First Gra­hame Syd­ney ex­hi­bi­tion

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By JESSICA MAD­DOCK

Highly ac­claimed artist Gra­hame Syd­ney is ex­hibit­ing at Cen­tral Sto­ries this month, for the first time since the gallery and mu­seum opened seven years ago. Gen­eral man­ager Rachel Check­etts said it was an ex­cit­ing coup for the gallery, as Syd­ney rarely ex­hib­ited his work. ‘‘We in­vited him to ex­hibit – he is our art pa­tron.’’ The pho­to­graphic ex­hi­bi­tion opens to mem­bers of Cen­tral Sto­ries and in­vited guests on July 11 and to the pub­lic the fol­low­ing day. Miss Check­etts said it was a large ex­hi­bi­tion of at least 50 pho­to­graphs, mostly taken dur­ing win­ter in Cen­tral Otago. ‘‘It’s got a Man­iototo fo­cus – Ida Val­ley and places like that.’’ Syd­ney would also give a pub­lic pre­sen­ta­tion on Au­gust 11 at 1pm, at which mem­bers of the pub­lic would have the op­por­tu­nity to ask him ques­tions. The talk would be free to at­tend. Syd­ney’s work fea­tures in New Zealand’s ma­jor gal­leries and mu­se­ums – the iconic Rozzie at Pisa hangs in Te Papa in Welling­ton and his Self-Por­trait at Fifty is in the Christchurch Art Gallery - and in pri­vate col­lec­tions through­out the world. His web­site says he now paints for pri­vate clients and is a metic­u­lously slow worker.

July 12 to Au­gust 25

Photo: SUP­PLIED

Pho­tos: Artist Gra­hame Syd­ney will hold his first ex­hi­bi­tion at Cen­tral Sto­ries this month. What: Gra­hame Syd­ney pho­to­graphic ex­hi­bi­tion

When: Where: Cen­tral Sto­ries Mu­seum and Gallery, Alexan­dra

Cost: Free

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