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The Art Gallery of Ballarat is home to many
beautiful artworks that are stored away because
they are in desperate need of a conservation work.
The Gallery’s Adopt an Artwork program was
recently relaunched with a renewed commitment
to raising valuable funds and preserving regional
Australia’s finest art collection.
Relaunch of Adopt an Artwork
The Gallery has updated the list of artworks
in need of conservation and has many smaller
projects that require reasonable donations to get
them back on display for all to enjoy.
The list includes costume works, large oil
paintings, drawings and prints. For example, there
is a series of paintings of Ballarat’s gold diggings
by Percy Lindsay which were given inappropriate
frames in the 1970s and need to be reframed.
At the relaunch of Adopt an Artwork, two newly
restored works were unveiled: portraits of John
Wanliss and Janet Drummond, whose son Thomas
Drummond Wanliss was an early pioneer of Ballarat.
In the past three years, the Adopt an Artwork
program has raised $300,000 and some
beautiful works have taken their rightful place on
the Gallery wall.
The Art Gallery of Ballarat is a Not for Profit
Why is conservation important?
Conservation of works of art to a museum standard
is a highly specialised and expensive process. This
kind of work can only be done with public support.
Who can Adopt an Artwork?
Individuals, corporations, philanthropic trusts and
The conservation requirements and costs for the
artworks vary greatly so there are projects to suit
a range of donors.
If adopting an artwork is beyond your budget, why
not join with some friends and adopt it together?
How can you adopt?
If you are interested in adopting an artwork, you
just need to contact the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
Call Kelly Briggs, Gallery Business Support
Officer, at 5320 5810 or email kellybriggs@
Gallery staff are happy to show you the range
of works that require adoption and discuss their
Donations are tax deductible and are receipted.
Learn more about the Gallery at
Preserve Ballarat’s Art Treasures
Blamire Young, The stuff of dreams, where the lane ends, not
dated. Watercolour on paper. Collection: Art Gallery of Ballarat.
A Touch of Gold
An exciting exhibition exploring the theme
of gold, interpreted in diverse ways by
more than 50 members of the Ballarat
Society of Artists is on display at the Art
Gallery of Ballarat from Saturday 30 June
to Sunday 29 July, 2012.
A Touch of Gold ponders the Gold Rush, the
gold of wildlife and nature, golden places,
golden moments, golden objects, a splash of
gold colour or just a picture framed in gold.
The Ballarat Society of Artists was formed
in 1982 by a local group of artists. It
provides a forum for discussion and
appreciation of art and for the mutual
support and encouragement of fellow
artists. The group is a well established
part of Ballarat's artistic scene with a
calendar including exhibitions, festivals,
demonstrations and workshops.
A Touch of Gold is at the Timken Gallery.
Entry is free and the Gallery is open 9am to
5pm everyday. For information, visit www.
Local artists touch gold
Rosemary Anderson, Fiona Andrews,
Isabella Bailey, Cheryl Bradley, Lucy
Brisbane, Carolyn Broome, Margaret Brown
John Canham, Marion Chapple, Lyn Cooke
Priscilla Corlett, Jan Da Costa, Joan Day
Marie Edwards, Val Farrington, Erma Fidler,
Christine Fletcher, Anna Ganesh, Sharon
Gibbs, Shirley Gourlay, Joan Gresswell,
Rory Hare, Christine Hickson, Joan Jenkins,
Alma Knight, Glenys Knox, Ron Lancaster
Peter Latchford, Gil Leaske, Elaine LeLievre
Barbara Leonard, Kirsty Loschiavo, Peter
MacDonald, Lyn Martin, Marita McKay
Brad McDonald, Margaret McKee, Tunde
Meikle, Evelyn Meikle, Trudy Nicholson
Jane Reyne, Val Severino, Martin Smith
Judy Smyth, Jennifer Stirling, Jennifer
Sutterby, Gladys Toering, Pamela
Underwood, Barry Walters, Lynette Werts
Admire the works of
more than 50 local
artists at A Touch
Adopt a Frock
Two very popular fashion parades were
staged at the Gallery during the Ballarat
Heritage Weekend. Beautiful vintage
clothing was on display and highlighted
the many stunning yet damaged costumes
that are in desperate need of work.
Want to bring these gorgeous clothes
back to life?
The Gallery’s Adopt a Frock program is
dedicated to the preservation and restoration
of its costume collection.
Call Kelly Briggs, Gallery Business
Support Officer, at 5320 5810 or email
Howell and James Ltd, London, Bodice (detail), mid 19th century.
Satin, metallic thread, beads, wire, netting and lace. Collection:
Art gallery of Ballarat.
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