. Tom provided a deep insight into maintain a balance between existing traditional architecture and new contemporary additions.

March 2021 – Antiques Roadshow with The Sandhurst Club.
Valentines welcomed the Antiques Roadshow with the Sandhurst Club, providing a plethora of interesting stories, enriching history, and provenance. We’re excited to see similar events like this in the near future… watch this space.

Porcelain Lecture with Paul Rosenberg.
Paul Rosenberg presented a wonderful lecture on porcelain by the erudite specialist. 



Bendigo’s thriving art scene has found the perfect outlet at Valentine’s.
Independent local Artists can be found creating beautiful pieces and offering original works for sale.
Working through Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm. Our cafe is open Friday – Sunday, 11am – 3pm.

Workshops and private lessons also available. Please contact for more information.


Sarah Wallace- Smith Art on View M: 0447 979 262

Lauren Starr Photographic Art  M: 0422 832 169

Helena Richardson- Collins Llanvair Gallery M: 0417 146 488

Sylvia Hewitt Gallery One M: 0400 993 268

Alicia Thomas Sandhurst Art Studio M: 0427 413 634

We’ve just moved to one of central Victoria’s grandest heritage-listed properties, located at 16-22 View Street, a destination for antique collectors, incorporating Valentine’s Antique Gallery, additional antique centre and artist’s hub. 

Please enjoy some of our favourite shots.

We’re open from Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm.
Our café and Loft open from  Friday – Sunday, 11am – 3pm.