Three exhibtion catalogues from three major past shows are now available to view online at Penrith Regional Gallery.
Immerse yourself in the history of the Gallery and explore the exhibitions below and via the website.
- Emu Island: Modernism in Place
Modernism was an international movement, its influence, effects and proponents travelling far and wide to land here at Emu Plains. Modernism offered the promise of progress through industry, technology and social transformation. The beginnings of modernist art in Australia sought to shape a national identity. Emu Island, now Emu Plains, takes its name from historical record when early settlers coming upon the Nepean River, believed the land on the western side to be an island of Emus abounding. This exhibtion catalogue explores a time in history when modernism in Australia was booming with the Lewers family at the forefront.
This exhibition honours the gift made by the Lewers family 40 years ago that initiated the first regional gallery in Western Sydney by providing property, buildings, a beautiful garden and key artworks by them. It also honours donated artwork to other regional galleries – Wollongong, Mosman and Bathurst, detailing the history of Gift-giving to regional galleries and expressing gratitude to these people who believed that ‘art enters into everything, and the higher its development in the community, the higher the standard of civilisation.’
- Dream Realised: Our Community Victory
Penrith Regional Gallery, Home of The Lewers Bequest was the first public art institution in Greater Western Sydney, but it involved a struggle to establish. The backdrop to the “fight” included assumptions that Western Sydney was too “blue collar” for a cultural institution: as if art was exclusive to certain sections of the citizenry. Clearly, this is now shown to be a nonsense assumption about Western Sydney and art. This exhibtion catalogue includes a detailed history of the 'fight for the Gallery' and includes detailed biographies of members of the Lewers family and other prominent Sydney artists.
Check them out here: www.penrithregionalgallery.com.au