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

Current Exhibition

Come Together

Come Together: Sunshine & Catholic Care
8-19 September
A joint exhibition by artists at Sunshine and CatholicCare Disability Futures. It is a celebration of the talents of artists with disabilities as they Come Together and share their passion for art. Exhibition includes handmade paper artwork from the Sunshine paper studio and sculptures by the Sunshine ceramics studio as well as paintings and mixed media by CatholicCare Disability Futures Creative Arts Centre and Sunshine art studios.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Carers Art Exhibition
12 - 18 October
Hornsby Shire Council and Carer Support Service Northern Sydney have partnered to run this exhibition to celebrate the important role that carers play in our community. The official opening morning tea will be held on Tuesday 13 October, 11am-12.30pm. Bookings can be made at trybooking.com/HOTO

Sonja Perkovich
19 October - 1 November
This group exhibition is the culmination of two years’ work by the participants of the Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre painting class led by Sonja Perkovich.

Introducing Jan Foskett
2 - 8 November
Painting by Jan FoskettExhibition opening event: Friday 6 November, 6pm
Each year the Hornsby Art Prize recognises the excellence of an emerging artist through the Emerging Artist Award. Join the 2014 award recipient, Jan Elizabeth Foskett, for her first solo exhibition. Jan’s work includes oil on canvas and her current work explores people, relationships and the dynamics that occur in our interactions with each other.

Out of hand
9 - 15 November
Sculpture by Desdemona FosterThe Australian Textile Arts and Surface Design Association Inc. (ATASDA) exhibition group untethered, showcases the diversity of textile and fibre arts in this exhibition. Artworks encompass the use of stitch, fibre, print, paint, found objects and surface design, in this visually dynamic exhibition. Group and school bookings for small informative tours are most welcome. Contact atasda.untethered@gmail.com for more information.

Hornsby Art Prize Finalists’ Exhibition
16 - 29 November
The Hornsby Art Prize is an annual acquisitive art award sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council, delivered in partnership with the Hornsby Art Society. The exhibition showcases exciting new art works produced locally and beyond.

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.