Crafts and Folk Arts in Australia


Australia is a diverse country, home to many cultures and peoples. That diversity is reflected in the country’s art. From Aboriginal paintings to international installations, there are plenty of places to see great works of art in Australia. Here are our top ten picks for galleries that showcase crafts or folk arts from across the continent:

The Australian National University

The Australian National University (ANU) was founded in 1946, and has since become one of Australia’s most prestigious universities. It has a strong focus on research and teaching, with more than 50 research institutes across five faculties: arts and social sciences; engineering and physical sciences; medicine, biology and agriculture; business and economics; law. The campus library contains more than 2 million books–it’s one of the largest academic libraries in Australia!

The ANU also has several campuses around Canberra that house different facilities like student residences, sporting grounds or museums. These include The Australian National University (main campus), Mount Stromlo Observatory – now part of the Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics at Mount Stromlo Observatory (RSAA).

Ballarat Fine Arts Gallery

Ballarat Fine Arts Gallery is located in the town of Ballarat, which is about an hour’s drive from Melbourne. The gallery has free entry on weekdays and charges A$8 for adults (A$4 for children). Opening hours are 10 am to 4 pm daily except Friday and Saturday, when it opens at 9 am.

The Ballarat Fine Arts Gallery showcases artworks by local artists as well as traveling exhibitions from around Australia and overseas. It also offers guided tours of its permanent collection every Thursday at 2:30 pm; these tours cost A$5 per person.

In addition to its galleries and exhibitions, this museum hosts educational programs including lectures by visiting artists or scholars in conjunction with their solo shows at the gallery; workshops where you can try your hand at painting using traditional materials like watercolors or oil paints; and children’s classes where kids learn how to draw animals using charcoal pencils!

Bendigo Art Gallery in Victoria

Bendigo Art Gallery is a public art gallery in Bendigo, Victoria. It was established in 1887 and has been located at the corner of Pall Mall and View Street since 1896. The gallery’s collection includes over 3500 works of art including paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings by Australian artists such as Charles Blackman and Arthur Boyd.

The Bendigo Art Gallery was first founded in 1887 with an exhibition held at the Mechanics’ Institute Hall by members of the Bendigo Working Men’s Club who were interested in promoting local artistic talent.[1] This group continued their activities over several years until 1901 when they were joined by other individuals who had also been collecting works for display purposes; these included Dr T H Smith-Masters (1855-1938) who presented his extensive collection when he retired from his medical practice.[2]

Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery in Queensland

Located in Bundaberg, Queensland, the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery was established in 1977. The permanent collection includes over 2,000 works by Australian artists including Sidney Nolan and Fred Williams.

Charles Darwin University Museum and Art Gallery in the Northern Territory

The Charles Darwin University Museum and Art Gallery is located in the town of Darwin, Northern Territory. It was founded in 1982 and has grown to become a major cultural institution with over 12,000 items in its collection. The museum focuses on Aboriginal art, natural history and ethnography; however it also houses works by famous Australian artists such as Sidney Nolan or Arthur Boyd.

Kempsey Regional Gallery and Sculpture Park in New South Wales

Kempsey Regional Gallery and Sculpture Park is a public art gallery located in Kempsey, New South Wales. The gallery was established in 1988 as a community initiative to showcase local artists’ work and promote the arts within the region. Since then, it has grown into one of Australia’s most visited regional galleries with an extensive collection of paintings by Australian artists such as Arthur Streeton and John Olsen along with international works by Picasso, Henry Moore, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol.

The Kempsey Regional Gallery presents both contemporary exhibitions as well as historical exhibitions showcasing Australian art from colonial times up until today; they also offer workshops for children aged 5-10 years old called “Art Detectives”.

Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building is Australia’s largest exhibition space.

The Royal Exhibition Building is the largest exhibition space in Australia, and it was built to house an international exhibition in 1880. The building was designed by Joseph Reed, who also designed many other famous buildings in Melbourne such as Parliament House and Government House.

The Victorian landmark stands on a 5-acre site within Carlton Gardens. It was opened by Queen Victoria herself on 1st May 1888–the same day she celebrated her Golden Jubilee (50th year on the throne)!

You can see some of the best craft and folk art in Australia in these galleries.

You can see some of the best craft and folk art in Australia in these galleries. You can learn about the history of Australian art, and see art from all over Australia. Some of the best examples of Australian craft and folk art are also found here.


Australia has a rich heritage of craft and folk art, and these galleries are just a few of the many places you can see it. Australia is also home to some amazing festivals that celebrate this art form, including the National Folk Festival in Canberra and The Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland. If you’re looking for something local, there are plenty of options throughout Australia as well!