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Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Page: 756

Mr ZAPPIA (Makin) (13:44): Earlier this month I had the privilege of opening an art exhibition entitled Reality and Beyond at Gallery 1855 in Tea Tree Gully. The exhibition displays the works of Alan Ramachandran, Gerhard Ritter, Rebecca Cooke, Pauline Miller, Diana Mitchell and It Hao Pheh. All are accomplished artists, each with their unique style, who have had their artwork extensively exhibited and recognised. Indeed, they were six of 13 artists nationally selected for the production of the National Cancer Research Foundation's 2014 calendar.

Gallery 1855 is a Tea Tree Gully Council owned and managed art gallery. It is in a heritage building that was restored with the support of local community infrastructure funding provided to the Tea Tree Gully Council by the previous Labor government. I congratulate and commend each of the artists for the quality of their artwork and for their contribution to the arts more broadly, as they all have, in addition to being artists, become advocates, teachers and promoters of artists.

I also commend Gallery 1855 coordinator, Niki Vouis, and her team for their work in displaying and promoting the exhibition Reality and Beyond and the work of other artists throughout the year. The exhibition will continue until 29 March. I encourage anyone with the opportunity to do so to visit the works.