‘Collection Conversion’ investigates the Tamworth region’s identity by inviting six regional artists working in different mediums to explore, investigate, research and mine six local museums and develop new artworks in response to their collections.
Three of the collections are owned by Tamworth Regional Council (TRC) and three by the University of New England (UNE). The identified collections and nominated artists are as follows:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collections (UNE): Amy Hammond
- Australian Country Music Hall of Fame (TRC): David Darcy
- N.C.W. Beadle Herbarium (UNE): Angus Nivison
- Natural History Museum (UNE): Katherine Harvey
- Tamworth Fibre Textile Collection (TRC): Vic McEwan
- Tamworth Powerstation Museum (TRC): Rowen Matthews
The resulting artworks not only respond to the identified collections, but also push boundaries and will deliberately challenge existing perceptions of these collections. The exhibition has been developed by Tamworth Regional Gallery in partnership with the University of New England. It is on display during the Tamworth Regional Council Heritage Festival (23 April to 3 May) and also on International Museums Day, 18 May.
The project was made possible by the Regional Arts Fund, a federal government initiative that supports sustainable cultural development in regional, remote and very remote Australia. The Fund is provided through Regional Arts Australia, and in NSW through Regional Arts NSW.
Photo Credit: David Darcy, Silent Country, 2021, oil on canvas 2021, 1500 x 1500 mm. Photography David Darcy
David Darcy, Silent Country, 2021, oil on canvas 2021, triptych 1500 x 1130 mm - 1500 x 1500 mm - 1500 x 1130 mm. Photography David Darcy