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EXHIBITION SUMMARY


EXHIBITION SUMMARY Published on the occasion of

J U LY 1 5 - A U G U S T 1 4 2 0 1 6 PERC TUCKER REGIONAL GALLERY Publisher Gallery Services Gallery Services, Townsville City Council PO Box 1268 Townsville Queensland, 4810 Australia ptrg@townsville.qld.gov.au ©Gallery Services, Townsville City Council and the authors 2016 Organised by Gallery Services Shane Fitzgerald Eric Nash Erwin Cruz Louise Cummins Rob Donaldson Jo Stacey Holly Grech-Fitzgerald Carly Sheil Leonardo Valero Rurik Henry Jess Cuddihy Sarah Reddington Danielle Berry Wendy Bainbridge Damian Cumner Nicole Richardson Samuel Smith Jo Lankester

Manager Gallery Services Curator Exhibitions and Collection Coordinator Education and Programs Coordinator Digital Media and Exhibition Design Coordinator Team Leader Administration Gallery Services Collections Management Officer Digital Media and Exhibition Design Officer Exhibitions Officer Exhibitions Officer Education and Programs Officer Education and Programs Assistant Arts Officer Administration Officer Gallery Assistant Gallery Assistant Gallery Assistant Gallery Assistant

Cover Image Robert PRESTON Chao Phya River [detail] 1977/78 Synthetic polymer paint on canvas 122.9 x 152.2 cm 1989.22 Purchased, 1989. Funded from the Perc Tucker Memorial Collection Appeal Fund. City of Townsville Art Collection Photo: Holly Grech-Fitzgerald © Robert Preston

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OVERVIEW The development of the visual arts in Townsville was celebrated at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery with the presentation of Images of an Era: The Martin Gallery. The Martin Gallery was established by Townsville pharmacist Ralph Martin and his family in 1972. The Martin Gallery went on to support and exhibit some of the region’s best known artists including Ron McBurnie, James Brown, Anneke Silver, Sylvia Ditchburn, Anne Lord, Jane Hawkins, Robert Preston, Richard Lane, John Coburn and Peter Lawson. For 16 years The Martin Gallery showcased a wide range of styles, media and art forms from painting to photography, jewelry making to ceramics, until its doors closed in 1990. Shane Fitzgerald, Manager Gallery Services, said, “The Martin Gallery was a visionary concept in the Townsville community. The establishment of a contemporary art gallery in the heart of the city was fundamental to the growth of Townsville’s artists. Without the steadfast vision and support of The Martin Gallery the visual arts landscape of the region would not be the rich and diverse place it is now.”

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The exhibition showcased works by artists who had displayed with The Martin Gallery throughout the years. Perc Tucker Regional Gallery engaged Guest Curator Dr Anneke Silver to assemble the exhibition. This fitting tribute to The Martin Gallery, and Ralph Martin’s lasting legacy in the Townsville arts scene, proved overwhelmingly popular. 4,569 guests visited the exhibition during its showing from 15 July to 14 August 2016. Images of an Era: The Martin Gallery was supported by a comprehensive hard cover publication, and also featured in the exhibition was a short documentary discussing the significance of The Martin Gallery with Ralph Martin, his family, peers, and many artists who had the privilege to show their work. Due to its historical significance, the exhibition was timed to coincide with Townsville’s 150th Anniversary celebrations. The community’s appreciation of the exhibition was evidenced by the many warm compliments paid in the Gallery’s guest book.


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T h e M a r t i n G a l l e r y Image Ralph Martin speaks at the launch of Images of an Era: The Martin Gallery

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Gallery Services is committed to promoting engagement with the arts and its program of exhibitions through the delivery of a series of public and educational programs, each sitting within either the Creative Communities, Creative Classrooms, or Creative Spaces themes of the Visual Arts Strategy. A number of programs were scheduled and delivered to coincide with the major exhibition Images of an Era: The Martin Gallery, involving the Curator, Dr Anneke Silver, or hosted by Gallery staff, which further emphasise this commitment. Gallery Services’ appreciation of the time of all those involved in the exhibition in attending programs and engaging with visitors must be noted. This certainly contributed to visitors’ engagement with and appreciation of the exhibition. Programs arranged to complement Images of an Era: The Martin Gallery included: Images of an Era: The Martin Gallery Exhibition launch A celebration of the launch of the major exhibition, officially opened by Ralph Martin. 7pm Friday 15 July 2016 Attendance: 230 guests

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Exhibition Tours Creative Communities Program Gallery Services staff provided guided tours for a number of members of the community and community groups upon request, including U3A, James Cook University, Endeavour Foundation, and Kirwan State High School. Dates various Attendance: 78 guests Curator’s Floor Talk Creative Communities Program Dr. Anneke Silver presented about works within the exhibition. 11am Saturday 30 July 2016 Attendance: 30 guests Art After Dark Creative Communities Program Dr. Anneke Silver presented about works within the exhibition and expanded to detail various artists’ practices that were encouraged by The Martin Gallery. 6.30pm Thursday 4 August 2016 Attendance: 32 guests Perc Tucker Regional Gallery also hosted a variety of programs during the exhibition which encouraged visitation, including a Family Fun Day (21 guests); eight After School Art lessons (114 guests); Paint and Pinot (20 guests); four sessions of Percivals Life Drawing (63 guests); and three AFCM performances (340 guests).


