Arts, Culture and Heritage

Council supports the arts, and artists, in Mitchell Shire

Arts, Culture and Heritage

From visual arts to literature and music to dramatic performance, arts and culture exert a powerful influence on the way society develops, challenging commonly held perspectives with innovative thinking. They raise awareness about social issues, break down barriers to cross-cultural understanding and global dialogue, and inspire creative ideas.

Council’s Arts, Culture and Heritage team aims to promote arts and cultural activity in Mitchell Shire, raising awareness and appreciation of our cultural heritage, history and contemporary arts practice.

Cultural Projects and Public Art

Council Chambers Gallery Space Program

The display space in the Council is managed by Mitchell Shire Council’s Active Communities Department as part of Council’s commitment and support of local artists. The Council Chambers provides an excellent opportunity for artists to exhibit work in a prominent location with no hire fee, and provides the general public with an opportunity to view and engage with work by local artists. 

Allocations are for a maximum two (2) month period; providing an opportunity for six diverse exhibitions per calendar year. Allocations may be subject to change. Applications are welcome from individuals or local arts groups. There are approximately 20 metres of hanging space along the Council Chamber walls, suitable for two dimensional works. The hanging system can accommodate works up to 20kgs. The hanging system is not lit; only standard lighting is available in the room. In addition, the foyer hosts four internally lit glass display cabinets available for three dimensional works.



Mitchell is home to a vibrant arts community, with regular exhibitions and performances during the year.

Groups include:

  • BATS (Broadford Amateur Theatrical Society)
  • Seymour Performers Workshop
  • Mitchell Shire Concert Band
  • Kilmore Art Society
  • Seymour and District Art Society


Indigenous history of the area can be found by visiting or Wurundjeri.

Council’s Heritage Advisory Committee provides strategic advice on natural, built and cultural heritage issues in the Shire. The Committee also promotes heritage conservation and awareness within the municipality.
There are a number of Local Historical Societies in Mitchell, including:

  • Seymour and District Historical Society
  • Broadford and District Historical Society
  • Kilmore Historical Society
  • Wandong History Group


In 2008 Council established the Heritage Advisory Committee. It’s role is to:

  • provide advice to Council on planning and the development of Council policy to ensure that heritage related matters are given due consideration
  • provide input into strategic heritage related projects (e.g. capital works projects, tourism projects, heritage studies).

Members are invited from:

  • Historical societies from within Mitchell Shire
  • Independent community members

The Committee meet six times per year

Download the Mitchell Shire Heritage Advisory Committee Terms of Reference (PDF, 294K)