The Hamilton Gallery presents 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.

The exhibition runs from Saturday 20 August to Sunday 30 October 2022 at the Hamilton Gallery, 107 Brown Street, Hamilton VIC 3300. For more information visit

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 1960s. Full details of associated events can be found below.


Exhibition Opening: Friday 19 August, 6pm
The exhibition will be officially opened by special guest speaker, Jane Clark, Senior Research Curator of MONA for this free public event. Free event, no need to book. For more information see the Facebook Event page.


Stained Glass Bus Tour: Friday 30 September, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Hamilton Gallery will host a bus tour to churches, halls and residences 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.
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Hamilton Modernism Public Forum: Sunday 30 October, 10.00am – 1pm
Join the Hamilton Gallery for a free public forum focusing on Hamilton Modernism from the 1960s, featuring experts and scholars from across Victoria. This event is free and includes a locally catered morning tea, please book your space below or contact the gallery if you need assistance.
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Book Tickets.