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Kew-Y-Ahn Art Gallery Opens in Hartley

Arts OutWest, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service & NSW Dept of Environment and Heritage project

 

A new regional Aboriginal art gallery was opened by the NSW Governor on Saturday June 1, 2013 at Hartley Historic Site east of Lithgow.

The Kew–Y–Ahn Aboriginal Gallery project is a partnership between Arts OutWest, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage. Work by Aboriginal painters, weavers, designers, jewellers and photographers from across the NSW Central West will be represented in rotating exhibitions in the new gallery space.

“The art gallery has been established specifically to promote the commercial sale of Indigenous Artist living in the Central West,” Hartley Historic Site manager Steve Ring said.

Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, the Governor of NSW officially opened the new gallery as well as  the new Kew-Y-Ahn Bell Rock Heritage Trail at the site.

“The Hartley site is the gateway to the Central West for those coming over the mountains, it will be a wonderful place to introduce visitors to our region’s Aboriginal artists,” Arts OutWest Executive Officer Tracey Callinan said.

Arts OutWest will curate the ongoing exhibitions and National Parks will manage the space at the historic Farmers Inn building. The project forms part of Arts OutWest’s ongoing Aboriginal Arts Development program and the artworks on show have been curated by Aboriginal Arts Development Officer Aleshia Lonsdale.

The gallery spreads over three rooms in the 1860’s era Farmers Inn building and has been fitted with professional lighting and gallery hanging systems.

 

KEY DATES & INFORMATION

GALLERY: Kew-Y-Ahn Aborginal Art Gallery

OPEN: To the public

TIME: 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.20pm

DAY: Tuesday – Sunday

 

Image: Photo by Arts OutWest. Left to Right: Irene Ridgeway’s son, Irene Ridgeway (painter and graphic designer, Peak Hill), Nyree Reynolds (painter, Blayney), NSW Governor Professor Marie Bashir, Tony Lonsdale (visual artist, Mudgee), Aleshia Lonsdale (artist, Aboriginal Arts Development Officer), Ashton Walden (jeweller, Narromine)