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Galleries in Australias South West


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1 Riverview Studio

Overlooking the beautiful Blackwood River Valley, newly opened 1 Riverview is the Painting Studio and Display Gallery of Australian Landscape Artist Michael Hodgkins.

  • Open Days/times:Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: 11am - 4.00pm Other times by appointment
  • Represented Artists:Michael Hodgkins, George Hodgkins
  • Galleries:Drawing,Painting,Mixed Media,Art Gallery,Artist Studio

Details

  • Wheelchair Access:Sorry, we have some steps and no ramps.
  • Facilities:Free
  • Open Days:Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays

Description

Michael Hodgkins' traditional, semi impressionist style oil paintings capture visual experiences of the South West of Western Australia as well as other interesting parts of Australia. Take a look at Michael's own website for a preview of what you can expect to see
 
1 Riverview is also the only gallery in the world where the remaining original oil paintings and drawings by Michael's late father and highly collected Australian artist George Hodgkins are available for purchase.
 
Enjoy your visit as long as you want. Perhaps you'll find your next irresistable holiday treasure or a perfect present for someone special. Oil paintings make a fantastic and significant wedding gift!  Investigate the artist's studio and see the fascinating process of how the paintings are created. Stay for a chat and closer look while you consider your favourite artworks and you'll probably be offered a coffee. Dogs are welcome too so if you're on holiday with your fur babies bring them along for a play with Rupert.
 
Whilst here, enjoy a stunning panoramic view across the Blackwood River Valley and farmlands from the high, country style verandahs.  Don't forget your camera.
 
If you're an art lover or fellow artist, add 1 Riverview Studio to your list of things to do when visiting Bridgetown. It's just a short 4km country drive from the main street and we'd love to see you.

Alan Meyburgh

As a sculptural artist, I produce realistic, as well as contemporary pieces, that are inspired by my love for nature and my passion for the outdoors.

  • Open Days/times:BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
  • Represented Artists:Alan Meyburgh
  • Galleries:Installation,Sculpture,Mixed Media,Upcyclng,Artist Studio

Details

  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

This fuels my use of up cycled materials as an avenue to create nature inspired sculptures that not only send a message but are aesthetically pleasing. I work in a diverse range of media, namely bronze, cement, timbre, steel and fibreglass. My artwork varies from small gallery size pieces to larger outdoor/indoor works. When creating sculptures, I place emphasis on form, structure, expression of movement and of course the meaning of each piece.

Alana Chesterfield-Evans

A member of the Quindalup Artists group. Alana has a strong connection with the ocean and wetlands in our South West.

  • Open Days/times:BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
  • Galleries:Drawing,Painting,Print Making,Artist Studio

Details

  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

Her paintings celebrate the colours of our beaches and oceans and the rich characters that feature in this holiday environment. Her experiments on canvas prove that sometimes magic happens.

Albany Town Hall

Opened in 1888, Albany's Town Hall is the iconic building of the main street. Inside the grand old stone building, with its four-faced clock tower, is a comfortable 310-seat conference theatre.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

Description

The Town Hall is now available for community use.  The building is available for hire for exhibitions, seminars, workshops or meetings. The venue is no longer available as a performance venue.
Opened in 1888, Albany's Town Hall is the iconic building of the main street. Inside the grand old stone building, with its four-faced clock tower, is a comfortable 310-seat conference theatre.
The Town Hall has two smaller rooms suitable for exhibitions and conferences (please see 'Resources' page for details.)
Over the decades, the Town Hall has been the scene of council meetings, WA's first regional meeting of State Parliament, thrilling theatre, exquisite music performances, risque comedy and the community's annual astonishment at the abilities of young performers in the Music Eisteddfod and school stage shows.

Albany's Historic Whaling Station

Experience the best day out on the amazing South Coast! History comes alive when you join a tour at Albany's Historic Whaling Station. Enjoy our Australian Wildlife Park & Regional Wildflower Garden.

  • Museums:Local History,Maritime
  • Open Days/times:9AM - 5PM

Details

  • Facilities:Cafe
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays

Description

Visit the only complete whaling station tourism attraction in the world!

Albany’s Historic Whaling Station was the last operating station in Australia and provides a fascinating insight into Albany’s colourful past.  Recognised as a heritage site, the whaling station is an engaging and educational tourism attraction for all ages to enjoy.

Join our knowledgeable tour guides on a complimentary tour through the restored whale processing factory. Find yourself immersed in the sights and sounds of the whaling industry.  Enjoy short films within the converted whale oil tanks.  Climb aboard the Cheynes IV, the world’s only preserved Whalechaser ship; see our giant blue whale skeleton; enjoy our world-renowned marine animal art collection and view our precious scrimshaw art.  Visit our museum exhibits filled with authentic, whaling artefacts and memorabilia or relax in our café overlooking one of Albany’s most picturesque bays. 

