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Meet Graham and support great local art

Meet Graham and support great local art

You can meet Graham and experience some amazing local art next Friday night at Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery.

The community is invited to the launch of three exhibitions – Graham, Big Fish 3 and Artists of the Murray Mallee.

Gallery Director Ian Tully said Graham was a unique exhibition that demonstrated the power of art, and came with important messages about our vulnerability as road users.

“You might have seen Graham on television or in the newspaper as he has toured around the state. Now we get to see him up close and personal,” Mr Tully said.

“Graham has been built to show how we would need to look and function if we were to survive a crash on our roads. When you visit, you can use augmented reality to get a better picture of how Graham is built both inside and out,” he said.

Also next Friday night, two local exhibitions will be opened with work from dozens of artists. Mr Tully encouraged community members to support the artists by coming along to the opening, or to the exhibitions that will follow.

“Big Fish 3 includes artwork from students at 10 secondary schools in our region. I have been really impressed with the quality of work coming in and look forward to seeing it on the walls of the Gallery,” Mr Tully said.

“The other local exhibition is from artists who featured in Marg Lewis’ book Artists of the Murray Mallee. It is a wonderful representation of the diversity of mediums that local artists use – from textiles and ceramics to painting and photography.”

Mayor Les McPhee will open all three exhibitions on Friday, 20 October from 6pm. Community members are invited to attend.

Each of the exhibitions will be on at the Gallery until 26 November. Entry is by donation.

Graham is the work of world-renowned Melbourne artist Patricia Piccinini, who collaborated with the Transport Accident Commission, Royal Melbourne Hospital trauma surgeon Christian Kenfield and Monash University crash investigation expert Dr David Logan to create Graham. Find out more about Graham at his website.

You can also visit the Gallery’s website or call the Gallery on 5036 2430 for details of the exhibitions.