Saturday, December 6, 2014

Piggery Christmas Sale

We're open all this weekend 10am-4pm for our Christmas Sale with new pottery, paintings, drawings, prints, cards, jewellery (including Christmas and "Frozen"), decorations and candles.

Dramatic sky

Before the storms this week.

Friday, November 7, 2014

CASS Open Studio Weekend

The Combined Art Societies of Sydney (CASS) are having an Open Studios weekend next weekend Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th November 2014,  when a number of Studios across Sydney  will  open their doors to the public from 9am -3pm  

The Piggery Lane Studios will be participating in this Event and visitors will again be welcome to come and visit us on the grounds of the UWS  Richmond campus .

details can be found on the CASS website  
and More information here  

the trees outside the Piggery are looking very colourful at the moment, though the deer were hiding just before the imminent thunderstorm when this picture was taken on Wednesday

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pitt Town Sporting Club

a change over of new works displayed  for the next 3 months at Pitt Town Sporting Club including works by Piggery members Sharron Whittington and Malcolm Robertson

all works are for sale

Saturday, October 11, 2014

last day of the exhibition

Saturday 11th of October was a beautiful sunny day and  lovely weather for several hundred people attending the 2114  Hawkesbury Earthcare Fair... and  the Piggery was busy with visitors all day long. It is often remarked that the Piggery is quite unique in the Sydney region, and it has quality artwork and is  a delight to visit

  Sunday 12 October was the last day of the exhibition for this year, it was a quieter day and Marion took the opportunity to do some more work to her large landscape

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Earthcare Fair

The Piggery is open this weekend, and the exhibition will finish next weekend on Sunday October 12th

Saturday the 11th promises to be a big day with the adjoining Earthcare Centre holding its annual Fair with plenty of stalls, activities and food!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Open again this weekend

Just a reminder that we are open again this weekend for the Hawkesbury Community Arts Workshop Annual Exhibition. Our gallery space has all new artworks hanging, pottery, candles, unique jewellery, hand painted scarves, cards, prints. Artists Sharron and Shelley Whittington, Malcolm Robertson, Marion Wilcox, Jenny Lloyd, Dorothea Finger and Kym Morris welcome visitors into their studios. Opening times 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A buzzy time at the Piggery today!

 for some time bees have been making their home in the boards at the back of the Piggery, and today Sharron (who used to be a beekeeper) with the help of some friends, removed the bees and will be splitting them into two hives and taking them to new homes.

One hive will be remaining in the grounds for the benefit of Earthcare... they will not be a danger for anyone visiting our continuing exhibition.

Hawkesbury Gazette

The Hawkesbury Gazette had a number of photos from the Secret Garden Spring Fair and the Piggery Lane Studios Art Exhibition in its Socials section this week.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Irish film makers at opening

We had special international guests attend our opening on Saturday night, highly acclaimed Irish film makers from Dublin, Barrie Dowdall and Siobhan Lynam who are in Australia promoting their new documentary Convict Women and Orphan Girls. Thanks to Barrie and Siobhan for squeezing our event into their busy schedule, and thanks to Peter Fenton for arranging to bring them to the Piggery on their way to Thompson Square for the CAWB film night where the movie was being shown and an informative questions and answers session afterwards. Will post photos when they are available.

Saturday, September 13, 2014


A mother and daughter viewing some of the deer outside the Piggery prior to the exhibition.

Some of the lights outside the Piggery on the evening of the exhibiton

Greg Hansell finalist over 20 times in the Archibald/Wynne prizes during his speech at this inaugural event in which he discussed the value and importance of local and independent art groups.

Jimmy Parbuckle added to the wonderful atmosphere of the evening with his traditional music of Australia and the sea

the exhibition continues today and for the next four weekends until October 12th

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Springtime at the Piggery

Spring is in the air, the blossom is on the trees, the lambs are in the fields, and the Piggery is just about ready for its first annual Art Exhibition this weekend.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Live Music at Opening Night

Jimmy Parbuckle will be performing at the Opening Night of our exhibition.

