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In the lead up to its signature biennial event – the National Contemporary Jewellery Awards, Griffith Regional Art Gallery is offering the public an exclusive peek inside its three renowned cultural collections.

Lucky City is a pop-up exhibition that showcases some of the new and remarkable acquisitions that the City of Griffith holds in its various collections, as well as a number of historic design artefacts from Pioneer Park Museum.

Lucky City will open at Griffith Regional Art Gallery on Friday 27 July, 2018 at 6pm

Gallery Coordinator, Ray Wholohan, said Lucky City will be a striking reflection of the Art Gallery’s history of events, collections and contributions from artists, donors and the community.

The exhibition features selected items from the National Contemporary Jewellery Collection (NCJC), the Couture Collection and the Griffith Regional Art Gallery Visual Art Collection.

Mr Wholohan said the Gallery’s flagship collection is the National Contemporary Jewellery Collection.

“The Gallery commenced this collection in 1988 and there are currently 57 works which have been acquired from the National Contemporary Jewellery Award, purchased by the Friends of the Art Gallery, donated by designers themselves or acquired with the assistance of the Australia Council. The NCJC is the only collection of contemporary jewellery in regional New South Wales,” said Mr Wholohan.

The Couture Collection, celebrates the life’s work of designers John Clarringbold and Ross Weymouth who were associated with this area. The collection consists of more than 200 garments from bridal and evening gowns – including many winners of ‘Gown of the Year’, as well as cocktail and race wear, created from 1950 to 2007.

Mr Wholohan said he was particularly excited to be able to display Council’s most recent acquisitions.

“Over the past three years the Gallery has focused on collecting artworks from the Western Riverina’s Aboriginal community and reflecting the successes of exhibitions highlighting the talent of Aboriginal artists in our area. These acquisitions have helped address an obvious gap in the Gallery’s representation of local artists,” said Mr Wholohan.

Curator of Pioneer Park Museum, Bonnie Owen said: Lucky City is significant because Council’s contrasting collections are being curated collectively into one exhibition.

“This is the first time this has happened during my role as Curator of Pioneer Park Museum and I’m looking forward to including some of the quirky and unconventional objects that tell the multifaceted and collective histories of our unique city and region,” said Ms Owen.

Lucky City will open at Griffith Regional Art Gallery on Friday 27 July, 2018 at 6pm, all welcome.

A curator talk to ‘Meet the Collections’ will be held on Thursday 2 August, 2018 at 6pm, sponsored by McWilliams Family Wines.

For further information, please contact the Gallery on 6962 8338. Griffith Regional Art Gallery is located at 167 Banna Avenue, Griffith. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Friday 10am to 5pm and weekends from 11am to 2pm.

Griffith Regional Art Gallery is a cultural facility of Griffith City Council and is proudly sponsored by McWilliam’s Family Winemakers.