Moree Plains Gallery, through the permanent collection, changing exhibitions and diverse public programs, strives to stimulate knowledge and to widen horizons. Our goal is inspired by the far-reaching plains of the Moree region and by the Gallery’s aim to expand people’s cultural vision across the wide community.
The Gallery promotes and enriches the cultural life of the community through the display of significant works of art. As well, it supports the work of contemporary Australian artists, especially Aboriginal artists.
The Gallery has one of the most extensive Aboriginal art collections in regional New South Wales. This has been made possible through significant gifts. Dr Ann Lewis, AO, generously endowed the Gallery with some 60 paintings and prints by leading indigenous artists from across Australia. Mr Robert Bleakley, Mr Christopher Hodges and Ms Helen Eager made substantial contribution of works.
Moree Plains Gallery is one of the few regional galleries in New South Wales not owned and run by local government. The Gallery is managed by the Moree Cultural Art Foundation, under whose guidance the collection and programs continue to develop strongly. Nevertheless, the Gallery receives invaluable support from Moree Plains Shire Council, which owns the magnificent 1911 Edwardian-style Gallery building and provides generous triennial funding.
The Foundation is working hard to improve the Gallery’s art workshop facility. This redevelopment project is a shared responsibility that is aligned to the Gallery’s charter of uniting all peoples through art and culture. Flowing from the project comes Aboriginal pride and European understanding.
Our annual program includes a diverse array of touring exhibitions and displays of works from the permanent collection. Other cultural events include lectures, piano recitals, choral performances, film evenings and art workshops. Our liaison with the Moree campus of TAFE and the Aboriginal Employment Strategy enables us to stage art classes for emerging artists in the Kamilaroi community. Murri kids workshops in painting cater for 16-to-21 year-olds who develop their skills in marketing by producing saleable goods such as key rings and notepad covers based on designs from their paintings. Disabled Kamilaroi artists attend special classes in art and holiday workshops are held for adults and children.