Knowledge, art and connection – for free

Connect with your community, satisfy your curiosity, or indulge your thirst for art at our libraries and gallery.

The good news is they are now open on Sundays again, giving you more time to enjoy them.

it’s time to return yourself to the library or if you’re a newbie sign up and discover what’s on offer.

We have a busy events schedule lined up for children and adults this year.

The popular Baby Rhyme Time, Toddler Time and Storytime sessions will return weekly, giving more people an opportunity to introduce literacy to their children from an early age.

The library is also a great resource for students of all ages – from take-home readers for Preps all the way through to online resources for those studying in the senior years of secondary school.

At our wonderful Bayside Gallery you have until 16 January to catch the beautiful The Soft Library exhibition from textile artist Cat Rabbit and artist Michelle Zuccolo’s the Encounter.

The Soft Library a fantastical library run by bears, or ‘libearians’, many of whom are famous literary characters. Lovingly made by the artist in felt and fabric, the library houses books, portraits, animations and a special giant ‘storytime’ bear who invites visitors to sit and enjoy an audio story.

The encounter brings together paintings and drawings by Michelle Zuccolo focusing largely on portraits and still life subjects. The exhibition reveals her endless fascination with the still life genre and an almost forensic approach to portraiture.

painting of brown rocks in rough waters

Bayside Gallery closes at 5pm on Sunday 16 January until Thursday 27 January to install the Bayside Local exhibition – now in its fourth year.

This much-anticipated annual exhibition showcases the high calibre of work produced by artists who live and work in our region, including Zelman Lew’s, Rocks at Half moon Bay 2021 (above).

This incredible exhibition will display the work of 46 adults and 36 students and runs until 6 March 2022


Beaumaris Brighton and Sandringham libraries are open again on Sundays from 1-4pm.

Check your local library location and opening hours and remember you need to use the QR code on entry and staff need to sight your Covid vaccination certificate.

Bayside Gallery, Brighton Town Hall, Cnr of Wilson and Streets, Brighton is open Wednesday to Friday 11am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday: 1pm-5pm.

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