25 September 2015
This weekend Gippsland Art Gallery will celebrate its 50th birthday with a day of celebrations and the launch of a new publication that documents the growth of the local gallery, Hindsight: Gippsland Art Gallery History & Collections 1965—2015.
Opened in 1965, Gippsland Art Gallery (then known as Sale Regional Arts Centre) was the first public art venue to be established east of Melbourne. Built with the assistance of a $40,000 grant from the Victorian Government, the Gallery was staffed entirely by volunteers until its first Director Gwen Webb OAM was appointed in 1976. Since then, the Gallery has been housed in five different locations, welcomed another five Directors and grown to become a key part of Victoria's regional gallery network.
The Gallery hosts more than 20 exhibitions each year, including the John Leslie Art Prize – one of Australia's most prestigious prizes for landscape painting, and has built a collection of more than 1,300 items with a focus on Gippsland and the natural environment.
In conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebrations, this weekend the Gallery will open the 'Gippsland Print Award' exhibition, an exhibition of print works entered into the Gallery's newest awards program. The Gippsland Print Award exhibition will be on show from 26 September to 22 November 2015.