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Current exhibitions



1 August – 25 October 2020
Hurstville Museum & Gallery
USE is a new exhibition of contemporary jewellery and small objects, exploring the impact of 'tools' in artisan practice, developed by the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Queensland. 

Selected artists: Helen Bird, Jac Dyson, Lois Hayes, Catherine Hunter, Alicia Lane, Catherine Large, Samuel Lintern, Andy Lowrie, Nellie Peoples, Claire Poppi, Kierra-Jay Power, Paola Raggo, Elizabeth Shaw, Katie Stormonth, Rebecca Ward, Helen Wyatt and Xiaohui Yang. 

USE is a touring exhibition in partnership between Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia (Queensland Chapter) Inc. and Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project is supported by the Visions regional touring program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to cultural material for all Australians; the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland; the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; Liveworm Studio; and the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.

Image: Paola Raggo, Art Studio Waste: Reusing BrokenTools (Saw Blades), Brooch and Green Earrings (left to right), 2017/18, sterling silver, resin, broken saw blades, 55 x 90 x 15, 75 x 38 x 11 (left to right). Photo: Michelle Bowden, Visuall Photography.
In the park: Georges River Artist in Residence 2020

Our latest Dragons Lair Gallery exhibition, In the park: Georges River Artist in Residence 2020, showcases the works of Helen Amanatiadis, Emma Davidson, Sofie Dieu, and Tess Mehonoshen, who have all undertaken residencies at Carss Park over the past 12 months. The Carss Park Artist’s Cottage provides a studio and accommodation in a picturesque bush setting on the Georges River. The Artist in Residence program aims to foster connections and interactions between people, introducing artists, experiences and opportunities to the Georges River community.

In the park: Georges River Artist in Residence 2020 is on exhibition from 3 - 25 October 2020. 

(Image: Tess Mehonoshen, Carss Park Lifesavers Hall - afternoon light, installation using locally-sourced sand, 2020)



25 July - 15 November 2020
Snapshot Gallery 

Dulcie Joan Hatton's (1926-2002) interest in and passion for local and community history was evident in her support for the establishment of the Centennial Bakery Museum at Hurstville, as a long-standing member of the Kogarah and Hurstville Historical Societies and as an author of nine booklets. Much of her personal collection of over 3,500 photographs was donated to the Council’s Local Studies collection, and the Hatton Room at the Clive James Library in Kogarah was named in her honour. In her everyday observations of the suburbs, buildings, streetscapes, and natural landscapes, Joan’s interests in all things historical were best revealed, forming a significant record of the history, character and development of the district.

Image: Joan Hatton (at right) on a House Verandah, Believed to be Carlton NSW, Date Unknown. Georges River Libraries Local Studies collection.



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.


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.


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.

On display between 15 October and 15 November 2020.


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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