ARTWORKS TO REMAIN IN SHIRE
SELECTED artworks collected over almost 30 years are likely to remain part of the Shire of Mundaring Art Collection for many more years following the Premier’s decision not to enforce local government reform.
Visitors at the launch of In-Material, the latest Shire of Mundaring acquisition exhibition, met the news with delight last Friday.
The showcase represents 14 works by artists connected to the Hills and features jewellery, ceramics, leather, fibre and textiles.
Exhibition administrator Clare Stroud said three exceptional works by internationally renowned artists, potter Greg Crowe, leather sculptors Tanija and Graham Carr and textile worker Nalda Searles, would feature in the collection, acquired in partnership between the Shire of Mundaring and the Mundaring Arts Centre since 1986.
“We estimate about 300 people turned up to see the exhibition opening, and to celebrate the fact that the selected artworks would indeed be included in the Shire of Mundaring Art Collection,” Ms Stroud said.
Curator Ricky Arnold selected the latest works for consideration by a panel of experts, who deliberated for many hours before making a decision about those to be included in the collection.
Ms Stroud said the idea behind the Shire collection was to create a comprehensive visual document of the superb work created by local artists and craftspeople with a close connection to the Mundaring community.
“Some of the exhibitions have toured regional Western Australia, taking the art out into the greater community,” she said.
“This collection documents the cultural heritage of our region and has developed a reputation as one of the finest local government collections in Western Australia.”
The collection has grown to include more than 160 works in all mediums with more than 97 artists represented, including Robert Juniper, Hans Arkeveld, Mac Betts and Madeleine Clear.
“The significance of this collection is far more than just its dollar value, currently valued at about $315,000, as many of these artists have been instrumental in the development of Perth’s visual arts scene,” Ms Stroud said.
Artwork presented for the current collection will be on show at the Mundaring Arts Centre until March 22, while other pieces from the Shire collection are on display in the Shire offices, council chambers and community buildings.
A series of workshops with some of the artists will run in conjunction with the exhibition from February 27 until May 31. Visit www.mundaringartscentre.com.au/ upcoming-workshops.
Potter Greg Crowe.