Is the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery open? Yes, as of Saturday 18 July the Gallery is open again with normal opening hours: Open 6 days a week Monday, Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm, Closed Tuesdays. Saturday and Sunday 10-3pm, Closed Public Holidays
What exhibition will be on? We are re-opening with the impressive Fieldwork exhibition from the AGNSW. Fieldwork is a survey of treasures from the Gallery’s collection depicting landscapes west of Sydney between the late 19th to the mid-20th centuries. With a focus on plein air painting at artist camps and on excursions organised to areas such as the Hawkesbury River, Blue Mountains and Sydney’s western suburbs, this exhibition reveals how these bucolic images fed into the development of national narratives at the turn of the century, and how this legacy both vexed and was embraced by modern landscape artists. Fieldwork includes significant and seldom-seen paintings and works on paper from the Gallery’s collection by prominent artists including Hilda Rix Nicholas, Julian Ashton, Elioth Gruner, JJ Hilder, Sydney Long and Charles Meere. A highlight is the inclusion of Gruner’s painting Spring frost 1919, an iconic and much-loved painting that is seldom taken off display.
Will there be an opening event? We are currently unable to provide an opening event while complying with the Federal and State Government physical distance requirements. However instead, we will host a closing event on Sunday 20 September 2-4 pm, details are available at the Gallery or on our website or FB pages. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL.
Will there be any programs associated with this exhibition? Yes we will be running two programs associated with this exhibition. Please note numbers will be limited and bookings are essential. Details are below: * FLOOR TALK: CURATOR (Sunday 2 August 1-3pm) Please join us for a floor talk with Fieldwork curator (and former Hawkesbury Regional Gallery volunteer), Nick Yelverton. Nick Yelverton is an assistant curator of Australian art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. His recent projects include In any way, shape or form: the new abstraction (2016), Australian art and the legacy of the Russian avant-grade (2017) and Janet Laurence: the matter of the masters (2017-18). He has also undertaken research and written catalogue texts for the following exhibitions: Pop to popism (2014), John Russell: Australia’s French impressionist (2017) and Streeton (2020). * FLOOR TALK: CONSERVATION (Sunday 16 August 1-3pm) What’s in a frame? Join AGNSW Frame Conservator Grace Barrand to explore the diverse and changing frame designs on display in this turn of the century exhibition, and hear about the conservation work undertaken to get these works ready for tour.
Is the Gallery shop open? Yes, the Gallery shop is open for business. It operates the same hours as the Gallery. We have a range of merchandise made by local artists and makers including jewellery, ceramics, books, cards, art, kids art packs, glassware and homewares. We are currently taking cashless payments only.
When will school holiday activities and after school art classes be available again? Further easing of Government restrictions will see more Gallery programs become available in the future. We will be keeping you informed at each stage. Currently, it is anticipated that school holiday activities will resume in September and Art After School and Drawn To Art in Term 4. If you don’t already receive it, please subscribe to the Gallery eNewsletter. Also follow us on our Gallery Facebook page for further updates.
Is there an entry fee? No, entry to the Gallery is free.
Is there car parking available at the Gallery? Free undercover parking is available for 47 cars but please be aware that parking time limits apply in the Deerubbin Centre car park (Gallery is on Level 1 of the Deerubbin Centre). Please read parking restriction signs carefully. Free on-street parking is also available in nearby streets, including Christie Street, Catherine Street and George Street.
What health and safety measures will be operating at the Gallery? Some things will be different on your visit. We are implementing a range of measures to ensure the health and well-being of our visitors and staff and to facilitate social distancing. The Gallery experience may be different to what you are used to, but your safety is our main priority.
Social distancing rules are in place
1.5 metre floor markings to support social distancing
Hand sanitiser station at entry to the Gallery
Queuing lines will be in place when necessary
High contact touch points cleaned throughout the day
Signage displayed at the facility with Covid-19 safety messages
Vigilance in adhering to the most up-to-date state and federal government instructions and guidelines
The Gallery Shop will be open, but for cashless purchases only
There are no group bookings or large public programs until further notice
We ask please, that people not visit the Gallery if they are feeling at all unwell
We are required to keep a record of visitor names and phone number or email address, for a period of at least 28 days. This information will be kept securely and only for the purpose of tracing COVID-19 infections.