Hornsby Art Prize Finalists’ Exhibition

16 – 27 OCTOBER, 10am-4pm daily

Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre
25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby

Categories on display: Painting, Drawing, Printmaking and 3D Works.

Hornsby Library,  28-44 George St, Hornsby. View opening times.

Categories on display: Digital Art – Stills.

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Celebrate the best the local and national visual arts at the tenth annual Hornsby Art Prize Finalists’ Exhibition. Artists submitted entries across five categories, including; Painting, Printmaking, Drawing, 3D works or Digital Art – Stills. This exhibition is a showcase of the finalists’ works.

View the list of the 2018 Hornsby Art Prize Winners

Have your say on the best in show artwork of 2019, with the People’s Choice Award.

The Hornsby Art Prize is an annual art competition and exhibition. It is organised and sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council and delivered in partnership with the Hornsby Art Society.

Hornsby Art Prize Award Night

Find out the prize winners at the Hornsby Art Prize Award Night! Enjoy beautiful artwork, fabulous hospitality and dulcet tones of a live quartet, in the award-winning setting of Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre.

When: Saturday 19 October 2019, 6pm
Where: Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby
Cost: Attendance is free, registration essential

Galston Open Gardens Weekend

18 – 20 OCTOBER, 9.30am-4.30pm

Gardens in Galston, Dural and Arcadia
Cost: $25 per person for all 9 gardens, or $5 per person for individual garden. (under 18 free)

Come and explore some of Sydney’s most spectacular gardens in the annual Open Gardens Weekend. 8 acreage gardens and 1 schools beautiful garden are open for inspection showing off owners skills in plant selection and design. Don’t miss the opportunity to see these fantastic private gardens.

Visit Galston Garden Club

Fine Pencil Drawings of Sydney, the UK and Europe

19-31 OCTOBER, Library Opening Times

Hornsby Shire Library
28-44 George Street, Hornsby

Maurice Larkin has been drawing from his early childhood in Liverpool, England. He is self-taught and has been drawing and painting places that have inspired him on his extensive travels. With his love of history and a good eye for a picture he is able to capture the moment in time in his drawings and paintings, for lovers of fine art to appreciate. Maurice likes to work from his sketchbook as well as his photos, to capture the fine detail in his paintings and drawings.

Writing Workshops with Jenna Guillaume

Saturday 19 October, 11am-1pm

Hornsby Library
28-44 George Street, Hornsby
Cost: $10, Book online or at any Hornsby Shire library

The secret to success on the internet – Writing for online publications

What makes something go viral? How do you grab and hold people’s attention in the chaotic void of the internet? Learn the secrets to creating engaging and meaningful content, and how to stand out in the crowded digital landscape. For ages 15+

Living by the river

19 October – 30 November, Saturdays and Sundays, 9am-5pm

10 Dangar Road, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Be there as the doors of Brooklyn’s newest arts space are opened. The exhibition sees local artists reminisce on why they live by the glorious Hawkesbury River.

Arts Cottage – Photo credit: Di Bowles

Summer Avenue

An exhibition featuring Studio Artes

19 October-30 November

Summers Avenue Family Medical Practice Mount Colah
523 Pacific Highway, Mount Colah, View opening times

Summers Avenue Family Medical Practice Mount Colah is currently featuring a broad selection of Studio ARTES artworks and encourages visitors to this public exhibition. Works on show display a range of mediums and styles, giving an insight into the varied practices of Studio ARTES artists.

Studio ARTES is a unique organisation that provides tailor-made creative activities and life skills for adults living with a wide range of disabilities, located in Hornsby and the Inner West.

Abstract – Leonie Gilchrist – Photo credit: Studio ARTES

Festival of the Arts Garden Party Launch

20 OCTOBER, 1pm-5pm

Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre
25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby

Join the festivities and celebrate the creativity of the Hornsby Shire as we launch the 10th year of the Festival of the Arts. The Garden Party will be bursting with fun and creativity, from musicians, to market stalls, food trucks, craft workshops and more.

