The Culturalist


A Gallery With More Than 900 Pieces

sragThe Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery (SRAG) offers international, Australian and local art exhibitions. It is home to a permanent collection of almost 900 pieces, hosts specially curated exhibitions of traditional and contemporary paintings, works on paper, ceramics, sculpture, and fibre/ textile artworks. This strong collection of noted artists’ work is sourced from acquisitions made during the biennial Stanthorpe Art Festival, the largest regional art prize in Australia.

Quality national touring exhibitions encompass displays varying from contemporary textiles, ceramics, painting and mixed media installations, on a wide range of contemporary subjects, including works by noted Australian established and emerging artists. A program of exhibitions from the wider local arts community plays an integral part of the gallery’s professional development program and exposure of the regional creative endeavours to the visiting public.

The SRAG’s collection includes works by William Robinson, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott and David Aspden, Shona Wilson, Avital Scheffer and Karla Marchesi Charles Blackman, Margaret Olley, Jon Molvig, Sam Fullbrook, Joe Furlonger, James Fardoulys plus a Pablo Picasso 1966 Lithograph titled “Bethasbee”.


Talented Local Artists

Local art works are also on display at our fabulous private galleries and wineries, or at events including the annual Art in the Mill (held on the Labour Day weekend in May) and Art on Amiens (Part of the Primavera Festival). Some artists have small galleries at their residences open by appointment – contact the Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre for details.


A Crafty Affair

Markets in the Mountain, held every second Sunday in Stanthorpe at the Civic Centre, celebrate locals who make it, bake it, grow it or sew it, and offer a diverse range of handmade products. Local art and craft can also be sourced at the Border Railway Markets, Wallangarra on the first Sunday of the month. Find something special to buy to remind you of your time here in the Granite Belt.


Music on the Granite Belt

operaTalented musicians also call the Granite Belt home – including renowned Australian artist James Blundell. From sultry jazz, the cool sounds of blues to country ballads; music vibrates through the mountains.

Our annual music calendar of events, most of which are set in the picturesque surrounds of the Granite Belt vineyards, include:

  • January Granite Belt Blues at Lucas Estate Vineyard on New Year’s Day
  • May Opera in the Vineyard at Ballandean Estate on May long weekend
  • June Rock & Roll in the Vineyard at Lucas Estate
  • August Jazz in the Vineyard at Ballandean Estate
  • October Brass and Wine at Robert Channon Wines

Regular jam-sessions, concerts and performances are appearing at a growing number of wineries and restaurants. The performers are both local and "imported" and cover everything from casual afternoons of blues on the deck, to chamber music overlooking the lake. Granite Belt venues hosting regular music events include the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Robert Channon Wines, Lucas Estate, Qld College of Wine Tourism, and Whiskey Gully Wines. View the events calendar for Granite Belt musical events in the coming months.


Public Art

The Roll Up Tree in Stanthorpe’s Piazza, the three metre high Wine Barrel Totem Pole overlooking Quart Pot Creek, and the Brass Monkey sculpture by Chris Humphries are just a few of the outstanding public art pieces that dot the Granite Belt.


Performing Arts

Catch locally produced theatre at the Little Theatre. Regular performances take place each month. A number of our wineries also host performances including the annual Shakespeare Under the Stars at Bungawarra Wines.

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