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Upcoming exhibitions

Stencil Art Prize

6 February 2021 - 2 May 2021
Main Gallery

Edgy, political, cheeky and pop-culture inspired, The Stencil Art Prize features 55 finalists from around the globe; from photo-realist stencils with dozens of layers, to intricate hand-cut stencils on delicate paper, this biennial exhibition is the world’s largest touring stencil prize and is the authority on all things ‘stencil art’.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019, the Prize is a snapshot of the grassroots stencil art form that has undergone resurgence in recent decades and is now thriving. The Stencil Art Prize community of international finalists push the boundaries of the ‘stencil definition’ utilising a diverse range of techniques, materials and technology.


13 February - 7 March 2021
Dragon's Lair Gallery

Life carved in stone is a collection of sculptural works by artist Sam Eller. The skill of carving stone is one that takes time and dedication. Sam has developed his skills in this medium by focusing on the human figure, and by exploring and capturing the intangible elements of life such as relationships and emotions in his works. This exhibition will highlight Sam's evolution as a sculptor and artist over his 25 year relationship with carving stone.

Image: Elena’s hand, Italian Carrara Statuario marble on wooden base.
Image courtesy of Alan and Michelle Hinde.

Current exhibitions

31 October 2020 - 31 January 2021
Main Gallery

In Capturing Nature, we travel back to a time when photography was revolutionising science, art and society. These never-before-seen images dating from 1857 to 1893 have been printed from the Australian Museum's collection of glass plate negatives and are some of Australia's earliest natural history photographs. Sitting at the nexus of science and art, they tell both the story of pioneering research as well as the advent of photography in the young colony less than 20 years after the birth of photography in Europe.

Image: Sperm Whale flipper, Megaptera longimana, courtesy of the Australian Museum.

28 November 2020 - 7 February 2021
Dragon's Lair Gallery

Burnt earth is a personal exploration of the devastating effects that the 2019/2020 bushfires had on the Australian landscape. Now 12 months on, this exhibition offers an eerie yet beautiful commentary on the lasting impact of the fires, as well as documenting a glimpse of the recovery and regeneration that has begun to occur.

Image: Eerie Quiet I by Michael Ambriano



21 November 2020 - 14 March 2021
Snapshot Gallery 

“Fashion changes, but style endures” – Coco Chanel

Beauty and fashion trends are forever changing, being influenced by social, cultural, environmental and political factors. Bygone beauty highlights past fashion trends in the St George region ranging from the 1880s to the 1980s through photographs from the Georges River Libraries Local Studies collection.

Image: Eliza Reynolds (nee Peters) and relative, c. 1898. Georges River Libraries Local Studies collection.


Spotlight display

Villa Fatima

September 2020 - January 2021 

Migrant hostels were established after the Second World War in Australia to accommodate displaced persons from Europe. After the War, Italians immigrated to Australia in large numbers between 1950 and 1971, in search of better economic conditions and employment.

Hurstville Museum & Gallery’s latest Spotlight display will highlight this untold community story, with the focus of the display being the Italian migrant hostel, 'Villa Fatima', which operated between 1952-57. The hostel was in the former 'Woodleigh' hospital, on Woniora Road, Hurstville, and was established by the Capuchin Franciscan Fathers in Leichhardt.

Image: Mrs. Amelia Stanich, manager of Villa Fatima, Father Anastase Paoletti and members of the Sydney Italian community, photograph, 1953. Courtesty of Eia Stanich-Lynam.



Permanent exhibition

St George Stories 
people - places - community

Housed in a Tudor style building, this MAGNA award winning exhibition explores the history of the St George area.

Learn who has shaped this region from the earliest people to present day communities and how life has changed over the years. Engage with stories through multimedia and interactive displays.

Take a virtual walk through one of our permanent gallery spaces below.


Online exhibitions

Capturing COVID: A global pandemic through a local lens

During the recent COVID-19 pandemic many people in the Georges River area and beyond have been unable to continue their lives as normal. This unprecedented time will feature in future history books, but what will be said about the impact of COVID-19 on people’s lives during this time?

In response to this, Hurstville Museum & Gallery has developed a digital exhibition, encouraging the community to reflect on their own COVID-19 experiences and stories. The exhibition, Capturing COVID: A global pandemic through a local lens, is both a record and expression of the local impact of COVID-19 through photography and personal stories. Featuring the photographs of local artist and former Artist in Residence, Elder, the exhibition highlights his evocative images, using light and dark to replace paint on canvas, and blend physical experiences, beauty and mundane reality during this time. His works combine the changing face of business, public spaces and people’s lives as a result of COVID-19, at night and during the day.

The exhibition also features quotes and excerpts from the Georges River Libraries ‘100 Diaries’ project. 100 diaries were sent out to members of the public in May 2020 to record, in text or as visual scrapbooks, people’s experiences of COVID-19 and its impact on their day-to-day lives.  The resulting diaries are a mix of sad, poignant, reflective and humorous observations of lockdown.


The beautiful game

Located within the Johnny Warren Indoor Sports Centre, this new display showcases prominent local players and a brief history of football in Australia and the St George region. The display features a selection of objects from the Hurstville Museum & Gallery collection, including a signed St George-Budapest Jersey, along with items from private lenders. To find out more information visit our online component of The beautiful game.


Keep in Touch

The world as we know it has been turned upside down due to COVID-19. Our usual ways of keeping in touch with friends over coffee, regular family dinners and water cooler chats at the office, have all but disappeared overnight. In these times, it’s more vital than ever to stay in touch, and today we are lucky enough to have the technology to talk face to face with people all over the world via apps like FaceTime, Zoom and Skype, however communication over the years has changed greatly.

In our online exhibition ‘Keep in Touch’, we will look back on how communication has evolved in the St George area, and give you activities to stay engaged with us and your friends and family.
1) Letter writing
Start your journey with our first entry on letter writing

For more information on any of the exhibitions listed above, please contact Hurstville Museum & Gallery on (02) 9330 6444 or

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