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

'Indigo Blue' By Maureen Locke-Maclean

10th January – 26th February, 2017

Maureen Locke-Maclean has been fascinated by traditional Japanese art techniques for over 30 years. This exhibition pays homage to Shibori, a Japanese Resistance Dying technique which Maclean has mastered over many years.

Grenfell Art Gallery - Indigo Blue by Maureen Locke-Maclean

This exhibition comprises of works using the Japanese hand stitching and dyeing in Natural Indigo known as "Shibori" which roughly translated is putting memory into cloth. The design is hand stitched, compressed by drawing the stitches together and then dyeing in an Indigo Vat. Indigo is a natural plant dye i.e., Indigofera. Garments have been dyed in Indigo throughout Asia, India, Far East Africa, Europe for many centuries and Indigo was used as currency also for trading.

"Of blues there is only one real dye, Indigo" William Morris, 1834-1896. Textile designer, novelist, poet and founder of Morris Co and Socialist activist.

Next Exhibition

"Into the Forest" by Anda-Leigh Reilly and Kathleen Scott-McCue

28th February ‐ 17th April 2017

Upcoming Exhibitions

"Painting From Nature - The Central West" by John Sharman

19th April ‐ 1st June 2017

"Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Exhibition"

8th June ‐ 18th June 2017

"Reflections" by various Aboriginal artists

20th June ‐ 30th July 2017

"Kangaroo Valley Artists " Dawn Daly, Larraine Hahlos and Lance Brown

1st August ‐ 10th September 2017

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 Scott-McCue Sculpture, Painting Welded metal found objects & Botanical paintings 166 Gooloogong Road, Grenfell
P: 0419 149 372 E:
Paul McKnight Painting Realism E:
Neva Napier Painting Landscapes, Traditional 6347 6256
Jan Armstrong Painting Landscapes, Traditional 02 6343 2693
Judith Spedding Painting, Ceramics Oils, Traditional 02 6343 4121