Grenfell Art Gallery

The Art Gallery opened in the Grenfell Community Hub Building in March 2009 and has regular exhibitions on display. Exhibitions feature local and regional artists and sculptors. The gallery adds a professional venue for the arts community of Grenfell. The large light towers in the gallery mean the room is full of natural light and is an unexpected delight behind the building’s heritage exterior.

Current Exhibition | Next Exhibition | Upcoming Exhibitions | Community Curtain | Practicing Artists Register

Current Exhibition

'Kate Kelly: Sister of an Outlaw' painted narrtive by Rebecca Wilson

17th June – 31st July, 2016

Kate Kelly by artist Rebecca Wilson Hill End based artist Rebecca Wilson presents her solo exhibition of recent paintings inspired byt he life and times of Kate Kelly. Sister of an Outlaw retells a visual story of events and folklore, re-interpreted by the artist to include a collection of portraits based on photos discovred by the artist during her in-depth research over the past five years.

A graduate of the National Art School in 1997 and the College of Fine Arts in 2002, Rebecca Wilson has twice been a finalist in the Blake Prize at the S.H Ervin Gallery in 2001 and 2007 and the accompanying exhibition tour in 2001-2. Her solo show Australianism, 2007, was held at Mary Place Gallery in Sydney, and she has previously exhibited at various artist-run spaces in Paddington and Surry Hills. Her works are included in the annual group show and open-studio trail at the Jean Bellette Gallery in Hill End. As a guest lecturer she has focused on colour theory & art history at institutions in Thailand and she currently teaches painting & drawing at TAFE Western Institute.

Kate Kelly: Sister of an Outlaw is a a travelling, “pop-up” tour which echoes the westerly trail followed by the pioneering settlers from Sydney to the Central Western centres of Bathurst, Orange and Forbes, culminating in an exhibition in Wangaratta, Victoria, the heart of Kelly country.

If you are a new visitor to the Grenfell Art Gallery, you will also see the much loved ‘painting with thread’ Grenfell Community Curtain. This treasured major work by Silvia Brind and her team of local ‘thread’ artists is on proudly on permanent display.

Next Exhibition

When Two Worlds Meet - by Kim Heath and Kim Bagot - Hiller

2nd August - 11th September 2016

Kim Bagot-Hiller
"This exhibition will focus on the earthly diversity of the Australian Botanical landscape, through the examples of the Native Orchids. As a scientist I am curious about the natural world and the diversity behind the floral world.

My fascination with plants and flowers is what challenges me within my artistic process. The scientific side of me can be expressed through my artistic practice, in a way which is accessible to the audience, opening up a world which is inaccessible to the every day person.

A body of work comprising of Dry Point Prints, ink and graphite rendering drawings focusing on the diversity of Australian Native Orchids."

Kim Heath
"For many years I ran my own beauty business using colour and style to bring out the natural beauty in women using makeup and clothing. This has provided me with the ability to accurately see colour and use this experience to create designs/patterns in a unique way. In art I have studied pastels and drawing and now extensively use the medium of encaustics which I have fallen in love with. I combine encaustics with mixed media and glass for a completely unique style.

Encaustics is painting with melted wax and what I love about it is the total freedom it gives me to create beautiful art works. I am only limited by my imagination! I have attended specific workshops in encaustics as well as mosaics and attended Charles Sturt University to undertake a full time encaustics course with the internationally known Trish Seggebruch.

As previously stated encaustics is painting in melted wax it which literally means “to burn”. It can be as simple as beeswax melted and applied to an absorbent surface. Encaustics is an ancient art form undergoing a revival with the experimental anything-goes nature of today’s art world. Of course the techniques used to blend the colours, move the wax, imbed material all come with experience and experimentation and of course your own imagination. Materials used can be virtually anything from bubble wrap to gem stones and anything in between. Techniques of cutting, scraping, layering, blending, bonding, brushing and colour matching really turn this art form into a mixed media wonderland."

Upcoming Exhibitions

‘Sesquicentenary Special Exhibition’

14th September ‐ 8th October 2016

‘Shades of Light’ by Elaine Dowd & Roslyn Elm

11th October ‐ 20th November 2016

Community Curtain

The Community Curtain at the Grenfell Art Gallery

The Gallery is also the home of the Grenfell Community Curtain which permanently occupies the northern wall of the gallery. The vision for the curtain was ‘a visual representation of the essence of the Grenfell community’.

The curtain began its journey in 1990 and its evolution meandered along until 2000 when the deadline for completion was set- the Centenary of Federation, September 2001. The curtain is 14 feet high comprises five panels each of which is five foot wide. There was a team of 17 volunteers working on the project with funding coming from the Grenfell Dramatic Society. The curtain has been constructed on fire resistant canvas.

The curtain serves as a tourist drawcard as it gives visitors an opportunity to view local sites and past events in the richly textured artwork. The curtain is for the community and its location ensures that everyone has an opportunity to view and appreciate it. A watercolour of the design hangs in the Weddin Shire Council Chambers and a ceramic version is mounted on the wall of the Grenfell Motel in Main Street.

Images featured on the curtain include The Caragabal silos, the George Street fires, the Grenfell Court House, the Weddin Shire Council Logo, Iandra castle, The Blue Church on the Cowra Road, St Josephs Church, Uniting Church, The Holy Trinity Anglican Church, The Flour Mill, the Quandialla Railway water tower, the Grenfell Railway Station, the Grenfell Record Office, The Odd Fellows Hall, The Henry Lawson Obelisk, gold mining history complete with Chinese workers, indigenous culture, native flora such as eucalyptus leaves, paper daisies, hardenbergia, autumn leaves, vast bird life including cockatoo, kookaburra, galah, magpie, rosella, blue wren, superb parrot, silver eye and kangaroos and emu. These are not all of the images on the curtain and you are encouraged to visit the curtain and identify even more featured scenes.

A book called ‘Painting with Thread’- the story of the curtain is available for purchase from the gallery.

The curtain is accessible to all with wheelchair access and disabled toilets conveniently located.


Practicing Artists Register

Here is a list of practicing artists in Weddin Shire

Name Medium Style Contact Details
Patina Art Gallery - Kathleen McCue Sculpture, Painting Welded metal found objects & Botanical paintings 166 Gooloogong Road, Grenfell
P: 0419 149 372 E: patina166@gmail.com
Paul McKnight Painting Realism E: paulmcknight17@gmail.com
Neva Napier Painting Landscapes, Traditional 6347 6256
Jan Armstrong Painting Landscapes, Traditional 02 6343 2693
Judith Spedding Painting, Ceramics Oils, Traditional 02 6343 4121