Arts and Culture
The Horsham region has a strong connection with its dynamic arts community.
The Horsham Town Hall and Horsham Regional Art Gallery
Artwork in itself, the redevelopment of the Horsham Town Hall and Horsham Regional Art Gallery completed in 2016, joins exterior Streamlined Moderne and 1930's Art Deco interior with modern day architectural design. The complex provides world-class performance, visual arts and conferencing facilities and allows our community to enjoy the highest quality international, national and locally-produced events. Also home to the Visitor Information Centre, the Horsham Town Hall is your one stop shop for 'What's On' at the Town Hall and information on Major Events in the area.
The Horsham Regional Art Gallery holds a nationally significant collection of Australian photography developed since the early 1970's along with the Mack Jost Collection of Australian Painting and Works on Paper and a collection of artwork from The Wimmera And Its Artists including ceramics and sculptures. The Gallery surprises visitors by regularly changing its permanent collection displays and hosting several self curated and touring exhibitions throughout the year. Workshops are also held regularly throughout the year for all ages.
The Makers Gallery and Studio
The Makers Gallery and Studio is the only gallery in the region which focuses on high quality locally made art and craft items. Artists offer the visitor exciting exhibitions of art works from patchwork, quilting, jewellery, woodwork, photography, oil and water-colour paintings. It's the perfect spot to pick up a unique and special gift. Regular opening hours are Mondays to Fridays 10am to 3pm and Saturday 10am to 12pm. The Annual Makers Gallery Christmas Market is held in December in the run up to Christmas each year.
There are several private galleries in and around Horsham. Make sure you visit the Natimuk Goat Gallery on your travels to Natimuk and Arapiles. This privately owned gallery showcases works by local and regional artists. Exhibits change regularly.
Redrock Books And Gallery on Firebrace Street exhibits local and international artists in a variety of media and sells books of all genres. Popular with knitters and felters, Fibreworks Studio @ Redrock Books and Gallery offers a wide range of colourful hand dyed yarn and fibres.
Located on the Western Hwy heading towards Melbourne with it's unique olde world charm, the Olde Horsham Village comprises a highly rated restaurant, antique/art shop/gallery and motel set in beautiful gardens. The restaurant itself has some quirky artworks and an Old Melbourne Tram. Popular with the kids, you can't miss the large dinosaur at the front entrance.
Apart from the Horsham Town Hall and Regional Art Gallery, Horsham also boasts some other stunning buildings in town. The Catholic Church of St Michael and St John was an award-winning design of 1986 by one of Australia’s best architects, Greg Burgess also known for the design of the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre with its mothwing-like undulating roof in Hall’s Gap.
In a commanding position overlooking the main street is St John’s Anglican Church, built in 1957, with significant stained glass and sculpture. The Uniting Church on the corner of Pynsent and Urquhart Streets also boasts two exceptional windows.
Art in public places includes Tim Jones delightful scar tree sculpture near the City Gardens Estate. Mosaics and murals by children can be viewed at Horsham North, Horsham West, and St Michael and John Primary Schools. learn more about the Public Art and Heritage Trail Guide or pick up a guide at the Horsham and Grampians Visitor Information Centre.
Festivals and Performances
Horsham really kicks up its heels during festival time. In March the Wimmera Machinery Field Days and the Horsham Fishing Competition draws visitors from regional Victoria and interstate. In June you will experience the Art is...festival, a 10-day event that goes right through to the June long weekend. It has a proud history of delivering an iconic inclusive quality annual arts festival in the heart of Horsham.
In October there is the Horsham Agricultural Show, Spring Garden and Spring Orchid Festivals.
Experience the atmosphere of the Nati Frinj Festival. A three-day biennial event, drawing on the talents of artists and community support from the small township of Natimuk.
Towards the end of the year Kannamaroo offers a boisterous program of music and dance, whilst Carols by Candlelight winds up the year. For more information on events contact the Horsham and Grampians Visitor Information Centre on Freecall 1800 633 218