Hamilton Gallery Emerging from Darkness

Emerging From Darkness heroes the dramatic stories of three female artists; Artemisia Gentileschi, Lavinia Fontana, and Sofonisba Anguissola, who cathartically reinterpret experiences of violence and turmoil, yet at the same time, represent voices of empowerment. Their works are showcased alongside major paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, Valentin de Boulogne, Guercino and Bartolomeo Manfredi, among others. The Baroque is the most passionate and emotive art movement in history. Visitors will experience works that changed the course of art in the 17th Century. An exhibition of this content can usually only be experienced in galleries and museums overseas. While some works are known, others have rarely been seen. All, however, are powerful, unapologetic, and undeniably memorable.

Royal Mail Hotel, in partnership with Hamilton Gallery are pleased to offer a limited number of dining and accommodation packages available for the opening weekend.

Book today via the links below or email us

Header image: Nicolas Régnier, Hero and Leander (detail) c. 1625-26, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Felton Bequest, 1955.
Wickens Dining

Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel Experience

Experience an immersive, award-winning degustation matched with Italian wines inspired by Emerging From Darkness and served with spectacular views of Gariwerd (Grampians National Park). This event follows the insightful Symposium event held 1-5pm at Hamilton Gallery on Saturday 9th December – tickets for this and a host of other engaging Emerging From Darkness experiences are available via Hamilton Gallery.


  • Chef-led Kitchen Garden Tour at 10am (optional)
  • Five Course Degustation
  • Five Italian Matched Wines inspired by the exhibition from the famed Royal Mail Hotel cellar

Total price: $450pp including five matched-wines or $370pp with the non-alcoholic match

Tickets to this exclusive experience are strictly limited – book early to secure your place.

Stay, Dine & Visit Package

Accommodation & Dining Package

Experience two nights’ accommodation at the Royal Mail Hotel in a mountain-view room with in-room breakfast daily, dining in both the Royal Mail Hotel restaurants.


  • 2 nights’ accommodation in a Mountain View Room (Friday & Saturday)
  • Free exhibition entry all weekend
  • Friday 8th December: Opening Night & Director’s Tour
  • Saturday 9th December: Symposium & Wickens Degustation
  • Sunday 10th December: Budj Bim Cultural Landscape Tour
  • 2 x coffees from Two Doors Cafe, Hamilton
  • 1 x Pierrepoint Pinot Noir
  • 1 x Emerging From Darkness publication
  • and more…. full details via the link below

Total Price : $1,800 twin share


Open Wednesday to Sunday – our phone lines are often busy, if your enquiry is not urgent please email us at relax@royalmail.com.au

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