We went for a wander through the main town of Broken Hill today just to have a stickynose around. It is one of those typical old towns with hugely wide streets that wouldn’t be too hard to imagine lined with horses and carts, and with an old pub on nearly every corner I could just about see the streets thronged with thirsty miners.
It is a place that loves its art too, there was a small art exhibition in the town hall we stopped in to see, and there are sculptures in the main street. Just out of town is ‘The Living Desert’, an outdoor sculpture exhibit that we are planning to see tomorrow.
The Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery is the oldest regional art gallery in NSW and was established in 1904. I’m not sure how many other galleries it has to compete with for that particular title though….
The eccentric artist Pro Hart was born here, and the Pro Hart gallery is still here.
You Aussies will remember Pro from those long ago Stainmaster carpet ads, “Ooooh Mr Hart! What a mess!”. Fortunately for the town hall cleaners, the art we saw in there today was of a much more traditional kind!