Painting Memory: Top Picks From a 70 Year Collection on Display / by Brooke Tunbridge


Image above:
Grace COSSINGTON SMITH Trees c1927, oil on plywood 88.5 x 72.0cm Purchased with assistance from the Art Gallery and Conservatorium Committee 1967 Newcastle Art Gallery collection Courtesy Estate of Grace Cossington Smith


The top picks from the Newcastle Art Gallery Collection will be displayed over the Summer in a free exhibition titled ‘PAINTING MEMORY: From the collection’. The exhibition will be showing from 28th October 2017 to 28th January 2018 and will feature 36 paintings, including pieces from well-known Newcastle-born artists William Dobell and John Olsen.

‘PAINTING MEMORY’ presents favourite works of art that explore the history of painting in Australia.

A little history on the Newcastle Art Gallery and its collection, which began over 70 years ago…

The Newcastle Art Gallery collection began in 1945 when Dr Roland Pope, an ophthalmic surgeon from Sydney, promised the bequest of his art collection of 137 Australian paintings to Newcastle - conditional upon the construction of an Art Gallery.

 In 1957 'Newcastle City Art Gallery' opened on the second floor of the War Memorial Cultural Centre. The collection has grown since then, moving into its current building in 1977 through the support of the Newcastle Art Gallery Foundation, the Newcastle Art Gallery Society, and the benefaction of countless individuals, artists and the community.

Head to the gallery this Friday for after-hours access to the exhibitions, and enjoy a drink at the pop up bar. The gallery will have art making activities you can engage with, and large projections on Laman street during the street party. There’s also micro-talks exploring the stories and memories of the collection, which will be held throughout the evening.

Last Fridays - Free, Friday 27 October & the last Friday of every month (except December), open until 8pm.

Head to their website for more information on upcoming events.

Artists in the exhibition (in alphabetical order):
David Aspden, Sydney Ball, Ralph Balson, Clarice Beckett, Charles Blackman, Peter Booth, Arthur Boyd, Rupert Bunny, John Coburn, Grace Cossington Smith, Robert Dickerson, William Dobell, Russell Drysdale, W.B. Gould, Elioth Gruner, Nora Heysen, Dale Hickey, Robert Jacks, Roy Jackson, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Joseph Lycett, Hilda Rix Nicholas, Sidney Nolan, Margaret Olley, John Olsen, Matthew Perceval, Lloyd Rees, Tom Roberts, Jeffrey Smart, Arthur Streeton, Tony Tuckson, Eugene Von Guérard, Roland Wakelin, Daniel Walbidi, Brett Whiteley and Fred Williams.