Ship mateship

A NEW exhibition opening next week is from the sea. Little Shipmates: seafaring pets, an Australian National Maritime Museum travelling exhibition, features 22 photographs from the museum’s Sam Hood Collection.

The images capture how much pets meant to many seafarers in a life where they were often far from their families for long periods of time.

Sydney photographer Sam Hood went on board countless ships between 1900 and the 1950s and took hundreds of photographs of crew members as souvenirs for their visit or to send home to families. Many of these included photographs with their beloved pets.

This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

Summers Past and Christmas Party

To celebrate the contribution of our wonderful volunteers to the Grafton Regional Gallery a Christmas Party is being held at 10.30am this Friday, December 18 at the gallery. All our volunteers including our Friends and Foundation members are invited to join in the fun. Book in with the gallery for catering purposes to this free event.

Wear your summer gear to help us celebrate the opening of Summers Past, an exhibition of photographs taken in the 1950s and 1960s from the National Archives of Australia, Canberra.

The 75 images selected from the Archives’ collection of Australian News and Information Bureau photographs capture the love of sport, sun and the sea felt by most Australians.

The often candid shots show Australians at work and play. The two dominant sports in the two decades, tennis and cricket, are featured in photographs where the people are decked out in their whites and Dunlop Volleys.

Life outdoors was filled with swimming carnivals to enter, backyard cricket to play, waves to surf, bikes to ride and kites to fly. Summers Past was the baby boomers childhood when there were always plenty of children in your suburb or town to play with outdoors.

Help us celebrate the start of summer, the festive season and most importantly the contribution our wonderful volunteers make to our gallery and our culture by coming along to enjoy our Summer Christmas Party.

Collection showcase

A profile of each collection held by the gallery is being presented over the summer break. With more than 2000 works to choose from, this showcase of art aims to highlight the diversity and strength of each area of the gallery’s collection.

The first collection is the Jacaranda Art Society Collection 1961-1987. Gifted to the gallery in 1988 by the Jacaranda Art Society this collection was created through the annual Jacaranda Art Prize.

The O’Grady Collection was gifted to the gallery in 1988 by Doris O’Grady and comprises of watercolours, drawings of flora and fauna studies, landscapes, still life, sketch books, note books, and field studies completed over the lives of the sister artists.

Other collections include the Clarence Valley Photographs by John William Lindt which was gifted by Sam and Janet Cullen and family in December 2004, the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award Collection, the Regional Collection, Contemporary Australian Prints Collection with the Ken Done Print Collection gifted in 2008 and the Clarence Valley Council Collection.

The Gallery also holds the Council Collection, a collection that reflects the diplomatic activities of council and the cultural events of the Clarence Valley. It includes the Grafton City Council, Copmanhurst and Maclean Community collections that were formed by the four councils which amalgamated in 2004 to create the Clarence Valley Council.

Profiling the Collection will display artworks that have been rarely exhibited and thus allow all our visitors and community members to engage with beautiful and thought provoking pieces of art.

Grafton Art Club’s Summer

The Summer Exhibition featured in the Studio Space is presented by the Grafton Art Club. This very active club utilises this community space at the Gallery to present a series of exhibitions throughout the year.

The focus of this exhibition has been drawn from the life drawing group which meets on Fridays to draw from the model. Ray O’Shea, Pam Fysh and Julie Hutchings are just some of the artists who participate in this group and who are represented in the Summer Exhibition.

  •  The Grafton Regional Gallery is open 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday and is located at 158 Fitzroy Street Grafton. The café at the gallery, Georgie’s, is also open at the same time offering great food and coffee. Contact the gallery on 6642 3177 for all inquiries and the café on 6642 6996 for bookings.

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