MEDIA RELEASE: 19 October 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Robert Heather firstname.lastname@example.org
Discover the joys of collecting art at Packsaddle 2017
The 32nd Packsaddle fundraising exhibition will be opened by guest speaker the award-winning artist Amanda Penrose-Hart at the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) during the opening function commencing at 5.00pm on Friday 20 October 2017.
The fundraising exhibition provides an opportunity for local arts enthusiasts and collectors to purchase works by leading artists from around Australia with the funds raised going towards supporting the New England Regional Art Museum.
“The Packsaddle exhibition is one of our major fundraisers of the year,” said Robert Heather, Art Museum Director. “The funds raised from the sale of artworks provide us with opportunities to purchase significant works for the collection, key pieces of equipment or to support new programs and initiatives.”
“Packsaddle is one of the most successful and long lasting fundraising activities run by any regional gallery in Australia,” said Mr Heather. “Over the past 32 years the funds raised by the Packsaddle exhibitions have supported the purchase of paintings, prints, sculptures and other artworks for NERAM’s collections including the magnificent Margaret Olley painting The Yellow Room as well as projects such as lighting equipment and the fitting out of the Packsaddle Artist Studio and art classroom.”
“Anyone can collect art and the huge number of works on display means that there is always something for every taste where you can pick up works to suit every budget and it is a great opportunity for people who are interested in starting their own art collection.”
“I recommend that prospective buyers get in early on Friday evening as there are some great works in this year’s show which are sure to send buyers into a frenzy of purchases including paintings by artists Ross Laurie, Angus Nivison, Elisabeth Cummings, Amanda Penrose-Hart, John Gleeson and Chris O’Doherty (aka Reg Mombassa).”
“Packsaddle is also an opportunity for collectors to select from the range of reasonably priced works on paper including prints and drawings by artists like Arthur Boyd, John Olsen, Charles Blackman, Pro Hart, Judy Casab, Tony Tuckson and Rew Hanks .”
This year’s guest speaker at the exhibition opening will be award winning artist Amanda Penrose-Hart who has held over twenty solo exhibitions and has shown in many more group exhibitions. She regularly has work selected in prizes such as the Portia Geach Memorial Award (2011, 2008, 2007, 2006) and the En Plein Air Art Prize. In 2017 her painting 'The Sphinx, Perpetual Peace' won the Gallipoli Art Prize.
This year the public program for the Packsaddle exhibition will include a talk by Amanda Penrose-Hart at 10.30am on Saturday 21 October as well as talks by printmaker Basil Hall, painter Rowan Matthews and water colourist James White.
The 32nd Packsaddle fundraising exhibition is on display at NERAM from Friday 21 October until Sunday 5 November 2017. NERAM would like to thank the Packsaddle Group as well as participating art galleries, art dealers and artists for their support.
Exhibition opens: 5.00pm Friday 20 October 2017 (sales commence at 6.00pm)
Image provided: Packsaddle 2017 Guest Speaker, award-winning artist Amanda Penrose-Hart
Packsaddle 2017 Events:
Friday 20 October 2017 – starts at 5.00pm: Exhibition Opening - 32nd Packsaddle Fundraising exhibition
Saturday 21 October 2017 – starts at 10.30am: Artist’s Talk with Amanda Penrose-Hart
Saturday 21 October 2017 – starts at 4.00pm: Floor talk with master-printmaker Basil Hall
Sunday 29 October 2017 – starts at 10.30am: In conversation between artists Rowen Matthews and James White
Sunday 5 November 2017 – noon – 4.00pm: Closing drinks and last purchases
About New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) Located in the beautiful university town of Armidale in New South Wales, the award-winning New England Regional Art Museum opened in 1983 to house The Howard Hinton Collection and The Chandler Coventry Collection in the grounds of the former Armidale Teacher’s College. Today NERAM’s nationally significant collections of over 5000 works of art form the basis of the gallery’s programs. Visitors to NERAM can enjoy changing art exhibitions and other art activities, see the Museum of Printing, NERAM café and the Museum Shop. For more information: http://www.neram.com.au Excellence in Sustainability
Media Enquiries: - Robert Heather, Art Museum Director 02 6772 5255 Moira Lloyd, Chair, Packsaddle Group 0408 408 694