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Preserving The Past For Tomorrow

Source: Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest
Archived 2 Jan 2018 - Posted: 6 Nov 2017
If you’ve been to the Penrith Regional Gallery, you’ll know the site of the Lewers’ family home. The sculptures, garden and art works are all part of the fabulous package offered by the Gallery. More importantly, the Gallery’s collection of art has been independently assessed as a significant cultural piece of Australia’s mid-century modern art and design heritage.

The Gallery is also celebrating the completion of a project designed to preserve community owned, nationally significant heritage collections. The Community Heritage Grant funded by the National Library of Australia late last year, has enabled a professional conservator to work on site over several months assessing the growing artwork collection and evaluating the changing preservation needs. Being awarded the grant is important as it provides additional funds to support the Gallery in preserving the noteworthy collection and keeping it accessible.

The Community Heritage Grant is an important program as it “is all about working together to help spread the message that if we don’t preserve our history now, it could be lost forever.”  Ms Anne Marie Schwirtlich.

A leader in modernist research, the Gallery brings the collection to the general public through its exhibitions, touring exhibitions, public programs and publications. The current exhibition Emu Island – Modernism in Place, offers a chance to see some of these works including those of Margo and Gerald Lewers, Frank and Margel Hinder, Judy Cassab, John Olsen, Tony Tuckson, Carl Plate and Robert Klippel.

The Gallery’s collection of art and assorted ephemera represents the social and cultural values of a time when many looked towards the arts as integral to notions of societal progress. As the current custodians of this wonderful asset we are committed to putting into place measures that will ensure the collection remains a viable resource for future generations to enjoy and re-examine.” Collection Manager Dr Shirley Daborn

Coming soon to the Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest - Summer Exhibition Suite (2 Dec 2017 – 4 March 2018)

Landing Points | Up in the Sky

On the 20th anniversary of Tracey Moffatt’s work Up in the Sky, Penrith Regional Gallery will exhibit this seminal series in its Lewers House Gallery.  Produced in 1997, this photographic series may be read as black and white film stills, set in an iconic outback Australian landscape. Moffatt’s landscape is peopled, with an open-ended narrative that is provocative of questions of personal, cultural and political histories, both remarkably Australian and global. 

This article archived 2 Jan 2018

 
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