50 Years: BRAGS and the Arts of Giving

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Celebrate the contributions Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Society Inc. (BRAGS) has made to the cultural life of Bathurst and regional NSWand highlights the important role fundraising organisations play in supporting the arts in regional Australia.

Opening Friday 15 February, 6pm @ BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY

IMAGE: RICHARD BELL What’s the Question 2004, synthetic polymer paint on canvas. Collection of BRAG, gift of BRAGS 2005.

Join Rusty Nails on Friday 15 February at 6pm for the opening of Bathurst Regional Art Gallery’s new exhibition BRAGS 50 Years: The Art of Giving.

This exhibition celebrates the contributions Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Society Inc. (BRAGS) has made to the cultural life of Bathurst and highlights the important role fundraising organisations play in support ing the arts in regional Australia.

BRAGS was established as a fundraising organisations for the Gallery in 1969. In its incredible 50 years of continual support, BRAGS has contributed to the purchase of over 150 works for the permanent collection. Artists include Sydney Ball, Peter Cooley, Russel Drysdale, Donald Friend, Nora Heysen, George Lambert, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Lloyd Rees, Peter Rushforth, Luke Sciberras, John Olsen, Peter Wilson, and David Brian Wilson.

A feature of the collection is its focus on acquiring the work of local artists, and works that reflect the landscape and significance of the region. In 1988, BRAGS commissioned Stephen Hart’s major sculptural work Conversation (1988), to commemorate Australia’s Bicentenary; now a much loved landmark on the banks of the Wambool/Macquarie River.

BRAGS 50 Years will feature selection of works BRAGS has acquired over the past five decades, along with a rich archive of research collated by the BRAG Volunteer Guides.

This exhibition is a celebration of the enduring value the Bathurst community holds for the arts in the region, says Sarah Gurich, Director, BRAG, and an important reminder of the invaluable contribution groups such as BRAGS make to the cultural life of regional areas.

BRAGS 50 Years: The Art of Giving is accompanied by public programs and a fully illustrated catalogue with contributions by Sarah Gurich, BRAG Director; Max Wilson, current President of BRAGS; and Julia Blackwood, former President BRAGS.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Hendrik Kolenberg on David Brian Wilson
Thursday 28 February @ 6pm
Former Senior Curator of Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours at AGNSW, Hendrik Kolenberg, will discuss the
life and work of prominent Bathurst artist David Brian Wilson (1946-1988).
Entry: $8 BRAGS members, $10 non-members

BRAGS Cocktail Quiz
Friday 22 March @ 6pm
This evening of fun, frivolity and fundraising will be hosted by Richard Perram OAM. Music, canapés and champagne
cocktails will be served. Money raised will assist BRAGS to purchase a special work for the BRAG collection.
Tickets: $25 BRAGS members, $30 non-members

BRAGS 50 Years: The Art of Giving opens on Friday 15 February, 6pm and runs until Sunday 7 April 2019
Entry to exhibition opening is $10 adults, $8 BRAGS members and $5 Students (must show a student card).

 

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