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Regional Arts Australia Showcase Opens at Parliament House

On Wednesday 5 March, Regional Arts Australia’s inaugural National Visual Arts Showcase, with the theme of Place and Practice, was formally opened at Parliament House in Canberra by the Attorney-General and Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC.

“This is the first major national showcase dedicated to the work of Australia’s regional artists and the first of its kind held in Parliament House, Canberra,” Senator Brandis remarked as he opened the exhibition.“With Australian Government support from the Regional Arts Fund and the Australia Council this initiative brings together established artists in each state and territory to mentor emerging artists and provide opportunities for skills development.”

Charmaine Pike, from Tamworth, was mentored by NSW artist Angus Nivison, who selected her to participate in the program.

“Angus Nivison taught me at TAFE from 1992 until 1994. His ongoing support of my work has given me a strong foundation for my practice and strengthened my resolve to persevere,” says Pike. “I always learn a lot from talking to Angus and seeing his work. I admire his originality and the independence in his painting and marvel at the lightness of touch he maintains on a large scale. I feel it is a great privilege to be chosen  by Angus to participate in this exhibition. It’s an  interesting concept for a show which illustrates the importance of having a mentor.”

Catalogue can be downloaded here.

Place and Practice is on display in the Presiding Officers Gallery, Parliament House until 30 April 2014.