Work of Art Community Gallery was opened in August 2013 by retired businessman, Chris Burgess. Fulfilling a dream to showcase his considerable art collection as well as exhibiting current work by leading international, national and regional artists, Chris created a wonderful community gallery that is a highlight for any art lover.
The gallery has a strong focus on providing a nurturing environment for new and upcoming artists, including many local artists, with the facilitation of artist workshops and the provision of exhibition space. The support of emerging artists is a primary aim of the gallery as well as the promotion of the visual arts.
Work of Art Community Gallery is located in one of Gunnedah's finest old buildings, which was built in the late 1800s as a private home. As well as having four different gallery areas showcasing a wide variety of art works both large and small, there is also a café and garden area.
To find out more about the Work of Art Gallery, visit www.workofartcommunitygallery.com.au.
The Mackellar Centre in South Street is not only home to the Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Society and a collection of Mackellar memorabilia, it also houses the Jean Isherwood Water Colour Collection depicting verses of My Country. The works are displayed in the Bill Clegg Wing of the Mackellar Centre and are worth a special visit.
To find out more about the Mackellar Centre, visit www.dorothea.com.au.
It is rare to find a gallery of the style and standard of the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery in a regional area, and there is always something interesting to see.
The gallery includes two spaces – the main gallery that hosts exhibitions by both local and visiting artists, and the front gallery, home to the artwork of members of Arts Gunnedah. Both feature changing and diverse displays that showcase the eclectic talents of our Shire. You might find a new favourite piece for your wall!
A Bicentennial grant in 1988 paved the way for the construction of the Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery in Gunnedah’s Cultural Precinct that includes the classic Town Hall, the Smithurst Theatre, the Civic Cinema and theatre. The Cultural Precinct is the hub of the Shire's community and cultural activities.
To find out more about what is on at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery and the Civic, visit www.thecivic.com.au.
In front of Gunnedah’s Civic Centre in Chandos Street winds a colourful reminder of the Dreamtime.
The award-winning Rainbow Serpent Water Feature realises a long-term dream after local Kamilaroi women persisted for almost 20 years to bring this important story to life. The Kamilaroi artists have drawn on their culture, traditions, families, history and experiences to create this unique water feature that includes 29 circular mosaics surrounding the rainbow serpent which channels water into a small pool.
The Rainbow Serpent Water feature is the final stage of the TRAC Sculpture Court Public Art Project at the Gunnedah Cultural Precinct, which also delivered The River Red Gum Tree in the Mooki Room and the Water Mural in the Mooki Courtyard.