The Bank Gallery Space is a regional gallery, function venue, office and accommodation facility for artists. It is located in the centre of Carnamah, a town and farming community 300 kilometres north of Perth in the Mid West region of Western Australia.
A series of free exhibitions and events are held at The Bank throughout the year. To keep updated, please follow our Facebook page. The Bank and The Exchange are our two signature premises used for the delivery of our annual Community Strengthening Program, along with other sites across the North Midlands region.
The Bank was constructed in 1930 as an imposing branch and residence for the Bank of Australasia. However, for most of its life it was used by the Rural & Industries Bank, later renamed Bankwest. Over the years the inside of the building changed almost entirely. In early 2015 work began to undo these changes and bring back the building’s striking features which had been hidden for several decades. These included pressed tin ceilings, jarrah floors, bricked up fireplaces and an octagonal-shaped banking chamber.
The Bank Gallery Space was launched on Sunday 30 April 2017 as part of the Australian Heritage Festival. The opening was patronised by hundreds of people from across the North Midlands in addition to visitors from Geraldton and Perth. Duncan Ord, Director-General of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, officially opened the building.
"It's an absolute delight to come up to Carnamah this morning for this opening. I get lots of invites but occasionally one particularly intrigues me.
What inspired me was the story about a bank that had closed, as is the case with many banks and other buildings in small country towns, and that it had been not only restored as a piece of heritage infrastructure but was being reopened giving new life to the community through the arts. That resonated with me enormously.
I would like to pay tribute to the North Midlands Project for their vision to bring life to this building. The restoration here is really magnificent. It is so faithful to the building.
I was really impressed driving into Carnamah [seeing] the photographs of the past in windows of buildings, which gives a real sense of the long enduring history of this community and its people. For many years no one could have imagined the Rural & Industries Bank wouldn't be here. Such is change in our society that the things that we would think are the most stable in our community, like banks, move on. Yet one of the enduring elements is of course our creativity and the role the arts play in society...
I think this is the beginning of a whole new era for Carnamah and a whole new era for artists in this region. The North Midlands Project is highly ambitious and is clearly going to inspire people."
- Duncan Ord, Director-General of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
A series of free exhibitions and events are held at The Bank throughout the year. To keep updated, please follow our Facebook page. If you have any queries, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or give David a call on 0419 766 808.