The Donnelly Verandah Residencies 2017-01-29T07:30:02+00:00

The Donnelly Verandah Residencies

June, July & August 2016

In 2016, as part of the Bridgetown in the Winter Festival held in June, July & August, well-known Western Australian artists were invited to take up residence at Donnelly River Village… If you visited the village during this time you will have see some of the works they produced, exhibited along the verandahs at Donnelly River Village or at the Donnelly River school. An exhibition of selected works produced during the residencies will be shown from 22 October to 7 November in Perth.

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.

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

Perth-based Exhibition dates

We invite you to see some of the works produced by the artists while they were in residence at Donnelly River Village. 22 October - 6 November 2016 Join [...]

Donnelly interiors

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

Forest watercolour

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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