Exhibition Flyer

We had a number of visitors today when the Earthcare Centre was open for the Sustainable House Day
and now we look forward to  the Exhibition at the Piggery from 13th September - 12th October
this is the flyer for it

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Piggery Lane Studios Exhibition

On Saturday September 13th the 7 resident artists of the Piggery Lane Studios, combined with the artists from the Hawkesbury Community Arts Workshop, will be holding their inaugural ‘Annual Art Exhibition’ which will be open to the public every weekend 10am to 4pm until October 12th. There will a great variety of all forms of art on display, Paintings from local award winning artists as well as Pottery, sculpture Jewellery and Crafts.

Greg Hansell, a local artist of international renown and a multiple Archibald/Wynne finalist will officially open the exhibition on Saturday 13th September at 6pm and there will also be live Music, all are welcome.

for information about Greg Hansell  click here

Saturday 13th is also the day that the ‘Secret Garden’ on the UWS Campus holds its ‘Spring Fair’ with farmyard animals, childrens activities, BBQ, Music, Devonshire teas and hundreds of plants for sale. It would be a wonderful day's outing to combine the two events in one day. Children will love seeing the deer sheep and lambs near the Piggery, and the animals at the Secret Garden, and adults can enjoy the art and plants. The Secret Garden is located at UWS Richmond, entry via Bourke Street, open 9am -4 pm

more information can be found  at Secret Garden 0414 784 5 460 Email

The Piggery also shares grounds with the Earthcare Centre, a gathering place for people learning and working towards responsible stewardship of the earth. Earthcare will be holding their Annual Fair on Saturday October 11th, with stalls and music and information on environmentally responsible land use and the development of healthy and self reliant communities.The Piggery Lane Exhibition will still be on and the combined events will be an opportunity for another great day out for the family.

for  more information

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hawkesbury Artists and Artisans Trail 2014

Hawkesbury Artists and Artisans Trail weekend Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th August 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

'Somewhere Under the Rainbow'

It's not the Yellow Brick Road, but all you had to do yesterday  to get there was  follow the road and aim at the Rainbow!
Campus Drive leads directly to the Piggery ( The name was changed from Piggery Lane to reflect the change from the Agricultural College of over 100 years to the modernizing UWS )...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hawkesbury Artists and Artisans Trail

The annual Hawkesbury Artists and Artisans Trail is on again this weekend and the Piggery will be open Saturday and Sunday 10am -4pm  visitors are welcome.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

'freshening up'

it's been a while since anything was done to the Piggery, so we have been doing a bit of pre-Spring Cleaning, clearing weeds and adding a bit of paint here and there.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Hawkesbury Art Fair

The Hawkesbury Regional Gallery recently held it's inaugural Hawkesbury Art Fair, a curated exhibition of local (Hawkesbury) artists and Art Groups.
The Piggery Lane Studios were represented there, the works selected may not have been typical of all the artworks on show at the Piggery... but overall it made up a very fine exhibition and it is hoped  this will become an annual event at the Regional Gallery

Some of the Piggery Lane Studios works at the Gallery

Malcolm Robertson was also asked to do a portrait demonstration... the subject was Peter Kay, who is a regular Father Christmas at the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Gallery becomes Gourmet restaurant!

On the third Saturday of the month, on the same day that the Piggery has it's monthly 'Open Day', Ling Halbert runs a vegetarian cooking class at the adjoining Earthcare centre. This month it was decided to try something excitingly different, to present and eat the food in the the Piggery Lane Studios instead of the Earthcare centre.
Maybe not quite as much room as the Earthcare building, but the ambience of the Piggery certainly added to the atmosphere and flavour of the food.
a couple of photos before the commencement of the meal...

 more photo's and details of the day, the food and the recipes can be found on Ling's website on the Superfood at Earthcare with Elegant Art link

I must say that it was 'Superfood'... and it was delicious!

By coincidence one of the members of the class said that her father, who came out from Wales in 1912, worked at the Piggery 70 years ago when it was an active piggery, and was actually injured a few times with some of the equipment that was in use back then!