ArtGeo Cultural Complex
4 - 7 Queen Street, Busselton
ArtGeo Gallery: 08 9751 4651
Courthouse: 08 9751 4217
Where Art and Heritage Meet
Enjoy a visit to Busselton's cultural precinct - a creative hub for the visual and performing arts housed in beautifully restored heritage-listed buildings on Queen Street, dating back 160 years. Immerse yourself in history as you wander through the Old Courthouse buildings, and surround yourself in contemporary art at the ArtGeo Gallery.
Fringe Family Fun Day 2020 - photo by Wendy Mewett.
The heritage-listed Courthouse complex, is one of the oldest buildings in Busselton and played an important role in its settlement history. Wander through the Courtrooms, Magistrates Room, Bond Store, Police Station, Gaol Cells and Exercise Yard and learn about its colourful history and notorious characters. The new brick and timber Courtroom built in 1897, designed by Western Australia's principle architect George Temple-Poole, is a rare surviving example of Federation arts and crafts architecture. The impressive building is beautifully restored and retains it original jarrah furniture including magistrate's bench, clerk's desk, witness stand, dock and public gallery.
Explore the cold, dark gaol cells and imagine being locked up for 14 days for disorderly conduct in a public place behind one of the heavy wooden doors.
Browse the Gift Shop in the old Courtroom where you'll discover a stunning range of high quality locally crafted art, jewellery, pottery, glasswork, cards, photography and woodwork.
Enjoy a coffee and bite to eat from the Lockup Coffee House either outside in the sunshine or amongst the history and art inside. Heritage Tours run during school holidays, long weekends and special events, please check the ArtGeo website for details.
A visit to the two artist in residence studios (which used to be stables) featuring ceramic artist Tracie Anderson and glass jewellery designer Nalda Hoskins is an absolute must! You can meet the talented artists and see them creating their beautiful pieces.
Across the road you will find the ArtGeo Gallery, which is housed in an elegant neo-classical building dating back to 1938. The gallery plays host to an ever changing exhibition schedule of contemporary Australian artists and hosts the prestigious annual City of Busselton Art Award. First prize is
$10,000 (acquisitive) plus a solo exhibition in ArtGeo Gallery, there is also an Emerging Artist Award $2,500 and a People's Choice award of $500. The award is open to all artists residing in Western Australia working in any medium or subject.
Elmari Steyn, Tree House IV - Joint Winner 2019 City of Busselton Art Award
The cultural precinct is also home to the Busselton Art Society, the Busselton Woodturners' and Acting Up Performing Arts. Other highlights are the Merenj Boodja Bush Food Garden and the Busselton Settlement Art Project featuring six life-size bronze sculptures by well-known Western Australian artist Greg James.
ArtGeo has several venues (Gallery, New Courtroom, Fodder Room, Bond Store, Courtyard and Merenj Boodja Garden) available for hire for functions, workshops, exhibitions, performances corporate or private functions. All of the spaces are unique, many of them oozing charm and history. Click here for venue hire options.
Open 10am to 4pm daily, FREE entry.