The Donnelly Verandah Residencies

June, July & August 2016

This year, as part of the Bridgetown in the Winter Festival held in June, July & August, well-known Western Australian artists will be in residence at Donnelly River Village… Visit the village during this time and see some of the works they’ve produced, exhibited along the verandahs at Donnelly River Village or ask at the General Store for the key to the school, some of the works produced during the residencies are on display.

Winter at Donnelly is wood-smoke misty mornings and star-filled winter nights. Serenity. You slow down, chop wood, make a fire and snuggle by it. Bake a pie in a Metters wood stove. Have an afternoon nap… Or, set up your paints and boards, sheltered on your verandah, and capture the scene.

Surrounded by the forest, the thirty-five workers cottages, boarding house and workers club all have verandahs that overlook the central stand of magnificent Karri trees. The original steam mill, school, butcher shop and general store offer unique architectural notes. Tame kangaroos, emus, possums, kookaburras, magpies, parrots, blue wren and other wildlife that wander through the village and visit cottages. If the weather is fine and you’re looking for a change of outlook, a walk along any of the bush trails offers new aspects at every turn, or set up to paint the deep forest lake surrounded by majestic Karris. Donnelly is the perfect place for a unique plein-air escape.

We invite you to take a drive to Donnelly River village in June/July/August and visit this growing exhibition (ask for the key at the General Store) or book a own cottage and become part of the event (showing work on your own verandah to share with our visitors is encouraged)

More information and updates about workshops and artists talks by the artists in residence is available able at or contact Kate Lindsay by phone on 0412 583 656
or email

For accommodation bookings contact
Donnelly River Village PHONE: +61 (8) 9772 1244
or visit the website:

The growing gallery

visit the galley here

Latest News

Artists talks, workshops, paintings and exhibitions

Donnelly Reflections – Jacinda Bayne

We've heard the occasional suggestion that Donnelly River shorten its name to avoid disappointment and at the height of summer that's certainly arguable. Jacinda's work often references bodies of [...]

Jacinda Bayne – a lot of rain!

Jacinda got caught in the rain so took shelter in Jack's shack and did a little painting

Jacinda Bayne – a little bit of sunshine

The sun came out for a bit of painting down by the River. The colour of the water is a deep red!

Donnelly interiors

George Haynes gouaches - not painted on the verandah but very sensibly in the warmth of the cottage.

Jane Martin – Joined (work in progress)

A collection of Jane Martin's works from the (freezing cold) week spent at Donnelly River Village.

Jane Martin – first day painting

Jane Martin – 20 July 2016

Jo Darvall – Rain Painting on Canvas 5

Jo Darvall - Rain Paintings on Canvas on show at the Donnelly River school, if you're visiting the Village, please drop in to the General Store [...]

Jo Darvall – Rain Paintings, Part 2

Jo Darvall, Rain Paintings on paper,, Donnelly River, 2016

Donnelly River Mill Buildings

Jo Darvall's watercolours of the Mill buildings.

Jo Darvall – Rain Paintings, Part 1

Jo Darvall, Rain Paintings on paper, Donnelly River, 2016

Forest watercolour

Jo Darvall's latest watercolour sent through from the Donnelly General Store, 9:30am 12 July 2016

George Haynes prepares for an exhibition at Linton & Kay – a film by Oscar Cook

Growing exhibition

We've had feedback from some of our visitors that they haven't been able to find the artists... Understandably, we haven't actually tied them to the verandahs and some [...]

Jo Darvall – the verandah of cottage 8

A quick pan around the set up on the verandah of cottage 8, Sunday 10 July, 2016. If you're visiting the village at any [...]

Chasing the dawn light

Ken sent this about his and Jon's dawn painting session; "Day one, I managed to wake up before dawn and with the aid of a headlamp tried to [...]

Plein Air workshop

See some of the paintings from workshop here

Bridgetown in the Winter 2016 Programme

Some of the events on offer this year include: Wonderful Winter Wonderland 2 July to 11 July 2016 Street Party and Official Opening 2 July 2016 Artists in [...]

Ken Wadrop workshop – single day

If you live in the Bridgetown/Manjimup/Nannup area and would prefer to come to the workshop from home rather than staying in the cottages at Donnelly it is possible [...]

Jo Darvall – Reckless Romantics

Just before taking up residence on the verandahs at Donnelly River, Jo was in Melbourne for the opening of her solo exhibition, Reckless Romantics, at Sagra Gallery, which [...]

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