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The City of Busselton’s ArtGeo Cultural Complex is a creative hub for the visual and performing arts housed in heritage-listed buildings on Queen Street, close to Busselton’s much-loved foreshore. Once linked to the Jetty, the heritage-listed Courthouse, built in 1860, is one of the oldest buildings in Busselton and played an important role in its settlement history.
Walk through the buildings and feel the history within their walls. Explore the gaol cells and imagine being locked up for 14 days for disorderly conduct in a public place behind one of the heavy wooden doors.The Courthouse Gift shop reflects the transition from colonial courthouse to modern-day art house. Once inside, you'll discover a tempting range of high quality locally crafted art, jewellery, pottery, glasswork, cards, photography and woodwork.
Set in the rear courtyard of the complex, there are two artist in residence studios featuring ceramic artist Tracie Anderson and jewellery designer Nalda Hoskins. Visitors are welcome to visit these studios, which were once horse stables, to see the artists at work.
Across the road you'll find the ArtGeo Gallery housed in an elegant neo-classical brick and tile pavilion built for the Agricultural Bank of Western Australia in 1931. The Gallery is an adaptable white-cube space that’s used for exhibitions sourced regionally, nationally and occasionally internationally.
The cultural precinct is also home to the Busselton Art Society, the Busselton Woodturners' Association and the children's theatre group Acting Up. A sheltered courtyard, bush food garden and life-size bronze sculptures augment the ambience of the precinct.
The Busselton Cultural Precinct is open daily from 10am to 4pm, free entry.