PLEASE NOTE: Due to unsuitable weather conditions on Saturday 9 July, ‘Skywhales: Every Heart Sings’ has been postponed to Sunday 10 July.
Here’s everything you need to know about Skywhales: Every Heart Sings at Ballarat’s Eastern Oval.
Two monumental skywhale sculptures in the form of hot air balloons will rise into the sky above Ballarat as part of the Ballarat Winter Festival.
Skywhale (2013) and Skywhalepapa (2020) are the work of renowned Australian artist Patricia Piccinini, who says “Skywhales: Every Heart Sings is a project that talks about nature, family, evolution, care and wonder. The skywhales float into our lives and make us smile and think”.
Skywhales: Every Heart Sings is a National Gallery of Australia Touring Event, made possible thanks to the generosity of The Naomi Milgrom Foundation and Visions of Australia.
It is the third instalment of The Balnaves Contemporary Series and is a Know My Name project.
Skywhales: Every Heart Sings will be held at Eastern Oval, Ballarat, at sunrise on Sunday 10 July as part of the Ballarat Winter Festival.
At 6.15am, the gates to Eastern Oval will open so visitors can ensure they get their chosen spot to witness the launch.
Please be aware that there may be queues for parking and at the gates so we advise being at the event no later than 7am.
At 7am, the event will start with the inflation of the balloons.
Proceedings will include:
The Skywhales will be launched from Eastern Oval, however where they will fly will depend on which way the wind is blowing on the morning of the event.
If the weather is poor, it may be unsafe to launch the skywhales.
If this is the case, the launch will be postponed to a later date.
You can register for launch updates on the Art Gallery of Ballarat website.
Entry to the launch is free but you are encouraged to register via artgalleryofballarat.com.au for updates on the weather, launch details and any potential rescheduling of this event due to poor weather.
Vehicles will not be permitted to enter the oval grounds.
If you are early, you may find parking:
There will be designated accessible parking on Davies Street via Scott Parade. Traffic controllers will be on duty to assist.
Please make sure you wear warm waterproof clothing and waterproof shoes.
We advise you to bring a torch as it will be dark and you may be walking on uneven ground to access the oval.
No. The skywhales balloons can only be experienced from the ground (which is amazing!).
Yes. There will be coffee available for purchase from Bean Me Up – Mobile Espresso and Blue Wren Coffee; pancakes by Rotary Wendouree Breakfast supported by The Pancake Kitchen Ballarat; as well as pastries from 1816 Bakehouse.
You may bring your dog to the event if it is well behaved and on a short leash. Owners must pick up after their dog.
Please note that dogs are not permitted on the grassed oval.
Main image: Patricia Piccinini, Skywhalepapa, 2020 and Skywhale, 2013, National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra, © Patricia Piccinini.
From 25 June and 17 July, rug up and get amongst it as Ballarat transforms into a winter wonderland with a myriad of experiences to warm your heart, soul and belly.