Car and plane lovers – take a break from tinkering in your shed and pay a visit to Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery this winter.
Locals are lending some unique objects to the Gallery for the new Flight/Motion exhibition, like a 1940s BSA motorbike, model aeroplanes and beautifully painted car parts, as well as Newton Williams’ fascinating, handcrafted hummingbird.
A 1960s Australian-made Goggomobil Dart will also be parked inside the Gallery. Artist Robert Clinch spent more than six months painting the car with dozens of paper darts. It has been travelling to galleries over the past year, as Objet d’Art.
Gallery Director Ian Tully and former Director Helen Kaptein are co-curating the exhibition.
“Flight /Motion brings together local collectors and artists from afar, all with an interest in the notion of movement, from a feather floating, to a human powered vehicle, this will have something of interest for everyone,” Mr Tully said.
“Some of the pieces in this exhibition show traditional art forms, like Tim Purtill’s painted car doors, and Newton Williams’ hummingbird. Others are unique objects that focus on flight and motion. So, this is a really diverse exhibition for our Gallery, one that I hope appeals to a wide range of local people and visitors,” he said.
Mr Tully said Flight/Motion and Objet d’Art would be opened as part of a huge Gallery celebration on Sunday, 22 July.
“We’ll launch these two exhibitions at the same time as celebrating Swan Hill’s latest acquisition, Blue Mallee, a stunning outdoor sculpture by artist Judy Holding,” he said.
“We will also celebrate Swan Hill’s Biggest Print – the new public artwork on the Gallery’s western wall, which comprises hundreds of birds hand drawn and printed by locals.
“Come along and be among the first to see these unique exhibitions, celebrate local art and good conversation. There will be a barbecue and hot and cold drinks with proceeds going to a local cystic fibrosis group.”
The launch will be held on Sunday, 22 July at the Gallery from 12pm. The exhibition will be on at the Gallery until 26 August for Goggomobil Objet d’Art and 14 October for Flight/Motion.
For more information, visit the Gallery’s website and social media channels, or call 5036 2430.