If you are appreciative of beautiful art and unique one-of-a-kind handcrafted works, it’s always nice to know where to get your fill. Especially when you’re visiting somewhere new or are branching out from the confines of Canberra.
Tucked away in the Queanbeyan-Palerang region’s many towns and villages are galleries showcasing the exceptional talent and creativity of locals. Honestly, our resident artists and creative producers are some of the best in Australia, if we do say so ourselves.
From sculptors and painters to jewellers and craftspeople, our rich artisan culture is renowned far and wide. But where can art-lovers go to admire the region’s treasures? Here’s just a few spots to get you started.
Queanbeyan Art Society and Gallery, Queanbeyan
Step back in time at the Queanbeyan Art Society and Gallery. Located in a charming 1880s cottage on the banks of the Queanbeyan River, this non-profit organisation holds a range of art exhibitions, competitions and classes. Browse through their monthly exhibition, take an art class, or buy an original piece that takes your fancy.
X Gallery, Bungendore
With its charming blue façade, weathered floorboards and sandstone walls, the X Gallery building itself is worth a look. But wait ‘till you see what’s inside. Stunning bespoke jewellery; lovingly made by talented owner and silversmith Xanthe Gay. And it’s not just about jewellery; those sandstone walls are adorned with special exhibitions by local and regional artists.
Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, Bungendore
This is a ‘must-do’ for art-lovers. The Bungendore Wood Works Gallery is a treasure trove of wooden creations, from furniture and homewares to lighting and stunning corporate gifts. But don’t let the name fool you – this gallery isn’t just about wood. Paintings, sculpture, jewellery, photography, ceramics, glass and textiles; all are regularly on display. Wander through the gallery spaces, then enjoy a bite to eat in the Café Wood Works.
Studio Altenburg, Braidwood
Studio Altenburg knows a thing or two about beautiful art and great design. Positioned on Braidwood’s main street in a beautiful historic building, this gallery and gift shop is brimming with treasures. Browse unique homewares, jewellery, clothing and accessories in the front rooms, then enjoy their latest exhibition in the adjoining gallery space.
Vetro e Metallo, Braidwood
Vetro e Metallo, meaning Glass & Metal in Italian is a studio home to the handcrafted and upcycled on site jewellery made from salvaged materials. V&M celebrates its Italian heritage through the vibrant palette of Murano glass used to create a stunning collection of rings, beads and earrings. Metals are salvaged locally and re-formed to tell a new story. Every piece is produced in V&M’s forges and kilns in Braidwood.
And that’s just the beginning! Check out other things to see and do in Queanbeyan-Palerang.
Creativity? We’ve got it down to a fine art in Queanbeyan-Palerang.