With a generous gift from the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, Museums & Galleries of NSW offers $40,000 in funding to one NSW regional gallery per annum. The program will run for up to 6 years, with funding targeted towards the development and delivery of curated exhibitions that significantly support artists, extend public appreciation and engagement with the visual arts and expand curatorial skills and creativity.
The inaugural Dobell Exhibition Grant was awarded to Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest for their exhibition Gravity (and Wonder) presented from 3 September – 27 November 2016.
Curated by Dr Lee-Anne Hall and Katie Dyer, the exhibition brought together rare scientific instruments and inventions, specialist objects and archival material from the collection of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences alongside the work of contemporary artists who examine gravity as phenomena and effect, mass and attraction, motion and acceleration, time and space and ultimately transcendence
The 2017 Dobell Exhibition Grant supported Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in presenting The Unflinching Gaze: photo media and the male figure from 14 October - 3 December 2017.
Curated by Richard Perram OAM this major exhibition included over 200 photographs and video works by 62 artists (24 Australian and 38 international) dealing with how the male figure has been represented in photo media over the past 140 years.
Also supported by the 2017 Dobell Exhibition Grant, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery presented Board, from 9 December 2017 – 4 February 2018.
Board celebrated work by artists who mine board-based subcultures (specifically surfing and skateboarding) for their dynamic imagery and performance potential as well as metaphysical and narrative associations. The powerful line-up of artists included Vernon Ah Kee, Shaun Gladwell, Nancy Kilgour, Brett McMahon, Tracey Moffatt, Nell, John Turier, Gerry Wedd, Jud Wimhurst, John Witzig and Anne Zahalka.
The 2018 Dobell Exhibition Grant was awarded to Lismore Regional Gallery for the exhibition From Here to There: Australian Art and Walking which was presented 7 July – 26 August 2018.
The 2019 grant has been awarded to the Newcastle Regional Gallery for the exhibition SODEISHA: Connected to Australia which will use the Gallery’s significant Sodeisha Japanese ceramics collection to form a dialogue between this important post war avant-garde movement and contemporary ceramic arts practice today in both countries. (See media release in Resources/Media.)
For more information on the Dobell Exhibition Grant visit the Museums & Galleries of NSW website.