Thanks to dedicated local voluntary organisations, Glen Innes Highlands has a thriving arts scene.
The Glen Innes Arts Council, created in 1944, is the oldest continuously operating Arts Council in Australia. The Council shows popular and art house films in the 122-year-old ex church that is now the Chapel Theatre.
Since 1996, Glen Innes Highlands has been home to Arts North West, the regional art board for the New England North West of NSW. Backed by the regional local governments and the state government through Arts NSW, Arts North West supports arts and culture across the whole region. Arts North West provides advice on funding and creative project management for communities to enable them to develop arts projects and cultural infrastructure. A far-sighted initiative of Glen Severn Council, TAFE and the community, the Glen Innes Learning Centre provides 24-hour access for young and mature students to Armidale’s University of New England.
The Learning Centre incorporates facilities of the University of New England, TAFE, a Public Library, an Art Gallery, a workshop and seminar facilities under one roof. The Centre was created to halt the drift of young people from the community, to create educational opportunities for young indigenous residents and to encourage business development.
The Glen Innes Art Gallery is supported by a passionate group of volunteers. It features works of local and regional artists as well as travelling exhibitions.