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

'Our Heritage, Our History' - a exhibition for our Sesquicentenary celebrations

14th September – 9th October, 2016

A photographic look through 150 years of Grenfell`s history touching on life on the land, sport, our town, snippets of families through the ages and other photos of interest. This exhibition also includes memorabilia of clothing and items of interest spaning through the years.

Grenfell Sesquicentenary Art Gallery Exhibition

This October Grenfell will celebrate 150 years since the town was founded after the discovery of Gold at O’Brien’s Hill by shepherd Cornelius O’Brien in 1866. The year long celebration will be concluding with 3 days of activities over the October long weekend (1st-3rd October 2016). The theme of the Sesquicentenary celebrations is 'Come Home to Grenfell' and all past residents of Grenfell are encouraged to come back to the town to catch up with friends and family.

Next Exhibition

'Shades of Light' by Roslyn Elms & Elaine Dowd

11th October - 20th November 2016

An eclectic collection of photographs, photographic art and digital illustrations by Roslyn Elms, and handpainted porcelain by Elaine Dowd. Artwork will be sub-headed "Moments and Light", Landscapes and Porcelain Art; "The Light Within", Portraits; and "Bending the Light", Digital Art & Digital Illustration.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Grenfell Community Arts & Craft Group

22nd November 2016 ‐ 8th January 2017

‘Indigo Blue’ by Maureen Locke-Maclean

10th January ‐ 26th February 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 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