Tamworth Art Gallery wins grant through Visions of Australia

Taking it all in: Tamworth Gallery staff Eloise Newell, left, and Pam Brown admire a piece in one of the two new photographic exhibitions that opened at the Peel St gallery on Friday. Photo: Gareth Gardner

Taking it all in: Tamworth Gallery staff Eloise Newell, left, and Pam Brown admire a piece in one of the two new photographic exhibitions that opened at the Peel St gallery on Friday. Photo: Gareth Gardner

The Tamworth Regional Gallery is going to take it’s textiles on the road after New England MP Barnaby Joyce announced $57,500 worth of funding through the Visions of Australia program.

The gallery is set to use the funding to hold it’s third Tamworth Textile Triennial Open House exhibition, before taking the show on the road to tour another ten galleries around the country.

Gallery director Bridget Guthrie said that the funding is a huge boom as it will allow the collection to be seen nationally.

“It is so important for the gallery as we are renowned for our textiles and textile exhibitions,” Ms Guthrie said.

“We will be the first venue the exhibition is shown at, opening on October 13, before it goes to every other state. It is very exciting.” 

The Visions of Australia regional touring program supports the development and touring of exhibitions of Australian culture and material originating elsewhere held in Australian collections.

“The funding of $57,500 will be used to help showcase contemporary textile practice from a broad selection of artists from across Australia,” Mr Joyce said.

Meanwhile, the Tamworth gallery opened two new photographic exhibitions on Friday.

The 3D photos of Belinda Mason’s ‘Unfinished Business’ as well as ‘Contemporising the Modern’, which showcases fifty of Australia’s most iconic photographs were unveiled.

“We are lucky to be able to host these special exhibitions during February, one marking iconic Australia photographs and one marking the stories of 30 Indigenous persons with a disability,” Ms Gunthrie said.

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