Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Rural Architecture and More under Gallery Spotlight

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Rural Architecture and More under Gallery Spotlight

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Byline: Jude McBean Director Grafton Regional Gallery

THERE are five exhibitions opening at the gallery this week and one next week. Our exploration of the architecture of the Clarence Valley continues with a quirky look at rural architecture and a revival of the houses of the 50s, 60s and 70s. The spectacular is back with the best photography from The Daily Examiner in 2015 and the ceramic work of Stephen Bird in Bastard Son of Royal Doulton. New media work is presented by Todd Fuller who also starts an artist residency here at the end of September for three weeks.

Next week the drawings from students of the high schools of the Clarence Valley are presented in our studio. The drawings are an outcome of the gallery's outreach program Drawing In Schools that has been held all year, the year of the JADA.

Rural architecture in the Clarence Valley

Rural buildings are different in the way they relate to their environment. They express a different sense of space and this in turn influences their form. This exhibition explores the diversity of buildings in the rural areas of the Clarence Valley. Residents of the valley contributed ideas for the buildings included in this exhibition. Three well known photographers of the Clarence Valley -- Adam Hourigan, Debrah Novak and Simon Hughes -- photographed a selection of the contributions to create a profile of rural architecture in the Clarence Valley.

Post WWII houses

Our exhibition celebrating the houses of the Clarence Valley in a photographic essay of the significant era of housing in the 1950s, 60s and 70s is drawn from works in the collection. The photographs are on display at the gallery and at the Sir Earle Page Library and Education Centre.

The photographs by Simon Hughes were of houses selected by curator Lesley Apps from the Clarence Valley. From modest fibro cottages to locally made brick and stone mansions, the photographs capture a unique time in our history. …

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