Bathurst Regional Art Gallery's [BRAG] RocoColonial exhibition has seen the venue team up with Abercrombie House for the first time to add a different dimension to artwork presentation.
'Rococo' is an art style characterised by fanciful, asymmetrical forms and elaborate ornamentation, while 'colonial' reflects Australia's history prior to federation.
The exhibition opened on Friday, August 2, with 12 of the 44 featured artworks installed at Abercrombie House.
Abercrombie House owner Christopher Morgan said the installations have received positive feedback from visitors.
"A lot of our visitors have been surprised to see the juxtaposition of contemporary works within a Victorian-era building," Mr Morgan said.
"It gives a sense that these old, historic houses are capable of producing a contemporary resonance."
Mr Morgan said the partnership with BRAG came about through a conversation with former director Richard Perram on a desire to expand the capabilities of Abercrombie House.
"Sarah Gurich [BRAG director] and I decided a few months ago that Abercrombie House would serve as a desirable venue for showcasing art," he said.
"With colonialism serving as a key theme in the exhibition, the house provides a fitting historical setting for the installations."
RocoColonial initiator Gary Carsley said the "myriad of rooms at Abercrombie House add a realistic historical context to the artworks."
"It's an extraordinary community resource, and Bathurst is very lucky to have such a well-preserved piece of history," he said.
Mr Morgan said it's important for heritage venues to branch out into other creative avenues to maintain their significance for future generations.
"For venues like Abercrombie House to last the next 200 years, they must continue to remain culturally significant to their respective community," he said.
"We're evolving all the time, and there's nothing static about our approach to growth."
The RocoColonial exhibition will run until Sunday, September 22.
To arrange a tour of Abercrombie House, visit www.abercrombiehouse.com.au/.