The Unflinching Gaze exhibition offers nude curator's tour

NOTHING TO HIDE: Bathurst Regional Art Gallery director Richard Perram will lead a nude tour of The Unflinching Gaze at the end of November. Photo: PHIL BLATCH 111417pbart1
NOTHING TO HIDE: Bathurst Regional Art Gallery director Richard Perram will lead a nude tour of The Unflinching Gaze at the end of November. Photo: PHIL BLATCH 111417pbart1

LEAVE your inhibitions at the door for a unique curator’s tour at the end of the month. 

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) is currently exhibiting The Unflinching Gaze, a photographic exhibition exploring the male form that was assembled by curator Richard Perram, who is also the director of the gallery.

Tours of this exhibition have been on offer throughout its run, but the final one, to be held on November 30, will push the boundaries. 

The tour, called Just the Bare Essentials, invites people to join Mr Perram on an informative tour of the works displayed in the exhibition, all while completely nude. 

Mr Perram said nude tours have been conducted in galleries overseas and in Australia, but this would be a first for BRAG.

“It is a different way of doing things and since this exhibition does contain nude photographs, we thought it would be a good way to experience it,” he said.

Mr Perram will lead the tour and, just like patrons, will be nude as well.

As someone who has done a lot of performances over the years, he isn’t worried about baring all for his work.

He said the tour is open for all who would like to attend. 

“It will be a mixed audience; there would be men and women there,” he said. 

“I think if people haven’t been on a tour, this will be something different that may be the tour for them.”

The tour is free to join and is expected to take between 45 minutes to an hour to complete. 

For more information, contact BRAG on 6333 6555. 

The Unflinching Gaze is the biggest exhibition the gallery has hosted to date, comprised of more than 200 works by 62 artists from Australia and overseas. 

Mr Perram, an openly gay man, said it is an opportunity to inform and educate the Bathurst community and affirm the local LGBTI community.

“I’ve selected the works and some of the works in the exhibition are quite personal to me,” he said. 

The exhibition will close on December 3.

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