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T h e M a r t i n G a l l e r y Image Dr Anneke Silver delivers a Curator’s Floor Talk during Images of an Era: The Martin Gallery

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Images of an Era: The Martin Gallery was an important exhibition in the context of Townsville’s visual arts development and documenting that rich history. Presented as part of Townsville’s T150 celebrations, the exhibition was accompanied by a beautiful 124 page, hard cover publication. This ensured the historical information explored through the project remained available beyond the lifespan of the exhibition itself. The publication contained colour reproductions of works selected for display within the exhibition; a host of interesting historical photographs; a short passage penned by Shane Fitzgerald, Manager Gallery Services; a preface by Ralph Martin; and a major essay by the exhibition’s Curator, Dr Anneke Silver. Such was the quality and importance of the publication that a large quantity of the print run were purchased on the opening night of the exhibition. To ensure the publication is available to members of the community, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery has distributed copies to public libraries in keeping with Legal Deposit requirements.

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As well, they made a wonderful divan and a hanging fixture from the high ceiling to carry long neon tubes to flood each wall with good light; and so the Martin Gallery was born.

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Back home in Townsville and in my own pharmacy, it was suggested that I put a painting or an Oriental rug in the window to get people interested to come in for a chat, which worked very well and I met some wonderful people very interested in art.

It already had two fanlights giving the room great natural light. Two carpenters, in town to help with post-cyclone repairs, were able to transform the space for me and see all my ideas become reality.

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While in Brisbane for my final year of pharmacy studies I had the opportunity to see the Queensland Art Gallery and spent quite a lot of my spare time visiting and revisiting it and several commercial galleries operating then.

The optometrist moved out because his roof was still leaking - I had the key to the property and was soon pacing and measuring, seeing whether I could fit the pharmacy into the front space and use the large back room for a gallery.

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At home from school I looked at all the magazines I could find showing art and framed several for my bedroom - I was fascinated by Australian Surrealism.

Then came Cyclone Althea, which lifted the roof off two premises – my pharmacy, and the optometrist next door – both part of a row of long thin Victorian shops.

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My interest in art started at boarding school in Charters Towers. One of the school’s benefactors had donated bound copies of an art magazine to the library, covering from early prehistoric to the present art and architecture. This was in the 1940s. I spent a lot of time in the library reading and these books were so full of interest to me.

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Ralph Martin in the Martin Gallery Photo by David Wilson Image Overleaf:

Ralph Martin in the Martin Gallery

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There were depa rtment stores McKimmin’s like (which became David Jones), and Carr oll’s, and loca l drapers Inglis Smith’s, a few cafes and whole block one taken up by the Municipal Buildings hou sing specialty shops, the Town Hall , a pub and the Theatre Royal. Its upp er floor was embraced by a seemingly endless lacy veranda only interrupted by several stately arched entrances.

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It was also a time only just a road when The Strand was between the beach and buildings, long before 100,000 planted, with trees were most of Townsvi and dusty plac lle a dry e — but by no means a cultural dese rt. As early as the 1870s Townsvi lle had a strong cultural community in the present has whi its roots. In term ch infrastructure s of it had the com bine School of Arts and Her Majesty d Theatre—now, ’s with much alter the Anne Rob ation, erts Auditori um, the main venue for Dan cenorth.

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Dame Nellie Melba and Ann a Pavl performed ther e, the latter insp ova Anne Roberts iring to a life dedi cated to dance (a passion take n up in equa l measure by her daughter Jane Pirani). Among others Anne started the NQ Ballet Dance Company The General which morphe and Post Office was Dancenorth; d into full circle, you on the corner; it beca could say! me The Brew ery, while the real brewery, along Flinders The Theatre Royal and the Street West, became The Wintergarden Venue. The Cou were added in rthouse the early 1900 indeed housed s. The latter featured the Magistrate’s early cinema Court. with live performance s during reel changes. The two and earlier se open air thea tres were demolished.

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It was a time when Flinders Street was still the main for a much sma centre of activity ller Townsville; buildings with when curvy and scul facades lined pted the street, eith er side of a row of tall palm s, standing in of their own explosions stripy shadows .

Sadly this was all demolished 1970s to mak in the late e way for the Holiday Inn and Northtown.

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The Wintergar den Theatre

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FILM To complement the exhibition and provide greater insight into the operations and achievements of The Martin Gallery, a short historical documentary was produced. The film, lasting 13 minutes 24 seconds, includes photos from the era, as well as interviews with Ralph Martin, the exhibition’s Curator Dr Anneke Silver, Ralph’s daughters Elizabeth and Hilary Martin, Art Collectors Meridith Starck-Hering and Elizabeth Springer, Architect Bob Clayton, and Artists Dr James Brown, Anne Lord, Richard Lane, Len Cook, Dr Robert Preston, and Ron McBurnie.

