Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery
Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery is located in the Granite Belt district on the border of NSW. Established in 1972 with a permanent facility built in 1987, the gallery provides local artists the opportunity to establish themselves in a wider regional context and also provides regional visitors to the gallery with access to national touring exhbitions.
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. Generous donations from Pamela Bell O.A.M, and William Bowmore A.M. have added considerable depth to the collection with a number of European artists including Pablo Picasso, being represented.
The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery continues to acquire works by Australian artists, with recent additions to the collection by Ken Done, Jorg Schmeisser and Dr Ian Henderson. Works are acquired though the biennial art festival, donations, bequests and purchases. The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery Collection and Acquisitions policy is available for public perusal.
The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery has been endorsed as a public gallery with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status by the Australian Tax Office.
The Gallery is therefore eligible to receive financial donations and cultural objects (i.e. works of art) under the Commonwealth Cultural Gifts program.
The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery administers the Southern Downs Regional Council Art Collection through the auspice of the Stanthorpe Art Gallery Society Incorporated. The SRAG collection focuses on ceramic , fibre and contemporary Australian painting from the early 70's to now. It is also home to Stanthorpe's historical and Italian pioneering heritage photos.