Southern Grampians Shire Council CEO Michael Tudball (far right) with Hamilton Gallery Exhibitions Officer Ian Brilley and Director Sarah Schmidt with pieces from Hamilton Gallery’s silver collection that will be on display when the Melbourne Cup tours to Hamilton on the 12th of October.

Media Release :: 7 June 2016

Melbourne Cup on tour to Hamilton Gallery

Hamilton Gallery has secured a spot on the 2016 Emirates Melbourne Cup tour, which will provide the community a chance to experience the atmosphere and excitement of the Emirates Melbourne Cup in their own gallery. Southern Grampians Shire Council CEO Michael Tudball said, 'This is a great example of a partnership between our regional art gallery and local special interest groups. The Shire is fortunate to have a gallery which is so important to its community and inspired to remain relevant and engaged with the community.'

The visit will coincide with an exhibition of silver from the Gallery's decorative arts collection, a leading national collection, the profile of which has helped draw this cup to Hamilton. Michael Tudball added, ‘The Melbourne Cup is a very important part of Australia's heritage and we are proud to have it visiting the Greater Hamilton region. We encourage everyone to take the opportunity to see this piece of Australian History.’

Gallery Director, Sarah Schmidt said the Gallery hopes very much this will draw in people in Hamilton who may have never visited their own Gallery. Curiosity about the cup will hopefully lead to surprise discovery of what other treasures are inside the building. We are a gathering place for community meetings, whether for environmentalists, car enthusiasts, arts enthusiasts or sporting groups. We are a public gallery with free entry for use as an enjoyable venue, to inspire, for education groups and community pride and confidence generally.'

The Gallery credits the support of The Hamilton Racing Club and Judy Nichols in contributing towards the successful bid and hopes to engage a wide audience to enjoy the cup.

The program of events planned for the Cup’s visit will include various opportunities for the community to participate including a daytime fundraiser for Riding for the Disabled – Hamilton branch, education programs for schools aimed at raising awareness for gender equality and workforce participation for all abilities, and an evening cocktail event focused on the Cup as the centrepiece of an exhibition highlighting silver in the Gallery's collection combined with that of other public galleries.

The Cup will then continue its journey across Australia and New Zealand before returning to Melbourne for the ‘race that stops a nation’ on the first Tuesday in November.

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State Government of Victoria