Art

The Ultimate Art Gallery Checklist for The Treasure Trail

The Queanbeyan-Palerang region boasts a strong creative and artisanal community with an astounding amount of artistic talent, and its many galleries pay testament to this. Find your treasure among the handcrafted jewellery, glass, ceramics, paintings, wood, sculptures and more, and explore the compelling exhibitions of emerging and established artists both local and visiting in Braidwood, Bungendore, Queanbeyan and Captains Flat.

Bungendore Fine Art showcases a changing display of about 150 paintings.

Not only do many talented artists call the region home, there are also numerous active community art groups across the area helping others to join in on the fun. In fact, the community has played a vital role in revitalising the region by creating magnificent public art for everyone to enjoy. In Queanbeyan, local artwork can be discovered all around the city – on benches, on street signs, in parks and more. Some of the public artwork adorning the streets of the city include:

  • Jullergung Totem Poles by local Indigenous artists, Matilda House, Louise Brown, Justin Brown, Cheree Williams, Jerikye Williams, Kaden Williams, Joseph Williams, Tenay Williams and Mick Huddleston. Coordinated by Matilda House.
  • RESPECT Mosaic Panel community project coordinated by Freya Jobbins. Original artwork by Jerrabomberra Public School student Sophie McKinley.
  • Native Flora & Fauna Stainless Steel Bin Surrounds and Bird Sculptures on top of the street signs by Neil Dickinson.
  • Mosaic Panels on outdoor seating community project by seven local community groups, coordinated by Kim Grant.
  • Queens Bridge Mural with artwork by Mike Shankster. The mural celebrates the past and present identity of Queanbeyan and the contemporary large-scale, highly visible work supports the ongoing development of a cultural precinct in the area.
  • Ricky Stuart portrait mural by artist Claire Foxton in Queanbeyan CBD.
Ricky Stuart portrait mural by Claire Foxton

The Ricky Stuart portrait mural by Claire Foxton is one of many public art pieces you can find along the streets of Queanbeyan.

Braidwood, Bungendore and Queanbeyan are also all home to numerous studios, galleries and exhibition spaces showcasing the talent and creativity of local artists. Whether you’re a devoted art aficionado or an occasional admirer and keen to explore the local art scene beyond public art, pay a visit to these hidden gems.

BRAIDWOOD
GALLERIES AND STUDIOS

Studio Altenburg
104 Wallace Street, Braidwood
Open 10am – 4.00pm Thursday to Monday
Housed in a heritage-listed building, Studio Altenburg is a family business specialising in beautiful art and great design. Regular exhibition programme of the works of local emerging and professional artists is showcased in Gallery 1 and Gallery 2. Studio Altenburg’s fine giftware shop features unique gifts from clothing, jewellery and books to leather, ceramics and home and kitchenware.

Braidwood Regional Arts
Centre BRAG
45 Wallace Street, Braidwood
Open during exhibitions.
The BRAG Arts Centre provides a space to gather, learn, exhibit and enjoy. It is used by its members including craftspeople, writers, performers, teachers and supporters, for BRAG exhibitions and events and the centre is also available for hire.

Fyre Gallery
84 Wallace Street, Braidwood
Open during exhibitions – 11am – 4pm
Fyre Gallery is a boutique fine art gallery specialising in works on paper and textiles. The gallery is committed to an ethos of “beautiful, functional and sustainable”. Exhibitions occur twice yearly in March/April and November/December. Director, Cheryl Hannah, is committed to presenting high quality art to a new audience, showing works by emerging artists, as well as highly collectable international artists.

Mingei Studio
104 Wallace Street, Braidwood
Open Friday to Sunday 10am – 4pm
Mingei Studio showcases traditional Japanese cotton textiles, repurposed by Mary Taguchi. Mingei, the crafts movement of the 1920s in Japan, acknowledges the unconscious arts of anonymous craftsmen; simple, beautiful, functional wares for everyday use. Mary’s much loved work with textiles is housed in a beautiful cottage on Wallace Street, bringing the history and function of Japanese indigo-dyed cotton textiles to Braidwood.

Round the Bend Art and Framing Studio
15 Monkittee Street, Braidwood
Open Tuesday to Thursday 10am – 5pm. Any other time be appointment.
Visitors to Round the Bend Studio will find a cosy, light-filled custom picture framing workshop that doubles as Bek’s Art Studio. Round the Bend began as a small studio in Sydney’s inner west and is now happily situated in beautiful Braidwood after a much needed tree change in 2015. The studio showcases Bek’s vibrant, mixed media works, limited edition prints, linocuts and greeting cards.

Round the Bend Studio
Round the Bend Studio showcases artist and owner Bek’s vibrant mixed media works, limited edition prints, linocuts and greeting cards.
HANDMADE JEWELLERY

Thompson Bespoke Jewellers
119 Wallace Street, Braidwood
Open 9:30am – 4:30pm.
Thompson Bespoke Jewellers is a family-owned business with over 30 years’ experience in jewellery design and manufacturing. The award-winning jewellery designers and manufacturers also repair and remodel jewellery and specialise in gold and silver jewellery, coloured and white diamonds, coloured gemstones and pearl with an emphasis on Australian gemstones. The jewellery is designed by Director, designer, gemologist and valuer Diana Thompson and designer Jodie Thompson and made by master jeweller Travis Thompson.

Vetro e Metallo
12 Park Lane, Braidwood
Open Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10am – 4pm
Vetro e Metallo celebrates local hand-making and upcycling of jewellery, fashion and homewares. The centre of V&M’s ethos is the handcrafting and upcycling of salvage materials to create a collection of metal and glass with soul. V&M celebrates its Italian heritage through the vibrant palette of Murano glass used to create a stunning collection of rings, beads and earrings, and metals are salvaged locally and re-formed to tell a new story.

