Gosford Regional Gallery and Arts Centre and Edogawa Memorial Gardens
Entrance to Gallery
For over thirty years - since 1988, Gosford has enjoyed a sister city relationship with Edogawa in Japan, which has led to many benefits for both cities. One of these is The Edogawa Commemorative Gardens
in East Gosford, New South Wales, which also has a regional gallery attached to it. The gallery has three spaces for exhibitions that change throughout the year. The gallery has hosted many exhibitions over the years for local artists, with a small collection focused on these artists, as well as a café that has something for everyone, a bookshop with an array of books on art and by local authors, or where you can take part in art classes or have the chance to appreciate significant exhibitions such as the Archibald Prize.
Entry to Gardens
engages with the community through its volunteers who run the tours and art classes and help with the exhibitions as well as a range of other services.
The highlight though, I think is the garden, which was opened in 1994 – a gift from Edogawa, Japan. It was designed to align with the Japanese Heian period (700AD), and features a tranquil garden with ponds, structures, and Koi over 4,000 square metres. The route through the garden is a stroll, based on a traditional style called shuyu – strolling style, and has meandering pathways, a pavilion that overlooks the Koi pond, and a tea house, with a circular window where you can look out over the garden.
View from Tea House
Raked dry stone gardens add to the tranquillity, making the garden peaceful as nature and art meet to create a place that celebrates cultural diversity and the power of art. Whilst you are walking around, everything feels at ease, and the garden is filled with greenery. In spring, the Wisteria Walk is in full bloom and talks you around the back portion of the garden, and around to the roofed pavilion that overlooks the Koi pond which is often used for weddings, and you can buy bags of fish food from the gift shop to feed the fish. The beauty of this place is that you can take yourself around the garden, or you can arrange a guided tour for groups and organisations, and there is a special page for [ https://www.gosfordregionalgallery.com/learn school groups and learning resources].
Raked Stone Garden
This is one of the most beautiful art galleries and locations on the Central Coast and brings art into the local community, making it accessible to all, in a central location that shows the importance of art to the regions as well as the cities. One of the gems on the Central Coast.
The garden is open daily, and entry is free.
36 Webb Street
Gosford NSW 2250
02 4304 7550
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