Perc Tucker Regional Gallery celebrates its 40th anniversary


North Queensland’s Oldest Gallery Celebrates 40th Anniversary With New Exhibition Journey through the images.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the exhibit shared unique stories through the people, places and artwork in our community.

“Celebrating 40 years of the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery is a milestone for us, marking us as the oldest art gallery in North Queensland,” said Cr Hill.

“The caliber of the exhibits we put on here at Perc Tucker is incredibly high, and it gives residents and visitors to the city the chance to engage in stimulating art here in Townsville.

“We also have an extensive collection of art, which Jonathan drew inspiration from to organize Travel through the images. This is the raison d’être of the art collection – to bring together works of art that are important to us here in Townsville and bring them to the public attention so that we can all enjoy top notch free art.

“Our city is a thriving arts and culture center – you don’t have to look far to see street art, festivals and major events in Townsville.

“There is always something to see and do across the city, and I’m sure anyone interested in art will make the most of the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery’s 40th anniversary celebration this month.”

The exhibit is curated by Townsville City Galleries Creative Director Jonathan McBurnie and draws inspiration from the Council’s 3,500-piece public art collection.

Dr McBurnie said he was proud to bring this exhibition to life on the occasion of the gallery’s 40th anniversary.

“This show is bittersweet for me because it will be my last show as a Creative Director, an experience in which I have learned so much and enjoyed. It is taken from our collection and each work has a story, ”he said.

“Townsville is very fortunate to be home to a rich artistic community, and we’ve done our best to bring it to the forefront.

“Turning 40 is a major achievement, and I’m incredibly grateful to my team for all of their hard work. This would not be possible without their commitment and enthusiasm.

Ross Searle was the Creative Director of the Townsville City Galleries from 1986 to 1996.

He said the role of the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville during its 40 years of operation has been invaluable in recognizing the region’s cultural and artistic heritage.

“This gallery, the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, has built a national reputation for the very good work it does in showcasing the work of North Queensland artists and examining their work, and also drawing attention to the unique body of work produced here by artists from North Queensland, ”said Searle.

“In 1986 I was amazed by the infrastructure here, the group of professional artists practicing here, the fact that there was a fully functioning art school here producing very, very good graduates with institutions. very mature culture here in Townsville.

“One of the continuums of the art scene here in Townsville is the regional Perc Tucker Gallery’s good reputation for attracting attention and focusing on the art of Townsville and North Queensland.”

Mr Searle said he was happy to be able to reflect on the impact the gallery had on the community during his tenure at the helm.

“I think the really important thing that I established here was the relationship with the artists and the artistic practice in Townsville. It was really a highlight in my contributions here as a director, to bring attention to the work of creative artists here in Townsville, ”he said.

“Public galleries are very important places in terms of their role of bringing together works in the curation of exhibitions and of bringing particular focus to particular artistic movements, a particular place, or it could be the art created in a region. “

Journey through the images runs from Friday September 3 to Sunday September 28 at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery. Free entry.

For more information, see What’s new in Townsville.

Caption: The Perc Tucker Regional Gallery celebrates its 40th anniversary, making it the oldest gallery in North Queensland

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