Our unique, biodiverse location is also home to over a 100,000 species of native plants which are now displayed in our Regional Wildflower Garden.  Families can enjoy free BBQ’s in the gardens and learn about our friendly collection of native animals at our Australian Wildlife Park.  Join us for a memorable day on The Amazing South Coast.

Alison Brown

Alison works primarily in porcelain, and gains a lot of inspiration from collected fragments and objects gathered from the coastal environment.

  • Open Days/times:BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
  • Galleries:Ceramics,Artist Studio

Details

  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

She often draws and photographs this material, mainly in close focus and this becomes a reference for future works. Tall cylindrical vessels, jugs, teapots and sculptural compositions form the basis of her work.

Her work is collected nationally and internationally, and features in national and international publications.

Anita Revel

Anita Revel’s art practice is underpinned by vibrant colours and symbolism representing positive states of being.

  • Open Days/times:BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
  • Galleries:Painting,Artist Studio

Details

  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

Anita uses colour, texture, pattern and movement, to bring her work to life. She also creates larger-than-life-size dreamcatchers, and was a finalist in the Castaways Sculpture Awards (Rockingham) last year.

There are a lot of things that make her heart sing, but beauty is the common thread. She creates beauty in order to be surrounded by beauty.

Anita prefers to work in acrylics, beginning each project with a beautiful word or affirmation in mind, and letting that vibration infuse itself into each piece.

Anna Rose Designs

Claire & Larissa came together in 2015 to create Anna Rose Designs. ‘Functional Art’ is how to best describe our pieces.

  • Open Days/times:BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
  • Galleries:Furniture,Textiles,Artist Studio

Details

  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

With a background in Interior Design, a love of textiles and a new found passion for the art of upholstery our time is spent immersed in interior and upholstery design projects which range from unique furniture pieces to custom made and designed furniture, homewares and accessories.

Annie Bowerman

From the wild winter storms that lash the coastline to the gentlest of summer breezes rustling through the forests, the moods of the Margaret River region are ever changing.

  • Open Days/times:Open 10-5pm everyday except Wednesday and Sunday
  • Represented Artists:Annie Bowerman
  • Galleries:Photography,Woodwork,Artist Studio,Upcyclng,Art Gallery

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday

Description

Through the lens of my camera, I capture the beauty of the South West region’s natural heritage & lifestyle in all its diverse forms. My partner Al Purdon, perfectly complements my images by framing them in WA’s celebrated timbers – Jarrah, Marri, Sheoak & Karri. Our aim is to recycle, using the assorted ‘waste’ of the timber industry – bark edge face cuts, discards and mill ends; in fact anything we can find to add that final appealing touch to make art.

Ashleigh Spencer Heussenstamm

Ashleigh Spencer Heussenstamm has been creating for as long as she can remember, but has only in the recent years, started showing her work.

  • Galleries:Print Making,Artist Studio,Drawing,Jewellery,Painting,Textiles
  • Open Days/times:BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Details

  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

It wasn’t until her husband encouraged her to have her first exhibition that she realized this could be more than a hobby. With a history in fashion and textile design Ashleigh loves incorporating these skills into her work. For Ashleigh’s first year of being involved in the Open Studios, she will be working from Mr Barval Fine Wine and Gallery, where visitors are welcome to bring a picnic or buy refreshments onsite.

Barbara Webster

The environment in all its moods is my favourite subject.

  • Open Days/times:BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
  • Galleries:Painting,Artist Studio

Details

  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

I have always been drawn to the dramatic landscapes of this beautiful state and retirement gave me the chance to translate this passion onto the canvas. The ever changing moods of nature will never cease to inspire and excite me.

Bethany Treanor

An emerging artist and full time visual arts student, I strive to to be sustainable by using recycled, reusable and up cycled materials, and when needed, I source new materials locally.

  • Open Days/times:BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
  • Represented Artists:Bethany Treanor
  • Galleries:Drawing,Painting,Sculpture,Mixed Media,Print Making,Artist Studio

Details

  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

I use a range of media, oil sticks, pastels, acrylic and oil paints and paper mache sculpture. My first love is oil sticks and pastels. I use these in my emotional landscapes. These drawings use blending, rhythm and harmonious balance to show you what I feel when I capture a moment in the scenery around me. They evoke rather than provoke, allowing you to to be embraced by the emotion of the moment.

Bill Meiklejohn

I work as a full-time potter, mostly in stoneware clays, making a variety of functional and sculptural pieces.

