Located in a restored heritage building, the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery is as beautiful as the collection of works within.
On the main street of Broken Hill in a grandiose two-story heritage building, lives the most impressive collection of art west of Sydney. Built in 1885 and formerly the well-known Sully’s Emporium hardware store, the imposing building was purchased by the Broken Hill City Council in 1998 and underwent an award-winning restoration to become a truly beautiful gallery space. Many of the buildings original features were preserved, including external Sully’s signage that shouts its heritage loud and proud to all who pass. What else would you expect in Australia’s first Heritage-listed city?
The oldest regional art gallery in NSW, the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery was established in 1904 following the bequest of three major artworks by Mr George McCulloch, one of the founders of Broken Hill Propriety Limited (BHP). The bequest included Lynmouth, North Devon, 1867 by James Webb, After the Bath, 1890, by Harriette Sutcliffe and Memories, 1891 by John William Godward RBA.
As a part of Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery’s centenary celebrations, it relocated in 2004, to Sully’s Emporium, in the heart of Broken Hill. The sprawling new venue offers multiple exhibition spaces to present an exciting and diverse annual program of exhibitions by local, regional, state, national and international artists, as well as touring exhibitions, floor talks, lectures, workshops, guided tours and educational activities.
The Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery provides an annual program of locally curated exhibitions along with touring exhibitions from major cultural institutions. A selection of works from the collection is on permanent display in the upstairs gallery. The annual program endeavours to include work by established and emerging Aboriginal artists from around the Far West region of NSW.