No Turning Back: Bob Cunningham Exhibition

No Turning Back: Bob Cunningham Exhibition

23rd March – 26th May 2019

Robert Cunningham was the first contemporary artist to work out of the Lithgow Pottery site, taking over the former pattern store in 1970. Cunningham founded a continuing tradition of contemporary art production in this historic building. Through regular exhibitions in his studio he helped other artists to sell their work and brought new art to the region. Cunningham’s studio was Lithgow’s cultural hub.

Cunningham worked across painting, print making, ceramics and sculpture. He was prolific, producing tens of thousands of works during his career.

No Turning Back tells the story of Cunningham’s life and work in his own voice. Works exhibited span the full range of Cunningham’s output and the length of his career.

Come and celebrate Bob’s work, life and contribution to our community in this very special opening event. Everyone is welcome.

Food and drinks will be served.

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True Crime Barton Park

True Crime Barton Park

Barton Park

Seventy years ago, Lue and James Walker Barton were murdered in their home at Barton Park, Wallerawang.  Read the chilling newspaper articles following the manhunt, capture and incarceration of the murderer.  Learn about the final fate of Barton Park and the surprising connections to Eskbank House Museum in this new exhibition.

The exhibition runs from 27 October to 9 December 2018 at Eskbank House Museum

Community, Care and Conviviality: Freemasonry in Lithgow

Community, Care and Conviviality: Freemasonry in Lithgow

Community, Care and Conviviality: Freemasonry in Lithgow

Hartford chapter

1st – 30th September 2018

During September, Eskbank House Museum presents “Community, Care and Conviviality: Freemasonry in Lithgow”, an exhibition that explores the social side of Freemasonry in Lithgow. Objects and images from the Eskbank House Museum collection are accompanied by pieces from the Lithgow District Historical Society image collection, the Lithgow & District Family History Society, and local Freemasons.

“The chance to see Lithgow’s Masonic history told using objects and images is an opportunity not to be missed,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Stephen Lesslie. He continued “Organisations like this have played, and continue to play, an important role in our community. This exhibition speaks to the community and social connections of these organisations.”

With the industrialisation of Lithgow after the arrival of the railway in the 1860s fraternal organisations appeared. Amongst the trade unions, benefit societies and other working men’s organisations the Freemasons established a Lodge in the town. From the 1880s there has been a Masonic presence in Lithgow. In 1913 the Freemasons were joined by women through the formation of the Hartford Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. 

Throughout their history these organisations have offered social and charitable opportunities for their members. As well as socialising amongst themselves after Lodge and Chapter meetings, they also met with brother and sister groups and the public, often dining and dancing until the small hours. As well as internal benevolence provisions there is an ongoing commitment to a number of community causes, including aged care. Despite the falling memberships both the Masons and the Order of the Eastern Star are still generous contributors to many charities.

The Exhibition Curator, Michael Stevenson, praised Lithgow locals for their assistance in putting the exhibition together. “Both the Freemasons and the Order of the Eastern Star have been very generous in lending objects and telling their stories,” he said. “The opportunity to work with the passionate staff at Lithgow Library, Lithgow & District Family History Society and Eskbank House Museum has been a real pleasure.”

Community, Care and Conviviality: Freemasonry in Lithgow

1st – 30th September 2018

Eskbank House Museum
Corner Bennett & Inch Streets, Lithgow NSW 2790
Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm, entry fees apply


Waste 2 Art Exhibition

Waste 2 Art Exhibition

Waste 2 Art Exhibition

Waste2Art Winners 2018

19th May – 10th June 2018

The Waste 2 Art competition returns to Eskbank House Museum for another year of art made from reused and recycled materials, challenging people to think differently about waste. Local artists of all ages responded to the challenge of creating artwork from materials that would otherwise be discarded as rubbish and end up in landfill. The Waste 2 Art competition and exhibition, a Netwaste initiative, seeks to raise awareness of environmental issues.

Judges of the 2018 competition were Sharon Howard, Director of Gang Gang Gallery, and Nigel Campbell, Waste & Recycling Coordinator for Lithgow City Council.  

The following winning entries will go on to represent the Lithgow LGA at the regional exhibition in Narromine from June 23 – July 21 2018.

Primary 2D – Portland Central School, Rainbow Garden

Primary 3D – Dia MacNamara, Plastic in the marine Environment

Primary Functional – Samatha Winks, Bookcase

Secondary 3D – Delaney Reinhardt, Polist – Irene

Community 2D – Clare McAdam, Shadow Snake

Community 3D – Gregory Wheeler, Kangaroo

Community Functional – Clare McAdam, Crate Expectations

Open 2D – Gordon McCloud, Postcards

Open 3D – Helen Munro, Grannies silver and crystal garden

Open Functional – Gordon McCloud, Bottle Openers


Voices of Eskbank – LithGlow

Voices of Eskbank – LithGlow

Voices of Eskbank

Discover the history of the Lithgow region through the Eskbank House Museum collection.

One of the earliest house museums in the country, Eskbank House Museum holds many objects that reflect the important developments of the region, including the role of influential industrials Thomas Brown, James Rutherford, William Sandford and the Hoskins Brothers.

From 6pm Saturday 12th May experience the Voices of Eskbank at night.  Photographs from the archives will be projected on the buildings, giving you a unique insight into the people and moments that shaped the region.

The Museum will be open Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm. Entry fee applies.

Projections will run from 6pm until 10pm Saturday 12th, and can be viewed from Inch Street. Free.

Dates and Times: Projections from Saturday 12th May from 6pm

Museum opening hours Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm

Location: Cnr Inch and Bennett Street, Lithgow NSW 2790

Cost: Projections free, Museum entry fee applies, with special rates for LGA residents

Contact details: Summar Hipworth, Ph.: (02) 6354 9999


Mary Hailstone

Mary Hailstone

7th – 17th September 2017

Opening : Saturday 9th September, 2pm

Mary Hailstone is a local artist who paints stunning realistic landscapes, beautifully capturing the light and energy of scenes ranging from Hartley, Wolgan Valley, and Capertee Valley.

Join the artist at the opening on Saturday 9th September, from 2pm, museum entry will be free and light refreshments will be served.