Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery is well recognised as having one of Australia’s most comprehensive collections of naïve art. Along with a growing collection of Australian works on paper, prints and drawings, the Gallery presents an exciting program of touring exhibitions and events throughout the year.
Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery is situated adjacent to the Marraboor River in Swan Hill, Victoria, Australia in a unique purpose built gallery.
The gallery was first established in 1966 and located on the paddle steamer ‘Gem’, operating under the management of the Pioneer Settlement Authority. It soon became evident that this unique location was inadequate for housing the growing permanent collection and the many touring exhibitions that were on offer. In 1974 the gallery was officially established as part of the Regional Art Gallery network in Victoria.
High community interest in the visual arts led to the establishment of The Art Associates Incorporated in 1982. This committee led the project to develop a purpose built gallery, supported by generous local patrons who worked tirelessly to raise funds and lobby Government to ensure the building was completed.
The Australian woolshed was the inspiration for architect Ian Douglas. Beams and columns hewn from local redgum timber and wall panels of locally hand made mud bricks make up the main structure. The gallery opened in 1987 and in 1990 the building was extended to include the Access Gallery and a new entrance.
THE GALLERY TODAY
The Gallery offers a lively program of changing exhibitions as well as displaying works from the permanent collection. Various events are organised for the whole community to enjoy including a school holiday program and concerts featuring our magnificent 1923 Steinway & Sons grand piano.
The Art Gallery Associates group works to support the gallery through the organisation of various social and fundraising activities, and members enjoy opportunities to visit other
regional galleries and exhibitions.
The Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery is a program of Swan Hill Rural City Council and part of the cultural team. Staff and volunteers are very proud to present to the public a comprehensive range of exhibitions, concerts and educational programs of outstanding quality. Sourced from local and emerging artists, touring exhibitions and curated from our own permanent collection, we strive to deliver inspiring, challenging and ultimately rewarding programs for our visitors.
The gallery houses a collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures from 1960, with special interest in Australian Naïve art, works on paper and pieces relating to this region. The gallery holds a biennial National Print and Drawing Acquisitive Award which is generously supported by sponsors and members. Plans are underway for additional gallery space to enable more of our permanent collection to be exhibited regularly.
In the past 12 months the gallery hosted 20 exhibitions totalling 700 exhibition days, including collection shows, regional artists and inbound touring exhibitions. The gallery also managed 5 outreach exhibitions to neighbouring communities. There were 11,815 visitors to the gallery with an average of 1,200 people visiting each of the 20 exhibitions offered.
Our shop features beautiful hand crafted products made by local and regional artists along with a small range of quality Australian made items. Complement your gift purchase with a greeting card featuring works from the collection.
The Gallery is available for hire for a limited range of functions, depending on the available space and consideration to the impact on the current exhibitioin program. The main gallery has been host to weddings, photo shoots, seminars, artist talks and more.
The Access Gallery is an exhibiting space where local emerging and professional artists can exhibit their work in a formal gallery setting. Community groups are often supported through complementary exhibitions. Interested artists are encouraged to contact the gallery to obtain an application form.