The New England North West is home to three exceptional Regional Galleries which house unique collections of local and historical significance. Click on the titles below to visit the websites of the Moree Plains Gallery, New England Regional Art Museum, and Tamworth Regional Gallery which will have more information about current exhibitions.
Moree Plains Gallery, through the permanent collection, changing exhibitions and diverse public programs, strives to stimulate knowledge and to widen horizons. Our goal is inspired by the far-reaching plains of the Moree region and by the Gallery’s aim to expand people’s cultural vision across the wide community.The Gallery promotes and enriches the cultural life of the community through the display of significant works of art. As well, it supports the work of contemporary Australian artists, especially Aboriginal artists.The Gallery has one of the most extensive Aboriginal art collections in regional New South Wales. This has been made possible through significant gifts. Dr Ann Lewis, AO, generously endowed the Gallery with some 60 paintings and prints by leading indigenous artists from across Australia. Mr Robert Bleakley, Mr Christopher Hodges and Ms Helen Eager made substantial contribution of works.
The New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) is a living museum of national significance located in Armidale in the heart of the New England North West region of New South Wales. NERAM contributes substantially to the economic, social and cultural fabric of Armidale and is enjoyed by more than 37,000 visitors annually. NERAM opened its doors in 1983 as a purpose built art gallery for the Howard Hinton Collection of more close to 1,400 donated artworks. The Museum now boasts six gallery spaces, the Museum of Printing, an artist’s studio, conference facilities, a shop and café, as well as art collections valued in excess of $41m. NERAM is the custodian of three important collections of Australian art: the Howard Hinton Collection, the Chandler Coventry Collection and the NERAM Collection. Together they offer a comprehensive overview of Australian art history unmatched in regional Australia. These collections include significant works by Australian and international artists such as Streeton, Roberts, Gruner, Preston, Whiteley, Gleeson, Tuckson and Christo, to name just a few.
Established in 1919, Tamworth Regional Gallery is one of the oldest regional galleries in New South Wales. The new gallery is a large modern purpose built facility established in 2004.Tamworth Regional Gallery is a world class facility that delivers a varied exhibition program each year. There are two main gallery spaces where exhibitions change approximately every four to six weeks. The Gallery is home to the Tamworth Textile Triennial, which showcases the best of fibre textile art from across the country every three years. Guest curators devise a theme-based exhibition from artists working in the fibre textile medium. Tamworth Regional Gallery has a long held association with fibre textile art dating back to the 1970s.