The Horsham region is renowned for 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 surprise what you will find. Horsham Regional Art Gallery www.horshamartgallery.com.au is one of rural Australia’s best, with frequently changing exhibitions and a fine collection of art and photography.Currently the Horsham Art Gallery is located in Roberts Avenue next the Wesley Performing Arts Centre.
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 Town Hall and Sawyer Park Sound Shell. Collect a program from the Horsham Visitor Information Centre.
In the Makers Gallery, adjacent to the library, you can view and purchase local artists work in a variety of media or why not visit the recently opened Natimuk's Goat Gallery. It is one of the best contemporary art galleries in Western Victoria. Other private galleries are well worth a visit including the Redgum Gallery, Old Mill Furniture, Olde Horsham and at the Oasis of Wellbeing. 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 Angi 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 Fishing Competition draws visitors from interstate to the banks of the Wimmera River. June long weekend features the Art is... at Water Edge Festival. The festival brings challenging artists to work with the community on exciting projects. In October Awakenings, dubbed the festival of a million smiles, celebrates all levels of ability. In the same month are the Agricultural Show, Spring Garden and Spring Orchid Festivals. Towards the end of the year Kannamaroo offers a boisterous program of music and dance, and 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