Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) is located on historic Keppel Street. One of the oldest regional galleries in NSW, it is a modern, well-equipped and highly celebrated regional gallery with a collection focusing on Australian art that began in 1955.
There is a strong Lloyd Rees collection, Australian ceramics from the late 1960s, the artists of Hill End from 1945 and Australian Sculpture collection.
The Gallery has a diverse exhibition program -
touring exhibitions, exhibitions researched from the permanent collection, Hill End Artists in Residence, educational and public programs and it showcases the work of artists based in the region through its Local Artist Project initiative.
With the surrounding beautiful landscapes and the nearby historic villages such as Hill End, Carcoar, Sofala and Millthorpe many artists have been drawn to the area over the years.
As a youth Brett Whiteley boarded at The Scots School in Bathurst and continued to frequent the area until his death in 1992.
Russell Drysdale, Donald Friend, Margaret Olley, Brett Whiteley and John Olsen are some of Australia's best known artists who have been inspired by the gold mining town of Hill End