Australian Realist Art in the Spotlight at Town Hall Gallery

Hawthorn’s Town Hall Gallery presents its first exhibition for 2019, In Real Time, celebrating the history of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists (AGRA). Founded in 1974, and based in Camberwell since the early 1990s, AGRA brings realist art into the Australian spotlight. In Real Time is showing from Saturday 19 January – Sunday 10 March 2019.

In 2000, AGRA instituted an annual competition – the Australian Art Excellence Award. This exhibition will present all of the winners throughout the past 19 years.

In Real Time offers a rare opportunity to see how an artist’s practice evolves over time. Realist paintings from the Town Hall Gallery Collection will also feature in this exhibition, including works by AGRA founders Kathlyn Ballard, William Dargie and Kenneth Jack.

President of AGRA, Raymond Kenyon said: “AGRA was formed in 1974 as an organisation of professional artists. The exhibition In Real Time enables AGRA to present to the public the best artists over the years in one place. Because of the timespan, with artists coming and going from the Guild, this will be a unique opportunity to see the artwork.”

Featured artists include: Joe Attard, Kathlyn Ballard, Barbara Beasley-Southgate, Julian Bruere, Christina Cafarella-Pearce, William Dargie, Diana Edwards, Betina Fauvel-Ogden, Ev Hales, Kenneth Jack, Di King, Robert Knight, Elena Kolotusha, Walter Magilton, Vicki McInnes, Barbara McManus, Anne Melloy, Terrianne Murray, Danielle Robertson, Raelene Sharp and Malcolm Webster among others.

Visitors will be able to hear from the curators and artists while viewing the exhibition with two special Walk and Talk sessions on Saturday 19 January, 1pm – 2pm and Wednesday 13 February, 11am – 12pm.

Town Hall Gallery features a diverse range of contemporary public programs, curated exhibitions and exhibitions drawn from the Town Hall Gallery Collection, celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the City of Boroondara. Part of the Public Galleries Association of Victoria, Town Hall Gallery supports local, national and international artists at varying stage of their careers and offers a space for local artists and community groups to exhibit professionally in a gallery environment.

Image credit: MELLOY, Anne, Scottish Highlands (2017), watercolour, 84 x 103 cm, © image courtesy of the artist.

In Real Time

  • FREE
  • Exhibition opening:
    Saturday 19 January, 2pm – 4pm
  • Exhibition dates:
    Saturday 19 January – Sunday 10 March 2019
  • Walk and Talks:
    Saturday 19 January, 1pm – 2pm & Wednesday 13 February, 11am – 12pm
    Town Hall Gallery: 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

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