Council's extensive collection on show

ACQUISITION: Ursula Halpin, gallery and cultural arts coordinator in front of one of the pieces.

ACQUISITION: Ursula Halpin, gallery and cultural arts coordinator in front of one of the pieces.

Over 20 years of collecting by the Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery has been put on display in a new acquisitions exhibition which opened on Thursday, June 13.

The exhibition features works that have been donated, entrusted and accumulated through local, national and international artists; featuring majority of the pieces entered into the Port Pirie Art Prize.

Ursula Halpin, gallery and cultural arts coordinator explains that they have several hundreds of pieces that have landed in council's collection and she wanted to be able to showcase them to build up a sense of the region.

"In the Flinders Gallery we have wonderful landscapes of the Southern Flinders Ranges by local, national and internationally renown artists, as well as a couple of really gorgeous Indigenous works as well.

"In the other room, it is a bit more local. We have a whole wall in Vivian Crisp Gallery dedicated to the Port Pirie stack. Lots of different interpretations from painting to photography, lovely impasto and then a painting of the silos," Ursula explained.

Creating the exhibition was a way for the new coordinator to explore the collection and run condition reports on what the gallery owns and what state they are in. Ursula plans to get the art into the community, looking at businesses who would like to hire the artwork.

"So that the community can enjoy the collection as well. The money would then go back into facilitating education programs as part of our program launch for next year."

The collection will be on display until the end of July.