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Our history

In the late 19th century, Heidelberg School painters Tom Roberts and Fred McCubbin made the long trek to Beaumaris on horseback to paint the landscape and capture the area’s distinctive light, meeting Arthur Streeton sketching at Rickett’s Point. 


70 years later, in the early 1960s, architects, renowned painters, ceramicists and teachers followed them to the area.

After forming in the 1950’s, the Beaumaris Art Group banded together to design, fund-raise and bring this humble modernist building to fruition as their headquarters. 


With a shared passion for art-making, they combined their skills to create this building for their community. 


In 1965, it was opened by National Gallery Director, Eric Westbrook.
Quite miraculously, it stands largely intact today, continuing a tradition of art-making for nigh on 6 decades. 


Famous names in Australian Art have walked through its doors to learn, to teach and judge exhibitions - a continuation of Beaumaris’ long-held role as a destination for art-makers and creatives.  


We think you’ll agree, you can feel the building’s history. The place just oozes a love of art and stands as the central point of this area’s unique artistic past.  We believe it’s our responsibility as a community to honour and safeguard it.