Art, studios and galleries can be found scattered across the area from the Ferry Artists Gallery to Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Hills and Hawkesbury have a vigorous and healthy creative scene.
Address: Level 1, Deerubbin Centre, 300 George Street, Windsor
Phone: 02 4560 4441
Hours: Open weekdays 10am–4pm (closed Tue), Weekends 10am–3pm
Rural areas and country towns seldom have the resources to build a facility where art is exhibited and where the community can mingle with artists. With the construction of the regional gallery in 2005, the Hawkesbury now enjoys a changing program of exhibitions and public programs. All exhibitions aim to be thought-provoking, challenging and educational.
We always enjoy the frequent artist talks held at the Gallery. Uncovering insights into their work, artists reveal a deeper and more meaningful level, consequently bringing us a greater appreciation for their art. Curators open each exhibition with informative public conversations - the Q&A leads to lively discussions. We see artists from the Sydney art scene arrive for an opening - so we know the HRG staff hits the mark with the art community.
Each year classes and workshops are designed to bring the very young into the creative world. Over a decade, we have observed high school artists evolve and grow in their art — a benefit from the classes.
Every year, at least some of the exhibitions come through Australia's extensive network of regional and public galleries - these are always a well worth the drive into Windsor. This year the Archibald exhibition was a highlight for art lovers across the region. Visit our website for a listing of the 2018 schedule.
Address: 606 Terrace Road, Freeman's Reach
Phone: 02 4579 6579
Hours: Open Wed–Fri 10am–5pm, Weekends 11am–4pm
Driving the back roads of the Hawkesbury is such a change of scene from a weekly M4 commute. A slower pace, a serene countryside, fresh produce, wine tasting and art.
Our recommendation for a terrific day-trip is a visit to Purple Noon Gallery — call ahead and you can purchase tea, coffee and biscuits in the Gallery's 'Occasional Café'. Good weather opens the patio for tea and viewing out to the unusual garden — welded iron poppies and other surprises. Then take a leisurely viewing of the permanent collection or a new exhibition.
Purple Noon Gallery is located outside of North Richmond proper on Terrace Road in Freeman's Reach. The ambience is delightful; the gallery building was purpose-built with sandstone walls, old timber and an unusual corrugated iron roof. Among the permanent collection — Indigenous artists and emerging and established Hawkesbury artists – are rare finds. You will love the mixed artwork, sculpture and jewellery.
Address: Webbs Creek, Wisemans Ferry
Phone: 02 4566 4575
The work of Carol Gill brings to mind the Australian outback - intense and vivid colours with textural layering and multilayered finishes - where the sun is hot and light penetrates the landscape. Something in her art suggests the energy and spirit of post-modern expressionism. Perhaps it is the intensity of colour, but we think it is her use of line and of shape that allow us to see a somewhat abstract landscape more vividly and with a modern eye.
"You will usually find bird or botanical details in gouache in my works". (Carol Gill, 2018)
Address: 2 Old Northern Road, Wisemans Ferry
Phone: 02 4566 4385
Hours: Open Thu-Mon 10am-4pm
We love this petite gallery in Wisemans Ferry. Very talented artists living near the river exhibit their paintings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles and exquisite jewellery. Exhibitions change frequently, and locals gather to celebrate each launch.