The Margaret Olley Art Trust has made a donation of $25,000 towards the New England Regional Art Museum’s new Building Improvement Fund which will go towards the cost of putting the acclaimed Howard Hinton Collection into a newly refurbished display and bringing to light its treasures of Australian art.
The recent donation from the Margaret Olley Art Trust adds to the significant support which NERAM receives from the philanthropic organisation which was set up in memory of the leading Australian artist Margaret Olley AC (1923-2011) who had family links to the New England region.
“This donation has meant that we are now halfway towards our goal of $150,000 to refurbish one of our gallery spaces as a large scale permanent exhibition of works from The Howard Hinton Collection including paintings by Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Margaret Preston, Norman Lindsay and Elioth Gruner,” said Robert Heather, Art Museum Director.
“We are asking the local community to also get behind this transformational project which will help to put NERAM on the tourism map as the ‘must-see’ cultural destination in regional New South Wales with a display of beautiful and significant Australian art.”
“A number of our key supporters have already made commitments to the Building Improvement Fund and it is the key project in our current 2017 Annual Appeal which is inviting people around the New England region to make a tax-deductible donation towards NERAM and help with this project.”
“The planned refurbishment of our East Gallery will present our national significant collection of art historical treasures in a new a way which will also tell the story of Howard Hinton and his philanthropy.”
“We have already raised half of the projected costs from a group of committed supporters and now we are asking the community to help with the rest of the cost of making these great artworks accessible and turning NERAM into a significant stop for travellers passing through the region.”
“We are asking our visitors, NERAM supporters, former staff and student alumni from the Armidale Teacher’s College and other members of the community to make donations to our Building Improvement Fund which will go towards putting the Howard Hinton Collection on the walls of NERAM in a long-term display.”
“With your support we can make this happen.”
New England Regional Art Museum Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation that receives funding from the Armidale Regional Council, Create NSW and the Margaret Olley Art Trust. Donations to New England Regional Art Museum are tax-deductible.
To find out more about donating to the 2017 NERAM Annual Appeal and the Howard Hinton Collection visit:
Margaret Olley (1923-2011) The Yellow Room Triptych 2007 oil on board. Purchased through the Yellow Room Appeal 2013.