Flood Plain exhibition set for gallery

A brand new exhibition is set to flow into the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery this March.

Flood Plain will pay tribute to our regions rivers, creeks, lakes and billabongs.

Swan Hill Art Gallery Director, Ian Tully said the exhibition would showcase the history and culture of the flood plain as well as demonstrate the current ways waterways are used for work and play.

“For many thousands of years the Murray Darling Basin and our region’s waterways have provided sustenance for grasslands, forests, native wildlife, birdlife, and people.

“Floodplain will provide an eclectic collection of works that will touch on the many ways that generations of families and individuals engage with the waterways through occupation, culture and recreation.

“It will also touch on the impact of this engagement with the environment and society,” he said.

Mr Tully said the exhibition would also include an opportunity for local people to contribute to a wall of stories and recollections.

“We will be displaying stories that can be handwritten or sent in electronically that locals would like to share about their connection to our waterways,” he said.

Mayor Cr Bill Moar said he encouraged locals to come along and view the exhibition.

“My family has farmed on the Riverina Flood Plain since 1927.

“We have seen many floods and shared many stories – I can still recall blokes boating in for footy training from the Wakool into the sandhills of Murray Downs.

“I look forward to more stories being shared during the exhibition,” he said.

There will be an opportunity for local schools to participate in a number of workshops throughout the duration of the exhibition with local artist Suzanne Connelly-Klidomitis.

There will also be a one day workshop for the public I May. Monotype by Wayne Viney, another of the exhibiting artists in Flood Plain which will focus on mono printing.

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