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Bicentenary Community Art Exhibition

10-18 April 
Glasshouse Regional Gallery
Cnr of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie

All residents of the Port Macquarie-Hastings region were invited to create an artwork in any medium to interpret the exhibition theme:

‘Creating a visual response to the varied natural, cultural, historic and popular elements that make positive contributions to our local community’

67 artworks have been submitted, with our youngest artist under the age of one! The following Awards have been issued for the best submissions in the following categories:

  • Best response to theme: Lorraine Neill's 'Magic of the Hastings'
  • Best application of technique: Mikayla Harrison's 'Pacific Waves
  • Emerging Artist Encouragement Award: Lucas Tubergan's 'Safety First at Bartlett's Beach'
  • People's Choice Award: Julie Mills 'Rainbow Beach Bonny Hills'

Congratulations to these artists. Excerpts of their works below.

Click here to view the list of Participants

Image Credits- above: Brian Baker, Afternoon Light Bartletts Beach, watercolour on canvas. Jen Broughton, Bluey, pencil and markers. Olivia Jogever, Vitamin Sea', acrylics.

Image credits below- see winners list.

  • Best Response To Theme Lorraine Neill
  • Best Technique Mikayla Harrison
  • Emerging Artist Lucas Tubergan
  • Bicentenary Community Art Winner Julie Mills

David Martin: Port Macquarie 200 Exhibition

27 February - 18 April
Glasshouse Regional Gallery
Cnr of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie 200 profiles the contributions of seven artists who chose Port Macquarie as their subject during the course of two centuries. This is a historical journey, as much for the Australian European-style of art itself, as it is for the township. Special inclusions are the very earliest artworks of Port Macquarie, a selection of sketches by the inspirational female figure Eirene Mort, and a series of previously unseen vibrant watercolours painted by Sir Lionel Lindsay in 1916.

Image Credits: Lionel Lindsay 1916 Port Macquarie

200 Years on Exhibition: Ronnie Grammatica

10 - 18 April
Port Macquarie Coach Terminal 
97 Gordon Street, Port Macquarie

A showcase of portraits of locals from the Port Macquarie-Hastings area who were encountered as the artist retraced the footsteps of the Macquarie expedition as they made their way to what is now known as Port Macquarie.

Governing Change Exhibition: Leanne Prussing

10 - 18 April
Port Macquarie Historic Courthouse   
Cnr of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie artist Leanne Prussing proudly presents an exhibition of contemporary portraits of the first five Governors of NSW. Alongside these vibrant works will be a diptych portrait of William ‘Uncle Bill’ O’Brian OAM, Chairman of the Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council. Leanne approached Uncle Bill to sit for her for an Archibald entry in 2014. During the sittings Uncle Bill spoke of his passion for his people, truth, his Grandmother, the Stolen Generation, bush tucker, how Aboriginal history is taught in schools and reconciliation. 

Leanne’s intention in exhibiting these works together is to create discussion and acknowledgement about what happened in the past, and consider what can happen in the future

20 Decades, 21 Stories Exhibition

10 - 18 April
Port Macquarie Museum
22 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie

20 Decades, 21 Stories is a exhibition trail at the Port Macquarie Museum to celebrate Port Macquarie's rich and unique history and the town's bicentenary. 

Featuring objects, archives and images from the Museum's collection, the specially curated trail will guide visitors on a journey of discovery to reveal the key themes and stories that have shaped and defined Port Macquarie's history and identity over the past 20 decades.

Glenn Dick: Dreams, Nightmares and Reality Exhibition

10 July - 5 September
Glasshouse Regional Gallery
Cnr of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie

Between 2004 and 2005 Glenn Dick produced a selection of paintings which finished with the title, PORT Macquarie Heritage Collection. 

The collection focused on the first 20 years of the settlement and was noted for its sympathetic depictions of the local indigenous tribes and the harshness of the convict system. The works portray a sense of futility, inhumanity, brutality and contradictions form the exploratory survey of Oxley, the subsequent displacement of the Birpai People, when establishing the Penal Colony, through to the first fleet settlers’ arrival from 1838.

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