Rusten House

Interior of Rusten House at opening in April 2021

Rusten House Art Centre is an 1861 NSW Heritage listed building, renovated for reuse as a gallery and workshop facility. Opening for the first time to the public as a community art centre and gallery from mid April 2021, it is owned and operated by Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council.

The Centre is located at 87 Collett Street, Queanbeyan, and you can contact staff on 02 6285 6356 if you are interested in either hiring or exhibiting there.

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

2 - 24 July
3% | Dennis Mortimer, Mandy Ord, Jodi Ohm Zutt

An exhibition by three artists working in a variety of media; Mandy Ord, Jodie Ohm Zutt and Dennis Mortimer who attended Canberra School of Art during the early 1990s. The exhibition title ‘3%’ refers to a statement made by the Art School director Dr David Williams from his welcome to 1st-year students’ speech.

‘…five years after graduating, only 3% of graduates will have an art practice & only 1% of the 3% will be living wholly off their art practice.

Jodie Ohm Zutt - drawing of a soldier

Image : Jodie Ohm Zutt, a soldier Drawing, 2019
pastel on paper, 100 x 70cm

4-28 August
Dreams of another place | Todd Fuller

For ten years, Sydney based Todd Fuller has been crafting hand-drawn animations exploring themes of love, loss, place, community, and difference. These award winning works are narrative based and are derived from Fuller’s experiences with a range of communities, sites, and histories.

'Dreams of another place' presents the story of 'Little Star', a dog who dreamed of going into space as well as other materials relating to Fuller’s animation practice.

Little-star animation by Todd Fuller

Image: Todd Fuller, little star animation still 2, 2015
charcoal, chalk, ink and acrylic on paper 56 x 89cm

3 – 25 September
T[Each] | Sueanne Matthews and Bradley Santos

T[Each] acknowledges the diversity of practice of local high school visual arts teachers, Sueanne Matthews and Bradley Santos. 

The conceptual premise for this exhibition is demonstrating the range of skills and expertise a visual arts teacher brings to the development of young people’s learning, whilst maintaining their own individual practice. 

Bradley Santos artwork

Artwork by Bradley Santos





  • Wednesday - Saturday - 10am - 3pm
  • Sunday - Tuesday - Closed
  • From Sunday to Tuesday Rusten House workshop space is available for hire

Hire of gallery and workshop

The gallery spaces and workshop are both available for hire.


Exhibitions run for three week blocks with a week for installation and deinstallation and the hire period is from Wednesday to Saturday.


  • Fever Ward Gallery (G1) - $240/week - total for three weeks $720
  • Shop Gallery (G2) - $120/week - total for three weeks $360


The workshop space is available for hire seven days per week.


  • Half day (3 hours) - $50
  • Full day (6 hours) - $80


History of Rusten House

Rusten House started off as Queanbeyan's hospital in 1862. It is named after Matron Rusten who was employed along with her husband to care for the ill of the district until 1875.

Over the years it has had many purposes including as a hospital, nurses’ quarters, a home to various allied health services and even a café. The building is strongly associated with one of the region’s most respected Aboriginal elders Queen Nellie Hamilton, who passed away in care on 1 January 1897.

The restoration and transformation of Rusten House into a new art centre commenced in 2013 with a grant from the NSW Government Premier's Rural and Regional Grants Fund. It was further made possible through the Justice and Liquor NSW Infrastructure Grant Fund with matched funding from Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council and the NSW Government Stronger Communities Fund. It was formerly opened on 21 April 2021.