The history of art in Rockhampton, from town hall to gallery
THE Rockhampton Art Gallery was founded in 1967, more than 36 years after the city recieved its very first art donation.
The gallery then consisted of an exhibition space at Rockhampton Town Hall before a dedicated space was provided at 62 Victoria Parade in 1979.
Lead by Rex Pilbeam, the then Rockhampton Mayor, and supported by regional businesses and local residents, the Gallery amassed tens of thousands of dollars in order to develop an art collection.
This effort was motivated by a government-funded scheme that was introduced in 1973 where The Australian Contemporary Art Acquisition Program, run by the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, would match dollar for dollar (later doubled) all monies raised locally.
In just one year, the Rockhampton community acquired art worth around $500,000; a collection that today is valued at $14 million.
If you want to check out the modern gallery, here's what's on:
Four Decades of Australian Art.
A Rockhampton Art Gallery exhibition toured by Museum and Gallery Services Queensland.
Touring until February 2017.
Right Here, Right Now:
Contemporary art from the collection.
12 December 2015 to 20 March 2016.
The collection brings together the work of eleven contemporary Australian sculptors, who each pose new and strange possibilities from the world around us.
A Rockhampton Art Gallery exhibition.
12 December 2015 to 14 February 2016.