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5 February 2021

A new Creative Victoria program is being developed to enable more top-notch touring exhibitions to be staged in regional Victoria and protect valuable regional art collections.

Image of man shearing rams from 1890

Tom Roberts, Shearing the rams 1890 (detail), oil on canvas on composition board, 122.4 x 183.3 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Felton Bequest, 1932

Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson was at Wangaratta Art Gallery today and foreshadowed the new program at the official opening of Tom Roberts: Shearing the rams - The artist, the painting, a moment in time.

The exhibition, developed by Wangaratta Art Gallery in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), is a celebration of the 130th anniversary of the much-loved painting and a chance for visitors to Wangaratta Art Gallery to experience one of the NGV’s most prized Australian works up close.

The upcoming Regional Collections Access Program will support more exhibitions and partnerships across Victoria, with funding to ensure regional galleries and museums have appropriate facilities to host high-profile loans and to care for their own important collections.

The funding program, which is currently being developed in partnership with industry experts, will respond to the individual needs of galleries, museums and collecting bodies across regional Victoria.

Supported projects could range from expanding storage spaces to upgrading humidity control systems or purchasing digitisation equipment. These upgrades would enable galleries and museums to secure loans and create new drawcard exhibitions and experiences.

Further details about the Regional Collections Access Program will be available in March 2021.

Minister Pearson also announced $115,000 through the Victorian Government’s Infrastructure Planning and Acceleration Fund to support the Rural City of Wangaratta’s creative precinct proposal to enhance the gallery and performing arts centre. The funding will support feasibility work to examine options for future redevelopment.

Tom Roberts: Shearing the rams - The artist, the painting, a moment in time is open daily at Wangaratta Art Gallery until 28 February 2021. Entry is free.