Happenings Overview

Off the wall

Posted on February 6, 2018

Samantha Everett sees what others don’t. A subtle pinstripe here. A flicker of lace there. The hint of gold that brings an otherwise beige outfit to life. Like a forensic scientist, she finds in the details the stories behind the designs. She turns sleeves inside out, massages hems and parts layers to show how the …read more

It’s coming…

Posted on November 29, 2017

The installation for The Art of Wool is underway: this is high fashion + high art + Australian history and it’s going to be big. “Dress up,” Rachel says. There’ll be celebrities and dignitaries.    

The new Director and a journey unfolding

Posted on November 1, 2017

Sometimes I’m glad to live now. Like when I heard that Rachel Piercy had been elevated to the role of Director, an appointment that finally makes our whole team of angels (Jane Hosking, Ali Haigh, Julie Slavin) official. Rachel was wearing sparkly green antennae when I first met her. ‘Well, if you can’t wear them …read more

Ali blitzes it

Posted on October 23, 2017

Ali Haigh has stolen a roomful of hearts. ‘When did it go on exhibition?’ A stunned gallery-goer asked me. It was the Sunday after a jubilant opening night and there were red stickers everywhere. So captivating is Pattern to Print, the latest range of designs by the local artist and teacher at North Coast TAFE. …read more

All too often the word ‘quilt’ is equated with the word ‘doily’. Current exhibition The Australian Quilt turns expectations inside out. From the poetic to the political, these designs are so bold and painterly, you won’t believe they’re quilts. Photography by Julie Slavin

Opening this Friday at 6.00 pm

Posted on October 18, 2017

The focus is on Australian design at the Gallery this Friday night, with the opening of two fresh and fabulous textile exhibitions. The Australian Quilt takes the traditional and twists it into a uniquely Australian art form, and local star Ali Haigh showcases her latest range of designs, inspired by the shifting sequences of the …read more

Norman has ascended

Posted on October 17, 2017

Your former blogger Norman Shapro will be flexing his technical muscles over the treasure from now on, leaving me, shiny new committee member Tess Kerbel, to shuffle forward in his sizeable shoes. First and foremost, we’d like to send a massive shout out to former treasurer John Holmes, who managed this considerable responsibility with mere …read more

Melbourne artist Dagmar Cyrulla is the winner of this year’s $16,000 acquisitive Manning Art Prize: Naked and Nude for her oil on linen entry titled The phone call IV. Winners were announced by judge John McDonald, art critic for the Sydney Morning Herald, on 2 September at the exhibition’s gala opening at the Manning Regional Art Gallery. The …read more

MRAG was pleased to have the NSW Arts Minister Don Harwin and Stephen Bromhead MP at the Gallery recently. Exciting opportunities are available through the Regional Cultural Fund! Watch a short video here.

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