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.
Art Workshop Gift Voucher & Certificate
Gift a creative experience! Thinking of a different and meaningful gift for the young ones? Why not purchase an art workshop gift voucher from us! Give an experience that goes beyond the excitement of unwrapping a present.
Gift Vouchers can be used for all art workshops for kids held at the Gallery.
Vouchers can be purchased and redeemed online, on the phone or at the Gallery’s reception.
Choose from the following options below. Once you make your purchase, an email with your voucher or certificate will be sent to you:
Workshop Voucher: Select from either a standard art workshop for kids at $30 or a standard family workshop at $12.
Gift Certificate: Simply indicate the amount you wish to spend as part of your gift. This Gift Certificate is applicable for art workshops for kids held at the Gallery only.
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.*
As part of our new COVID-safe measures, we have implemented timed ticketing with a maximum of 50 people per timed session to view our current exhibition, Dream Realised: our community victory. The exhibition hours at the Gallery are across three ticketed sessions per day 10am – 11.30am, 12pm – 1.30pm and 2pm – 3.30pm. Bookings for timed tickets are available online or at the venue.
Our Gallery Shop hours are 9am – 3.30pm. Social distancing measures apply, and we will only allow 2 customers at a time. We have increased cleaning in the Gallery Shop, with hand sanitisers available at the reception. Cashless payment preferred.
Our Gallery’s Heritage Garden hours are 9am – 4pm.
Cafe at Lewers is open seven days per week.*
The Cafe’s winter hours are 8am – 2pm. To book the Cafe please call 4735 4265. Social distancing will remain paramount between staff and valued customers with new procedures being put into place.
*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.
To find out more about tours, please sign up to our newsletter.
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.
Photography & Filming
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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