The Gaussen Gallery

Media Release :: 27 May 2016

Gaussen Gallery to be renewed

Ongoing permanent display of these works on paper places them in a high risk category for potential light and environmental damage. The scheduled period off display will allow the works adequate time for conservation treatment and to 'rest' to ensure their longevity for the enjoyment of future generations.

Regarded as one of the finest collections of the artist's work in Australia, the works have proudly occupied the walls of the gallery since the 1970s. The scheduled works will be in two stages, the first to refresh the gallery space for a major exhibition event. The second stage will prepare a period setting appropriate to the Sandby's.

Part of this upgrade will see the lighting in the space upgraded from incandescent lighting to LED fittings which will save operating costs and will significantly reduce Council's carbon footprint. Gallery staff have worked closely with Southern Grampians Shire Council's Sustainability Coordinator to improve the viewing experience of the works whist also significantly cutting back the harmful UV exposure.

Gallery Director, Sarah Schmidt said, "This is an opportunity for renewed interest in the Sandby collection by shifting the work from a static display to rotating exhibition as appropriate to both care of the works and an exciting changing program."

Another change is to the early 20th century fountain designed after Pietro Tacca (1557-1640), originally on permanent display within the Gallery. Only the original section of the fountain will be displayed, as an object in the Gallery's collection. The original top-piece is where the beauty lies and it is good to see the object in its original form. The fountain initially came from 'Kiama' the property of Herbert and May Shaw, the original benefactors of this gallery.

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