Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery goes online: Deadline extended for 2020 National Works on Paper

Like galleries and museums across the country, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (MRPG) is currently closed to the public until further notice, in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Content from their current exhibitions are now available online, including a free publication for A Collection of Stranger Things (pictured below) where artist and avid collector Patrick Pound drew out works from the MPRG collection and displayed them alongside his own collection of found photographs and objects. In a special podcast, Patrick explains his collection methodology and how the collection became the medium.

Coming up soon is an online publication for With a little help from our friends – showcasing works acquired by the Friends of MPRG since 1996. Through funds raised through memberships and Friends events, the Friends of MPRG have generously purchased important works on paper by artists such as Gareth Sansom, Fiona McMonagle, Catherine Cassidy and Raymond Arnold for the MPRG Collection.

Local artist Sophie Perez’s exhibition The landscape in-between will be supplemented with a podcast as well as an in-studio demonstration video this month.

The deadline for submissions to the 2020 National Works on Paper (NWOP) has been extended until 19 July. With a long and rich history, NWOP attracts leading artists from across Australia working in the fields of drawing, printmaking, digital prints and paper sculpture. The prizes total $50,000 in acquisitions and awards (including the major acquisitive award of $15,000).

When MPRG reopens to the public later in the year, they will be launching MPRG: Fifty, a major exhibition and publication that highlights the development and growth of their significant collection. 2020 is the 50th anniversary of the first work acquired for MPRG’s collection by founding director Alan McCulloch. Over the past 50 years the collection has grown to include more than 1800 objects, including paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures.

A strength of the MPRG collection is the focus on the cultural heritage of the Mornington Peninsula, which has been a haven and source of inspiration for artists since the 1850s, including Fred Williams, Albert Tucker and Arthur Boyd.

The MPRG collection is also renowned for its specialist holdings of contemporary Australian works on paper acquired from the acquisitive prizes (Spring Festival of Drawing 1973-97, Prints Acquisitive 1974-96 and National Works on Paper 1998-present).

MPRG will continue to celebrate their 50-year anniversary online with a series of podcasts, artist videos, activities for kids and adults to do at home, as well as exhibition publications.


Closed until further notice
Location: Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington
Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10am–5pm 
General information: [email protected]