From med­i­cal man­ager to art guide

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - FRONT PAGE - Sara Fitz­patrick

SUE Sauer’s love af­fair with art be­gan 18 years ago when a friend said she would make a great gallery guide.

The state­ment res­onated with the then med­i­cal prac­tice man­ager, of South Perth, and she set off to change her ca­reer.

To­day, Sauer rev­els in her role as the vol­un­tary guides pres­i­dent of the Art Gallery of WA (AGWA).

“I had no art back­ground, so I worked on the in­for­ma­tion desk at AGWA while I stud­ied art his­tory and I’ve been in­volved with the gallery ever since,” she said.

“It’s the most won­der­ful job; all the guides love it. We al­ways say we get more than we ever give be­cause we get to take chil­dren, and all the way up to 90-year-olds, through the gallery.

“We share our love and pas­sion for art and it’s just won­der­ful to see people’s re­ac­tions.”

To­gether with seven fel­low AGWA vol­un­teer guides, Sauer also now leads free art tours through Par­lia­ment House.

“People are fas­ci­nated to see what art is in Par­lia­ment House,” Sauer said.

“I thought we might get a lot of for­eign­ers but from my ex­pe­ri­ence it has been mostly West Aus­tralians vis­it­ing, who know a lot about WA.

“Guides are adapt­able and we have to move with who­ever our au­di­ence is.”

Vis­i­tors will see WA art­works of flora and fauna, pho­tog­ra­phy, in­dige­nous col­lec­tions, ta­pes­try and sculp­ture.

“We have this won­der­ful photographic ex­hi­bi­tion by Dianne Jones (the 2017 Par­lia­ment House-Edith Cowan Univer­sity artist-in-res­i­dence) that was just put up last year,” Sauer said.

“She has put her­self in Par­lia­ment House so there are all th­ese de­pic­tions of her as dif­fer­ent people within Par­lia­ment House and the one that people seem to love the most is ac­tu­ally in Par­lia­ment and of her as each dif­fer­ent min­is­ter.”

The Par­lia­men­tary art col­lec­tion tours take place on the first Fri­day of each month from 3-4pm.

Book­ings are essen­tial. Call Ali­son on 9222 7279 or email aoshaugh­nessy@par­lia­ment.wa.gov.au to reg­is­ter.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d480581

Sue Sauer is one of eight vol­un­teer guides from the Art Gallery of WA con­duct­ing free tours of the art­works at Par­lia­ment House.

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