Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Society (BRAGS) is set to mark 50 years, with a new exhibition at the gallery to highlight some of the society’s finest collections.
Formed back in 1969, the exhibition will celebrate the contributions the society has made to the cultural life of Bathurst and will highlight the important role fundraising organisations play in supporting the arts in regional Australia.
BRAGS president Max Wilson said he’s proud to be apart of the society’s milestone exhibition.
“We’ve been purchasing artwork for the gallery and the people of Bathurst for 50 years,” he said.
“It’s been a substantial effort from the people before me and I’m proud to be apart of the society and it’s a privilege to be in this position when we celebrate 50 years.”
Mr Wilson said BRAGS has about 150 pieces of artwork in its collections and during the upcoming exhibition – 50 Years: BRAGS and the Art of Giving – will display a selection of the society’s collections.
“Many volunteers in the society have put in a lot of hard work by purchasing artwork,” he said.
“We hold fundraisers and we’ve had many kind donations over the years.
“We just hope that the people of Bathurst come along and enjoy the new exhibition.”
The new exhibitions starts on Friday, February 15, at 6pm, and will run through to Sunday, April 7.
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery director Sarah Gurich said without the support of BRAGS, there would be no art gallery.
“The kind of commitment that BRAGS has shown towards supporting regional art has been vital,” she said.
“It’s one of the oldest supporting art gallery societies in NSW. It’s quite an achievement to celebrate 50 years, especially in a regional area.
“The committee have organised some fantastic fundraisers over the years.”
Entry to exhibition’s opening on Friday is $10 for adults, $8 for BRAGS members and $5 for students (must show a student card).
For more information, visit the gallery website at www.bathurstart.com.au.