Hamilton Gallery

Exhibition: Saturday 20 August to Sunday 27 November


  • Exhibition Opening: Friday 19 August 
  • Stained Glass Bus Tour: Friday 30 September 
  • Hamilton Modernism Public Forum: Sunday 30 October

Entry to this exhibition is free.

John Orval, The Herbert B. Shaw Memorial Window, 1965
Stained glass. Commissioned by Hamilton Gallery 1964

Luminous: John Orval, Stained Glass Artist

Join us for a major retrospective exhibition of the work by Modernist émigré artist John Orval. This exhibition coincides with the 60th anniversary of his first exhibition at the gallery in 1962- believed to be the first solo show of a stained-glass artist ever held in Australasia.

Distinguished stained glass art historian, Dr Bronwyn Hughes OAM, and Dr Alison Inglis AM, Honorary Fellow, Art History Program, University of Melbourne have co-curated this exhibition, working with Orval’s family to recreate his professional achievements and place him within the broader context of Australian Modernism.

The exhibition brings together an exciting array of stained glass windows, cartoons and designs as well as re-discovered footage of Orval in his studio and installing windows in situ, which has been used to create a short documentary.  

Hughes and Inglis will also host a bus tour to local Orval windows in conjunction with the release of a new Orval Catalogue & Stained Glass Map, and host a public forum on Hamilton Modernism from the 1960’s.


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This exhibition coincides with the United Nations International Year of Glass 2022, an initiative of The International Commission on Glass (ICG), the Community of Glass Associations (CGA) and ICOM-Glass.

Exhibition Opening

Friday 19 August / 6pm 

Join us for the official exhibition opening of Luminous: John Orval, Stained Glass Artist. We are excited to be joined by special guest speaker, Jane Clark, Senior Research Curator of MONA for this free public event. 

Exhibition Opening
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Stained Glass Bus Tour

 Friday 30 September / 9:30am – 4:30pm

Hamilton Gallery will host a bus tour to churches featuring Orval’s artworks across the region, which will coincide with the release of a new Orval Catalogue & Stained Glass Map. The tour will be guided by our knowledgeable exhibition co-curators and will visit locations in Hamilton, Nareen, Coleraine and Tahara. 

Tickets for the tour cost $40, which will also include a locally catered lunch. Book your bus seat below or contact us for assistance.

Hamilton Modernism Public Forum

 Sunday 30 October / 10.00am – 1pm

This fascinating morning of short talks, public discussion and Q&A will feature experts and scholars from across Victoria. See Hamilton in a new light thanks to insights shared on architecture, stained glass and public sculpture associated with the Hamilton Gallery in the 1960s. Topics will include Hamilton Gallery’s modernist building, the Prometheus sculpture at our entrance, local stained glass windows and more.

This event is free and includes a locally catered morning tea, please book your space below or contact the gallery if you need assistance. 

Hamilton Modernism

It’s not every day National Trust-listed property owners remove an entire window to lend to an art gallery on the opposite side of the state, but the current custodians of Beleura House and Garden on the Morning Peninsula recently did just that.

In preparing to co-curate our current exhibition, ‘Luminous: John Orval Stained Glass Artist’ co-curator, Dr Bronwyn Hughes OAM was able to inform Beleura’s owners of the window’s creator, and the unexpected discovery of a cartoon relating to the work thanks to the keen eye of the artist’s son, Noel Orval.

Notes from the artist preserved on the back of the frame show that the window was commissioned by Allan Eustace, a good friend of composer John Tallis, one of the founding members of the National Trust of Victoria and previous Beleura owner.

You can read the fascinating full story below on page 13, and visit the gallery to see the window in person.