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Left image: Allan Francis, Baptist Church once; Art Gallery now 1987, from Homes of Devon 6 Open House, b&w photograph, DCC Permanent Collection, acc. 1987.029. Right image: Courthouse, Devonport, n.d. The Robinson Collection, R5844, DCC Permanent Collection

From Here to There
Curated by Erin Wilson
Opening: Friday 24 August at 6pm
Exhibition Dates: 25 August – 30 September 2018

In its final exhibition before relocating to the old Courthouse building, at the paranaple arts centre, the Devonport Regional Gallery will look back on the exhibitions, collection, people and events that have shaped its last 34 years in Stewart Street.

paranaple arts centre director Geoff Dobson said the public was being encouraged to share both their memories of the Gallery and their ideas for its future as part of the exhibition.

The exhibition, From Here to There, will feature a reading room with past exhibition catalogues on display for visitors to look back on. This will be accompanied by an installation of light box posters from a selection of past exhibitions, highlighting the scope of both Tasmanian and national touring exhibitions held at the Gallery over the years.

A display from the permanent collection will also celebrate the diversity and growth of the collection. A selection of items representing different facets of the collection will be on display, including photographs from the historic Robinson Collection, a ladies’ ball dress from the Moon Collection and a selection of Owen Lade’s portraits of children. In addition, the first acquisitive Tidal Award recipient Matthew Newton’s work Moonbird boy 3 will be on show, along with a recent acquisition of works by Anne Morrison.

In addition to artworks from the gallery’s permanent collection, the exhibition will also feature an indoor mural by the gallery’s young members’ committee, The Droogs.

Mr Dobson said the mural would be developed during the whole exhibition period and visitors are encouraged contribute to the mural, which will focus on the gallery’s history as well as the community’s hopes and dreams for the new gallery at the paranaple arts centre.

“This is a unique opportunity for the public to join in the celebration of the DRG’s last three decades as well putting their hopes for the future on display.’’

“We are hoping many people will take an opportunity to offer their insights.’’
Geoff Dobson, Director, Devonport Regional Gallery