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"EVOLUTION: Recent acquisitions for the collection "
2000-09-01 until 2000-10-01
Gold Coast City Art Gallery
Gold Coast, QL, AU Australia

Gold Coast City Art Gallery is proud to host an exhibition that showcases a selection of works recently acquired for the collection through gifts, bequests, the annual Gold Coast Art Prize, now in its 33rd year, and from the Gallery's annual acquisition fund. Evolution aims to showcase the diversity of the Gold Coast City Art Gallery's growing collection and the commitment of the Gallery to creating a collection of national significance and interest.

The exhibition will feature work by regional artists including Robert Brownhall, Ken Bartlett, and Lina Eve alongside contemporary artists such as William Seeto, Marcus Wills, Michael Johnson, David Bromley, Tom Risley, and Mike Nicholls. Significant works featured include a painting by prominent Australian artist Fred Cress and a tapestry by John Firth Smith, both of which were generously gifted to the collection.

Evolution will also feature works on paper from the collection including lithographs by John Brack, and prints by Barbie Kjar and Tracey Moffatt, alongside ceramics by Elizabeth Stops, and Hideaki Suzuki.

Gallery Manager, John Walsh, said Evolution provides an opportunity for the local community to view their collection as it grows, and is illustrative of the great generosity of collectors and artists, and the importance of events such as the Gold Coast Art Prize, which has been sponsored by Conrad Jupiters for the past 11 years. Without their vision, the collection would cease to grow.

A highlight of the exhibition is a selection of historical works depicting the local region by HC Simpson, Edwin Bode, William Bustard and Vida Lahey, which offer an opportunity to celebrate an aspect of our local history, and beach culture. The recent acquisition of these particular works is central to Gold Coast City Art Gallery's commitment to collecting works with a strong local and historical significance, with a view to establishing a collection with a national profile.

Evolution is an opportunity to take stock of our local cultural wealth, and the exhibition will run until October 1. Entry is FREE and guided tours are available on request. Gallery hours are 10-5pm, and 11-5pm on weekends.

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