Shire gath­ers art of 65yrs

Narrogin Observer - - News - Michael Traill

Fifty pieces of art, col­lected over 65 years, are on dis­play at NEXIS gallery in Nar­ro­gin.

The ex­hibit, 50/65 The Peo­ple’s Art, show­cases pieces of work, pri­mar­ily from WA artists, col­lected since 1953 in three dif­fer­ent col­lec­tions now owned by the Shire.

The col­lec­tion be­gan with the be­quest of busi­ness man and art pa­tron Sir Claude Hotchin.

He do­nated 30 pieces of work to the Town of Nar­ro­gin in 1953, and a fur­ther 10 in 1954 and 1955.

“(His aim was) to en­able Aus­tralians who live away from the city to learn and to ap­pre­ci­ate the art of their fel­lows,” he said at the time.

Twenty-eight pieces of the col­lec­tion are from win­ners of the Nar­ro­gin Art Prize that was first of­fered in 1960, while a big pro­por­tion of the Shire’s pieces come from the Carol and Pe­ter Tay­lor col­lec­tion.

Lo­cal res­i­dent Pe­ter Tay­lor do­nated 120 pieces, which were qui­etly col­lected by his wife over 30 years, to the Shire in 2015.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will run un­til Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 21.

Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive Dale Stewart, Pe­ter Tay­lor, cu­ra­tor An­nette Davis, Shire deputy pres­i­dent Tim Wiese and Karen Keely.

Pic­ture: Michael Traill

One of the pic­tures on dis­play.

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