The Queanbeyan-Palerang region boasts a strong creative and artisanal community. In fact, creativity and innovation are instilled in the region’s character and flow through the veins of Queanbeyan-Palerang’s residents. The rolling hills, fascinating architecture and beautiful landscape are known to attract and inspire both local and visiting artists.
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. For example, the Queanbeyan Art Society and Braidwood Community Arts Group hold exhibitions for new members as well as regular classes and workshops. The community has also played a vital role in revitalising the region by creating magnificent public art that everyone can 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 by Neil Dickinson.
- Bird sculptures on top of the street signs by Neil Dickinson.
- Mosaic panels on outdoor seating – Community project by 7 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.
Despite what you may assume at first glance, Braidwood, Bungendore and Queanbeyan are 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, there’s something for every art-lover in Queanbeyan-Palerang. If you’re keen to explore the local art scene beyond public art, we recommend you pay a visit to these hidden gems.
Galleries and Studios
• The Left Hand Gallery
81 Lascelles Street, Braidwood
Open during exhibitions – Saturdays & Sundays, 10am – 5pm or by appointment
A non-profit visual art gallery in Braidwood with the aim of supporting imaginative visual artists free from the usual commercial pressures of mainstream galleries.
• Altenburg & Co
104 Wallace Street, Braidwood
Open 10am – 4.00pm Thursday to Monday
Altenburg & Co is a family business specialising in beautiful art and great design.
• Wheatfield Gallery at Mill Pond Farm
Open Saturdays and Sundays during exhibitions, and any other time by appointment.
The Wheatfield Gallery offers a stunning exhibition space ideal for showing works of art, antiques, craft and sculpture.
• Fyre Gallery
84 Wallace Street, Braidwood
Open during exhibitions – 11am – 4pm
A boutique fine art gallery specialising in works on paper and textiles.
• Round the Bend Art and Framing Studio
15 Monkittee Street, Braidwood
Open Tuesday to Thursday 10am – 5pm. Any other time be appointment.
Custom picture framing workshop that doubles as an Art Studio.
• Thompson Bespoke Jewellers
119 Wallace Street, Braidwood
Open 9:30am – 4:30pm.
Award winning family jewellery designers and manufacturers. Repairs and remodelling, registered valuers and diamond and pearl specialists.
• Vetro e Metallo Showroom
12 Park Lane, Braidwood
Open Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10am – 4pm
Handcrafted and upcycled materials creating a collection of metal and glass with soul.
• William Verdon Manufacturing Jewellery
Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm.
A traditional jewellery workshop, specialising in handmade-to-order bespoke jewellery, as well as retail handmade items, repairs remodelling and maintenance.
Galleries and Studios
• Bungendore Fine Art
42b Ellendon Street
Open 10am – 4.30 pm
A friendly gallery owned and operated by eight artists. Showcasing a changing display of about 150 paintings ranges from large works to miniatures and monthly exhibitions featuring guest artists.
• Bungendore Wood Works Gallery
22 Malbon Street, Bungendore
Open 9am – 5pm
Exhibiting and promoting high quality, Australian made, wood art, sculptures, craft and contemporary furniture.
• Suki and Hugh
38A Gibraltar Street, Bungendore
Open Thursday to Sunday 10am – 4pm
Gallery showcasing exciting emerging and established artists with a focus on glass, ceramics, painting and works on paper.
• Saskia’s Gallery
206 Macs Reef Road, Bywong
Open by appointment only.
Classically trained sculptor and painter.
• X Gallery
32 Gibraltar Street, Bungendore
Open Friday to Monday 11am – 5pm
Unique contemporary wearables, small sculptures and commission work.
• Rosie Windsor Jewels
Unique, hand-made jewellery.
Galleries and Studios
• Art by Anders
144 Uriarra Road, Queanbeyan
Open Wednesday to Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm
An iconic, extremely happy little gallery/studio/motorcycle workshop.
• The Bunker
4/6 Silva Avenue, Queanbeyan
Open Monday 9am – 5pm and Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm
A gathering of artists, also offering arts classes suitable for all.
• Queanbeyan Art Society
6 Trinculo Place, Queanbeyan
Open 10am – 12pm (Thursdays 10.30am -1.30pm)
A non-profit organisation holding art exhibitions, competitions and classes.
• The Queanbeyan Hive
274 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan
Open during exhibitions 10am – 3pm
A community cultural hub set inside a freshly restored, award-winning 1910 heritage cottage in the heart of Queanbeyan.