  • Open Days/times:BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
  • Represented Artists:Bill Meiklejohn
  • Galleries:Ceramics,Pottery,Artist Studio

Details

  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

I’ve worked as a full-time potter for twenty years and I work from my home studio, nestled in the bush at Willyabrup.

Much of my work reflects a life spent splashing around in that big blue pool lapping our shorelines.

BJK Photo Gallery

Photographic images by Benjamin James Knapinski. Panoramic Landscapes, Underwater and Wildlife images of Western Australia.

  • Galleries:Photography,Artist Studio
  • Open Days/times:BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Details

  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

Panoramic Landscapes of South West Forests to the rugged Kimberley Coast. Ben also takes Underwater Photography ranging from the Busselton Jetty to the Rowley Shoals.

Benjamin James Knapinski has been photographing Western Australia's natural landscapes for 15 years. Ben's work is uninfluenced and he is passionate about the natural beauty of the landscapes endeavoring to keep colours as real as possible. BJK Photo Gallery showcases Ben's images on high quality Canvas prints, Framed photographic prints and also matted prints. View amazing panoramic landscapes and underwater images in the new Margaret River location.

BJK also produces a large range of Western Australian souvenir products including pictorial books, postcards and calendars. Ben's new pictorial souvenir book, 'Margaret River region'  is now available.

Ben’s images and souvenir products can be viewed and purchased worldwide at www.bjk.com.au 

Blush Retail Gallery

Albany's contemporary new art gallery - fresh, original, and right in the heart of the city.

  • Open Days/times:TEMPORARILY CLOSED, except by appointment via email
  • Galleries:Drawing,Painting,Photography,Mixed Media,Print Making,Art Gallery
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

  • Facilities:Wheelchair Access

Description

Blush Retail Gallery is a visual arts gallery, and features a stunning array of changing artwork collections. Located in one of Albany's premier heritage buildings, York House, this contemporary showrroom provides a perfect backdrop for some unique artworks.

Hosting new collections every six weeks from local and visiting artists, it is easily found on the main street of Albany. The gallery strives to offer original and visionary works, and you may discover the perfect piece for your home or office.

Boranup Gallery

Boranup Gallery showcases a stunning collection of Jarrah furniture, Marri furniture, and Blackbutt furniture with quality artworks & craft. The display is presented within a rammed earth and timber building, nestled amongst the tall trees of the Boranup Forest.

  • Galleries:Ceramics,Furniture,Photography,Art Gallery,Craft,Glass,Jewellery,Painting,Sculpture
  • Open Days/times:10am - 4pm
  • Represented Artists:James Howieson, Janey Emery, Chrtis Spiker, Deborah Zibah, Chris Hooper

Details

  • Facilities:Cafe,Wheelchair Access
  • Wheelchair Access:yes
  • Open Days:Public Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Brierley Jigsaw Gallery

A unique experience, come and visit the only public jigsaw gallery in the Southern Hemisphere. The collection was started by Jessie Brierley over 40 years ago, and has been continually expanded.

  • Open Days/times:Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 3pm, Sun & Public Holidays 10am - 1pm
  • Galleries:Mixed Media,Art Gallery

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays

Description

The Brierley Jigsaw Gallery located in the beautiful historic town of Bridgetown, has a unique place in the attractions of the South West. Started over 60 years ago by Mrs Jessie Brierley, the jigsaws were placed in the lounge for the amusements of her guests - rather than drinking in the bar! The original collection of 60 mounted jigsaw puzzles was presented to the Bridgetown community by Mrs Brierley. The collection continues to expand through gifts from visitors, including the World's Smallest Wooden Jigsaw. Donations are used to maintain the existing collection and to mount new pieces as they become available. In 2001, many jigsaws were professionally framed and hung. Lighting improvements were made and the gallery has taken on a new lease of life with visitors from all over the world who have heard of our unique attraction.

Britta Sorensen

Contemporary Textile Art and Experiential Installations using recycled and found materials/objects Britta's mission and message is to celebrate life and creativity and to instigate experiencing and sharing.

  • Open Days/times:BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
  • Galleries:Installation,Mixed Media,Upcyclng,Artist Studio

Details

  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

She aims to foster hope, joy and openness and likes to surprise and enrich, to marvel at the small things and to tell stories of layers of life and usage.

Britta invites people to change their consumer’s focus and rethink values by making visible the potential and beauty in the old and the discarded and by connecting viewers with the creative process. She encourages a change of perspective and therewith new experiencing and new possibilities.

Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

Bunbury Regional Art Galleries presents a dynamic program of curated, community and national touring exhibitions.

