Gala Exhibition Opening Friday 2 May

Gala Exhibition Opening Friday 2 May

A selection of wonderful new exhibitions is opening at NERAM on Friday 2 May at 6pm.  Four new exhibitions with a mixture of old and new!

The focus is on our wonderful permanent collections at NERAM.

Face to Face: Portraits from the Permanent Collections

The human face makes an immediate appeal to the viewer.  Faces in art reveal not only likeness but character.  Get up close and personal to the many faces that look out at us from the Hinton, Coventry and NERAM collections.

As part of this exhibition, we have a special interactive component.  InterFACE is a digital engagement project which encourages audience participation and interaction with our permanent collections.  Designed by digital artist, Laszlo Szabo, a video study of digital faces in our community will be co-created by visitors and displayed within the gallery space.  The ‘selfie’ has gained considerable currency in recent times, and interFACE seeks to exploit it by generating a wonderful interactive aspect to the exhibition that can expand beyond the walls of NERAM through Facebook and instagrams.  This project is sponsored by Country Arts Support Program, an Arts NSW devolved funding program, administered by Regional Arts NSW and local Regional Arts Boards on behalf of the NSW Government, and by ADFAS Youth Fund.

Plein Air: From the Hinton Collection

Australian artists of the late nineteenth century painting en plein air or outdoors were inspired by the beautiful landscapes and the unique light that typifies the Australian bush.  This exhibition includes works by Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts, Walter Withers, Hans Heysen and JJ Hilder. 

The final two exhibitions are again a contrast – from home to abroad.

Exposure: Unseen New England

Five local photographers (Tim Barnsley, Jon Clay, Terry Cooke David Doyle, and Simon Scott,) have taken to the streets of our New England towns to uncover and expose the hidden and often unseen.  Some you may recognise, and some you may not, but they will have you guessing where they uncovered such unusual gems.  A selling exhibition


The Koinobori Project is a special collaboration between Japanese artists Naoyuki Ishiga and Taichiro Takamatsu, artist and early childhood educator Margaret Brooks and Australian artist Christine McMillan. Kodomo no hi, or Children’s Day, is a traditional Japanese festival celebrated on the 5May each year. Families fly koinobori banners in the shape of a carp for each child in their house. In Japanese folklore, the carp is a symbol of determination and vigour, overcoming all obstacles to swim upstream.

Before the opening on the 2 May at 5:30pm, students from The Armidale Japanese School (TAJS), and The Armidale Waldorf School (TAWS).will present a short play based on the traditional folktale, The Courageous Carp.

So come along to our opening Friday 2 May with guest opener Laurie Bishop, Mayor Armidale Dumaresq Council.  Join our video mash-up, watch a play, and enjoy the great art.  All are welcome.