Selected pieces of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s art collection will go on public display from next week with the launch of the Our People’s Collection: Highlights exhibition, which opens on Wednesday, 30 October in the Goldfields Arts Centre Gallery.
The Our People’s Collection: Highlights exhibition will showcase a carefully curated selection of works that have been acquired by the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder over the past 100 years, and includes key pieces by renowned artists including Dr Pantjiti Mary McLean, Kathleen O’Connor, Elizabeth Durack, Hans Heysen and Brian McKay.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said the exhibition brought together a range of artworks, from recent acquisitions to bequeathed and long-loan artworks.
“We really want to showcase the diversity and breadth of our collection, while also providing public access to our community collection of art which has in the past remained largely un-seen.”
“This community collection is a celebration of the rich and diverse history of our City. It traces key artistic movements, such as Impressionism, abstraction and modernism, and reveals a Kalgoorlie vernacular, through works that convey the City’s long-standing Aboriginal culture and heritage, and mining and pioneering history,” he said.
“This exhibition offers a lens into other times and brings to the fore the rich collective spirit that has created Kalgoorlie-Boulder and made it is what it is.”
The free exhibition is open to the public in the Goldfields Arts Centre Gallery from 31 October until 15 November. It is open from 8:30am until 5pm on weekdays and on Saturday 16 November from 10am until 3pm.