Gallery’s new season opens Friday with two shows

The piece Humanised Pedestrian Crossing cemented the reputation of Bellingen artist Angela Tay as one of Australia's brightest talents. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
The piece Humanised Pedestrian Crossing cemented the reputation of Bellingen artist Angela Tay as one of Australia's brightest talents. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

TWO exciting - and very different - new exhibitions are opening at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery on Friday.

Gallery director/curator Dr Leigh Summers said the shows feature a renowned international photographer as well as a talented local artist.

'Camp Slayer' features the work of Canberra-based photographer, David Hempenstall, who has spent years in remote and dangerous areas of the world such as Afghanistan and Bougainville.

"David's photographs do not include images of blood and the wounded but rather focus on the abstracted imagery of the camps," Dr Summers said.

"His exhibition is taken entirely with a Polaroid camera and each work is a delicate and beautifully composed abstract image."

The second show is by Bellingen artist Angela Tay.

"Angela was born in China and trained at an art school in Han Zhou before migrating to Australia," Dr Summers said.

"She now lives in Bellingen and has found considerable success as a visual artist. In this exhibition she is presenting drawings, paintings and large, high-impact installation works suspended from the Gallery ceiling."

Dr Summers said there's an additional bonus for those who attend the exhibitions.

"The Gallery is also thrilled to be able to include some of the wonderful collections which have been acquired in the last two to three years at this show," she said.

"Not enough people are aware that Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery has a strong and growing collection of art acquired through EMSLA, the city's own national still life award, as well as works acquired through purchase and donation.

"The collection is now a million dollar asset to the city and several of the latest acquisitions will be on display. The Gallery plans to exhibit more of its own collections at each new exhibition."

The new exhibitions will be officially opened at 6pm on Friday at the Rigby House Gallery on the corner of Coffs and Duke Street.

Entry costs $5 per person or free for under-18s and all are welcome.David Hempenstall and Angela Tay will also present artist talks at 10.30am on Saturday.

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