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Mossman’s Bay on show at the NGA

Visitors to the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) over Christmas won’t be able to see the iconic painting Mosman’s Bay by Tom Roberts (1894, oil on canvas) as it will be on show in Canberra at the National Gallery of Australia’s summer blockbuster exhibition on the artist.

“The painting will be one of the key works in this major exhibition which is expected to attract thousands of visitors and confirm the artists’ position as one of Australia’s most important artists,” said Robert Heather, Director of the New England Regional Art Museum. “A well-researched and curated exhibition like this will also introduce new audiences to the work of the artist and to the picture from NERAM’s collection.”

“It also demonstrates the national significance of the Howard Hinton Collection here at NERAM  as part of Australian art history. Any curator wanting to research Australian art from the late 19th and early 20th centuries needs to visit NERAM and look at  our collections.”

The painting has been on display in the Operation Preservation exhibition at NERAM which enables visitors to discover the science of conservation and to support the preservation of NERAM’s Collections through the Adopt an Artwork program.  Mosman’s Bay was recently reframed with the support of a donation through this successful program and the community and local businesses can support it through http://www.neram.com.au/support/adopt-an-artwork/

The painting has been replaced within the exhibition by the popular Emmanuel Phillips Fox painting The Butterfly (n.d., oil on jute).

The Tom Roberts exhibition opens to the public at the National Gallery of Australia (in Canberra) on Friday 4 December 2015 and will be on show until Sunday 28 March 2016. Tickets and further information is available online at  http://nga.gov.au/Roberts/

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