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New Eureka exhibition opens
The Art Gallery of Ballarat has opened a new temporary Eureka exhibition
in the Selkirk Gallery.
The new exhibition, featuring the only known exact scale replica of the
original flag and a large mural of the Eureka Stockade by George Browning is
in place while the original flag undergoes extensive conservation work.
The conservation works to the original flag are being undertaken by
Artlab, a South Australian based company which specialises in conserving
and restoring artefacts and historical treasures. The works will take
approximately six months and the temporary exhibition will run until the
restoration works are complete.
It is 37 years since the last extensive treatment to the Flag. Textile
conservation practices and materials have changed significantly in this time
and an independent assessment of the flag determined new conservation
treatments were required to secure it for future generations.
Sometime in the mid 1900s a 'restoration' was carried out on the Flag
which joined two pieces together that were not originally connected, the
result being that the Flag we see today is smaller. This happened some time
prior to the well known conservation treatment of the Flag in 1973.
Council has accepted the recommendation from the specialist team at
Artlab, that this faulty 'restoration' should, if possible, be reversed, as it
distorts the proportion of the flag as we see it today.
A new lining is being constructed from wool dyed a neutral grey colour. This
material is 'inert' and resistant to chemical decomposition from long-term
exposure to the atmosphere. The lining is the same size as the original
flag to enable the viewer to see the original flag's configuration.
The Flag will then be meticulously hand-stitched to the new lining using
very fine threads -- so fine they are almost too small for the naked eye
to see. Once lined, the Flag will be stitched to a fabric covered board for
display. This conservation treatment is state of the art and best practice
and will ensure the Flag's longevity.
VIC moves in
A new one stop tourism shop has opened in the CBD, with the temporary
relocation of Ballarat's Visitor Information Centre (VIC).
The Eureka Centre VIC closed in mid October, due to the redevelopment
works taking place. Council has taken this opportunity to move the visitor
centre back to the CBD, with its tourism and events staff joining the VIC
staff and volunteers under one roof. The relocation of the VIC has also
allowed Council to consolidate its staff and services, with the information
centre across the road at the Art Gallery of Ballarat no longer required.
The new interim centre at 43 Lydiard Street North opened on Monday
11 October and its central location has allowed staff to enhance and
broaden the services offered to Ballarat's visitors, with VIC volunteers
meeting selected trains and greeting arriving visitors at the Ballarat
Access to appropriate parking has always been a challenge in locating
a VIC in the centre of town. The interim VIC provides free car parking for
visitors with seven dedicated spaces on Lydiard Street North and caravan
parking at the nearby Civic Hall site.
The VIC will remain at this location until a permanent site is identified
and developed over the next few years.
Council has recently appointed consultants Urban Enterprise to identify
a suitable site within the CBD for a permanent VIC. This process is
already underway and a report on the finding is expected by the end of
Below: Cr Judy Verlin and Art Gallery of Ballarat Director Gordon Morrison enjoy
the new temporary Eureka exhibition. Photo courtesy of The Courier
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