rok-luck20 Merilyn Luck - at Rockhampton Art Gallery pictured in front of painting by John South, titled Rainbow Lorikeet Sharyn O'Neill So20-0810-10
rok-luck20 Merilyn Luck - at Rockhampton Art Gallery pictured in front of painting by John South, titled Rainbow Lorikeet Sharyn O'Neill So20-0810-10 Sharyn O'Neill

Art gallery uncertain about future

CENTRAL Queensland art lovers are out of the picture when it comes to the future of Rockhampton's Art Gallery.

The council established plans to move the gallery to a new location in 2008, but yesterday, four years later, the authority was unable to provide an update on where these plans were at.

Despite the uncertainty, Gallery Trust chairwoman Merilyn Luck could not be happier with the facility now in its 45th year.

"The attendance at the gallery is up 41% (2010 to 2011) and last year's exhibition on the history of Rockhampton Racing and the Melbourne Cup was our biggest ever, with around 2600 visitors," Ms Luck said.

"We have had a lot of success with our local exhibitions, such as the Peter Indans one."

In 2008, talks in the council established plans to move the art gallery to a new location, but yesterday it could not officially be revealed by the council where these plans stood for the future.

Ms Luck said that while a larger facility would be ideal for the gallery, she was content with how things had been progressing.

"When we realised we wouldn't be moving to a larger facility, we just decided that we would do the best we could with what we have," she said.

"Like everything it boils down to funding, but I'm certainly not complaining.

"We have received strong support from the council which has enabled us to continue."

When the gallery celebrates its 45th birthday in coming weeks, Merilyn said they would not only reflect on the past but look to the future.

The 45-year Anniversary Exhibition will start at the gallery from tomorrow. Final entries are due for the Bayton awards by 3pm on Friday, March 2, 2012.
 



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