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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.mundaringarts­cen­ up­com­ing-work­shops.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

Pot­ter Greg Crowe. d433121

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