Be inspired by contemporary artworks, browse the huge range of unique gifts, and take an audio tour back in time. Artgeo… it's where art and heritage meet.
Treat yourself. Take time out to discover one of Busselton’s hidden treasures - the Artgeo Cultural Complex. You’ll be inspired by contemporary artworks and delighted by the variety of hand crafted jewellery, woodwork, pottery, glassware and more. And if that’s not enough, tucked away in the Courthouse Gallery is the new Old Post Office Tea Rooms. The sumptuous delights are guaranteed to temp even to the most discerning of taste buds.
The Courthouse Gallery
If you love heritage and history as much as art then the Courthouse Gallery offers a double bonus. Built in 1856 the architecture gives a rare and unique look at Busselton’s early colonial settlement, government, justice and maritime history. In addition, exploring the colonial jail cells will make for a haunting experience. Relatively untouched since 1856, the ambience within the long corridor is a chilling reminder of what it was like to be imprisoned during those times. ?(Courthouse Gallery. Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily.
Recollections Audio Tour
Wearing comfy headphones and an easy-to-use MP3 player, the Recollections Audio Tour will transport you back in time. Through the colourful voices of a Wardandi elder, WA’s Chief Magistrate, former prisoners and the many artists who fought to save the building you’ll discover how the Courthouse became an art house. But you’ll also learn how the architecture itself played an important role in establishing colonial Law. It’s a fascinating journey.?(Cost $8 per person. Run time = 15 minutes.)?
Artists in Residence
Located at the rear of the Courthouse Gallery—in what used to be the horse stables—are the Artgeo Artists in Residence. As part of the Shire of Busselton’s endeavour to support local talent these artists have been given subsidised studio space to help boost their profile and careers. You’ll find the artists working in their studios at various times.. ?Residing in the old Police Quarters, not too far away from the Artists in Residence, is the Busselton Art Society. Visitors are always welcome.
The Artgeo Gallery
The Artgeo Gallery is located directly across the road from the Courthouse Gallery. This professional gallery—with its white walls and superb polished jarrah floor boards—offers new exhibitions every 4 – 6 weeks. Exhibitions range from up-and-coming solo artists through to National works on tour. Artwork in this gallery appeals to discerning buyers, collectors and art enthusiasts. ?Located outside, at the rear of the Artgeo Gallery, is Busselton’s Woodturners Association workshop. On most Tuesdays and Saturdays you’ll find one of the woodturners demonstrating the craft. Visitors are always welcome.
(Artgeo Gallery. Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Closed Wednesdays.)
The Artgeo Cultural Complex is where art and heritage meet. Located at the Jetty end of Queen Street, Artgeo is a treasure not to be missed. It’s the place to discover inspiring contemporary artwork, unique gifts, fascinating artists and café style refreshments to write home about.
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