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 of Ageing"
- A travelling exhibition by the NSW Government Department of Family and Community Services.
12th June – 28th July, 2019
The Art of Ageing is an initiative under the NSW Ageing Strategy 2016-2020. It celebrates the rich and diverse lives of older people living in NSW. Holding the exhibition is an effective way to challenge negative perceptions of ageing and older people.
The exhibition will travel to 21 locations to July 2019, and comprises the work of five photographers from Wagga Wagga, Taree, Molong, Mudgee, and Goulburn. Each photograph is accompanied by a short story highlighting the subject’s experiences and reflections on ageing.
"Place: a travelling exhibition of artists’ books"
- various artists
30th July – 8th September
An exhibition of artist's books. Bringing together 38 book artists from NSW, Victoria and Queensland, exploring the theme of place in their work, whether a physical location or a place of their imagination.
Upcoming Exhibitions - 2019
|Exhibition Dates||Exhibition Title||Artist|
|10th Sep to
|'Our Wardrobe: Bringing Characters to Life for 60 years'||Brought to you by the Grenfell Dramatic Society|
|22nd Oct to
|'Earth & Water'||Annie Joseph (drawings & watercolour paintings) & Graham Watt (pottery)|
|3rd Dec to
12th Jan 2020
|'Paris and Other Places'||Ramon Ward-Thompson|
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
|Paul McKnight||Painting||Realism||E: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|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|