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New exhibition opens at Maitland City Art Gallery.

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Friday, November 23, 2001

Senator John Tierney will officially open a new exhibition at the Maitland City Art Gallery on Sunday, called ‘Printmakers’ Perceptions for the Past 100 Years of Federation’.

The work of 50 printmakers will be on show, which paint a picture of Australian life in our first century of nationhood. The exhibition showcases a great variety of media employed by our modern printmakers. Works created show a range of materials including tin, rice-paper, paperbark, digital prints, etching and woodcuts.

The themes throughout the exhibition are just as varied and incorporate every facet of our nationhood, from the Aboriginal experience, to the World Wars, from pioneer existence to 21st century suburbia.

“Maitland is the perfect place for this printmakers exhibition, which is home to the longest-running printmakers’ workshop in Australia - The Newcastle Printmakers’ Workshop,” Senator Tierney said. “In fact many of the works on display are the work of members or past members of the workshop.”

“In many ways Maitland is the archetypal Australian city, with its mining heritage, its long association with river trade and its battle against the elements in the shape of frequent and devastating floods.

“So I am delighted to be opening this outstanding exhibition in the Hunter Valley.”

The Federal Government is acutely aware of the role collecting institutions such as Maitland City Art Gallery play in preserving and interpreting our national heritage.

The Government provided a $600,000 grant to the Gallery this year, from the $1 billion Federation Fund to the National Trust. The grant will help restore and upgrade the gallery building - Brough House - and its nearby twin, Grossman House.

“I congratulate everyone who has had a hand in the preparation of this exhibition, but especially curator Ardel Prout who has been instrumental in commissioning the works on display,” Senator Tierney said.

“I would like to extend my congratulations to the Gallery Director Margaret Sivyer, whose pursuit of excellence ensures that this community has access to such exciting and quality exhibitions.”

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