Happenings Overview

Come to our AGM in September

Posted on August 22, 2018

Have you ever thought about contributing to the work of the Friends of the Gallery Committee in providing support for functions, fund raising and changeover of exhibitions to name just some of the ways we support our fabulous regional gallery? We need bodies on the Committee this year as there are a number of people …read more

I went to Jo for help. My years at art school had left me a capable “map-maker”, able to plot out a model on the page, but my drawings were joyless, and I didn’t draw for pleasure anymore. Jo was the antidote: she’s pure heart. Jo teaches her students to see simply. To work with a …read more

Robin’s presence

Posted on March 2, 2018

The Manning Regional looks like the Art Gallery of NSW with Jocelyn’s work on the walls: 30 years of oils and watercolours to which the only applicable adjective is masterful. Her long compositions play out like melodies: myriad figures in motion, turning, twisting, gesticulating, leaning, living. Jocelyn has only ever worked in the classic mediums, …read more

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

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