Wheelchair Access: Access to all gallery spaces, café and ground floor exhibition areas/community rooms. There is a ramp from the Christie Street entrance and a lift to the gallery level from the basement car park, the George Street pedestrian entrance and from the Ground Floor of the Library. Groups involving more than one wheelchair please contact the gallery on 4560 4441 and we will pleased to ensure easy access for everyone.
Restaurant: Chapters café ph 4577 9225
Car park: Undercover parking is available for 78 cars, including dedicated spaces for people with disabilities. On-street parking is available in nearby streets, including Christie Street, Catherine Street and George Street, and at the Council Offices, 366 George Street.
Bookshop: Free Gallery brochures, newsletters and information sheets available. Latest art journals available for reading in the book nook.
Conference Facilities: Private functions with a variety of catering options can be arranged through the Gallery.
Research library: The gallery is located within the Deerubbin Centre, which also houses Hawkesbury Central Library service, well-known for the quality of its local studies collection.
Other Services: Diverse adult and childrens workshop program for day, night and weekends. School holiday workshops. Ring for a brochure or enrolment form. Regular public lecture programs and special events.
Hawkesbury Regional Gallery is a purpose-built gallery where exhibitions are scheduled to offer a variety of media in visual art, craft, photography and design. A guiding principle of our exhibition program is to uphold the Hawkesbury's artistic and creative heritage while showcasing the new and original.
The plaque in the main pedestrian entry to the Deerubbin Centre is based on original artwork by Darug Elder, Edna Watson. The word 'Deerubbin' is the name given by the traditional owners, the Boorerboorongal Clan of the Darug people, to what is now better known as The Hawkesbury River. The plaque commemorates the first meeting between Yarramundi, the Indigenous leader, and Governor Arthur Phillip, on the banks of the river in 1789. It is just over a metre high and is cast in aluminium.
Hospital Beds, in the courtyard near the café, is a site-specific artwork created by Susan Milne and Greg Stonehouse for the opening of the Centre in 2005. It brings together and interprets the multiple meanings of the site, including convict barracks, hospital and contemporary art space. Mist surrounds the sculpture at different times throughout the day, providing a reminder of the curtain drawn around the hospital bed and a burst of cool refreshment in the summer.
Every year, at least some of our exhibitions come to us through the extensive network of public art museums of which we are part. All our exhibitions aim to be thought-provoking, challenging and educational in the broadest sense of the word.
The gallery also holds public programs. These provide opportunities for those who want to deepen their understanding of art, meet the exhibiting artists in person and make the most of their gallery experience. Every exhibition features artist and curator talks, and there are often children's workshops, film screenings and guided tours as well.
To be on the mailing list for workshops and special programs, or to enquire about becoming a member or hiring the gallery for your special function, please contact Prue Charlton on (02) 4560 4434.
The collection contains many works by regional artists, including Greg Hansell, Judy Brownlie, Kathleen Evans, Warwick Fuller, Terry Hayes, Gloria Galvin, Marcia Rea, William Wells, Leanne Tobin, Edna Mariong Watson and Bert Moriarty.
There are also a number of works by Modernist and Postmodernist artists Bim Hilder, Maurice McDonald, Suzanne Archer, David Fairbairn, John Firth-Smith, Barry Gazzard, Peter Laverty, Ursula Laverty, Peter Pinson, Tony Tozer and David Voight.
Most of the works are two-dimensional, comprising paintings and works on paper, and there is a small number of three-dimensional works including sculpture in cast bronze, aluminium, and fibre art.
In 1999 Mr A E Cleary, formerly of Pitt Town, gifted to the people of Hawkesbury approximately 80 paintings and prints including works by Donald Friend, Lloyd Rees, Arthur Boyd, Clifton Pugh, Norman Lindsay and Lance Solomon.
Friends of the Hawkesbury Art Community and Regional Gallery Inc. own a number of works including the Alfred T Clint Collection and The Henry Edgecombe Collection.
As well as over 100 running metres of exhibition space in the main gallery, there are rooms for a variety of community uses, including meetings, lectures, small exhibitions and workshops. For more details about The Stan Stevens Studio (workshops, exhibitions), The Tebbutt Room (meetings, film screenings) and The Rozzoli Room (meetings) please phone 4560 4460.
Situated 50 kilometres from Sydney, Windsor is one of the two towns and 11 villages that make up the distinctive landscape that is the Hawkesbury. One of Macquarie’s ‘five towns’, it identifies as the gateway between the burgeoning suburbs of North Western Sydney and the farms and wilderness areas that reach as far as the Hunter Valley and the Blue Mountains. Residents and visitors enjoy a wide variety of facilities for active and passive recreation, including the Hawkesbury Artists Trail. This Centenary of Federation project enabled the installation of signs showing where some of Australia’s best-loved landscape paintings were painted. Maps are available from the Visitor Information Centre in Clarendon.
Historic buildings and sites in the area - for details contact Hawkesbury Historical Society (02) 4572 3007
Hawkesbury Harvest Farmgate Trail more
Hawkesbury Race Course (02) 4577 2263
Hawkesbury Visitor Information Centre (opposite Richmond RAAF) 1300 362 874
Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens more
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