New era for the Bunker Cartoon Gallery
THE Bunker Cartoon Gallery Inc has officially taken over the reins of the Bunker Cartoon Gallery after almost four years of negotiation.
Bunker Cartoon Gallery Inc was formed by Coffs City Rotary Club in 1995 to take on the project of restoring the derelict Second World War underground bunker and turning it into Australia's first and only dedicated cartoon gallery - a title it still proudly holds.
Coffs Harbour council took over running the gallery in 2006 and now it has come full circle, back into the hands of the community.
The not-for-profit group is run by a board of directors consisting of local Rotarians, business people and members of the arts community.
Local cartoonist, caricaturist and graphic design artist Chris Barr has been appointed business development manager and the group is excited about its plans for the future, which include new signage, marketing and a program of exhibitions and workshops.
Travelling cartoon exhibitions are part of future plans and the Bunker gallery has already extended its trading hours to include Sunday.
The takeover comes on the eve of the annual Rotary Cartoon Awards presentation evening at the Bunker next Saturday from 6.30pm.
On the night, the Bunker walls will be laden with cartoons from Australia's finest cartoon artists, many of whom will be in attendance on the night.
Tickets for the awards cost $35 and include finger food and drinks. Buy them at the Bunker or via www.stickytickets.com.au/27357.
The gallery is located at John Champion Way, Coffs Harbour, phone 6651 7343. Open seven days 10am-4pm.