Gallery and Mu­seum Se­cure $105,000 Grant

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Library News -

Hawkes­bury Re­gional Gallery and Hawkes­bury Re­gional Mu­seum are look­ing for­ward to a big year in 2018 fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful grant ap­pli­ca­tion to Cre­ate NSW, the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s Arts and Cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram.

Ac­cord­ing to Gallery and Mu­seum Di­rec­tor, Kath­leen von Witt, Gallery ex­hi­bi­tions sup­ported by the grant in­clude three in-house ex­hi­bi­tions, as well as the tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tions ‘Clay In­ter­sec­tions’, from the Aus­tralian De­sign Cen­tre, and ‘Art Ex­press’, the pop­u­lar ex­hi­bi­tion toured by the NSW Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and show­cas­ing the work of out­stand­ing HSC stu­dents.

There will also be a pho­to­graphic ex­hi­bi­tion bring­ing to­gether iconic artists and art­works of the twen­ti­eth and twenty-first centuries in­clud­ing Max Du­pain, Olive Cot­ton, Jeff Carter, Roger Scott and Trent Parke. Also fa­cil­i­tated by the grant are a va­ri­ety of work­shops for adults and chil­dren, in­clud­ing school hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties and Art Af­ter School X 4.

For its part, the Mu­seum will open two new ex­hi­bi­tions, the first ex­plor­ing the rich her­itage of mar­ket gar­dens of the Hawkes­bury, in­cor­po­rat­ing ob­jects from the Mu­seum's col­lec­tion and sourced from the com­mu­nity, and the sec­ond look­ing at the early out­laws of the Hawkes­bury, from the in­fa­mous Cap­tain Thun­der­bolt and Bold Jack Don­ahue to the mis­guided con­victs who tried to flee across the river and over the moun­tains to China.

In 2018 the mu­seum will also rein­ter­pret two up­stairs rooms in Howe House, the his­toric build­ing which is part of the mu­seum, recre­at­ing the bed­rooms of an adult and child liv­ing in the Ge­or­gian pe­riod. This will al­low ac­cess to the top floor of the house to the pub­lic for the first time since 2007.

‘We are very en­cour­aged by the suc­cess of our grant ap­pli­ca­tion,’ said Kath. ‘It means that we can main­tain the high stan­dards we have es­tab­lished for both venues, and of­fer vis­i­tors some ter­rific new ex­hi­bi­tions and ex­pe­ri­ences in the year ahead’.

Howe House (ex­te­rior)

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