Gifted Works

From time to time artists, individuals and organizations make gifts of artworks to the Burnie Regional Art Gallery. Famous Green politician, Senator Bob Brown, for example, donated the 1993 portrait of him by Archibald Prize wining artist Geoff Dyer to the Gallery.

Painter Ian Henderson, formerly of New South Wales, donated five oils recently, and Dianna de Kessler, the widow of Hungarian-born Australian artist Thomas de Kessler has gifted a small but substantial body of work which will be shown in a future exhibition.

From time to time the work of individual artists will be highlighted in these pages.    

Ruth Faerber

In 2007 the Burnie Regional Art Gallery received a generous donation of 36 works by Sydney printmaker and paper artist Ruth Faerber. She had decided to donate 160 artworks to Australian art galleries. After Roger Butler, Senior Curator Australian Prints selected 60 works for the National Gallery of Australia, the Burnie Regional Art Gallery together with the Mosman Art Gallery were to have first choice. Many of the works date from the eighties and the nineties, with the ealiest from the sixties.

In March 2009, the Burnie Regional Art Gallery selected 18 works from her gift and mounted a solol exhibition as part of Ten Days on the Island. The exhibition was a timely and significant project. In 1980, as an established printmaker she participated in the first handmade paper workshop held at the Jabberwocky Mill at the Hobart School of Art. As the artist recalls: "This and subsequent papermaking trips to Hobart fired my enthusiasm for the creation of my hand coloured cast paperworks, which were at the time quite innovative. First exhibited in a solo exhibition in Sydney in 1982 , and later internationally, I have continued to make, and exhibit them until a few years ago... "

The pieces selected for this special exhibition were, as observed by Sasha Grishin, all from her remarkable bas-relief handmade paper cast work – the earliest made in 1982 and the latest in 1998. Her return to Tasmania for the IAPMA Congress in Burnie coincides with the opening of her exhibition at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery and the Burnie Print Prize.