|Darren Sylvester, Our future was ours, 2005. Light-jet print. 120 x 160cm. Courtesy: Horsham Regional Art Gallery.|
After undergoing extensive renovations in 2014, the Horsham Regional Art Gallery (HRAG) will return to its home in the Horsham Town Hall in late 2015.
The collectionThe renovation and transformation of the historic space means that the gallery will be able to reopen their collection, exhibit touring exhibitions and run engaging workshop programs.
One important component of the collection includes artists and artworks that reflect and tell the story of the Wimmera, a history that has been recorded by Sidney Nolan, Marion Borgelt, Polixeni Papapetrou and Martin King.
The main focus of the gallery’s collection is Australian photography, which started with the acquisition of Max Dupain’s Meat Queue and Carol Jerrems’ Vale Street, both in 1976. Recent photographic acquisitions include works by Trent Parke, Tracey Moffatt, and Darren Sylvester.
HRAG owes its existence to the generosity of Australian pianist Max Jost AM, whose gift of his collection in 1981 prompted the reuse of the historic Horsham Municipal Offices as an art gallery in 1983. Horsham continues to honour Jost’s legacy through building on his collection with contemporary Australian paintings by Darren Jolley, Jon Campbell and Julie Fragar.
Exhibition highlightsHRAG presents six touring exhibitions throughout the year, as well as a program of six specialist photographic exhibitions.
The Rennie Ellis Show, exhibiting from 27 March 2015 to 24 May 2015, highlights some of the defining images of Australian life from the 1970s and 1980s. This exhibition of photographs provides a personal account of what Ellis termed “a great period of change” with photographs exploring the cultures and subcultures of the period. This show is a touring exhibition from Melbourne’s Monash Gallery of Art.
Visitor informationHRAG offers visitors the following facilities:
- Gallery shop
- Venue hire
- Air conditioning
- Meeting rooms
- Wheelchair access
- Free guided tours
- Workshops and classes