Hugh D. T. Williamson Foundation Gallery and Oliver Family Room – Australian Art 1985 to the present
The Hugh D.T. Williamson Foundation
Gallery houses a selection of the Gallery's holdings of
artworksthat have been produced since the mid 1980s - the
'coalface' of contemporary Australian art. Artists represented in
this room include people who have established firm reputations over
the past 30 to 40 years, as well as emerging artists.
'Eclectic' and 'diverse' are probably
the words that describe Australian art of the last 25 years. Some
artists have returned to the human figure, while others look to
imagery from earlier eras to express their own ideas, or seek to
follow in the great romantic tradition of the early 19th century.
Some of the more recent work is stark and pervaded with a sense of
The room brings together contemporary
art of indigenous and non-indigenous Australia, with works by
central desert artists next to artists from 'down south'. The
Gallery has one of the most comprehensive collection of indigenous
art of any regional gallery, and is the only collection outside a
capital city with a serious holding of Top End bark paintings.
This room is in the new east wing of
the Gallery, part of the 2001 Centenary of Federation project which
saw the development of the Camp Street Arts precinct. It is named
after the Hugh Williamson Foundation, established in 1986 by Hugh
Williamson, a Ballarat-born and educated banker turned
philanthropist. The Foundation has contributed significantly to
this Gallery, and many other Ballarat cultural institutions, since
it was established in 1986.
The Oliver Family Room has been
conceived to be a place of rest and reflection in your journey
through the permanent collection. It is named after the Olivers, a
Ballarat business family which has been a generous supporter of
community institutions and charities.
The lift in the north-west corner of
the Williamson Gallery provides public access to the Potter Gallery