William Verdon Manufacturing Jewellery
43 Wallace Street, Braidwood
Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm.
William Verdon Manufacturing Jewellers is a traditional jewellery workshop, specialising in handmade-to-order bespoke jewellery pieces, as well as retail handmade items, repairs, remodelling and maintenance of all types of precious articles. Along with a diverse range of handmade retail jewellery, the gallery also features an eclectic mix of work by Braidwood artists in various media.

William Verdon Manufacturing Jewellers
William Verdon Manufacturing Jewellers in Braidwood specialises in handmade-to-order bespoke jewellery, as well as retail handmade items, repairs remodelling and maintenance.

BUNGENDORE

GALLERIES AND STUDIOS

Bungendore Fine Art
42b Ellendon Street
Open 10am – 4.30 pm
Bungendore Fine Art is a friendly gallery owned and operated by eight artists showcasing a changing display of about 150 paintings ranging from large works to miniatures and monthly exhibitions featuring guest artists. Each artist has paintings on display at the gallery and can be met on days when they are serving customers.

Bungendore Wood Works Gallery
22 Malbon Street, Bungendore
Open 9am – 5pm
Bungendore Wood Works Gallery specialises in exhibiting and promoting Australian made wood art, sculpture, craft and contemporary furniture of a very high standard from the country’s foremost designer makers in wood. The main gallery exhibits a wide variety of exceptional, affordable and functional homewares, exclusive in-house designed giftware and creative wooden artworks.

Suki and Hugh
38A Gibraltar Street, Bungendore
Open Thursday to Sunday 10am – 4pm
Opened in 2015 by Directors Susan Foxlee and Samuel Cooper, Suki & Hugh Gallery features an exhibition program of exciting emerging and established artists. Specialising in visual arts with a focus on glass, ceramics, painting and works on paper, the gallery has a growing reputation for hosting inspiring and compelling exhibitions. Several local and interstate artists are showcased in the gallery shop, located within the same building as the exhibition space. You can purchase a variety of small paintings and framed works on paper along with ceramic and glass art pieces and gifts from the gallery shop.

Bungendore Wood Works Gallery
Bungendore Wood Works Gallery specialises in exhibiting and promoting Australian made wood art, sculpture, craft and contemporary furniture.
HANDMADE JEWELLERY

X Gallery
32 Gibraltar Street, Bungendore
Open Friday to Monday 11am – 5pm
X Gallery exhibits the work of artists in various media including metal, glass, painting, sculpture, ceramics and photomedia through changing exhibitions and permanent display. Resident silversmith Xanthe Gay can also be found at work at her workbench inside the gallery where she creates her unique contemporary wearable works, small sculpture and commission work.

X Gallery

Resident silversmith Xanthe Gay can be found at work at her workbench inside X gallery where she creates her unique contemporary wearable works, small sculpture and commission work.

QUEANBEYAN

Art by Anders
144 Uriarra Road, Queanbeyan
Open Wednesday to Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm
Art by Anders is an iconic little gallery and studio housed at the Eurotunes motorcycle workshop in Queanbeyan, showcasing works of the artist in-residence, Anders Mykkeltvedt, alongside an extensive collection of bric-a-brac treasures sourced by Helen Whigham.

The Q Exhibition Space
253 Crawford St, Queanbeyan
Open for exhibitions.
The Q Exhibition Space plays host to a wide variety of exhibits by local, regional and national artists, displaying a regular changing program of outstanding visual arts, crafts and design. The exhibition program endeavours to support artists whose work is innovative and reflects the highest standards in concept, style and technique. The venue is open during exhibitions and its changing exhibition program can be found online at theq.net.au.

The Queanbeyan Hive
274 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan
Open during exhibitions 10am – 3pm
The Hive is a community cultural hub set inside a freshly restored, award-winning 1910 heritage cottage in the heart of Queanbeyan. The Queanbeyan Hive’s mission is to provide a wonderful space that supports and fosters people and businesses that share their core values of sharing, creativity, growing and sustainability. Open during exhibitions and performances.

Queanbeyan Art Society
6 Trinculo Place, Queanbeyan
Open 10am – 12pm (Thursdays 10.30am -1.30pm)
The Queanbeyan Art Society is an active and vibrant non-profit organisation that aims to promote and support the visual arts and artists in Queanbeyan, Canberra and the local region. The working gallery hosts monthly exhibitions of high quality artworks in all media as well as regular art classes.

Rusten House Art Centre
87 Collett Street, Queanbeyan
Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm

Rusten House Art Centre & Gallery is the latest addition to the arts and design scene in Queanbeyan. Built in 1861 as the Community Hospital, the NSW State Heritage Register listed Rusten House is now one of the city’s most significant properties. This exciting addition to the local arts scene operates as a Gallery, Artisan Retail Space and arts instruction workshop space.

CAPTAINS FLAT

Neverwhere Gallery
70 Foxlow St, Captains Flat
Open Thursday to Saturday 10am – 2pm on school terms, and Wednesday to Friday 12pm – 6pm and 10am – 2pm on Saturdays during school holidays.

The warm and cosy Neverwhere Gallery in Captains Flat showcases local artists and artisans’ works, stocking a great selection of locally made jewellery, soaps, lotions, crafts, and a beautiful display of local paintings and photographs.

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Suki & Hugh Gallery
Suki & Hugh Gallery features an exhibition program of exciting emerging and established artists.

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