Stanthorpe is privileged to have an Art Gallery of this size and quality in such a small town. Established in 1972 with the first acquisitions from the biennial Art Festival, the collection has grown to almost 900 pieces, representing the diversity of Australian art practice through the wide ranging mediums of fibre/ textile, painting, ceramics, works on paper and sculpture. A number of internationally recognised Australian artists are represented in the collection with selected works having great significance in their oeuvres. William Robinson, Jon Molvig, Margaret Olley, Charles Blackman are present with artists such as Gordon Bennett, Barbara Schey and Gwyn Hanssen Pigott having pivotal works represented. New exhibitions are regularly presented.
The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery displays quality exhibitions of both national and local importance, as well as fostering a strong program of regional artist exhibitions and displays that are relevant to the history and character of the Granite Belt region.
The exhibition program also includes those specially curated from the Gallery’s wide-ranging permanent collection of traditional and contemporary paintings, works on paper, ceramics, sculpture and fibre artworks.
Quality national touring exhibitions encompass displays varying from contemporary jewellery, ceramics, noted Australian artists’ displays, to talented works by young upcoming artists.
The art gallery also encourages the presentation of established artist exhibitions from outside the region or state.