The Shire of Collie has collected a range of significant artworks which showcase an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional styles as it supports the Arts within the region.
The Claude Hotchin Bequest – consisting of 34 pictures presented to the Shire in 1954 – forms part of the Collection. Hotchin was an important patron of the Arts in Western Australia, donating more than 200 original artworks to a number of country shires, metropolitan hospitals and to the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
He believed in ‘stimulating art appreciation’ and thought that ‘good pictures are things of beauty and character, naturally (and that) they have an influence for good when youth is surrounded by them’.
During 2017, the Collie Art Gallery was successful in applying for a significant grant from our supporters, Lotterywest, to have twenty of the Claude Hotchin Bequest works restored. The restoration involved the repair of the surfaces and the frames which supported the work and was carried out by Guest Fine Art Services.
The Collie Art Gallery now presents the collection with restored work in excellent condition, ready to present to the public as Hotchin had intended.
Join the gallery friends and art lovers for the opening on Friday, 9 February, at 6pm.
Highlights from the Collie Collection is on show 10am-4pm, Thursdays through Mondays, until 25 February 2018.
Contact the Collie Art Gallery on 9734 2921 for more information.