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.

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Current Exhibition

'Twofold' paintings by Jane Patterson and sculpture by Marjo Carter

19th April – 29th May, 2016

By Artist Jane Patterson Jane Patterson paints in watercolour, mainly landscapes and close-ups of birds and plant life. She paints landscapes on site when camping or picnicking, but for birds, buildings and details she works at home from drawings and photos.

“I remember painting as a child, first in India, then in Scotland - it was something that our family did on picnics. Now, much older and on a different continent, painting, specially in the fresh air, still brings me great joy.”

These days, Jane’s work has reached many places worldwide in original form and as greeting cards. She exhibits regularly in exhibitions in the Central West. Her work is also available from her home/studio by appointment.

By Artist Marjo Carter'

Marjo Carter's works represent the cylinder form, employing simple principles of clean lines and restrained decorative features as well as the combination of clay and hand rendered letterforms.

Marjo lives and works in Central Western NSW. She is a practising potter and calligrapher for the past 40 and 23 years respectively. In 2004 she completed a Master of Arts (Visual and Performing Arts) through CSU, Wagga Wagga where the main emphasis of her studies were the presentation of calligraphic works on clay.

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.

Grenfell Art Gallery is open
Monday to Friday 10am- 4pm, Saturday - 10am to 3pm & Sunday 10am -2pm
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Next Exhibition

The Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Exhibition

9th June - 13th June 2016

The Henry Lawson Festival of Arts exhibition is one of the premier events on the festival program. Judged and exhibited in the Grenfell Art Gallery this is your opportunity to see some exceptional quality works of art in a quality gallery setting. There are a variety of categories, age groups and abilities catered for and entries are welcome. Please click here for more information on how to enter.

The statuette for the winning art work will be awarded on Thursday evening. If you are not an artist but enjoy looking at art, the exhibition will be open from 7pm on Thursday evening for the official opening and will finish at 2pm on the following Monday.

Upcoming Exhibitions

‘Kate Kelly: Sister of an Outlaw’ by Rebecca Wilson

17th June ‐ 30th July 2016

‘When Two Worlds Meet’ by Kim Heath & Kim Bagot-Hiller

2nd August ‐ 11th September 2016

‘Sesquicentenary Special Exhibition’

13th 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 Arts 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