Image: Daniela Rodriguez Photography
The Space

The Surf Coast Art Space is an artist run initiative.  Overlooking Anglesea River, it opened its doors in October 2016. In its short history it has supported contemporary, emerging and community artists in all disciplines including visual art, performance and installation. The Space offers a clean backdrop for artists to experiment, work and exhibit at minimal cost. There is a strong local following for the Surf Coast Art Space with hundreds of visitors for each event.  Its location just off the Great Ocean Road also attracts travellers from near and far.

The Surf Coast Art Space is proudly supported by the Surf Coast Shire.


Expressions of interest (EOI) for the 2020 program have now closed.

If you would like to submit a proposal for consideration in the program after 2021, please email the Coordinator Ellise Roberts: or Harriet Gaffney, the Surf Coast Shire Arts Development Officer:

The Art Space aims to allow arts practitioners to exhibit, perform or run workshops at a low cost. The space is provided for at least two weeks, which will include two weekends, and artists must have someone available on site during the advertised exhibition opening hours.

Our Team
Ellise Roberts
Ellise Roberts, Coordinator

I have a broad range of creative skills with knowledge in both contemporary and community art areas. My background is in illustration, textile design and education. Since moving to the Surf Coast in 2013. I am thoroughly enjoying my role as Coordinator, and enjoy supporting exhibiting artists and working alongside the Advisory Committee to create a professional and reputable community space to exhibit on the Surf Coast.

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Sally Groom, President of Surf Coast Arts Committee

Sally Groom trained as an Art Conservator and worked for 12 years at the National Gallery of Victoria and Museum Victoria.  Since moving to Anglesea in 2004 to raise a family, she has completed post-graduate studies in Art History. She is an emerging art writer, curator and administrator and is currently President of the Surf Coast Art Space advisory committee.

Daniela Rodriguez, Digital Liaison

Daniela Rodriguez is a photographer and visual artist based in Torquay.  Her work ranges from fine art photography and community arts projects, to art in public spaces.  Daniela also has a Bachelor in Creative Arts Industries, and is an Emerging Cultural Leader from Footscray Community Arts Centre, both of which have allowed her to pursue projects investigating community and belonging. She has a passion for engaging new audiences to the arts, as well as community arts development.

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Karen Steenbergen, Committee Member

Hi, My name is Karen Steenbergen and I am the Treasurer on the Surf Coast Art Space Committee.
I moved to the Surf Coast, nearly 3 years ago.  I am a ceramic artist and teacher, and community arts worker, with extensive community development experience.  Getting involved in local arts organisations and getting to know local artists (both emerging and established) is a joy and a privilege.  I love working with local communities and using art to bridge social connection gaps and I am excited to be a part of the new Surf Coast Arts Space committee as we look forward to developing some new initiatives for an already thriving gallery space.

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Ron Talbot, Committee Member

I’ve been involved with art in various ways for some time now both as a practicing artists and as an administrator.  I was the president of the Central Australia Art Society for a number of years and have had considerable experience around curating and hanging exhibitions.  I have served as a member of the Araluen Arts Centre Advisory Committee in Alice Springs.  I moved into the area about 4 years ago and currently paint in my Red Door Studio in Wurdiboluc.

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Mollie Vaughan, Committee Member

Mollie Vaughan is a photographic artist based in Bells Beach, with a passion for the Arts and its ability to bring forth new perspectives on our world. Her aspirations of working in the Arts industry make her particularly dedicated to artistic collaboration, that aims to engage the community and develop strong networks for established and emerging artists. Her artistic practice is formed through an experimental hybridisation of analogue and digital photographic processes. Often her works confront humanity’s disassociation with the natural world and introduce photography as a process which lies within the boundary between art and science.