  • Open Days/times:Monday - Sunday 10am - 4pm (Closed Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday, ANZAC Day morning and Ch
  • Galleries:Sculpture,Ceramics,Craft,Drawing,Glass,Installation,Jewellery,Mixed Media,Painting,Photography,Pottery

Details

  • Open Days:Public Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Housed in a distinctive pink, former convent, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries is situated in the city centre of Bunbury, a two minute stroll to the CBD to the east and the sparkling Indian Ocean to the west.

This is the premier public art gallery in the South West of Western Australia. Boasting four separate formal exhibition spaces as well as community exhibition facilities, BRAG offers a diverse and stimulating programme of exhibitions from regional, state and national sources.

The exhibition schedule is complemented by an extensive range of public programmes, events, functions, classes and workshops. In addition to the gallery spaces, the BRAG building is home to meeting and function facilities, a purpose built art studio and a dance studio, that see it play host to a wide range of activities and events ranging from dance and yoga to weddings and corprate meetings.

BRAG is an icon in the South West community, giving regional artists and audiences valuable exposure to contemporary and traditional art, and providing exhibition and artistic development opportunities for artists working in regional and remote locations. Through our diverse programme of exhibitions and workshops focusing on community access and engagement, BRAG invites you to experience the arts through discovery and creativity

 

Carmen Griffen

My Love of The Ocean has navigated it's course to the canvas.

  • Open Days/times:BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
  • Galleries:Drawing,Painting,Photography,Print Making,Artist Studio
  • Represented Artists:Carmen Griffen

Details

  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

Beach-combing on a remote Far Northern section of The Great Barrier Reef, gave me opportunity to take a special photo that has now made its way into my artwork.

It was the catalyst to commence a marine inspired theme called “overboard”. A small cottage in Margaret River has been in the process of renovation during the past 12 months and an art studio has emerged. I now have a home for my artworks and space to paint in a pretty little piece of Margaret River.

Carmen Mcfaull

My favourite themes incorporate water - its playful fluidity, direction and colour possibilities.

  • Open Days/times:BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
  • Represented Artists:Carmen McFaull
  • Galleries:Drawing,Painting,Artist Studio

Details

  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

Painting is as much a part of my life as eating or resting. Even though I have intention when I begin a new piece, I allow the painting to have a say. There is a great deal of problem solving that goes on but challenge brings growth, satisfaction and endless inspiration and hopefully a positive emotional response from the viewer. 

I run group workshops in pastel, acrylic and oils at my studio gallery, as well as for art societies throughout Australia.

Caroline Juniper

Colour is my first inspiration and the beautiful textures of ageing.

  • Open Days/times:BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
  • Represented Artists:Caroline Juniper
  • Galleries:Drawing,Painting,Print Making,Artist Studio

Details

  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

I create images so that beautiful things don’t disappear.I am inspired by the history scattered on the outskirts of towns; the old homesteads and machinery crumbling away, the rust and peeling paint and pre-loved gardens.

Cast Designs - Trent Walker

CAST Designs are a Cowaramup based designer and maker of all things architectural concrete.

  • Open Days/times:Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
  • Represented Artists:Trent Walker
  • Galleries:Furniture,Woodwork,Artisan Workshop,Artist Studio

Details

  • Facilities:Wheelchair Access
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

Founded by Trent Walker and Ryan Zan, CAST are specialists in bespoke furniture combining the use of concrete, steel and timber to create beautiful and functional one of a kind pieces. CAST also hand make indoor and outdoor kitchen surfaces and basins.

Cate Edwards

Pick me! Pick me!’ my all knowing newborn self, shouted to the wand wielding fairies, when they were giving out gifts.

  • Open Days/times:BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
  • Represented Artists:Cate Edwards
  • Galleries:Drawing,Painting,Mixed Media,Print Making,Artist Studio

Details

  • Facilities:Wheelchair Access
  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

For, after securing my loving father and my adventurous mother, my gift: to enjoy to make pictures and to frolic around with colour and shapes. Doing so, brings me much satisfaction and joy.

I graduated from Sydney’s City Art Institute, with a BA in 1984. Since then I've been working as an artist, illustrator and teacher, mostly using water colour and ink on paper and acrylic on canvas.

I like to start with a theme or an idea and then see where it takes me. It is always a surprise to see what happens when I get out of my own way.

Cecile Rigoli

I like building art within the art, completing what's existing, bringing the common into a new world.

  • Open Days/times:BY APPPOINTMENT ONLY
  • Represented Artists:Cecile Rigoli
  • Galleries:Drawing,Painting,Mixed Media,Print Making

Details

  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

Being a professionnel picture framer gives me the chance to meet many artists, art lovers and creative people and I often have to answer The question "are you an artist yourself ? " My truthful answer would be that I like telling stories through various forms of art, mixing a range of media and poetry. 

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