Connoisseurs of fine arts, theatre, literature, film, dance, crafts and music will find something to satisfy in the Tamworth region in any given week – whether you’re a spectator or a participant.
Tamworth Regional Gallery and Tamworth City Library
Located in the same fresh, light-filled building, Tamworth Regional Gallery and Tamworth City Library host exhibitions, art workshops, author/artist talks, writers’ groups, children’s story times and school holiday activities.
- Most of the region’s galleries conduct workshops and some offer studio space. Private galleries in the region include:
- Weswal Gallery showcases fine art, unique handmade jewellery and beautiful giftware, plus solo and group exhibitions.
- The Gamilarart Gallery exhibits the works of local, contemporary indigenous artists.
- The Gomeroi gaaynggal Centre exhibits the paintings and sculptures of local, indigenous women who belong to the ‘Gomeroi gaaynggal’ mothers’ art and health program.
- Nundle Art Gallery and Volcania Art Glass has delightful displays for viewing and for purchase. They also offer tuition and workshops in leadlight.
- The works of Fred Hillier Ceramics in Moonbi depict the simplicity and bush elegance of long-ago Australia. The range consists of stunning porcelain figurines, ceramic bush buildings and claycraft memorial and urns.
- The Fuller Gallery and Claypan in Barraba is owned and operated by the potters’ guild. The Gallery exhibits art, craft and pottery of its members. Contact the gallery on 02 67825441 for location and opening times.
- The Moonbi Art Studio is an owner operated studio featuring the works by resident artist Mary Attard, water colour artist who regularly exhibits in local art shows and exhibitions. Contact the gallery on 02 6760 5092 or 0427 605 092.
Regional Art Trail
Country Art Escapes has several suggested tours and maps for galleries and museums in the region, including details of hours, tours and refreshments available.
Tamworth Regional Craft Centre
Tamworth Regional Craft Centre specialises in crafts from painting to quilting, embroidery, woodturning, even blacksmithing and bonsai – and all crafts on display are for sale. The centre also holds community art shows.
Nundle Woollen Mill
Nundle Woollen Mill is a must-see destination for lovers of knitting, crochet, felting, textiles, spinning and weaving, handmade crafts, machinery and history. In a Nundle Woollen Mill tour, you can see how the raw, natural material is made into a rainbow of spools and balls of wool. It’s the last wool-spinning mill of its kind and some of the machinery is 100 years old.
Other art and cultural exhibitions in the region include Frost Over Barraba, Bendemeer Colours of Autumn Art and Craft Show, and Nundle CWA Art Exhibition and Sale.
Entertainment, Film & Music
Australian and international musicians, actors, comedians and other performers regularly appear at Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre (TRECC), the Capitol Theatre and Tamworth Town Hall. Local talent is also plentiful, and Tamworth Musical Society and Tamworth Dramatic Society each present two major productions annually. Check out the individual venues’ programs to see if you’re in luck and catch a great show.
Visit the Entertainment Venues website or call 02 6766 2028 for information and upcoming events.
The City of Tamworth Eisteddfod, held every year in late May /early June at the Tamworth Town Hall has dance, music, speech and drama sections. Dance studios in the city offer classes for all ages, including adults and hold annual concerts. Styles range from classical ballet to contemporary and even line-dancing.
Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music ensures new generations of musicians rise through the ranks by providing tuition, ensembles and performance opportunities. The conservatorium holds some concerts and open days. See website or contact the Conservatorium for more information.
The Tamworth Regional Film and Sound Archive preserves our regional film and sound heritage and houses about 8,000 cans and cassettes of local and regionally produced visual material and over 20,000 items on the database, plus historical audio material. Tamworth and regional material dates back to 1916 and includes many local collections.