Discover one of the great art collections in the country.


The Howard Hinton Collection at the New England Regional Art Museum is the result of one of the greatest acts of artistic philanthropy and benefaction in Australian history. 

Between 1928 and 1948 a collection of over 1000 artworks by leading Australian artists were donated to the newly constructed Armidale Teachers’ College by the retired shipping agent, Howard Hinton OBE (1867-1948). The Collection provides a snapshot into Australian artistic practice in the early twentieth century as well as some insights into this ‘modest and self-effacing’ gentleman. HINTON: Treasures of Australian Art displays 132 works selected from the Howard Hinton Collection and provides an overview of Hinton’s aesthetic sensibility, and the quantity and quality of his collection.



NERAM opened its doors in 1983 as a purpose built art gallery for the Howard Hinton Collection of more close to 1,400 donated artworks. The Museum now boasts six gallery spaces, the Museum of Printing, an artist’s studio, conference facilities, a Shop and Café.



Hinton displayed magnificent generosity through his life - a prolific art collector, and important patron to Australian artists. Driven to share the pleasure and benefit he received from seeing and appreciating art, and by a belief in the importance of art in education, read more.



Howard Hinton, an avid collector and patron of the arts, developed his collection for the purpose of encouraging artists, educating students, and for the benefit and enjoyment of the public. He donated over 1000 artworks between 1929 and 1948, learn more.



The Howard Hinton Collection, in the sheer breadth of its cover of Australian art from the 1880s to the 1940s, is the only collection of its kind in regional Australia. Click here to discover the Collection. 


Trained NERAM volunteers conduct tours within the exhibition space at 2pm every Friday and Sunday. Tours are free and run for approximately 30 - 40 minutes. Click here to find out more.


HINTON: Treasures of Australian Art is a permanent exhibition within the New England Regional Art Gallery in Armidale, NSW. Need directions? Click here.