Controversial painting loaned to Gallery

In October 2010, the Burnie Regional Art Gallery was unable to bid for an oil painting by Irish artist John Day titled Wyvenhoe, Tasmania (1856).

Director of the Burnie Regional Art Gallery Mr Greg Leong said, “At the time of the auction the piece that featured Burnie was offered to the Gallery for $18,000.

“It was not possible for us to purchase this piece at that price.”

This tale does have however a happy ending.

“We recently received notification that an anonymous buyer of the work would like to loan the painting to the Gallery for safekeeping.

“We are just thrilled that the artwork can be enjoyed in our City. We are very grateful to the buyer and respect their wish to remain anonymous,” Mr Leong said.

The historical oil painting of Wivenhoe will be publically unveiled at a reception hosted by Gallery Advisory Committee member, Alderman Sandra French at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery this Saturday October 29.

The reception also celebrates a new exhibition at the Gallery titled White gums and ramoxes. The event begins at 2pm with a floor talk regarding the prestigious exhibition of ceramics by Arthur Boyd and his father Merric Boyd. At 3:15pm the oil painting will be unveiled. All are welcome to attend however RSVP is essential.

“We are calling it the ‘Big Day at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery’. We encourage everyone to come along to enjoy the floor talk at 2pm by renowned curator

Grace Cochrane and then stay on for the exciting unveiling of the Wyvenhoe painting.

“This historical painting of the City on loan to the Gallery is believed to be the first depiction in oils of Burnie. It is wonderful that it has been made available for the community to enjoy,” he said.

The painting will be on display until Sunday 4 December 2011. Please RSVP before 5pm Wednesday 26 October by calling 64305875.

For further information please contact

Libby Jowett
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728