Most people are surprised to hear that our region has a vibrant community of artists, crafters and artisans, with many local Margaret River galleries selling beautiful artwork in a wide range of media.
Whether you’re a devoted art collector or just looking for something fun to do on a rainy afternoon, the Margaret River galleries can offer you a stimulating destination for your next holiday.
- Ben Knapinski: One of WA’s own photographers, Ben Knapinski has gained immense popularity due to his professionalism and class. His images are boldly erratic and diverse, which range from smooth and simple compositions to some very detailed, wide scenes. Ben Knapinski regularly does lots of breathtaking shots across the state.
Phone: 1300 855 165
- The Art Cafe: The Art Café is a European style gourmet French Australian restaurant and café located in the heart of the globally renowned Margaret River wine region of WA. It offers delightful pasta, pate, sauces, chutneys as well as freshly made cakes and ice creams. If you are looking for a fantastic place to enjoy a laid-back meal with family or friends, then The Art Café is an excellent place for you to head to. It is popular among both locals and tourists alike.
- Goanna Gallery Bush Cafe: This unique establishment offers a one-of-a-kind experience only a short distance by car from Dunsborough. Goanna Café boasts a fantastic menu and the onsite gallery provides guests with a chance to browse through a fine variety of artwork and gifts. There is something for people of all ages, tastes and backgrounds at this marvelous place.
- Big No Thing Art – Baz Salmon: Baz Salmon’s art is usually painted with oils on canvas. Through his brushes, he aims to shine the light on man’s connection with nature. In addition, despite stating to be a man far from religious, his paintings are designed to create a window into the spiritual dimension inside every soul.
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Margaret River galleries range from contemporary photography to sculptures to handcrafted jewellery. There is a wide diversity of arts and crafts in the region from all over Australia, but felt it was appropriate to clarify what you expect from the different types of gallery businesses, understanding that some businesses may cover several styles of art. Here is what you can expect from the various styles of Margaret River galleries:
- ArtGeo Cultural Complex: The ArtGeo Cultural Complex houses the Artgeo and the Courthouse Galleries and conducts exhibitions intending to foster and showcase the art and culture of the area. Visitors can connect with the time of the pioneers by visiting the old courtrooms and can purchase woodturning made by the BusseltonWoodturners Group.
- Busselton Art Society Incorporated: The Busselton Art Society Incorporated operates from a workroom the ArtGeo Gallery that was formerly an old courthouse complex. The location of the society has been changing from building to building for almost fifty years and the society is open for visitation 6 days a week from 10 am to 3 pm.
Sculptures, pottery and ceramics: If you’d like to buy a keepsake from your holiday, there are several establishments selling lovely handcrafted ceramics, pottery and sculptures in a variety of styles, glazes and mouldings.
- Understory – Southern Forest Arts: The Understory displays the artwork, sculptures, pottery and musical creations of over fifty globally acclaimed artists. These creative minds produce work that is inspired by the natural environment and the native forest in the region, making a visit to the gallery a must-see for anyone interested in the culture of South West Australia.
- Busselton Pottery Group: A visit to the art gallery of the Busselton Pottery Group would allow one to observe the work of local artisans, and with access to the workshop, visitors can now see them at their creative work. The final work is up for sale and with the wide variety of designs and choices, it is easy to find unique souvenirs and presents.
Paintings: If you’re in the market for a piece that makes a memorable statement, several galleries offer stunning landscape paintings of the ocean, forests and other outdoor scenes, either re-created from or inspired by actual locations in the region. There are also artists creating more contemporary or abstract styles of painting, drawing on the energy and unique sensibilities of this part of the world.
Woodwork: Whether you want a new dining table made from karri timber, finely crafted chairs made of jarrah wood, artistically designed wooden cooking spoons, or other furniture, objects and furnishings, you’ll be amazed by the craftsmanship and fine detail of Western Australia’s woodwork artisans, and the quality of the timber that they use in their craft. Nowhere else on Earth can you find wood quite like the jarrah and karri timbers of Western Australia – and the work is authentic to the aesthetic influences and traditions of this region.
Tourism Gifts:If you want something simple and affordable to remember your trip, there are several options for thoughtful, distinctive gift items to share with your loved ones back home.
- Jenny Taylor Designs: Jenny Taylor Designs in Abbey Beach Resort is home to the artwork and creative mind of Jenny Taylor. Upon visiting the studio, fans, tourists and visitors to the region can choose from a range of placemats, cards, bookmarks, coasters, prints, hand-painted glassware and art works designed by Jenny.
- Tinkahill Studio & Gallery: The Tinkahill Studio and Gallery is a creative workshop and studio that gives you the chance to explore a creative process brought on by the beauty and wonder of Cape Naturaliste. Visitors can create their own souvenirs of their trip and capture what they felt about their experience while it was still happening!
Jewellery: Make a purchase for the special someone in your life – or treat yourself – to a wearable piece of art.
- Nina’s Jewellery: Open from 9:30 to 5:00 pm, every day of the week, Nina’s Jewellery offers a range of items designed using the world famous South Sea pearls found only within the region. The handcrafted jewelry is known for its unique designs, spectacular stones from the Argyle diamond mine and the timelessness of the pieces, each a reflection of the history and soul of the Kimberley and Broome regions.
Photography: One of the most powerful visual media, our local photographers take black & white photos of everyday objects, portraits of memorable faces, or landscape photos of unforgettable places. Some Margaret River galleries specialise in Australian surf photography – making you feel like you’re immersed in the crashing waves.
Arts and Entertainment:
- Busselton Repertory Club: The Busselton Repertory Club conducts plays, youth productions and pantomimes in the Weld Theatre in the beautiful seaside town of Busselton. The Club is the source of the annual pantomime that is wildly popular in the region and is held in January with a total of twelve acclaimed performances to rave reviews and very appreciative audiences.
Attached to a winery, restaurant or cafe: Margaret River caters for all. If you want to enjoy a cuppa or a nice glass of wine whilst having some great local produce being surrounded by culture then you are sure to enjoy these galleries.
Find the best Margaret River galleries
If you want to Experience the Best of Margaret River galleries, you don’t need to be too creative – just let us show you our latest masterpiece: we have developed a comprehensive guide to show you the “Best” of each category of local businesses and attractions.
All the places on our Experience the Best list have been reviewed by our local guides and have our personal seal of approval to deliver a top-quality experience. Whether you want to lounge on the beach, get a personalised wine tour, hike on a forest trail, stay at a lovely country cottage, or experience the most delectable fine dining, we can help you find the best places make your next holiday a true work of art.