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About the Glebe Art Show


We are very pleased to announce the Glebe Art Show is returning in 2023 from 18 to 22 October at the Tramsheds,1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge. If you would like to be emailed directly about happenings, please sign up for our mailing list


The Glebe Art Show is a non-selective, non-acquisitive art show held annually since 1997, with prizes across several categories and all artwork offered for sale. The show aims to support and encourage both emerging and established artists currently living, working or studying within the City of Sydney and Inner West Council boundaries.

Due to the pandemic, the Glebe Art Show did not run in 2020 or 2021. During this time we worked on plans to encourage local artists and promote art in Glebe, and held the first Glebe Art Walk in February 2022, along the Glebe foreshore. Over 50 artists were in attendance, and based on the success of that event we held our most recent artwalk in September 2022.


The Glebe Art Show has been held annually from1997 at Glebe Library and in the adjoining building 'Benledi'. In 2018 the Glebe Art Show moved to the upstairs community space in the Tramsheds, Forest Lodge.

The Glebe Art Show is organised by the Glebe Art Society Inc., a nonprofit community association. GAS ABN: 77 907 765 227
Download a PDF copy of the constitution


The show is run by the Glebe Art Show Committee, a team of local community members aided by many local volunteers and supported by local businesses and by the City of Sydney.


Glebe Art Show Committee


Current committee members are:

  • Peter Griffen (President)

  • Seraphina Martin (Vice President)

  • Carol Yuen (Secretary)

  • Suzie Drinkwater (Treasurer)

  • Bronwen Bassett (Minutes)

  • Alex Tyrell

  • Dot Masters

  • Mary Regan

  • Maya de Veaux

  • Wendy Robinson


Office bearers are elected annually at our AGM which is usually held in May. Please contact us if you would like to be considered as a committee member.

A brief history


In 1993, there was strong community opposition to the NSW Government proposal to sell the site of the old Sydney Homeopathic Hospital, the original 1870s building Benledi, on Glebe Point Road to the Department of Corrective Services for use as a women’s transitional detention centre.


At around the same time, Leichhardt Council had closed the old Glebe Library on Bridge Road and was looking for a new site for the library.


In the face of community pressure, the NSW Government scrapped its proposal to sell Benledi to the Department of Corrective Services and agreed instead to sell it to Leichhardt Council for use as the new Glebe Library.


In 1994, Leichhardt Council set up a public fund to collect money for the purchase and development of Benledi as the new Glebe Library. Part of the community fundraising effort was a successful art show put together by local artists and held in St Johns Church Hall in April 1994.


In 1996 the new Glebe Library building and the renovation of Benledi were complete. A small show of paintings decorated the walls of Benledi as part of the grand opening celebrations.


The Glebe Chamber of Commerce, which had been instrumental in the campaign to repurpose the Benledi site as a library, then approached the organisers of the initial fundraising art show, local artists James Barker and Robin Lawrence, with the idea of holding an annual art show.


Thanks to the Chamber and to a supportive Leichhardt Council, the first Glebe Art Show was held in July 1997 at Glebe Library and in the adjoining Benledi building. The show continued to be held at the Library for 20 years. In 2003, a change in boundaries saw Sydney City Council take over the administration of Glebe from Leichhardt Council.


Sydney City Council has continued to support the Glebe Art Show. In 2018 the show moved to exciting new premises in the upstairs community space at the Tramsheds.

In 2022 the Glebe Art Society started holding public Art Walks on the Glebe foreshore. 

Aims of the Glebe Art Society
  • To provide an annual art show for the enrichment and enjoyment of our artists and community.

  • To showcase the work of emerging and established artists living, working or studying in Glebe or within the City of Sydney and Inner West Council boundaries.

  • To encourage artists and the community to participate in the process of staging an exhibition.

Photograph by Laurence McManus

Peter Griffen was appointed Chairman of the Glebe Art Show to replace founding Co-ordinator, Robin Lawrence, who retired from the position in 2013 after 15 years.

Peter was born in Adelaide and now works as a full time artist in Sydney. He first exhibited in 1972 and since then has had over 50 solo showings in Australia, five in London, four in Paris, two in St Tropez , one in Lyon and one in New Zealand.
Peter lived and worked in Glebe for many years but now has a studio in Leichhardt.  We are very fortunate to have such a prominent artist leading our committee.

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