Tunbridge Gallery was first established in 2009 in Margaret River to showcase aboriginal art in the South West. In 2013 another gallery space was opened in Subiaco, Western Australia and in 2015 the Margaret River gallery was closed. In 2018 the Subiaco gallery relocated to its new home in Cottesloe. In 2020, we reopened in Margaret River, calling that space “tg too”. In December 2023, this gallery is returning to its roots as “Tunbridge Gallery Margaret River” and moving back into the Constellations building, this time on the ground floor with highway frontage.
Both locations stock a large selection of paintings and prints from all the Kimberley art centres, paintings from the Pilbara, paintings and weaving from the Western Desert and APY Lands communities, as well as bark paintings, wood sculpture and baskets from Arnhem Land and painting and wood carvings from the Tiwi Islands. All work is sourced from art centres owned and run by aboriginal communities. In Margaret River we are also proud to showcase works by Wadandi and Noongar artists.
We are committed to show top end work as well as encouraging emerging artists and educating our clients about all aspects of aboriginal art and culture.
Our diverse collection of paintings and sculpture has been acquired over a number of years and is a the result of building close relationships with art centres in aboriginal communities all over Western Australia, South Australia and Northern Territory. These relationships have been established and maintained as a result of our regular visits to communities and from the trust which has developed as a result of the ethical way in which we deal with these communities.
We aim to stock well priced work from emerging artists as well as museum quality work for collectors and major institutions.
Apart from stocking beautiful art we pride ourselves on educating our clients, not only about the art, but also about the artist and the area in which the artist paints. We also take clients to aboriginal communities each year so that they can see on the ground how the artwork is produced and get a sense of the country in which it is painted and Jukurrpa (dreaming) of the area.