Grenfell Art Gallery

The Grenfell Art Gallery opened in the Community Hub building in March 2009. The gallery has regular exhibitions on display featuring 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 ExhibitionUpcoming Exhibitions | Community Curtain | Practicing Artists Register

Current Exhibition

Dust diptych - Helen Carpenter, Dust 1 & 2, 2021 (from the series Dogs and Dust), face mounted on aluminium, 60x60cm each

'While the World Waits'
Central West artists respond to a Central West sonic journey

29th April – 2ndJune 2022

The last two years have been tough in the arts. Lockdowns and loss of work ran right across all artforms. Live shows took a hammering. Arts Outwest wanted to help by creating opportunities for those most affected.
Last year Arts OutWest commissioned 15 Central West songwriters to each write a track reflecting their experiences of 2020. They created a compilation album of original music titled While the World Waits.
This year artists from across the Central West were asked to use the album as a jumping off point and inspiration for new work. While the World Waits Exhibition is a curated exhibition in which selected artists each respond to one or more tracks, title or words on the album. The exhibition will showcase work from across all mediums. You will see painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, moving image, animation, photography, glass and textiles.

Upcoming Exhibitions - 2022/2023

Exhibition DatesExhibition TitleArtist
29th Apr 2022 to
2nd Jun 2022
'While the World Waits' Central West artists respond to a Central West sonic journey
15th Jun 2022 to
27th Jul2022
'In Quietude' Marjo Carter & Sarah Frost
29th Jul 2022 to
7th Sept 2022
Title TBC Sharon Field
9th Sept 2022 to
19th October 2022
Passages and Portals Networks Australia
21st Oct 2022 to
30th Nov 2022
Title TBC Wendy Hawthorn & Dianne Franks
2nd Dec 2022 to
11th Jan 2023
Title TBC Keith Rowe, Kayo Yokoyama & Scott Coleman
13th Jan 2023 to
1st Mar 2023
Title TBC Grenfell Artists Inc
3rd Mar 2023 to
19th Apr 2023
Title TBC Sarah Groat

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 P: 6347 6256
Jan Armstrong Painting Landscapes, Traditional 02 6343 2693
Judith Spedding Painting, Ceramics Oils, Traditional 02 6343 4121

Grenfell Artists Incorporated meet at the Rose Street Studio on Mondays from 10am to 3pm. For further information contact:

  • President - Kathy Williams - wilkat53@gmail.com - 0418 261 589
  • Secretary - Jenny Hetherington - hetheringtonjenny@hotmail.com - 02 6343 1576
  • Publicity Officer- Gai Lander- gaillander@bigpond.com - 0428 292 414