Purple Noon Gallery is set in the idyllic Hawkesbury region at the foot of the Blue Mountains. Since its opening in November 2006 the gallery has steadily developed into one of the finest galleries in regional NSW/North Western Sydney. We present regular and curated exhibitions throughout the year and correspondingly incorporate an evolving collection of local and national Australian art and sculpture. There is a strong focus on high quality artwork from leading artists, emerging artists, and Indigenous artists from around Australia. The building itself was purpose built and embodies an ambience that is relaxed, bespoke and enchanting, yet also, vibrant and contemporary – the perfect backdrop for highlighting an eclectic collection of inspiring artwork. The sparrow-picked, solid sandstone walls, old timbers, leadlight windows and corrugated iron are in harmony, fostering an environment that is aesthetically pleasing and ideal for displaying beautiful and engaging artwork.
Purple Noon Gallery represents emerging, contemporary and established artists from the Hawkesbury region and from around Australia. An extensive exhibition program throughout each year features both solo and mixed shows and incorporates numerous genres and mediums. The gallery is owned and directed by Robyn Williams who recently completed her PhD, an ethnography, investigating the commercial art, culture and storied environment of the small remote Aboriginal community of Papulankutja in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands.
The name Purple Noon is synonymous with Australia’s acclaimed painter, Sir Arthur Streeton. The gallery is only 400 metres from Streeton Lookout, embracing views across the Hawkesbury River to Sydney. Streeton’s well known painting “The Purple Noon’s Transparent Might” was executed here in 1896. It is a popular spot for visitors, particularly those following the artists’ trail tracking the footsteps of former Australian masters. From the lookout, in one direction there are spectacular views to Sydney, and in the other, a delightful panorama of the Hawkesbury River looking up towards the Grose River and Valley and the Blue Mountains. It is quite common to see artists with easel and paintbrush recreating Streeton’s splendid scene.