The Outback is renowned as the muse of Australian artists for many generations, with famous artists such as the Brushmen of the Bush depicting a rugged land of adventure and otherworldly beauty in all its glory. Outback NSW is home to a thriving art scene, and you’ll find many galleries in Broken Hill and the surrounding towns to whet your artistic appetite.
Broken Hill: A Thriving Regional Art Capital
It’s said that Broken Hill may have more artists per head of population than anywhere else in the nation! You can find some fantastic examples of the town’s creativity at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, which boasts an excellent collection of almost 2000 colonial, modern and contemporary Australian artworks.
The Pro Hart Gallery is home to an excellent selection of paintings by Pro Hart, considered the founder of the Outback painting movement. You’ll also find hundreds of works from other well-known Australian artists. The gallery was designed by Hart himself, and in true artistic fashion, the art has been arranged in an unconventional manner around the gallery.
A little further out of town, you’ll find an incredible, unmissable sight: the Broken Hill Sculpture and Living Desert Sanctuary. 12 sandstone sculptures from international artists adorn the desert. Come at sunset to enjoy this picturesque sight in all its Instagrammable glory.
Silverton: John Dynon Gallery
The tiny almost-ghost town of Silverton boasts several art galleries, including the incredible John Dynon Gallery. One of Australia’s top selling artists, Dynon paints stunning vistas of Outback landscapes, as well as animals – his emus are absolutely gorgeous!
Wilcannia: Eddy Harris Aboriginal Artist
Eddy is an international renowned artist and a local Wilcannia Man part of the Bakandji (which means river people) tribe. Eddy draws on the land and its history for inspiration to create his works and has built an amazing catalogue of painting, carvings, engravings didgeridoos and boomerangs. Eddy is based at Warrawong on the Darling, with a studio and gallery located on-site