Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre

The artistic hub of Hornsby Shire, home to a constant stream of exhibitions and classes.


Located in central Hornsby behind Willow Park at 25 Edgeworth David Avenue, the Wallarobba Homestead was built in 1903 and has been transformed by Council into the Shire's premier art and cultural centre. Its redevelopment was recognised in 2012 with the Local Government and Shires Association Places for Arts and Culture: Improved Cultural Facility Award.

Features include a community art studio, a purpose-built printmaking room, art classes, an artists’ lounge and a gallery space. The Hornsby Art Society also has an office in the centre.

Exhibit at Wallarobba

Are you an artist, artisan or craftsperson keen to share your creative works with the public for display and/or sale? Then consider holding a solo or group exhibition at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre. Bookings are limited, so get in quick. To register your interest phone 9847 6893.

A new way of displaying works has recently been added - a lockable glass display cabinet in the Artists’ Lounge. This is available for monthly exhibitions of small and/or fragile works including textiles, fibres, ceramics, glassware and sculpture. To make a booking please phone 9847 6504.

For more information download WACC Exhibition Application Guidelines - 31kb

Interested in hiring Wallarobba?

Wallarobba also functions as a community centre that can be hired for events, functions and regular activities. Find out more about hiring a room at Wallarobba

Upcoming Exhibitions

Butterflies by Eva Molnar

Through the Looking Glass
17 March – 5 April
Enjoy an exciting and vibrant art exhibition exploring interior and exterior landscapes by five artists working in a variety of media. For information call Eva Molnar 0404094322.

Hornsby Young Artists Competition and Exhibition
6 – 19 April
Opening Night / Prize Giving – Friday 10 April
The Hornsby Young Artists Competition commenced in 2014 and is an annual competition to encourage young local artists. Prizes are awarded in categories from 5 – 18 years. Delivered by the Hornsby Art Society. For information regarding this competition and exhibition call 9476 8869.

Hornsby’s Heroes – Anzac Art Exhibition and Display
20 April – Sunday 17 May
 Hornsby’s Heroes is an exhibition of Anzac Memorabilia and works by local artists to commemorate the Anzac Centenary 2014 – 2018. This exhibition is funded by the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program and delivered by the Hornsby Art Society.

'Lesley Espinosa' by Nilmini De Silva

Faces, Places, Races: Migrant Stories from the Hornsby Shire – by Nilmini DeSilva
19 May – 7 June
Faces, Places, Races is collection of images and stories from first generation migrants who call Hornsby Shire home. Their stories include snippets of loss, courage and love, attained in the search for a new place to call home. This exhibition celebrates their stories and contributions to contemporary Australian life.

A Kids’ Life in Hornsby Shire – by Claire Miles
19 May – 7 June
'Goofing around at cricket practice' by Claire MilesRemember back in the day when living was carefree and kids were outside playing until the street lights went on? Photographer, Claire Miles, presents a delightful, feel good exhibition, portraying the remarkable environment, wonderful sense of freedom and community awareness to be found in Sydney’s northern suburban fringe.

10 June – 28 June 2015
Remagine is a competition and exhibition run by Hornsby Shire Council and the Hornsby Art Society that celebrates the creation of artworks from materials that would otherwise end up as landfill.

See previous exhibitions at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre

Workshops and Talks

Hornsby Art Society Demonstration Program
Hornsby Art Society (HAS) demonstration nights are held in the Beatrice Taylor Hall (located behind the Wallarobba homestead). The nights start at 7pm with artist networking, trading tables and refreshments, then a HAS activity update from 7:45pm, followed by the demonstration starting at 8pm, for 60-90mins. Cost: HAS members $3 / visitors $5. Email programs@hornsbyartsociety.com.au for more details.

Print Studio 

Free Friday Printmakers’ Open Studio

The Wallarobba printmaking studio is open for free access each Friday during school terms from 9.30am to 4.30pm. The sessions are suitable for beginners through to experienced printmakers. Local artist John Crawford, a highly accomplished printmaker, runs these sessions. Bookings are required. For more information or to book email wallarobbaprintstudio@gmail.com


Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre is home to several art schools and individual tutors, each offering a variety of art classes.
Classes this term(52kb)

Getting here 

Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre has limited parking onsite. It is a seven minute walk from Waitara station or ten minute walk from Hornsby Station. Transdev-Shorelink Buses operate the 594H or 575 services from Hornsby Station, which stop directly outside the Centre – ask for Willow Park or corner of Sherbrook Rd and Edgeworth David Ave. 

More information

For more information about Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre please contact Council's Arts/Cultural Development Officer on 9847 6893 or email arts@hornsby.nsw.gov.au.