Regional Art Gallery Seeks Involvement In Upcoming Community Exhibition: “the Fruits Of Labour”

Wednesday, 20 Mar 2024

Regional Art Gallery Seeks Involvement In Upcoming Community Exhibition: “the Fruits Of Labour” Griffith Regional Art Gallery is pleased to announce the theme of its 2024 community art exhibition: "The Fruits of Labour: Celebrating 100 Years of Irrigation Research and the CSIRO". The exhibition will run from 21 September to 3 November 2024, offering locals an opportunity to engage with heritage and creativity.
The Gallery invites community members to take part in this project, which aims to honour the legacy of irrigation research and the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) in Griffith over the past century.
The Gallery is now inviting artists across the Western Riverina and beyond to interpret the theme of "Fruits of Labour" in their own unique ways.
Gallery Coordinator, Ray Wholohan, emphasised the significance of community involvement.
"Our community art exhibition is an important part of our annual program and we relish the opportunity to give the exhibition a theme that is meaningful to the greater Griffith community,” he said.
“We encourage local artists to explore this theme and showcase their talent in celebrating the CSIRO's enduring impact on our region."
In addition to the artistic component, the exhibition will feature a curated collection of historical materials, documents, photography, and multimedia, curated in collaboration with local research scientist, Dr Barrie Steer. Dr Steer, who worked for the CSIRO in the 1970s and 80s, highlighted the exhibition's aim to celebrate the vibrant community of researchers and innovators who contributed to Griffith's scientific heritage.
As part of this endeavour, the Gallery seeks the support of former employees and their families to contribute significant relics or materials that could enrich the exhibition's narrative. Dr Steer reflects on the profound sense of camaraderie within the CSIRO community, envisioning the exhibition as a tribute to its enduring legacy.
Dr Steer reflected on the sentiment of the project, “Most people who worked at CSIRO Griffith have happy memories of the station as a friendly and busy workplace with an active social life, within a diverse and international community. It is our intention to bring this important community of researchers and innovators to prominence in this exhibition.”
Artists and patrons of the Gallery eager to contribute to this important community exhibition are encouraged to reach out to Griffith Regional Art Gallery. The exhibition is also proudly supported by Griffith Pioneer Park Museum and the Gallery’s wine sponsor Dee Vine Estate.
For further information about the exhibition, please contact Griffith Regional Art Gallery at gallery@griffith.nsw.gov.au or on 02 6962 3883. Gallery hours are 10am-5pm Wednesday to Friday and 11am-2pm Saturday and Sunday. Alternatively, inquiries can be directed to Dr Barrie Steer at: garste2@optusnet.com.au
 
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