Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall, centre, with New England Regional Art Museum Director Robert Heather, left, and Exhibition Manager Rachel Parsons.
Tuesday, 3 April 2018
ARTWORKS at the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) will be displayed with extra style and security, thanks to a $95,000 NSW Government grant, announced today by Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and museum Director Robert Heather.
Mr Marshall said the project had already enabled the permanent display of the renowned Hinton Collection and included updating lighting equipment, recladding of interior walls and an extra security door for the prized collection.
“NERAM boasts some of the most incredible artworks on display in Australia, but ironically, it’s often the walls themselves that have let the museum down,” Mr Marshall said.
“Curators have contended with weak walls that restrict the hanging of large works, while an abundance of natural light threatens to fade valuable artworks over time.
“The upgrade of two exhibition spaces has enabled NERAM to display a permanent exhibition drawn from their famous Howard Hinton Collection, including a selection of historically significant artworks by leading Australian artists.
“In stage two, works will reinforce the walls of the gallery, provide safe LED lighting for artworks and build new moveable walls.
“This extensive refurbishment will update the galleries to be modern and flexible spaces that meet the exceptional standard of the artworks themselves.”
Mr Marshall said the project was one of 26 across NSW funded from the latest round of the Clubgrants category 3 infrastructure grants program.
“More than $50 million in Clubgrants infrastructure funding is being provided in the current term of government for projects across sport and recreation, emergency preparedness, and arts and culture,” Mr Marshall said.
“These newly improved and flexible grants are funded through a rebate on the state’s registered clubs’ gaming machines to reinvest profits back into community projects.”