Garnar Lane Display Boxes

Garnar Lane Light Boxes

Located at the Dandenong Civic Centre, seven purpose-built gallery light boxes offer artists an opportunity to produce contemporary interdisciplinary projects including 2D and 3D installations that contribute to a visitor's arts and cultural experience of central Dandenong. 

The light boxes animate newly developed pedestrian routes creating additional light, colour and contemplation. They also provide a unique platform for artists to contribute to the creativity and dialogue of the city.

The exhibition on display can be viewed every day and night on the corner of the corner of Thomas Street and Garnar Lane, Dandenong.

Current Exhibition

Lego being use to make masonic implements.


Sankar Nadeson

May to July 2024

‘GRAND MASTERS of ALLEGORY’ is an installation by interdisciplinary artist, Sankar Nadeson. He has drawn inspiration from a local building, the former Dandenong Masonic Temple situated on the corner of Mason Street and Freemasons Lane.

Nadeson merges contemporary mediums, such as LEGO® bricks and photography within a context of traditional Masonic regalia and ritual space.

Through this fusion, the installation explores the cultural and historical significance of Freemasonry in Dandenong.

The installations in the car park lifts can be further explored at Garnar Lane, where wearable artworks of Masonic regalia constructed in LEGO® bricks can be viewed 24/7 until late July 2024.

The installation ‘GRAND MASTERS of ALLEGORY’ is a new work within a series by Nadeson that explore the theme of ritual space and Freemasonry.

In 2017, Nadeson was commissioned by Freemasons Victoria to create a permanent art installation at Bayside Masonic Centre, entitled ‘Red Room’, ‘Green Room’, ‘Blue Room’ in collaboration with architectural firm Buchan Group.

Visit Grand Masters of Allegory online.

Previous Exhibitions

A painting sitting on pieces of wood

Janine 'Neeni' Durston

Local artist, Neeni, brings together a collection of mixed media illustrations and cabinet of curiosities in her new solo exhibition Beachcombing. The illustrative artworks are inspired by long walks along Victorian surf beaches and invite the viewer to explore the intricate beauty of the ever-changing environment. 

Neeni has curated a museum experience. The delicate organic objects, displayed alongside the artwork they inspired, entice the viewer to get up close and explore the natural forms. 

For more information visit Neenicreations / Instagram @neenicreations / Facebook/neenicreations.

Man Painting

Arts, Identity and Indigenous Storytelling

30 June - 1 September 2023

Arts, Identity and Indigenous Storytelling engages young Indigenous people to strengthen identity and connect with Culture through the arts. Bunurong/Palawa artist, Kobi Sainty, worked with Bunjilwarra residents to explore contemporary and traditional mark making to complement their healing journey.

Painted Miniature Model Competition

Painted Miniature Model Competition

28 March - 23 June 2023

This exhibition showcases miniature model painting practice in contemporary society.  Artists from across Melbourne have created miniatures, typically used in role-playing game such as, Dungeons and Dragons, Warhammer 40k, Age of Sigmar and others, to compete against their peers and gain glory in Greater Dandenong’s inaugural Painted Miniature Model Competition.

For more information visit the Painted Miniature Model Competition webpage.

Rampaging Critters

Rampaging Critters
Samantha Thompson

10 January - 24 March 2023

Samantha Thompson is a multidisciplinary artist, facilitator and arts advocate. Her vibrant work explores feminism ad the controversial traits of being human.

Rampaging Critters is a wonderland of a band of misfit creatures with unique characteristics. They are the new life given to textile waste. Each carefully hand sewn and adorned with features reflective of human personalities.

Flora garnar lane install

Haley Cassar, Molly Mckenna, Connie Harris, Tian Du

November 2020 - July 2021

Four students from Holmesglen College floristry course, Haley Cassar, Molly Mckenna, Connie Harris, and Tian Du, filled the Garnar Lane display boxes with contemporary floral displays. The work has been professionally photographed and will be reprinted and installed in the display boxes once the original displays have died. This display is an optical illusion for passers by and part of the Flora program.

Women of Greater Dandenong Photography Prize

Women of Greater Dandenong Photography Prize

March - July 2020

Located at the Dandenong Civic Centre, the Garnar Lane Display Boxes will showcase the winning works from the Women of Greater Dandenong Photography Prize.

Like a shadow; I am and I am not. Rubaba Haider

Like a shadow; I am and I am not
Rubaba Haider

Rubaba Haider is an interdisciplinary artist living in Melbourne.

As a Hazara woman, Haider has witnessed how fragile the ties that bind communities, relationships and bodies together can be, and expresses this vulnerability through intricate explorations of cloth and thread. The intricate use of threads, fabrics and needles in her practice symbolises intimate wounds and tears and how a mere thread binds everything.

Like a shadow; I am and I am not has been commissioned for the Zephyr exhibition in 2019.

Australian Vernacular Jon Campbell

Australian Vernacular
Jon Campbell

Jon Campbell is known for his engagement with Australian youth culture. For the last 20 years, Jon’s work has looked at the visual potential of words using vernacular language and popular culture.

In recent paintings, Jon uses abstraction and graphic design to confuse the original function of the words and phrases and elevate them to a pictorial object. The negative spaces around the letters become positive.

Uncommon Ground (Traversing Edges and Corners) Danica Chappell

Uncommon Ground (Traversing Edges and Corners)
Danica Chappell

This body of work applies repeated form and layered action to photography. Constructed without a camera, the artworks were crafted from a darkroom performance that traverses the edges and corners of space and materials. Each window reveals a visual jolt of colour and material.

The photographic processes are relinquished from a predetermined engagement to the photograph and echo methodologies of painting. The use of material vibrates from the frame that attempts to contain them and entice a wandering eye to untangle the ambiguous play.

Sovereign Unto Oneself Eddy Carroll

Sovereign Unto Oneself
Eddy Carroll

These traditional soft sculptures are composed of symbols from traditional wedding and love rituals from around the world.

Drawing inspiration from materials commonly found in Dandenong’s cultural precinct Little India, items such as veils, rings and wedding dress trains are transformed into abstract shapes made from hand-sequined and handmade embroidered fabric.

Nocturnal Pilgrimage Kathy Holowko

Nocturnal Pilgrimage
Kathy Holowko

The work explores the artist’s fascination with the nocturnal world of native fruit bats. It aims to intrigue and demystify the animals of the night. 

Each light box offers a different insight using various mediums including sculpted bats, photographic prints and drawings.