The Shoalhaven Regional Gallery was nominated in four categories at this year’s IMAGinE Awards 2021.
The IMAGinE Awards are an initiative of Museums & Galleries of NSW, developed with support from the Australian Museums and Galleries Association NSW and the Regional and Public Galleries of NSW.
This year, the Shoalhaven City Council Regional Art Gallery was named a finalist in the following categories:
- Exhibition projects: galleries with 4 employees or less paid for the exhibitions TERRA inside and Wonder + Dread: Art in the land of weather extremes
- Engagement programs with 3 to 10 paid employees: art sleuth programs
Warwick Keen was also nominated and finalist for the ACHAA Indigenous Curator Award of Excellence, for his work as curator of the TERRA exhibit.
The Art Detectives program is part of a learning program for preschool and elementary school students. As art detectives, they are encouraged to take a close look at works of art and become familiar with the language used to describe works of art and artistic techniques.
The WONDER + DREAD exhibition explored artistic responses to extreme weather events in Australia over more than 200 years. Two commissioned works were exhibited alongside significant works borrowed from renowned galleries, organizations and private collections, resulting in an artistic experience of a caliber never before experienced in the Shoalhaven.
The TERRA inside exhibit was scheduled to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Cook’s mapping of Australia’s east coast. With over 30 Indigenous artists included in the exhibit, many voices were heard in this Truth Project, giving all viewers the opportunity to reflect on Australia’s hidden history.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley was delighted to hear about the appointments.
“Once again, the efforts of our staff at the Shoalhaven Regional Art Gallery are recognized, they work incredibly hard to bring exceptional exhibitions and programs to the area,” said Clr Findley.
“Over the past year, residents and visitors to Shoalhaven have been treated to a number of exceptional exhibitions and programs at the regional gallery, including a major exhibition, TERRA inside, which explored the themes of the region. impact and survival in relation to the 250th anniversary of Cook’s voyage. on the east coast of Australia, showcasing powerful works of art from over 30 indigenous artists, ”said Clr Findley.
“As the Shoalhaven Regional Art Gallery is closed to the public due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we hope it won’t be too long before we can welcome visitors again,” said Clr Findley.
The awards ceremony will be held virtually on Thursday, November 25, 2021.