MEDIA RELEASE - 27 March 2013
Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery has a new Gallery Manager
Above: Kathleen Davies, Gallery Manager
A long and fruitful campaign by the gallery committee has resulted in Kathleen Davies being appointed to the role commencing in April this year.
Kathleen, from northern NSW, has a background as an artist, photographer and writer, producing work for many government publications, private commissions, magazines and regional newspapers, as well as being author of several historical books and award winning poems. She recently completed a graduate certificate in rural extension and community development with a focus on working with regional communities.
Kathleen has also helped establish and manage exhibition space for organisations, conservation and government agencies, and helped promote the work of other regional artists in their many forms.
Kathleen said she is excited about the prospect of being part of the hardworking gallery team and working with the Stanthorpe and wider communities to maintain the quality that visitors to the gallery expect. She is also looking forward to building interest in the arts environment locally, encouraging artists of all ages to explore their abilities, to learn and admire the creative talents of others and support the gallery in its future activities.
“Every town needs an art gallery,” said Kathleen, who makes it a point to visit galleries in every town she travels through. “It becomes a drawcard for locals and visitors, a place to gain inspiration, admire creativity and escape reality for awhile, and an outlet for artists to make themselves known.”
“The natural environment is my subject of choice as an artist, but I admire works of many descriptions. I have written about and illustrated aspects of the Australian environment since childhood and have worked to enhance appreciation and enthusiasm in others for wildlife, natural environments, cultural heritage and all which that encompasses.”
Kathleen has exhibited her work around Australia, with recent exhibitions focussed on the role of women in natural history illustration being well received.
“There is an artist in each of us, but it takes many forms. I hope to see that artistic talent flourish in Stanthorpe.”
ABOUT THE GALLERY
Located in the heart of the Granite Belt Queensland, the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery tempts you to experience quality exhibitions of both national and local importance. An epicentre for all visual arts, the art gallery fosters a program of regional artist exhibitions and displays that are relevant to the history and character of the region.
The gallery, home to a permanent collection of almost 900 pieces, hosts specially curated exhibitions of traditional and contemporary paintings, works on paper, ceramics, sculpture, and fibre/ textile artworks. This strong collection of noted artist’s works, are sourced from acquisitions made during the biennial Stanthorpe Art Festival.
Quality national touring exhibitions encompass displays varying from contemporary textiles, ceramics, painting and mixed media installations, on a wide range of contemporary subjects, including works by noted Australian established and emerging artists.
A program of exhibitions from the wider local arts community plays an integral part of the gallery’s professional development program and exposure of the regional creative endeavours to the visiting public.
Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery is open 6 days a week
10am - 4pm Tues - Fri - closed Mondays
10am - 1pm Sat - Sun
Closed Christmas Day/ Boxing Day/ New Years Day/ Good Friday/ ANZAC Day Subject to change.
Admission is Free
Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery is proudly supported by the Southern Downs Regional Council through the Regional Arts Development Fund and the Stanthorpe Art Gallery Society Incorporated.