There has been an art society under different names in Goulburn since 1904. It has had numerous exhibitions during that time and has had some prominent artists as members including Peter Constantinous and Alex Hall apart from numerous other local artists.
The Goulburn & District Art Society has been in its present form since the 1950s.
Currently and for the past number of years, the Goulburn & District Art Society has had the generous support of the Goulburn Workers Club in whose auditorium the society holds its well-known annual art exhibition each September or October. This is known as the Goulburn Workers Club Art Prize. With over 300 entries in its many sections, it is the largest art exhibition held in Goulburn and attracts artists from a wide area including the ACT, Sydney, the Southern Highlands and Tablelands, Central and South Coasts, Victoria and Queensland. Numerous local businesses and the Goulburn Mulwaree Council assist with this exhibition by providing financial support.
The Goulburn Soldiers Club also supported the Art Society for a number of years by providing the Belmore Room for the annual Rose Festival Art Exhibition. Members greatly appreciate the support of both of these service clubs.
In May, 2017 the art society moved into a room, "The Art Room", in the Angels for the Forgotten building in Sloane St, just to the left of the Goulburn Railway Station. This room is rented for 2 days a week – Thursday and Saturday – so members may paint, hold workshops and have their meetings.
With such a long and active history of art in Goulburn it is sad that the Goulburn & District Art never had a place that it could call "home". The society needs a place where the artists can meet, have a studio(s) in which they can work and most of all a place in which they can have a permanent exhibition of their ever-changing works.
At long last the art society has been provided with a long-term home. The Goulburn Mulwaree Council has, in 2019, made available a large space in its old storage buildings on the corner of Bourke and Combermere Streets. With a 10 year lease at a much appreciated low fee, we are able to make appropriate changes to the space to turn it into one appropriate for our needs. Once these have been done we will then embark upon the next chapter of our long history being able to conduct all of our activities, apart from the Annual Art Prize within our own premises.
Our Life Members