Hawkesbury Regional Gallery’ has opened with the major art exhibition Fieldwork – landscapes west of Sydney. Fieldwork is a touring exhibition by The Art Gallery of New South Wales and will be on display until Sunday, September 20.

The exhibition includes significant and seldom-seen paintings and works on paper from the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ collection by prominent artists including Hilda Rix Nicholas, Julian Ashton, Elioth Gruner, JJ Hilder, Sydney Long and Charles Meere. A highlight is Gruner’s painting Spring frost 1919 (pictured). This iconic and much-loved painting is seldom taken off display from the Art Gallery NSW.

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery is one of only three regional galleries to host the exhibition which will also feature treasures from the Gallery’s own collection that depict landscapes west of Sydney between the late 19th to the mid-20th centuries.

There is a focus on plain air painting at artist camps and on excursions organised to areas such as the Hawkesbury River, Blue Mountains and Sydney’s western suburbs.

The exhibition reveals how these bucolic images fed into the development of national narratives at the turn of the century, and how this legacy both vexed and was embraced by modern landscape artists.

The Hawkesbury Regional Gallery is located at 300 George Street, Windsor, on the top level of the Deerubbin Centre. Entry is free.

Opening hours are: Monday, Wednesday – Friday 10am-4pm; Saturday – Sunday 10am-3pm; Closed Tuesdays.

The past two months of imposed isolation have shone a spotlight on the importance of Gallery exhibitions, activities and events for enhancing community and cultural life.

The Gallery is implementing a range of measures to ensure the health and wellbeing of its visitors and staff and to facilitate physical distancing.

• 1.5 metre floor markings to support social distancing
• maximum of 50 visitors
• hand sanitiser station at entry to the Gallery
• queue locations will be in place where necessary
• high contact touch points cleaned throughout the day
• no group bookings or public programs until further notice
• the Gallery Shop will be open for cashless transactions only
• a record of visitor names and phone number or email address will be kept for a period of at least 28 days.

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