Hawkesbury Regional Gallery reopens with new exhibition, 'Fieldwork - landscapes west of Sydney'

FOLLOWING a COVID-19 shut-down period, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery is set to reopen its doors with a major new exhibition on Friday, July 17.

Called Fieldwork - landscapes west of Sydney, the exhibition is an Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition which will be on display until Sunday, September 20.

New exhibition: Sydney Long, Midday (1896), oil on canvas, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Estate of Sydney Long. Courtesy Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia. Picture: Supplied

New exhibition: Sydney Long, Midday (1896), oil on canvas, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Estate of Sydney Long. Courtesy Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia. Picture: Supplied

The exhibition includes significant and seldom-seen paintings and works on paper from the Art Gallery of New South Wales' collection by prominent artists including Hilda Rix Nicholas, Julian Ashton, Elioth Gruner, JJ Hilder, Sydney Long (work pictured above) and Charles Meere.

A highlight is Gruner's painting Spring frost 1919. This iconic and much-loved painting is seldom taken off display from the Art Gallery NSW. Another highlight is Sydney Long's painting Midday (1896), which depicts the Hawkesbury River.

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery is one of only three regional galleries to welcome these treasures into its local community.

The exhibition includes other treasures from the Gallery's collection that depict landscapes west of Sydney between the late 19th to the mid-20th centuries. There is a focus on plein air painting at artist camps and on excursions organised to areas such as the Hawkesbury River, Blue Mountains and Sydney's western suburbs.

The exhibition reveals how these bucolic images fed into the development of national narratives at the turn of the century, and how this legacy both vexed, and was embraced by, modern landscape artists.

From July 17, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery's opening hours will be: Monday, Wednesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 3pm; closed Tuesdays.

The Gallery is located at 300 George Street, Windsor, on the top level of the Deerubbin Centre.

Entry is free.

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery is implementing a range of measures to ensure the health and wellbeing of its visitors and staff and to facilitate physical distancing. The Gallery experience will be different but safety is the main priority.

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