Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Racy Display at Gallery

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Racy Display at Gallery

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Byline: Grafton regionalgallery Jude McBean

DURING July, the hearts and minds of Clarence Valley people turn to horses in preparation for the largest country racing carnival in New South Wales, the XXXX Gold 2011 July Racing Carnival.

To celebrate, the Grafton Regional Gallery is showcasing racing images by Simon Hughes in the exhibition A Day at the Races: a pictorial history of the past four years of the July Racing Carnival.

This exhibition, proudly supported by the Clarence River Jockey Club, examines the past four years of July Racing Carnival through photography. The photographs explore various aspects of a day at the races; the horses, bookies, jockeys, punters, media and, of course, the fabulous fashions.

Punters and patrons who are interested to learn more about the exhibition and the art of photography are invited to join Simon Hughes at his artist's floor talk in the gallery at 2pm on Tuesday. The tour is presented between Ladies Day on Sunday and the Westlawn Cup on Wednesday. It is a free event designed to enhance enjoyment of the racing carnival and give people an insight into the photographer's eye. No need to book, just turn up.

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