Creative Carers: A Journey through healing Art

Monday 21 October, 9.30am-12.30pm
Monday 28 October, 9.30am-12.30pm
Monday 4 November, 9.30am-12.30pm

Beatrice Taylor Hall
25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby
Cost: Free

Creative Carers Event, engaging Carers and the care-recipient in Art, Music, Movement to help facilitate health and wellbeing. Providing a safe creative space where carers are able to articulate their caring journey through art and expressive forms. This will help with carer health and wellbeing, as well as creating community connections.

Visit NSLHD Carer Support Service

Photo credit: Getty images

Candy Matson P.I.

Presented by the Stepping Out Theatre

26 OCTOBER, 8pm
27 OCTOBER, 2pm

Club Berowra
997 Pacific Highway, Berowra
Cost: $15 concession, $20 adults.

Purchase your tickets to see some of these dynamic early 1950’s radio serial script live on stage. Candy Matson is a female private investigator with a wry sense of humour and a penthouse in San Francisco.

Visit Stepping Out Theatre

Paper Flower Workshop

Learn to make your own paper flowers

2 NOVEMBER, 1pm-3pm

Hornsby Shire Library
28-44 George Street, Hornsby
Cost: $5. Book online or at any Hornsby Shire Library branch

In this workshop you will learn how to make your own paper flowers using upcycled books and other paper. Take home instructions will be available so you can continue making them at home. All supplies will be provided. For ages 15+

Found Narrative – Untethered Fibre Artists

untethered fibre artists inc.

29 October – 10 November, 10am-4pm

Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre
25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby

Unethered Fibre Artists Inc present Found Narrative finding the inner voice in fibre as a metaphor for the unsaid.

Fibre and textile artists interrogate, interpret and respond to the theme to produce an interrelated exhibition. Experience artwork that use stitch, print, dye, felt and more.

Visit untethered fibre artists inc.

She’s a Prickly Customer – Pam de Groot – Photo credit: Janet Tavener

Silver Piercing Workshop

9 NOVEMBER 2019, 10am-3pm

Wisemans Ferry Community Hall
3 Singleton Road, Wisemans Ferry
Cost: $75 donation to Ferry Artist Gallery,
$50 for consumables

Explore the world of copper and silver work with this creative workshop. Each of the participants will transfer their own design onto a copper and silver sheet and create and take home a piece of jewellery that they can enjoy for years to come.

Visit Ferry Artist Gallery

Photo credit: Hilda Joubert

Arcadian Artists Exhibition and Arts Trail

9-10 November, 9am-5pm

8 venues in the Galston, Arcadia and Berrilee areas.
Go to the website for details.

55 Artists/Artisans exhibit from 8 Rural Open Artists Studio during the weekend. Demonstrations of various art forms are provided throughout the two days. Artworks and fine crafted items are on exhibition and are for sale.


An exhibition by the 2018 Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist, Ben Walsh

12 – 17 NOVEMBER, 10am-4pm

Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby
Cost: Free

The term ‘Psychomachia’, translated as the ‘Soul War’, refers to the medieval allegory from the 5th century poet Prudentius. This term formed the basis Walsh’s studio practice over the last year. This style leans toward dark surrealism using both realistic figurative painting and abstracted elements and ideas that distort the figure, creating a uniquely unsettling but beautiful image.

Engaging with themes of choice, desire and fear, Walsh seeks to create work that snares the viewer delivering them to a point of divergence whereby the imagery and themes presented within the works themselves will trigger the exploration of thought, as well as push people to explore and consider other views and perspectives within often ignored or supressed subject matters.

Having done small shows in community halls in 2015 and 2016, Walsh’s first major project occurred in 2018 in a joint NAS and NIDA installation project named “The Path”, in the same year he was awarded the Hornsby Emerging Artist Prize.

Opening night

When: Friday 15 November, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Where: Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre
Cost: Attendance is free, registration essential.

