Bringing bling to Tamworth Region

Art and gold enthusiasts are encouraged to head down to the Tamworth Regional Gallery tomorrow, 1 April, for the new “Looking at Gold” exhibition that will be open to the general public.

The development of this exhibition grew out of a collaborative partnership between the teams at Casula Powerhouse and the team at Tamworth Regional Gallery. The exhibition includes several artworks from the Tamworth Regional Gallery collection, in particular a series of the Utopia silk batiks.

Given the prominence of gold within Liverpool and also within the Tamworth region, Casula Powerhouse originally proposed this ambitious exhibition, which highlights different artists who share an interest in both the material and symbolic qualities of gold. Every artwork in this exhibition showcases the expert skills of the artist and how they can manipulate materials and their courageous ideas with their hands.

This partnership further showcases Casula Powerhouse’s reputation for leadership in authentic engagement with culturally diverse artists and storytelling, and the deep connections Tamworth Regional Gallery has with local First Nations artist which is reflected in their Art Collection. The exhibition first opened at Casula Powerhouse in October 2022 and will tour to Tamworth April 2023.

Bridget Guthrie, Director of Tamworth Regional Gallery and Museums, would like residents in the region to know that the exhibition brings together artists from all career levels and areas across NSW.

“Looking at Gold has been a fabulous opportunity to work in partnership with another public gallery and ensures that artworks by established and emerging contemporary artists are available for our regional audiences” she said.

It includes newly commissioned artworks by Megan Hanson, Monica Rani Rudhar, Marcia Swaby, Abdullah M.I Syed, Hiromi Tango and Tom Yousif. Amy Hammond’s ‘Crown Bugalaa,’ recently acquired into Tamworth’s Art Collection and a collection of silk batiks from the Utopia Collection to Tamworth Regional Gallery. Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran’s works recently acquired into Casula Powerhouse’s Art Collection and an installation by Blak Douglas who is the most recent winner of the Archibald Prize.

This exhibition is open to the public from Saturday 1 April and the joint exhibition opening occurs at 6pm on Thursday, 13 April as part of the Heritage Festival celebrations. The exhibition closes on 28 May.

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