Regional Galleries play such an important role within the gallery system here in Australia, bringing exciting exhibitions, speakers and the opportunity to attend workshops to rural areas. Founded in 1968 I have had the pleasure of regularly visiting the Ararat Regional Art Gallery since about 1980. The focus of the galleries permanent collection is fiber and textiles; and the gallery also houses the largest collection of contemporary tapestry of any regional gallery in Australia. I have seen so many wonderful exhibitions over the years and due to encouragement from former Director Graham Bird, I enrolled all those years ago in the Diploma of Art ‘Tapestry’
Last weekend saw the conclusion to ‘Ararat Basketfest 2012’ with a symposium held on Saturday. A highly successful program running the past two months has seen exhibitions, workshops and guest speakers sharing fascinating insights into contemporary and indigenous basket making in Australia.
Douglas Fuchs ‘FLOATING FOREST’ 30th Anniversary Exhibition, loaned from the collection of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney was such an interesting exhibition and still very contemporary 30 years after its making. Kevin Murray has written a blog post about the Symposium here.
The Gallery now have a public page on Facebook here, hit the ‘like’ button to get updates, but if you don’t have a Facebook account you can still read the page.
The Gallery also have a blog, become a ‘follower’ to keep up with what is happening at the Gallery.
The Gallery also have an eNEWSLETTER
If you live in Melbourne or Ballarat why not consider taking the train to Ararat for the day and visiting the gallery.
ARARAT REGIONAL ART GALLERY
TOWN HALL, VINCENT STREET,
T: (03) 5352 2836
MONDAY, WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY 10AM TO 4.30PM
SATURDAY, SUNDAY & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 12PM TO 4PM
CLOSED GOOD FRIDAY, CHRISTMAS DAY, BOXING DAY AND NEW YEARS DAY