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.
"Art & Science: The Nature of Documentation" by Matt Georgevits and Lanny Mackenzie
24th July – 2nd September, 2018
Matt has lived on the edge of a National Park his whole life and is interested in the birds that live there. This work explores his fascination with birds, and the different interpretations that artists have taken to a supposedly emotionless art form of documentation in ornithology. While it is often easy to identify the bird that an artist is trying to portray, the variation from artist to artist is quite profound. Matt is exploring how people in this area approach the plight of the artist - taking what they see around them & bringing a little something extra to it.
Lanny has been surrounded by bold vibrant colours since birth, growing up in rural Java and Bali, Indonesia. She channels these memories into her bespoke, woven art using all materials available to her, both natural and recycled. Using intricate weaving techniques, she attempts to ex-plore the space between concept and expression to bring to life her colourful whimsical creations.
"The Call of Wild Places" by The Wilderists
4th September – 14th October, 2018
"wilderism" n. represents artists that go into the wilderness to seek inspiration and connection to 'place' through direct experience.These artists then create from their heart without regard for accepted ways of creating but rather seek to develop through loose and energetic techniques the raw forces seen in nature itself.
"Poppies for Remembrance" brought to you by the Grenfell Garden Club
16th October ‐ 25th November 2018
Entry form and information for the Poppy Competition available here.
"SEWN – A Textile Journey" by residents (artists, stitchers, sewists) of the Weddin Shire
27th November ‐ 6th January 2019
"A Portrait of Landscape and Time in Hill End: Mythmaking, Heroes and Villains" by Rebecca Wilson
8th January ‐ 24th February 2019
Grenfell Community Art & Craft Group
25th February ‐ 14th April 2019
"Exhibition title TBC" by Cathy Coleman
16th April ‐ 30th May 2019
Henry Lawson Festival Art Competition
6th ‐ 10th June 2019
"Art of Ageing" a travelling exhibition by the NSW Government Department of Family and Community Services
17th June ‐ 26th July 2019
"Exhibition title TBC" by the Grenfell Dramatic Society
10th September ‐ 20th October 2019
"Exhibition title TBC" by Ramon Ward-Thompson
3rd December ‐ 12th January 2020
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
|Patina Art Gallery - Kathleen Scott-McCue||Sculpture, Painting||Welded metal found objects & Botanical paintings||166 Gooloogong Road, Grenfell
P: 0419 149 372 E: email@example.com
|Paul McKnight||Painting||Realism||E: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Neva Napier||Painting||Landscapes, Traditional||6347 6256|
|Jan Armstrong||Painting||Landscapes, Traditional||02 6343 2693|
|Judith Spedding||Painting, Ceramics||Oils, Traditional||02 6343 4121|