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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

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,...

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...

Public art

Framing the Wimmera

Get in the picture. Art installation project Framing the Wimmera positions large-scale picture frames in the landscape to capture iconic Wimmera vistas.

Art galleries

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...

Public art

Sheep Hills silo

Travel along The Silo Art Trail to the tiny town of Sheep Hills and marvel at Adnate’s mural depicting four indigenous faces set against starry skies.

Walking & hiking

Gulgurn Manja

Rock paintings at Gulgurn Manja include emu tracks and handprints, part of a unique local art style which tells the stories of the Jardwadjali people.

Art galleries

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...

Arts & culture

Brambuk - The National Park & Cultural Centre

Learn about the flora and fauna of the region and explore Aboriginal culture in the natural oasis of the Grampians/Gariwerd National Park.

Walking & hiking

Ngamadjidj Shelter - Wartook Valley

Get a glimpse of ancient Indigenous culture on this walk to an Aboriginal art site, which depicts the dancing spirit with white painted figures.

Walking & hiking

Billimina Shelter

Follow the creek to Buandik Falls. Near the falls, an uphill walk leads to Billimina Shelter, a massive rock overhang sheltering ancient aboriginal art.

Art galleries

Hamilton Gallery

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

Walking & hiking

Bunjil Shelter - Stawell

Visit Black Range Scenic Reserve to see the only Aboriginal rock art painting of Bunjil, a leading spiritual figure of the local indigenous people.


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