Where art and stories blend
Penrith Regional Gallery, home of the Lewers Bequest, offers visitors an enchanting blend of art, nature, architecture and history – with good food and a well-stocked shop on the side.
There are three galleries; one in the original homestead of artists Margo and Gerald Lewers, one in the adjacent house built by modernist architecture icon, Sydney Ancher, and the other, a purpose built main gallery. The Gallery Gardens are a living work of art, maintained by a heritage gardener, beautiful all year round, and supplying fresh produce to boost the artisanal meals at Cafe at Lewers.
Our exhibitions change seasonally and admission is free of charge. We also run public programs offering all kinds of events for fun and learning and to immerse you further in the world of the art and artists; as well as children’s art workshops, all abilities art workshops, and education programs for students and teachers.
We’d love you to join us, and share a creative experience.
The Gallery is located at 86 River Road, Emu Plains. The nearest train station is Emu Plains, but as the Gallery is a decent walk from there, visitors requiring a taxi from the station are advised to alight the train at Penrith Station, where there are many more cabs available.
We do not have a bus stop near the Gallery. Sorry. But there is on street parking, and a very nice river walk nearby.
Penrith Regional Gallery, Home of The Lewers Bequest is open seven days per week* from 9am – 5pm.
Cafe at Lewers is open seven days per week from 8.00am – 3.30pm and serves breakfast from 8am – 11.30am and lunch from 12 – 3.30pm. Summer Opening Hours (December 2019 – February 2020) for Cafe at Lewers are daily 7.30am – 3pm. To book the cafe please call 4735 4265.
The Gallery Gift Shop is open daily* 9am – 5pm, and our education programs operate throughout school terms as well as during school holidays. Keep an eye on our What’s On page for details of new programs and exhibitions.
The Gallery and Cafe at Lewers are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday.
Penrith Regional Gallery welcomes visitors with disabilities and our staff will do everything possible to provide all visitors with a positive experience. Please contact the Gallery on (02) 4735 1100 if you have questions or to discuss your access requirements.
Access to the gallery spaces and surrounding gardens is made easier with ramps and walkways, and all gallery spaces are level; although the garden and gravelled areas in the car parks can be challenging.
There is a parking space for people with disabilities, enter the car park via River Road and follow the driveway, these parks are in the right hand corner, closest to the Gallery. We plan to upgrade in the future to include more parking. There is also level access from on-street parking.
An accessible bathrooom is also available for visitor comfort.
From time to time the Gallery offers guided tours of exhibitions and the site for groups, the general public and schools. Tours may focus around specific themes, or offer a general overview of the Gallery and its history as a site rich in stories and art.
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Bespoke Guided Tours
The Gallery has access to a wealth of fascinating stories about art, culture and history. In particular, we have stories and insights to share about the intriguing people such as artists, writers and architects that have left their traces at Penrith Regional Gallery throughout its history.
The Gallery’s curatorial and education teams can draw you into this intriguing, world through uniquely curated, bespoke tours that explore our art collection and changing exhibition program, which includes paintings, sculptures, photo media, ephemera and in-situ sculptures in the Heritage Garden.
Bespoke tours are designed to engage and delight participants by viewing gallery treasures through the lens of their particular area of curiosity and interest.
For more information please contact the Gallery’s Manager of Education, Naomi McCarthy.
Become part of our story – volunteer
Volunteers are valued members of the Penrith Regional Gallery team. Vvolunteers have the opportunity to become part of our community and form a deeper connection with inspiring art, architecture and landscape.
The Gallery’s volunteer programs provide professional development opportunities for people interested in working in the arts. Volunteers gain an understanding of the Gallery’s role and function within the community and practical experience in the operation of a regional gallery. Secondary and tertiary art students and interested members of the general public are welcome to apply.
Volunteer experiences at the Gallery can be divided into the following major areas:
• education and workshop programs
• public programs and hospitality
In addition to being fun and enjoyable, volunteering offers countless benefits, including the opportunity to meet new people, gain new skills and knowledge, participate in the programs of a regional cultural organisation, help others, contribute to the vibrancy and cohesion of the local community, and broaden your connection to other people interested in art.
To discuss opportunities for volunteering with us please contact the Gallery: email@example.com
If you are a high school student follow your school policy on volunteering, which is available from your careers advisor.
Drawing, photography and filming
Visitors are welcome to draw inside the exhibition spaces using graphite pencils.
Filming & Photography
Phone photography and video is permitted within the Gallery spaces, unless otherwise signposted. Please avoid the use of selfie sticks if there are other people around you.
Permission is required for commercial filming and photography in the grounds. Please contact the Venue Manager for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
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