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 daily (except Tuesday)
Rural areas and country towns seldom have the resources to build a facility where art is exhibited and the community can mingle with artists. The Hawkesbury is a notable exception and,14 years after Hawkesbury Regional Gallery opened, it enjoys a changing program of exhibitions and public programs which 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 of their art. Curators open each exhibition with informative public conversations, and the Q&A session leads to lively discussions. We see artists from the Sydney art scene arrive for an opening, so we know the HRG hits the mark across Greater Sydney.
Each year classes and workshops are designed to introduce the very young to the creative world. Consequently, over the past decade we have observed high school artists evolve in their art.
Every year, at least some of the exhibitions come through Australia's extensive network of regional and public galleries, and these are always well worth the drive to Windsor. In the EVENTS section of our website homepage, www.villagesofhawkesbury.com, we announce each exhibition launch. So stay tuned!
We highly recommend a daytrip to Freemans Reach, a short drive from North Richmond and home to Purple Noon Gallery. The gallery was purpose-built with sandstone walls, recycled timber and an unusual corrugated iron roof. The setting, the view and the gallery seem to be from a page out early colonial history.
The permanent collection has a strong focus on indigenous and emerging and established Hawkesbury artists. If you're a fan of the unusual and memorable, you will love the mixed artwork, sculpture and jewellery. Exhibitions change quarterly, each with a gala opening.
Call ahead if you would like tea/coffee and cake refreshments in the "occasional café". In good weather, the patio is opened for tea and viewing out to the unique garden featuring welded iron poppies and other surprises.
Purple Noon Gallery owner Robyn Williams is also the administrator for the not-for-profit Hawkesbury Art Prize.
We love this petite gallery in the centre of historic Wisemans Ferry. Talented artists living near the river exhibit their paintings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles and exquisite jewellery. We rarely visit without a purchase. Exhibitions change frequently and locals gather to celebrate each launch.