The Creative Arts Gallery houses the Gunnedah Shire Council Town Collection consisting of one hundred and fourteen works of art including the Dorothea Mackellar's Society collection 'My Country' by Jean Isherwood. As custodian of these collections we endeavour to preserve, maintain, and exhibit the collections through curatorial, educational and promotional programs.
Pottery in Gunnedah has been well represented for many years. Long-time identities and drivers of pottery in Gunnedah are Frances Thomas, Pat Tobin and Pam Thomas whose combined working experience in 2014 amounts to 137 years.
Pam Thomas started creating pottery artworks in 1963 in Wollongong. Ivan Englund was the lecturer in the then Technical College. After leaving Wollongong, Pam carried on developing her skills as she worked the clay in her studios over the past 50 years. In 1984 Pam received the Harold Hughan prestigious award for Domestic Pottery. Harold Hughan himself chose Pam as the Prize winner. Mr Hughan was one of the first craft potters in Australia after WWII. "Once you start potting it takes hold of you like an addiction, never lets you go. It can take your interests into other fields such as Geology or Chemistry."