Dubbo Regional Gallery was originally located with the Dubbo City Council building located on Church Street Dubbo.
Children visiting "Journey of a Photographer: Mervyn Bishop" held in 2009
DUBBO REGIONAL GALLERY
Dubbo Regional Gallery features 706m² of exhibition space incorporating four galleries and a space devoted to the moving image. The main space is devoted to large touring and in-house curated exhibitions, a Project Space for smaller touring exhibitions and solo shows, the Regional Art Space devoted to regional artists and a permanent Children’s Gallery. In 2007 the Gallery was the beneficiary of a generous gift from the Armati Family including Michael Riley's celebrated Cloud series of photographs. In perpetuity the Gallery will hitherto be known as Dubbo Regional Gallery - The Armati Bequest.
HISTORY OF DUBBO REGIONAL GALLERY
The gallery can trace its origin to 1970 and the formation of the Dubbo Art and Craft Society. An annual art show was instigated with the winning entry becoming part of the city Art Gallery collection. By 1978 the art show and competition became a biennial event. In June 1974 the Dubbo City Council and the Art and Crafts Society called a public meeting to assess the feasibility of a Regional Art Gallery which resulted in the formation of a steering committee. In May 1975, the Orana Regional Advisory Council commissioned a second steering committee charged with carrying out a feasible study on setting up a cultural Centre incorporating an art gallery. The result of the recommendation was that the Art Gallery should be established as a first step towards a cultural centre.
Dubbo Regional Gallery (DRG) was established in 1989 after many years of lobbying and planning by the Dubbo community. Housed in refurbished buildings in Darling Street Dubbo, DRG soon grew to become an integral part of the region through its innovative exhibitions, collection, education and outreach programs. The Gallery’s collection features works acquired from Dubbo Art & Craft Society Biennial exhibitions, generous donations and bequests, and active collecting. The Gallery specialises in the Animal in Art theme, collecting works in a broad range of media and styles by artists from all areas. The collection includes work by artists such as Arthur Boyd, John Olsen, David Noonan, Louise Weaver, Heather B Swann, Peggy Napangardi Jones and George W. Lambert.
In 1980 a gallery was designed for the former Talbragar Shire Building in Macquarie Street, but plans were scraped as it was in a flood zone. In March 1988, Trevor and Esther Hayter Pty Ltd were appointed architects to the Gallery project. Plans were developed and the old library (adjacent to the Civic Administration Building) was converted into the Art Gallery.
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