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Donated artworks on display

The New EnglandRegionalArt Museum (NERAM) in Armidale has received adonationof 11artworksby leading Australian artists which confirms its position as one of the leadingregionalcollections of Australian art in the country.
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Thedonationfrom Canberra based land-owner and arts benefactor John Gale OBE was announced by Andrew Murray, Chair of the Board at a special function at the New EnglandRegionalArt Museum last Friday evening attended by local donors and supporters of the museum.

Thedonationof elevenartworksvalued at over$1.2millionincludes paintings by Sir Arthur Streeton, Rupert Bunny, Elioth Gruner, Adrian Feint, JJ Hilder, Hans Heysen, Herbert Badham, Harold Septimus Power and Desiderius Orban.

They will complement the famous Howard Hinton Collectionat the New EnglandRegionalArt Museum.

“The generosity of John Gale in donating these eleven paintings to NERAM will assist us to provide our visitors and community with quality artistic experiences,” Robert Heather, Art Museum Director, said.

Mr Heather said the donationwas based upon John’s desire to see the works find a permanent home in a regionalinstitution that would value them highly and put them on regular display.

“Thisdonationbuilds upon the tradition of philanthropy and benefaction established by Howard Hinton OBE when he donated over 1000artworksto the Armidale Teacher’s College between 1928 and 1948,” he said.

“These form the centrepiece of NERAM’s extraordinarycollectionof over 5000 works of art now valued at approximately $30million.”

Mr Heather said it was the result of work by staff and supporters over a number of years who have been in contact with Mr Gale and his representatives.

The works in The GaleDonationare being submitted to the Commonwealth Government’s Cultural Gifts Program and will complement The Howard HintonCollectionat the New EnglandRegionalArt Museum.

These works will be on display inThe GaleDonationa small exhibition at the New EnglandRegionalArt Museum until Sunday,February 5, 2017.

Gale family member Clive Austin with NERAM director Robert Heather at Friday evening’s special function.

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