THE Tamworth art gallery has struck gold, and silver, with a new exhibition gleaming light on the history of the precious metals in Australia.
Tamworth is currently home to a touring exhibit with century-old silver and gold pieces from the National Gallery of Australia.
Gallery director Bridget Guthrie said Tamworth was privileged to secure the exhibit which was on a limited tour.
Ms Guthrie said the featured pieces would draw attention to Tamworth’s own significant Regan silverware collection.
“One of the reasons we really wanted to secure this exhibition is because, not only does it showcase these amazing silver and gold piece, it also brings attention to our own Regan silverware which is absolutely stunning,” she said.
“By comparing the two, you can actually see what a unique and valuable connection that we hold here in Tamworth on a permanent basis.”
The precious touring additions to the gallery do require extra attention.
“Gone are the days where you use the old Silvo and clean that way, you don’t do that anymore,” Ms Guthrie said.
“You don’t touch the pieces, even with plastic gloves … it leaves fingerprints even through some of the plastic.”
Silver and gold historian, Jolyon Warwick James, will be visiting the gallery from Sydney on International Museums Day – Friday, 18 May 2018.
He will be presenting a free talk on the silver and gold exhibition and the Tamworth Regan silverware collection at 2pm.
The touring silver and gold exhibition will be on display in town until June 10.
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