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New England Regional Art Museum | Armidale Displays its Hidden Treasures

HINTON: Treasures of Australian art is the new permanent exhibition opening at the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) and is being billed as the most significant art exhibition between Brisbane and Sydney.
The exhibition features over 130 artworks by leading Australian artists from the late 19th and early 20th century including Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Elioth Gruner, Margaret Preston, Nora Heysen and Norman Lindsay in a large-scale salon hang.
“This beautiful exhibition will make Armidale a must-see destination for art lovers from around Australia whenever they pass through regional New South Wales,” said Robert Heather, Art Museum Director. “There will be literally millions of dollars worth of paintings by some of our greatest artists on display in one of the largest single exhibitions of historical Australian art in the country.”
HINTON will provide visitors with an insight into how this fabulous collection of artistic treasures found its way to the New England region and become part of our community’s heritage.”
“It will also provide an opportunity to learn about the great philanthropic generosity of Howard Hinton OBE, who gave over 1000 artworks to the Armidale Teachers’ College between 1919 and 1948,” he said.
“Today this story of one of the greatest acts of philanthropy in Australian art history is almost forgotten living on in the nostalgic memories of former faculty, students and staff from the old Armidale Teachers’ College and visitors to the curated exhibitions held by NERAM over the years.”
“It is our aim to introduce the story and the artworks of the Howard Hinton Collection to a new generation and audience, providing them with an opportunity to find out more about the life and times of this extraordinarily generous man who loved art.”
The exhibition HINTON: Treasures of Australian art is being displayed in a large-scale salon style hang which was made possible by refurbishing one of the NERAM gallery spaces with the support of donations from the Margaret Olley Art Trust and local supporters.
“This salon display enables the artworks to speak for themselves and they will have a powerful impact upon our visitors,” said Robert Heather. “Most of these works have been in storage for many years apart from displays in NERAM temporary exhibitions or loans to other museums. ”
“The community support of our refurbishment project demonstrates that the philanthropic spirit of Howard Hinton is alive and well in the New England region,” he said. “The community has raised over $100,000 towards the work required to make this exhibition possible.”
The exhibition will be opened at 6.00pm on Friday 16 February 20918 by Edmund Capon AM, OBE the former Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales and a trustee of the Margaret Olley Art Trust.
The New England Regional Art Museum will be hosting a weekend of celebrations on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 February 2018 that will include:

  • Free guided tours of the exhibition

  • Lectures on the history of the Armidale Teachers’ College and the Howard Hinton Collection
  • Drop in and Draw activities with the New England Art Society
  • Jazz of the 1920s and 30s concert with the New England Conservatorium of Music.

Further details of the weekend program are available at