Housed within one of Broken Hill’s earliest stone constructions, Sully’s Emporium, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery is the oldest regional gallery in NSW, which today contains a collection of more than 2,000 works.
Broken Hill boasts a rich artistic heritage, not only from its many talented local artists, but from visitors who were inspired by its striking landscapes and unique quality of light. The gallery has a highly coveted collection of works by eminent artists such as Margaret Preston, Hans Heysen, Arthur Streeton, John Olsen and Sidney Nolan; contemporary artists such as Elisabeth Cummings, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Badger Bates; and a collection of renowned Indigenous artists.
Since opening in 1904 the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery (BHRAG) has relied on the generosity of the community to build the city’s collection.
The gallery runs the newly named Maari Ma Indigenous Art Awards (formerly known as the Far West Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards) and the Pro Hart Outback Art Prize.
The Maari Ma Indigenous Art Awards is an exhibition that showcases and celebrates artwork and creativity in the Far West by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
The Pro Hart Outback Art Prize annually showcases work in any media which reflects the spirit and diversity of the Australian Outback. The prize consists of an acquisitive first prize, a non-acquisitive second prize and a People’s Choice Award, with a total prize pool of $23,000.