ART & CULTURE
The Horsham region has a strong connection with its dynamic arts community, ensuring there is always something exciting happening or in the pipeline. You will find unusual festivals, a superb art gallery, excellent theatre and vibrant arts workshop.
Visit Horsham Arts and be surprised what you will find. Horsham Regional Art Gallery www.horshamartgallery.com.au holds a national significant collection of Australian art and photography from paintings, drawings and prints including a small collection of ceramics and sculptures. The gallery continues to host a series of contemporary exhibitions throughout the year.
The newly renovated Horsham Art Gallery is located in Wilson Street, and is home to a significant collection of Australian photography.
Wesley Performing Arts Centre was developed by the community and boasts perfect acoustics for music and theatre performances. Live performances are also held at the newly constructed performing arts centre known as the Horsham Town Hall the facility combines heritage features with a modern design.
The Makers Gallery and Studio is the only gallery in the region which has a focus on high quality locally made art and craft items. Artist's offer the visitor exciting exhibitions of art works from patchwork, quilting, jewellery, woodwork, photography, oil and water- colour paintings.
Other private galleries are well worth a visit like the Natimuk Goat Gallery. This is a privately owned gallery that showcases works by local and regional artists. Exhibits change monthly. Horsham is also the home of the Red rock gallery and the Olde Horsham.
The city contains some important architecture. One of the most stunning buildings in town is the Catholic Church of St Michael and St John, an award-winning design of 1986, by one of Australia’s best architects, Greg Burgess. He also created Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Hall’s Gap.
In a commanding position overlooking the main street is St John’s Anglican Church, 1957, with significant stained glass and sculpture. The Uniting Church also boasts two exceptional windows. Art in public places includes Tim Jones delightful scar tree sculpture, near City Gardens Estate and Angela Polglaze’s totem pole in Roberts Place. Mosaics and murals by children can be viewed at Horsham North, Horsham West, and St Michael and John Primary Schools. Horsham really kicks up its heels during festival time.
In March the Wimmera Machinery Field Day and the Fishing Competition draws visitors from regional Victoria and interstate. Whilst in June you will experience the Art is...festival this is a 10-day event that goes through to the June long weekend, the festival brings challenging artists to work with the community on exciting projects.
In October there is the Horsham Agricultural Show, the ever growing Equestrian Event, Spring Garden and Spring Orchid Festivals.
Experience the atmosphere of the Nati Frinj Festival. This is a three-day biennial event, drawing on the talents of artists and community support from the small township of Natimuk. The next Nati Frinj festival will be held on 30th October to 1st Nov 2015.
Towards the end of the year Kannamaroo offers a boisterous program of music and dance, whilst Carols by Candlelight winds up the year. For a full listing and map, see the flyer "What to do and where to go" available at the Visitor Information Centre and Horsham Regional Art Gallery.
For more information contact the Horsham and Grampians Visitor Information Centre on Freecall 1800 633 218