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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

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...

Walking & hiking

Manja Shelter - Hamilton

This fascinating large rock shelter is on the western side of the Grampians. Manja symbolises the link between the Jardwadjali and their land.

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

Rupanyup silo

Check out the monochrome mural created by renowned Russian artist Julia Volchkova that was inspired by the Rupanyup Panthers Football & Netball Club.

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.

Public art

Brim silo

Stretching out across all four of the Brim silos, van Helten’s iconic mural was created as a tribute to the drought-stricken farming community.

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.

Public art

Lascelles silo

See the Lascelles take its turn in the spotlight with intimate portraits of local wheat farmers by internationally renowned street artist Rone.

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.

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.

Public art

Patchewollock silo

Finish your journey along The Silo Art Trail at Patchewollock – population 250 – and witness the work of Brisbane-based street artist Fintan Magee.


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