Artist Talk

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Artist Talk will no longer go ahead. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Ben Walsh – Psychomachia – Photo credit: Ben Walsh

Four Seasons Concerts at Glenhaven

12 NOVEMBER, 9.45am-11.30am

Glenhaven Green Retirement Village
599-607 Old Northern Road, Glenhaven
Cost: $20 per person.

The Spring concert of this quarterly series. Matthew Brooks on piano and Robert Harris on violin, present a program of music from 1919 and the ‘Roaring 20s’. Celebrating this nostalgic era of music in an intimate relaxed environment.

Morning tea from 9.45am before the concert at 10.30am.

Four seasons Concerts at Glenhaven Green – Photo credit: Carla Thackrah

Print Making Workshop

Studio ARTES

13 November, 10am-1pm

Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre
25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby
Cost: $60 Book online

Studio ARTES are offering a printmaking workshop at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre as part of our ALL IN series of public workshops. These workshops are open to everyone! This workshop features collagraph printmaking teaching both intaglio and relief printing techniques

Participants will learn how to create a plate, how to prepare to print and how to produce an image. The workshop will run for 3 hours

Visit Studio ARTES

Untitled – Duly Priced Drink Collaborative Workshop

Arcadia Markets & Old Skool Car Show

16 NOVEMBER, 8am-3pm

Arcadia Public School
St Columbs Church, Arcadia Community Hall, 138-140 Arcadia Road, Arcadia

Discover 50+ high quality stalls featuring art, craft, upcycled and recycled items, gourmet food, craft brewers/distillers. Old Skool at School Car Show – various restored, non-restored and works in progress. Enjoy live music and dance performances.

Visit Arcadia Markets

Photo credit: Meegen Gamson

Eco Dye Workshop

Studio ARTES

16 November, 10am-3pm

Hornsby Youth & Family Community Centre 
20 Muriel St, Hornsby
$135 +GST Book online

Join us for an Eco Dye Workshop at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre as part of the Studio ARTES ALL IN series of public workshops.  Discover the joy of eco dyeing, using natural materials to create beautiful handmade objects, such as scarves, clothing and other wearables. The workshop will be run by Wendy Murray, a local artist, Studio ARTES staff member, and owner of www.KayleenBondiJunction.com. The workshop focus is Spring Bundles, and the price includes all materials and morning tea.

Eco Dye Silk & Wool – Wendy Murray – Photo credit: Wendy Murray

The Galston Concerts Young Performers Award Gala

The Galston Concerts

17 November, 2pm-4pm

Galston Uniting Church
11 School Road,
Cost: Adult $40, Senior $30, Uni/High School $10, 12 & under FREE
Book online

Join Galston Uniting Church’s annual series-ending Gala, the festivities showcase outstanding national and international young performers – with fine and fun music! There are prize-winners from the Sydney Eisteddfod and other competitions, Rising Stars from the Sydney Conservatorium and from Hills/Hornsby districts schools. The Galston Concerts nourishes young musical talent.

Galston Uniting Church Concert – Dorit Herskovits

Dancer’s Landscape

An exhibition by the 2018 Wallarobba Outstanding Local Artist, Ross ‘Rosco’ Philip

19 – 24 NOVEMBER, 10AM-4PM

Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre
25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby
Cost: Free

Local artist Ross ‘Rosco’ Philip is an established and contemporary artist, his artistic experience expands throughout multiple mediums, practices and forms of art. Dancer’s Landscape uses original pointe ballet shoes as a stimulus for creating sculptures, artist Ross ‘Rosco’ Philip began a body of work in a personal spiritual response to the hundreds of pointe shoes worn and decayed throughout a performers career. The shoes are a reverence to some of the greatest ballerinas to have been performers as there is an ingrained and uncommunicated language that is unveiled in many of Ross’s works.

Opening Night

When: Friday 22 November 2019, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Where: Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre
Cost: Attendance is free, registration essential.

