This quarter the Gallery will reopen. It has been a long time coming by anyone’s standard. Although we have maintained connections through the award-winning Outer Spaces programme and nomadic, trailed around temporary gallery spaces; being able to once more step into the Gallery’s own space is an exciting prospect. I am not alone in looking forward to having the Gallery back in its rightful setting and reacquainting ourselves with the fabulous art we collectively own.
Choosing the image for this update, I was inspired by the colours, composition and wonderful title of Golden Age by Patrick (Pat) Hanly. As the Gallery website states: ‘A sense of freedom and hope is evoked in Golden Age through his dancing, sunbathing and resting figures and the intimate atmosphere of harmony’. This represents everything we can expect from the Gallery’s Summer of Art, which will surely herald the Gallery’s own golden age.
In conjunction with the reopening, the Gallery’s latest publication 101 Works of Art, will celebrate a selection of the Gallery’s collection. This publication has, in part, been funded by our Life Members and the Friends are all appreciative of their financial support.
We have arranged an opportunity for Friends to look behind the scenes of two studios in Amberley. We will visit Mark Lander and his Papermill Gallery and Wayne Youle. More details inside this update.
As a result of the Gallery reopening we will again hold our speaker of the month events in the Philip Carter Auditorium—a welcome return. Gallery director, Jenny Harper, will be our first speaker in late January. We have enjoyed our time at South Library; they were very accommodating, following our own wanderings around available venues.
Keep an eye on your emails for a Friends event around the reopening of the Gallery. We look forward to the celebrations beginning!
In the spirit of the season we wish all our Friends, season’s greetings.
Christine Lowe, president