Local artists’ work set to hang beside great Cayley

THE WORK of young artists Brittany Hegedus and Braden Cutmore will sit alongside works of more established artists at the Grafton Regional Gallery throughout winter.

Photographer Hegedus and ceramicist Cutmore had works acquired by the gallery last year.

Hegedus' digital photograph Isaac won the New Media Award of the Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award and Cutmore's ceramic vase, Sea Life, was bought from the gallery's exhibition H2O Local Artists Respond to Water.

The gallery builds on its collection each year through donations, gifts and purchases.

Recent Acquisitions - displayed in the main gallery - features a varied selection of photographs, prints, ceramics and paintings recently acquired into the various collections the gallery managers.

The young local artists' works will be hung alongside those by established regional artists such as Digby Moran, John Witzig and Robert Moore.

Neville Cayley's Kookaburra with Catch 1892 Photo Contributed
Neville Cayley's Kookaburra with Catch 1892 Photo Contributed Contributed

This work complements smaller works by the same artist held in the collection. Cayley was born in south-east England and migrated to Australia with his family around 1882.

He lived at times in the Clarence Valley, mainly at Yamba. Through his watercolours he contributed greatly to public awareness of Australian birds.

Clarence Valley mayor Richie Williamson said the exhibition was a great way to see how collections grow and represented a history of what was created in the past and is being created now.

"When you walk through the exhibition space you see a real connection to this region. Graham Mackie's landscapes and Robert Moore's Grafton Bridge are just a few of the works that instantly make me feel at home," Cr Williamson said.

"Collecting works by young artists in our region is a great way to help start their artistic career and encourages other emerging artists.

"Acknowledging the wonderful work created by young people of the Clarence Valley can only be positive thing."

Recent Acquisitions will be on display until Sunday, August 24.

Further information on this exhibition and other programs can be found at the Gallery's website at http://www.graftongallery.nsw.gov.au.

Grafton Regional Gallery is a cultural service of Clarence Valley Council.

The gallery is located at 158 Fitzroy St, Grafton, and is open from 10am - 4pm from Tuesday to Sunday. Entry is by gold coin donation.



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