Blockbuster exhibition at BVRG


Artist : Tom Roberts (Australia, b.1856, d.1931) Title : Roses Date : 1911 Medium Description: oil on canvas on hardboard Dimensions : Credit Line : Gift of Mr F.J. Wallis 1941 Image Credit Line : Photographer Credit : Accession Number : 7195

Tom Roberts (Australia, b.1856, d.1931), Roses, 1911, oil on canvas on hardboard

Blue chip artists Margaret Preston, Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton along with contemporaries such as Ken Done, are part of our biggest exhibition for 2016, Flora Australis, Australian artists and the floral still life, at Bega Valley Regional Gallery.

Gallery curator Iain Dawson the exhibition features stunning historical pieces from the Art Gallery of NSW collection, along with works especially created for the exhibition by contemporary artists.

“The exhibition is worth over $1.5 million and works of such quality and historic importance have never before been exhibited in the Bega Valley Shire before,” he said.

Mr Dawson said depictions of flora have been present throughout human artistic practice and continue as a fascinating subject for contemporary artists practising today.

Artists include Tom Roberts, Margaret Preston, Katie Petyarre, Arthur Streeton, Margaret Olley, Laura Jone, Nicholas

Cactus, Lucy Culliton, (1966), oil on canvas.

Cactus, Lucy Culliton, (1966), oil on canvas.

Harding, Rupert Bunny, Roy de Maistre, Lucy Culliton, Elioth Gruner, Alesandro Ljubicic, Hans Heyson, Zuza Zochowski, Ken Don, A E Aldis & Julian Meagher.

“We have been planning this exhibition since 2014 and it is our first foray into ‘destination’ exhibition programming,” Mr Dawson said.

“Timed to coincide with this year’s Four Winds Festival at Bermagui, we have worked closely with Sapphire Coast Tourism and the Art Gallery of NSW to stage a ‘blockbuster’ exhibition featuring many well-loved Australian artists with 15 works from the AGNSW collection as well as from contemporary young emerging artists who have created work especially for the exhibition.

‘The Grafton Regional Gallery has lent work from their Ken Done Collection, three of their 135 prints will be on display as well as recently local Lucy Culliton (who moved to Delegate in 2015) whose solo retrospective at Mosman regional gallery in 2015 was a hit with the public.

The Bega Valley Regional Gallery is located in Zingel Place (opposite Littleton Gardens), Bega. NSW.

Opening hours are Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and Saturday from  9am to noon and entry is always free.

Table by the Sea, Ken Done. 1991.

Table by the Sea, Ken Done. 1991.





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