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 Exhibition | Next Exhibition | Upcoming Exhibitions | Community Curtain | Practicing Artists Register

Current Exhibition

"SEWN - A Textile Journey" by residents (artists, stitchers, sewists) of the Weddin Shire

27th November – 6th January, 2019

Grenfell Art Gallery - Poppies for Remembrance Exhibition

To sew, by definition, is to attach by stitches, and so modern textile artists are producing garments, home décor and fibre art pieces using materials and technologies not previously seen in the textile world.

Traditional techniques are being modified by a new generation of artisans to produce textile masterpieces that will be tomorrow’s heirlooms.

Grenfell’s dedicated local artisans gather regularly to teach and learn the traditions of textile arts. Ancient methods such as English paper piecing, foundation piecing, needle turn applique, hand quilting, embroidery and wool felting are being combined with new techniques to construct the amazing pieces on show in the Art Gallery.

 

Next Exhibition

"A Portrait of Landscape and Time in Hill End: Mythmaking, Heroes and Villains" by Rebecca Wilson

8th January – 24th February

A Portrait of Landscape and Time in Hill End: Mythmaking, Heroes and Villains, is the latest exhibition and book from artist and writer Rebecca Wilson in which she unearths lessor known stories of the iconic town and disrupts common narratives of the region, questioning who the real heroes and villains are in recorded history and how we create myths and icons.

Upcoming Exhibitions - 2019

Exhibition DatesExhibition NameArtist
26th Feb to
14th Apr
Grenfell Community Art & Craft Group Local members of the Grenfell Community Art & Craft Group
16th Apr to
30th May
Title to be confirmed Cathy Coleman
6th Jun to
10th Jun
Henry Lawson Festival Art Competition  
17th Jun to
26th Jul
"Art of Ageing" A travelling exhibition by the NSW Government Department of Family and Community Services
10th Sep to
20th Oct
Title to be confirmed by the Grenfell Dramatic Society
3rd Dec to
12th Jan 2020
Title to be confirmed Ramon Ward-Thompson

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