Carnarvon Library Art Gallery Named Top Venue

Published on 17 December 2018

Carnarvon Library Art Gallery to receive prestigious Art Gallery of Western Australia Touring Collection

Regional Art Galleries in Western Australia have received a significant boost through the State Government’s Regional Exhibition Touring Boost (RETB) initiative. A collaborative partnership between ART ON THE MOVE and the Art Gallery of Western Australia will bring the state’s art collection to the regions through a series of small capsule exhibitions.

Seven WA Regional galleries have been chosen for the pilot project which is aimed at building capacity within the venues through education and professional development programs.  Joining the Carnarvon Library and Art Gallery team at a recent workshop, members from Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, Collie Art Gallery, Ningaloo Centre, Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Katanning Art Gallery and the East Pilbara Arts Centre had the opportunity to share know-how and ideas.   

ART ON THE MOVE and the Art Gallery of Western Australia led the teams through a series of information sessions aimed at building skills and knowledge. Mapping and needs analysis undertaken during the workshop is an integral part of the Regional Exhibition Turing Boost (RETB).   Sharing Western Australian culture more widely through an offering of high-quality visual arts presents the potential to attract more visitors to their venue, promoting economic growth and long-term employment for gallery staff and local artists.

Over the next six years, the RETB will offer more touring exhibitions to the regions.  This will result in more opportunities for regional Western Australians to engage with visual arts.  Commenting on the launch the Regional Exhibitions Touring Boost, Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman said “The arts play a vital role in supporting the social, cultural and economic growth of regional communities.  The RETB will give regional Western Australians an improved arts and cultural experience, and boost their local economies.”

A full media statement from the Culture and Arts Minister’s office and the Regional Development Minister’s office can be viewed by visiting: https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2018/09/Series-of-capsule-exhibitions-to-tour-regional-WA.aspx.

This project has been made possible through the Regional Exhibition Touring Boost (RETB) managed by the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries with funding support from the Royalties for Regions program and is delivered in partnership by ART ON THE MOVE and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. 

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Regional Exhibition Touring Boost Two Day Venue Workshop at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth WA. Image courtesy Christophe Canato.