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Art & culture

The monumental sandstone outcrops and vast pastoral scenes of the Grampians region have inspired generations upon generations of artists. Visit top-notch galleries in lively towns to see evidence of a fascinating history and a booming contemporary art scene.

Main players

Make a beeline for standout regional galleries in Horsham, Hamilton and Ararat (currently undergoing a redevelopment), with collections to rival their urban counterparts.

Gaze at excellent contemporary Australian photography in Horsham and browse the popular collection of decorative arts and rich bequests in Hamilton. The redevelopment of Ararat Regional Art Gallery (re-opening in June 2018) is set to draw major exhibitions and performers.

Legendary Australian artist Arthur Streeton captured the natural beauty of the region with wonder and awe. See his works in galleries around the nation immortalising mounts Rosea, Sturgeon and Abrupt and most famously, Mount William, in the Land of the Golden Fleece.

The first artists

Reserve plenty of time for visiting Aboriginal places of interest, especially Brambuk Cultural Centre in Halls Gap, with its multimedia shows, art exhibitions, artefact displays, cultural talks, and guided tours to ancient rock art sites.

Local artists

Pop into smaller private galleries and art spaces to see works inspired the region, from the moody landscapes in Ros McArthur's studio and the wildlife paintings by Steve Morvell to the ceramics, prints and etchings at Bluewhippet Art in Ararat.

Golden days

Chinese miners played a significant role in Victoria's gold rush of the 1800s. Hear stories from the state's golden age and delve into local Chinese history at the purpose-built Chinese Heritage Centre in Ararat, the only town in Australia to have been founded by Chinese migrants.

Festivals and events

Celebrate the long history of artistic inspiration at the frequent arts events and festivals held throughout the region.

Swing into Ararat in March when the Jailhouse Rock Festival takes over town, or roll on by Halls Gap in October for the revamped Grampians Jazz Festival.

Also in March, the Lake Bolac Eel Festival celebrates local indigenous culture with music, art exhibitions and performances.

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Art galleries & museums

Art & culture

Art galleries

MUD Gallery (The Hamilton Institute of Rural Learning - HIRL Community Art Gallery)

The Hamilton Institute of Rural Learning (HIRL) Gallery (now called MUD Gallery) is a community gallery manned by the local artists and volunteers,...

Museums

Langi Morgala Museum

The large eclectic collection covers a wide variety of themes of local importance and includes objects from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries....

Gold rush history

Gum San Chinese Heritage

Unearth the critical and quirky contributions of the Chinese miners who came to the Victorian goldfields in the 1850s, through interactive exhibits.

Art galleries

Bluewhippet Art

Bluewhippet Art offers an art gallery, custom framing, art supplies and is the southern art studio of Darwin based Geoff Todd and Janette Lucas....

Museums

Volcanoes Discovery Centre

Visit the Volcanoes Discovery Centre in Penshurst at the foot of the dormant Mt Rouse volcano and be transported back thousands of years to when...

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Steve Morvell Wildlife Art

Steve Morvell Wildlife Art Studio is located at Halls Gap in the picturesque Grampians National Park. Steve Morvell is an internationally acclaimed...

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Hamilton Gallery

Exhibitions include silver, porcelain and glass from the 1700s onwards, oriental ceramics, watercolours, prints, and Australian oil paintings.

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Sir Reginald Ansett Transport Museum

The Sir Reginald Ansett Transports Musems is dedicated to the transport and tourism pioneer Reg Ansett, who commenced his transport business in...

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Ros McArthur Art Studio

Ros McArthur Art Studio is located in the large garden of "Woollahra" sheep farm in the Victoria Valley, an area known for its production of...

Art galleries

James McMurtrie's Glass Blowing Studio and Gallery

James McMurtrie, Glass Artist. Stunning, unique and Australian made. James McMurtrie's artworks are inspired by the Grampians mountains that surround...

Art galleries

Horsham Regional Art Gallery

Horsham Regional Art Gallery is one of Australia's best rural galleries, housed in the elegant 1930s Art Deco former Municipal Offices.

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The Bible Museum

The Bible Museum has on display historic bibles which offer a rare insight into the development of the English language and also the story of writing...

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