Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery will reopen to the public on Saturday 12 June after a temporary closure to assess and repair damage caused by a burst water pipe in the Rigby House building in March.
Gallery Curator, Chloe Waters, says preparations have continued behind the scenes during the forced closure to reschedule an enticing program of exhibitions in the Regional Gallery’s 20th Anniversary year.
“It has certainly been an eventful twenty years, and we’re so appreciative of our community and exhibiting artists for their ongoing support, particularly during the last couple of months as we work to relaunch our 2021 program,” says Ms Waters.
“We are thrilled to be able to welcome visitors back to the Gallery from June 12 with the opening of the 2021 Saltwater Freshwater Aboriginal Art Award and Contemporary Cultural Objects Exhibition.” It is the third time Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery have partnered with Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance to present the biennial exhibition.
The Gallery’s signature art prize, STILL: National Still Life Award 2021, will follow with the $30,000 major prize announced on August 14 by guest judge, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, and the exhibition of finalists until 23 October.
“This is our third STILL and it’s our biggest and best yet!” says Ms Waters.
Closing out the Anniversary Program is The White Bluff Project, rescheduled to be a home-grown summer blockbuster exhibition, from 30 October 21 to 15 January 2022. The local art, science and community collaboration, centres around the site of White Bluff.
“We look forward to bringing the culmination of this project alive in the Gallery for the community and collaborators to experience and celebrate together.” More about the project at www.thewhitebluffproject.co
Culture lovers can also visit Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery's pop-up gallery space, Culture Hub, in Coffs Central. For more on upcoming exhibitions visit: www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/gallery