Tuesday 14 March, 2017
Tamworth Regional Gallery will welcome 23 new artworks into its already extensive collection. The new acquisitions focus on the existing strengths of the visual arts collection including Australian landscapes and textile art, something that Tamworth Regional Gallery is renowned for.
Of the 23 pieces are items from Kate Campbell-Pope, Hanna Kay, Jean Isherwood, Anita Larkin, Margarita Sampson and Pro Hart. The Pro Hart paintings, worth more than $80,000, were created for Smoky Dawson’s autobiography ‘A Life’ and are a valuable addition to the Gallery’s collection. They were donated in 2016 by a member of the Dawson family.
The artworks have been added to the Gallery collection through purchase, bequest, donation and as cultural gifts over the past 12 months.
A notable acquisition is Margarita Sampson’s Anemone Incursions: Marlon 2015. The textile piece was purchased by the Tamworth Regional Gallery following her 2016 exhibition, Infectious Desires, and was shorted listed for the Blake Prize.
Tamworth Regional Gallery Director Bridget Guthrie said they couldn’t miss the opportunity to have this piece added to their collection.
“This piece adds to our already significant textile collection. The Gallery is renowned for its textile’s and to acquire Marlon was an opportunity too good to pass up.
“Marlon is a regal black chair, appearing to buckle under the weight of large black organic forms, which are beaded and sequined. A puddle of ‘black liquid’, which is in fact a solid form made from a flexible rubber material, appears to pool under the seat, which is laid on a floor plinth.
“The value of the work is $24,000 however we were extremely grateful to negotiate a price less than half of this. Our Gallery is renowned for textile art and this artwork and the other textile works acquired in 2016 build on this important collection.”
The Gallery’s Tamworth Textile Triennial is held every three years, and showcases the best of textile art from across the country, attracting artist participation from all states in Australia. This year on 13 October the Tamworth Regional Gallery will launch Open House: 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial, curated by Glenn Barkley.