Hidden Treasure

The Burnie Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) has recently had its full collection valuation completed by visual arts professional and valuer, Mr Ross Searle. Mr Searle had the opportunity to have a careful look at the City’s permanent art collection, housed at BRAG, and he was delighted to find some hidden treasures.

Burnie City Council manages the art collection which means not only its physical care (storage, insurance and conservation) but also by providing research, identification, cataloguing and interpretation through exhibitions and publications.

Mayor Steve Kons said “Most of the work happens behind the scenes and is carried out to best practice standards. The Burnie Print Prize, which comes up next year, has confirmed Burnie as a printmaking hub and the acquisitive prize remains one Australia’s richest for printmaking.”

“Through competitions, judicious purchases and donations, the collection has grown to over 1000 artworks with a large portion as works on paper by contemporary Australian artists. People unfamiliar with the art collection are often surprised to find that Burnie has collected works by some of Australia’s most recognized artists such as Tony Tuckson, Rosalie Gascoigne, Arthur Boyd, Robert Jacks and more,” he said.

A full collection management and valuation report from Mr Searle will be delivered to Council in the coming weeks.

BRAG is a registered recipient of the Commonwealth Government’s Cultural Gifts Program and approved donors can receive a tax deduction through the program.

The Gallery is open free to the public from 10 am to 4.30 pm weekdays and from 1.30pm to 4 pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

Burnie Regional Art Gallery is an initiative of the Burnie City Council and is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.

For further information please contact

Fiona Loughran
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: floughran@burnie.net