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Image Images of an Era: The Martin Gallery Perc Tucker Regional Gallery 15 July - 14 August 2016

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D O C U M E N TAT I O N Please find on this spread and the following pages a selection of images taken from the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

display of the major exhibition Images of an Era: The Martin Gallery, and its associated programs.

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Images Images of an Era: The Martin Gallery Perc Tucker Regional Gallery 15 July - 14 August 2016

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Image Images of an Era: The Martin Gallery Perc Tucker Regional Gallery 15 July - 14 August 2016

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Image Dr Anneke Silver delivers a Curator’s Floor Talk during Images of an Era: The Martin Gallery

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Images Dr Anneke Silver speaks at the launch of Images of an Era: The Martin Gallery Guests watching the documentary film at the launch of Images of an Era: The Martin Gallery

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Images Ben Truppenbäumer and Ralph Martin at the launch of Images of an Era: The Martin Gallery Guests rush to get their copy of the Images of an Era: The Martin Gallery publication

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T h e M a r t i n G a l l e r y Image Guests viewing works at the launch of Images of an Era: The Martin Gallery

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VISITOR FEEDBACK

Many compliments for the exhibition were paid in passing to staff and volunteers at the Gallery, while others preferred to leave a more lasting tribute.

Indicative of patrons’ appreciation of the exhibition, 80 comments were left in the Gallery’s guest book, of which 98.75% were positive accounts. A very small selection of our favourite comments are provided below and overleaf.

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With over 4,500 visitors to the exhibition, it was inevitable that a wealth of visitor feedback was recorded.

“Wonderful trip down memory lane. Great to see so many works ‘of an era’ that have not dated unduly.” Karen and John Massy - 4032 “Like walking back through time - just great!” Kate Casswell - 4806 “Wonderful recognition.” Mark Balanzategci - 4850 “Fabulous as always!!” Maree - 4817 “Exciting selection of regional artists.” Damien - 2577 “Loved seeing Ralph and the other artists on the video - their stories and the stories of the Gallery. Also seeing the art out of storage.” Marion Gaemers - 4812 “Totally impressed and appreciative of the effort and consideration put into this important exhibition! Great work!” Garry Andrews

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T h e M a r t i n G a l l e r y Image Ralph Martin in the Martin Gallery Photo by David Wilson

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“Superb! What a great idea and well executed!” Mary Gallagher - 4812 “Art still as alive as the day it was made.” Don Gallagher “Great memories. On ya Ralph!” Wendy and Leigh - 4812

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“I remember the gallery as a student and exhibited with our year group.” Julie Mengel - 4560 “A well curated exhibition. Some exquisite work. Wonderful presence in the room. A time worth celebrating. Thank you for the history.” Kathy Cornwall - 4810 “Wonderful, as ever.” Syl Hayes - 4819 “Everything is set up so nicely!” Sanna K. - 4811 “Ralph Martin a hero of Townsville. A wonderful man (ahead of his time) with a wonderful collection.” Mary ‘Jane’ Moody - 4818 “It’s sooo amazing I fell in love with all the artwork.” Ludwina Deilala - 4817 “Was very interesting as to how it was all done.” Kath Armstrong - 4814 “Brilliant exhibitions, well curated.” Libby and Johno’ “Wonderful trip down memory lane. Many happy visits to Ralph’s Gallery and always an item I coveted.” Jean - 4814 “Excellent collection of works; I really enjoyed it.” Angie Clements - 2052

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T h e M a r t i n G a l l e r y Image Bruce Anderson Born 1950, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Lidded vase

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Earthenware; Raku, thrown and handbuilt, four layers of thick string incasing the object 29.5 x 19 x 19 cm 1982.12.a-c Purchased, 1982. With funding assistance from the Australia Council Visual Arts Craft Board. City of Townsville Art Collection Photo: Holly Grech-Fitzgerald © Bruce Anderson

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Marketing materials and exhibition collateral which promoted the event, and assisted visitors in interpreting and enjoying the exhibition, included:

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2016 Exhibition Calendar, distribution of 10,000

Posters at Gallery front and along Flinders Street

Invitation, distribution of 1,500

Hard cover publication

Exhibition listing within the Townsville City Council website

Stories in the July and August issues of Foreword, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery’s monthly e-news, combined distribution of 2,250

Image and listing in Eye Must section of Townsville Eye, Townsville Bulletin’s weekend social liftout, Saturday, August 13 Paid advertisement in DUOMagazine, July edition

Facebook coverage

Twitter coverage

Story in Townsville City Council’s Arts/Culture/Events June - August quarterly newsletter, distribution of 10,000

Listings and paid advertisements in Townsville Eye, Townsville Bulletin’s weekend social liftout

Listing in June/July and August/ September edition of Art Guide Australia

Banners on Perc Tucker Regional Gallery facade

Local Radio promotion and coverage by local TV stations

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