Artist Talk

When: Sunday 24 November 2019, 2pm-3pm
Where: Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre Verandah Gallery
Cost: Attendance is free, registration preferred.

Ross ‘Rosco’ Philip – Dancer’s Landscape – Photo credit: Brendan Read

Christmas Boutique Show and Sale

North Shore Craft Group

21 November, 1pm-6pm
23 November, 9am-5pm
24 November, 9am-4pm

Thornleigh Community Centre
Corner Phyllis and Central Avenue, Thornleigh
Cost: Gold coin donation

Enjoy an exhibition of beautifully hand-crafted jewellery, ceramics, textiles, wood, glass, leather. Purchase unique creations for yourself or as gifts, ready for Christmas. Delight in the onsite café, hosted by the ladies from the Hornsby Country Women’s Association.

Visit North Shore Craft Group

North Shore Craft Group Christmas Boutique Show & Sale – Peter Routh – Photo credit: North Shore Craft Group

Scrapbooking Workshop

Make your own mini album

23 NOVEMBER, 2pm-4pm

Hornsby Shire Library
28-44 George Street, Hornsby
Cost: $10. Book online or at any Hornsby Shire Library branch

A fun afternoon of crafting where you will create a special keepsake or gift. In this workshop you will learn how to make an 8-page mini album by using paper and embellishments that showcase your treasured photographs. This is the perfect activity for parents and children to enjoy together but everyone is welcome. Equipment and material will be provided.

Every Picture Tells a Story

Wallarobba Printmakers Exhibition

26 November – 1 December, 10am-4pm
Opening Night: Friday 29 November, 6.30pm

Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre
25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby
Cost: Free. Book online.

Join the community print group the Press Gang joined by Roz Keane’s Stables Print Studio at their exhibition celebrating eight years of the Community Print Studio at Wallarobba.

A combined exhibition, the printworks share Artist’s personal stories and the beauty of the Hawkesbury and Brooklyn.

Dry Country – Maturing Sun by John Crawford

Celebrating Small Works

Ferry Artists Gallery

30 November, 5pm-7pm

Wisemans Ferry Central
5557 Old Northern Road, Wisemans Ferry
Cost: Free

Immerse yourself in Ferry Artists Gallery final Exhibition for 2019. The exhibition celebrates all the Ferry Artists members and a selection of their smaller scale works.

Visit Ferry Artists Gallery

Examples of artworks from the Ferry Artists Gallery – Photo credit: Carol Gill

Furoshiki – Sustainable Gift Wrapping

30 NOVEMBER, 11am-1pm

Hornsby Shire Library
28-44 George Street, Hornsby
Cost: $10. Book online or at any Hornsby Shire Library branch

Australians waste approximately 8,000 tonnes of wrapping paper every year. Impress your family and friends this Christmas using the traditional eco-friendly Japanese gift-wrapping method Furoshiki. Come and join Yoshie Kumagai for a morning of sustainable gift wrapping with fabric. Participants must bring: Wine bottle, a DVD case and an orange or apple as items for wrapping

Wallarobba Print Studio

Fridays during the Festival, 9.30am-2pm

Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre
25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby

The Wallarobba Print Studio provides a regular, weekly time for printmakers to meet in the Community Art Space and work on their own artworks, in the company of other printmakers. The Print Studio is not a class; however beginners are welcome to attend. All participants are required to bring their own equipment, paper and inks. The Print Studio provides a HillDav Printing Press, drying racks, tables, chairs and good company, in a light, airy studio in an award-winning heritage building.

The Print Studio is run by local printmaker, John Crawford. A Printmaker of long standing and great experience, they provide assistance to all participants in the use of the HillDav Printing Press and any advice when asked for it.

The Print Studio runs on Fridays during the NSW school term, from 9.30am-2pm. It is free to participate.

If you have no printmaking experience, you should speak directly to John about how to proceed. Just turn up on a Friday morning at 10am and John will help you.