Where to buy original art in canberra?

astrojax 3 March 2011 12

O hive mind, i come to you once again to determine the best places around this fair city where one might acquire some original art works – not necessarily paintings – at a reasonable price (i leave it to your discretion to disentangle what that might mean, but looking at say one to two hundred hard earned might be a good start…)

To where do you pop along [galleries / shops / etc] when the house needs ‘just something’ or you want to get a special gift?

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12 Responses to Where to buy original art in canberra?
alfredo alfredo 12:54 pm 20 Aug 16

Come into the city and see some awesome art on display and for sale! we are near the merry go round/ carousel…. art by canberra artsist Rachel Corsini amazing paintings and photography work…..open now

Kuku Kuku 6:59 pm 03 Mar 11

Try the Indigenous Artists Collective who usually have a stall at the bus shed markets. They do everything from photography, silk screening, glass and paintings at very reasonable prices. Contact Jenni Martinello. http://www.kemarrearts.com

EvanJames EvanJames 2:30 pm 03 Mar 11

Nice excuse to prowl the galleries in the little villages that surround Canberra. Braidwood has a couple of good ones and their ads in the local press for upcoming exhibitions often feature really nice pictures. Bungendore is rife with galleries, Gundaroo has some, and there’s a couple of decent-ish ones in that gold creek development too.

astrojax astrojax 12:47 pm 03 Mar 11

thanks snarky, i thought there’d been a thread on this, but ‘art sale’ in search didn’t hit it…

Mess Mess 12:12 pm 03 Mar 11

We bought a really nice original painting at the Kingston Bus Depot markets. There are a few artists that set up there.

dtc dtc 11:40 am 03 Mar 11

Impressions on Paper in Braddon does limited edition prints, which are cheaper than paintings (but most are priced a little above the level you suggest). The Hive and a few other places along Lonsdale St have glassware and similar (as does, of course, the Glassworks in Kingston). The Bus Depot markets has various ‘artists’ of varying quality selling their wares.

Realistically you will not get an original painting for under $200 except a water colour of a beach or bush scene done by a retired public servant with little talent. Art galleries tend to take 30-60% commission, so a $1000 painting nets the artist about $300 after expenses. Hence why they are often starving.

Snarky Snarky 11:17 am 03 Mar 11


You could try here. This came up in a thread a while back.

barbiekini barbiekini 10:46 am 03 Mar 11

We visited the Aarwun Gallery at Gold Creek awhile ago and they have some great original artwork and gifts that are quite reasonable priced.

p1 p1 10:34 am 03 Mar 11

Get your self a jack hammer and walk the storm water drains till you find some nice graffiti?

NicholasBurns NicholasBurns 10:02 am 03 Mar 11

What sort of “art” are you looking for, though? There are things happening in the next few weeks, that might help.

kezzafezza kezzafezza 10:00 am 03 Mar 11

My husband and I once bought a couple of blank canvases and a few bottles of acrylic paint. We took them out onto the grass and threw the paint in handfuls on the canvas. We have them on the wall and people always say how great they look, and where did we buy them from. Original artwork for only $30!

MsCheeky MsCheeky 9:46 am 03 Mar 11

The annual Outdoor Art Show is on this month. Get in early as works sell fast. I’ve bought a few pieces from there over the years, and enjoy the fact that I’m supporting local artists.

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