The catch up: Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
The physical doors are closed at BRAG but there’s plenty happening, including a fun new interactive project called Our City: BRAG Town.
BRAG Director Sarah Gurich gave us an update:
What’s the situation for your organisation right now?
BRAG is currently closed to the public, with the BRAG Team working on site to develop online programs, forward programs, strategic planning, archiving and collection management projects.
What are you doing or making available online?
BRAG has responded quickly to develop a suite of online programs which will be rolled out over the coming weeks and months. These programs are aimed primarily at supporting, promoting and connecting regional artists and audiences, and at encouraging community participation.
For example, Our City: BRAG Town invites audiences to re-imagine our city, and will also feature specially commissioned contributions from local artists, architects and designers. BRAG social media platforms will showcase the BRAG collection, art-related activities and links, and specially curated projects such as local artists studio tours.
Has your team discovered any new skills or strategies?
Over the past 12 months, the BRAG Team has been building its capacity to deliver programs that respond to technological advances in the sector, so we are well-placed to be responsive and adaptable at this time. Front and centre for us is the importance of developing projects that connect with artists in the region.
What programs are you looking forward to in 6 to 12 months’ time?
We are looking forward to hosting the 2019 Archibald Prize alongside portraits by local artists and students in our Bathurst Archies and Young Archies exhibitions. In addition, we hope to showcase work by Wiradjuri artists Amala Groom and Birrunga, local artists Adrienne Doig and Jock Alexander, and will hit the ground running in 2021 with another exciting year of programs.
What’s one tip for artists, students or arts lovers right now?
For artists: enjoy that uninterrupted studio time. For students: take as many virtual art museum tours as you can. For arts lovers: support artists and galleries by buying an artwork online.
What online resource have you been into or would you recommend?
There is so much happening online, from tours and talks to webinars and webcasts, that it’s hard to narrow it down! The world is at everyone’s fingertips, but for some local flavour the BRAG YouTube Channel is home to the ‘Central West Set’, seven fantastic mini-documentaries featuring interviews with regional artists such as Mandy Martin, David Serisier, and Harrie Fasher: www.youtube.com/user/bathurstart/featured
How can people stay in touch with you?
Connect with BRAG online exhibitions via our website www.bathurst.com.au. While you are there sign up to our regular e-newsletter. Stay connected and updated to BRAG online programs, events, opportunities and kids workshops via Facebook: www.facebook.com/bathurstart, Instagram: www.instagram.com/bathurstregionalartgallery and YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/bathurstart