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Cr Drew Wickerson in front of several pieces from the permanent collection of the Rockhampton Museum of Art. Photo provided.

Much-loved works of art and rarely seen pieces from Rockhampton’s nationally significant art collection are the focus of a series of ongoing exhibitions at the Rockhampton Museum of Art.

Entitled Collection Focus, each exhibition will feature a selection of artworks from the permanent collection, with a different theme each time.

Works on display may include paintings, photographs, sculptures and works on paper, many of which have never been seen together and some of which have rarely been seen in public.

Rockhampton Regional Arts and Heritage Council spokesman Cr Drew Wickerson said Collection Focus was a great way for locals to see the permanent collection.

“One of the benefits of this wonderful new building is that its size allows us to show much more of the permanent collection than was previously possible,” he said.

With the space we now have, we can regularly exhibit items from the permanent collection as well as hold several other exhibitions at the same time.

“The items on display in Collection Focus will change approximately every three months, so I encourage people to come to the museum regularly and reacquaint themselves with Rockhampton’s collection of nationally significant art.

“Collection Focus is a team effort with museum staff bringing different perspectives to the selection of works.”

Focus Collection: Until Us is currently on display. Through an investigation of artworks from the collection of the Rockhampton Museum of Art, it compares and contrasts agriculture and mass production, industry and the natural world, and large-scale conflict and waste. .

The Rockhampton art collection originated in the 1970s when longtime mayor Rex Pilbeam embarked on a campaign to buy art by Sidney Nolan, Margaret Olley, Brett Whiteley and many more. others.

Rockhampton now has over 2,000 works of art, including works by some of Australia’s most important artists, forming one of the finest collections of Australian art outside of a capital city.

Focus Collection: Up to Us is on display until October 2 in Gallery 2.1 at the Rockhampton Museum of Art, 220 Quay Street, Rockhampton.

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 7 days a week.

Admission to this exhibition is free.