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Gawler Community Gallery

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by Marie Vonow (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer who enjoys exploring Adelaide and nearby regions, usually travelling by public transport. I particularly appreciate street art and other free to view art. I blog at
Published March 4th 2017
What can an abandoned station master's house be used for?
Gawler Community Gallery
Gawler Community Gallery in the old station master's house at Gawler Railway Station

The Gawler Community Gallery was opened in 2006. It is operated by Gallery members and other volunteers to exhibit a wide variety of art and craft from local artists. The Gallery is housed in the Station Master's House, part of the State Heritage listed Gawler Railway Station Precinct. Entry is free but any money dropped into the donation box is much appreciated.

Gawler Railway Station, historic
Gawler Railway Station in the 1800s. Photographer unknown

The Gallery has four exhibition rooms, two downstairs and two upstairs. Artwork on display is for sale. New exhibitions are held every six weeks so you never know what you will see when you visit.

There will certainly be paintings, will they be oil, acrylic or watercolour? Will they be landscapes, old houses, flowers or abstract? At a recent exhibition there were paintings done using resin giving them a 3D effect

resin art, tree, painting
Resin art painting

Sketches could be still life, landscapes, animals, people or fantasy. They may be done in pencil, pastel or charcoal.

There is likely to be 3D art of some type. There may be limestone sculpture or jewellery boxes, wood carving or clay pieces. Perhaps there will be functional bowls thrown on a pottery wheel or hand built items.

pottery, head
Clay sculpture

Sometimes there are amazing framed photos on display. Mixed media creations feature from time to time. A couple of months back there were two paintings combined with poetry.

What's in the next exhibition room? Did you expect to see drums?

You never know what will be on display and available for sale

But wait, there's more. On some occasions there is a display of textile art. Even a scarecrow. Yes, there has recently been a scarecrow. His friends will be hanging out at the Barossa Vintage Festival. Sometimes there is wearable art, other times quilts or fabric pictures.

wall hanging, fabric
Fabric art

There is plenty of variety to admire, especially when there is an art competition or the biennial Gawler Art Award. The Youth Unframed Exhibition is becoming a popular competition, giving young people under 18 the opportunity to see their artwork in a real gallery.

The gift shop, first door on the right as you enter, has some very affordable paintings, jewellery, pottery, knitted items (some in footy colours), cards, pens and more for sale. The friendly volunteers will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

gallery shop
The Gallery shop has a wide selection of one off items for sale

The Gawler Community Gallery is well worth visiting. The location is easily accessible, even if you don't have a car, as it is right at the Gawler Railway Station.

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Why? Be surprised by the variety and creativity on display
When: Thurs-Sat 10am to 4pm, Sun 9am to 3pm. Closed public holidays and two week period over Christmas/New Year. Closed on days over 35C
Phone: (08) 8523 5995 during Gallery hours
Where: Station Master's House Gawler Railway Station Twenty Third Street Gawler South
Cost: Free to enter
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