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With a rich history in the arts and a flourishing cultural scene, Orange NSW has become a major creative hub for the area. For a regional town, it has impressive arts facilities including museums, galleries, theatres and libraries, as well as smaller independent galleries.

A great starting point for visitors is the cultural precinct opposite Robertson Park, which takes up an entire city block. The magnificent new Orange Regional Museum, which also houses the excellent Orange Visitors Centre and a cafe, are some unmissable Orange attractions. The building was awarded the much-coveted Sulman Award for Architecture and houses a very well curated permanent exhibition detailing the history of Orange. The nearby Orange Regional Gallery offers an ever-changing program of contemporary exhibitions as well as an inspired program of art workshops for children.

A wealth of fascinating museums can also be found in Orange’s surrounding towns and villages. See 360 million year old fossils at Canowindra’s Age Of Fishes Museum, which was described by broadcaster Sir David Attenborough as ‘world class’. The Eugowra Bushranger Museum and Yeoval’s Banjo Patterson Museum are also well worth a visit.

Culturally, you will find no shortage of things to do in Orange, with the Orange Civic Theatre’s vibrant program featuring national dance, opera and theatre companies, stand-up comedy, local theatre productions and live music.

The Melissa Barber Galleries

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With nowhere to promote her work locally, Melissa moved to Canowindra 60 kilometres away and opened a gallery and café combined – The real cakes, and her own paintings hanging in the gallery. Four years later, no longer able to meet the demands of both cooking and painting, the café closed it’s doors and reopened as The Melissa Barber Galleries.

At the beginning of her career Melissa was an entirely independent, self-taught and self-made artist – hanging her own works in her own gallery. Since then her profile has rocketed. She has been exhibited throughout Australia and the States and hangs in private collections in the UK, Europe and the States.

Now in 2015, a Mother as well as full time artist, Melissa exhibits from the beautifully restored nineteenth century cottage which is her home in Canowindra.

Open by appointment only.


Gaskill Street


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