• Artist
    James Flett
  • Title
    The artist
  • Date of Production
  • Medium
    colour linocut on paper
  • Dimensions
  • Credit Details
    Gift in memory of Florence Fallaw, 1984

A Guiding Hand: prints and directors 1967 – 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011 - Sunday, November 27, 2011, 9 AM - 5 PM

Mars Gallery, Timken Foundation Community Gallery and Victor Gordon King Gallery
Admission: FREE

The story of five gallery directors and how they built up the Art Gallery of Ballarat holding of prints into a collection of national significance.

The five professional Directors who have led the Gallery since 1967 - James Mollison, Margaret MacKean, Ron Radford, Margaret Rich and Gordon Morrison - have each contributed to the print collection, taking it in particular directions according to their individual tastes and approaches to collecting.

A Guiding Hand includes works by notable Australian artists from George French Angas and Louis Buvelot to Dorrit Black, Margaret Preston, Redback Graphix and the Jill Posters Collective, with particular attention given to George Baldessin, Bea Maddock, Murray Griffin and Alun Leach Jones.

The exhibition will feature colonial prints, relief prints of the 1920s and 1930s, posters and will also examine print processes, using the Gallery's collection of original printing blocks and other artefacts.

The exhibition is being held in association with the International Printmaking Conference Impact 7 2011: Intersections and Counterpoints which is being hosted by Monash University in September this year.

This exhibition is a fascinating study in connoisseurship, showing some rarely seen works from the Gallery's collection, curated by Gallery Registrar Anne Rowland.