Brett Whiteley documentary screened in Tamworth on Sunday

HOT TICKETS: Meg Larkin says there has been a lot of interest in a Tamworth screening of a Brett Whiteley documentary. Photo: Peter Hardin 140518PHA006
HOT TICKETS: Meg Larkin says there has been a lot of interest in a Tamworth screening of a Brett Whiteley documentary. Photo: Peter Hardin 140518PHA006

A DOCUMENTARY about one of Australia’s preeminent visual artists is coming to Tamworth, as a group of locals look to raise money for the art gallery.

This Sunday, Forum 6 Cinema will screen Whiteley, a recent critically-acclaimed film about Australian artist Brett Whiteley.

Meg Larkin has helped organise the screening, on behalf of the Friends of the Tamworth Gallery, and while it’s a fundraiser, she said the film was chosen because of the “important character” in art history it portrayed.

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“I think he was an important young artist,” Ms Larkin said.

“He was very bold and brave in his art and led a lot of the post-modern movement.

“He was also known for his lifestyle, he was very much out there, and for the variety of work.

“He was such a well-known character in our art history and I think Tamworth will be very receptive to seeing this film.”

She said Whiteley’s paintings had previously been shown in Tamworth as part of other exhibitions, but Ms Larkin didn’t believe there had been a full show of the artist’s work in town.

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While the screening will raise money for the gallery’s coffers to purchase new pieces, she said, in jest, it wouldn’t raise enough to purchase a Whiteley original. 

Tickets have been selling quickly, but Ms Larkin said they would be available right up until the screening at 2.15pm on Sunday. Tickets are available online or you can get in touch with Meg Larkin at 0407 255 821.

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