Posted November 07, 2018 04:05:03 The Hunter Art museum will open to the general public on Tuesday, November 7 at 6:00 p.m.
The opening will coincide with the opening of the Hunter Art Gallery, a $10 million museum dedicated to showcasing work by contemporary artists, who are featured at the gallery.
Hunter Art Museum co-founder and managing director, Mark Brown said the opening was a milestone for the museum and the surrounding community.
“It’s going to be a really special experience for everyone,” he said.
“We have some amazing exhibitions that will be available, we have some fantastic works of art that are not always available, but we also have great programming and events, and a great mix of both.”
Mr Brown said that the Hunter was a place that was well-suited for the opening.
“The Hunter is a small town and we have a very vibrant community, but it’s also a very, very small city and it really does have a unique feel to it,” he explained.
“There’s an amazing mixture of art and music, art and food, and we are really trying to bring that together.”
Mr Walker, the museum’s executive director, said the museum would not be focused on selling art, but rather on celebrating the history of the art and art culture.
“Hunter is not a gallery, it’s a museum and we want to make sure that we are providing a great experience for the people who come here and that they come to feel that Hunter is their home and their community,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“So we’re not really focussing on that.”
The opening is the culmination of the project Mr Brown and Mr Walker launched in 2015, when they partnered with a local businessman, John Dutton, to launch the Hunter’s Art Museum.
“He wanted to make it a really exciting event,” Mr Brown said.
“We had to make a decision, and the thing we had to do is make it an event that is accessible to everybody.”
Mr Dutton said the project was a success, with the museum opening its doors to the community on Monday, November 3.
“People are coming out here for the first time and they’re just amazed,” Mr Dutton told ABC News.
“They don’t really know what they’re looking at and they don’t know the art we have here.”
The Hunter Art Centre, which is located on the northern end of the property, is home to a number of works of local art.
“When you go to the Hunter you will be able to walk into a gallery where you can see works by local artists,” Mr Walker said.
Mr Walker said the Hunter would be able access more local works than ever before.
“You are going to see works that are very familiar and that you would not necessarily expect, but people who might not necessarily know what to look for,” he added.
Mr Brown also said the work of local artists was a vital part of the museum, and that the facility would continue to host events such as the Australian Contemporary Art Festival, the International Contemporary Art Competition, and an annual art festival.
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