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

'Painting From Nature - The Central West' By John Sharman

19th April – 1st June, 2017

Grenfell Art Gallery - John Sharman Exhibition

The current exhibition at the Grenfell Art Gallery is ‘Painting From Nature – The Central West’ by award winning artist John Sharman. There are 36 paintings all in water soluble oil paint on prepared particle board. All works are painted plen-air in one sitting at sites in and around the Central West. The exhibition consists of a selection of works showing the diversity of the wide area using combined elements necessary to make a collection of sensitive and convincing images.

John Sharman was born is Sydney in 1947 and now lives on the South Coat of NSW. John was a compulsive drawer from childhood. He pursued drawing and painting after hours and slowly developed his perceptions and abilities and has been a full time professional artist since 1980.

Grenfell Art Gallery - John Sharman Exhibition

An opportunity in 1977, while living in the Shoalhaven area, saw John produce a series of drawings of historical homes for the Shoalhaven Historical Society’s annual calendar over a five year period. This helped raise his profile in the area and led to an association with an artist who introduced him to plen-air painting using a dark wash technique. One of the more unusual projects in his formative years was the production of over 1,000 portraits of world and local identities drawn from the television screen during interviews and current affairs programs, each completed in a matter of minutes.

In his formative years, John became part of a group of artists that included Robert Simpson, Doug Kasey, Ritchie Sealy, Allan Fizzell and others and holds fond memories of many painting adventures with those artists.

John has had 41 solo exhibitions since 1980 to present in Sydney, Canberra and regional galleries. As well as countless group exhibitions with other artists.

Grenfell Art Gallery - John Sharman Exhibition

Admirers of his work tend to collect numerous pieces over extended periods. His success in regional art awards finds his work in many municipal, corporate and private collections in Australia and internationally. The accumulation of over 200 awards, most of which having been acquisitional, include:

  • Peter Stuyvesant Cultural Foundation Award (4 times)
  • Caltex Art Award (3 times)
  • Rothmans Foundation Award
  • Bega Valley Art Award (2 times)
  • Shoalhaven Art Award
  • Junee Art Award (7 times)
  • Kiama Art Award (3 times)
  • Liverpool Bicentennial Award
  • Macquarie Art Award Kempsey
  • Tumut Art Award Best Exhibition (2 times)
  • Goulburn Art Award
  • Henry Lawson Festival of Arts (3 times)

John is currently painting landscapes, seascapes, still life and beach oriented figurative works in a realist – impressionist style. The majority of his works are painted on location plein-air.

Next Exhibition

"Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Exhibition"

8th June ‐ 18th June 2017

Upcoming Exhibitions

"Reflections" by various Aboriginal artists

20th June ‐ 30th July 2017

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

1st August ‐ 10th September 2017

"Through Different Eyes " by Ann Gilbert and Louise Adams

12st September ‐ 22nd October 2017

"Botanica Domestica " by Shani Nottinggam, Rare Pear Studio

24th October ‐ 3rd December 2017

"From Slate to Smart Board " Grenfell Public School Sesquicentenary Exhibition

5th December ‐ 14th January 2018

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: 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