The redeveloped Horsham Regional Art Gallery will reopen this weekend, as part of the new visual and performing arts hub located at the Horsham Town Hall. A $20 million construction project was undertaken in 2014 to create a new arts and performance hub for Horsham, co-locating the city’s visual and performing arts venues.
The official opening of the Horsham Town Hall will take place in mid-February, the new Horsham Regional Art Gallery will open on Saturday 30 January. The special retrospective exhibition Smiling when I wake will celebrate the best of the gallery’s photography collection. It includes work from Australian artists Tracey Moffatt, Max Dupain and Carol Jerrems.
At the same time the gallery will open an exhibition of works by local artist Mack Jost and a collection showcasing artistic visions of the Wimmera Mallee region called The pulse of our land.
The redeveloped art gallery includes new exhibitions spaces and increased collection storage space, which will allow the gallery to stage more ambitious exhibitions drawing on both its own collection, and hosting touring exhibitions.
About Horsham Regional Art Gallery
Gallery’s Photography Collection currently numbers over 1000 works. It includes key historical photographers such as Nicolas Caire, J. W. Lindt, David Moore, Olive Cotton, Frank Hurley, Wolfgang Sievers and Carol Jerrems. Contemporary artists include Tony Albert, Pat Brassington, Fiona Foley, Matthew Griffin, Bill Henson, Polixeni Papapetrou and Matthew Sleeth among others.
The Gallery collects works by artists of the Wimmera region along with works containing regional subject matter or connection. Contemporary artworks include those by Anthony Pelchen and Marion Borgelt. Renowned Australian artists including Nicholas Chevalier and Sidney Nolan were also inspired by the landscapes of the Wimmera.
HRAG’s Collection of paintings and works on paper is in great measure the result of the generous gifts of Mr Mack Jost AM. The collection includes work by many significant Australian artists from colonial and modern periods, along with more recent acquisitions made through the Trust in line with Jost’s collecting principals.
Horsham Regional Art Gallery: 80 Wilson St, Horsham, 10am – 5pm Tuesday to Friday; 1 – 4.30pm Saturday and Sunday. Closed Mondays and Public Holidays.
For more information about the re-opening celebrations of Horsham Town Hall see the website.