In the belly of Middle Swan, surrounded by a plethora of wineries, chocolateries, bakeries, patisseries and other gastronomic temptations, lies a tourist destination with a difference. The Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Park offers the Swan Valley visitor welcome respite from the epicurean business of gourmet food and drink consumption in its region. Nestling quietly in four-and-a-half acres of park-like grounds, the extensive and eclectic collection of outdoor sculptures makes for impressive viewing. More impressive still is the fact that all of the works can be viewed for free, especially when you consider that the privately-owned Park is completely self-funded.
Established in 1982, the Sculpture Park is the generous vision of its creative, hard-working owners, Ron and Terrie Gomboc. Visitors to the park are at liberty to take a self-guided tour of the grounds and to wander through the gallery to view all of the works. Indeed, the Gombocs positively encourage their like-minded visitors to linger: tables and chairs are provided on the patio outside the Gallery, allowing any BYO refreshments to be enjoyed in the Park's tranquil setting.
The two-storey Gomboc Gallery, located within the Park, is currently holding its 35th Annual Sculpture Survey Exhibition, showcasing works not only by established, international artists but also tertiary students and emerging sculptors. About two-thirds of the forty works presently on view in the Exhibition are available for sale. In addition to its annual exhibition, which ends on 29th July, a new exhibition is mounted each month, featuring the works of an individual artist or group.
The Gallery has a regularly revised stock of paintings and sculpture on display and new works continue to be added to the outdoor collection, a testament to the regard with which the Park and its owner-curators are held. Pieces of sculpture by Ron Gomboc can be found inside the Gallery and in the Park outside. If one of these works looks especially familiar, it's probably because it is. In 2011, Ron was commissioned to design the statuette for the AACTA - the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards. You can find this particular piece positioned proudly beside the Gallery building.
I struggled to find any reference to the Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Park when researching places of interest to visit for our recent family holiday in Perth. I would have expected this vital and acclaimed establishment to have been judged worthy of inclusion in Tourism Western Australia's list of "Top Ten Free Things to Do in Perth and Surrounds": in my opinion, it should be placed firmly in their category of "Unmissable Places to See".
I quite agree with the comment Gomboc Gallery should be on the list of free things to see when visiting Perth, or people living here and in the all of Western
Austrailia. It is a remarkable Gallery and something that should not be missed.
I quite agree with the comment recently posted. Gomboc Gallery is a unique experience and could easily use up a good couple of interesting hours. Time to wander and even have a picnic. Something not to be missed