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Horsham Regional Art Gallery

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Horsham Regional Art Gallery is housed in a fine art deco building, recently refurbished and extended in recent years. We have four temporary exhibition spaces featuring changing exhibitions of contemporary and traditional art photography. We are also recognised as one of the most friendly galleries! Centrally located between the Grampians and Little Desert National Parks, and close to the world Mecca of rock climbing, Mt Arapiles, Horsham boasts a lively arts community, with one of the best community festivals, "Art is...", held in March each year.

Our Collection

This collection is housed in the Horsham Regional Art Gallery, a fine art deco building, recently refurbished and extended to house and exhibit paintings, drawings, prints and photographs from colonial and modern periods. The collection is built around three focuses: • The Mack Jost Collection: Works bequeathed to the collection by Mack Jost AM, one of Australia’s most distinguished pianists. This collection is the primary resource of Australian paintings, drawing and prints. • The Wimmera Collection: Works by Wimmera artists including Anthony Pelchen and Marion Borgelt, and works by other artists with a Wimmera theme or connection (these include works by Nicholas Chevalier and Sidney Nolan, who were inspired by the landscapes of the Wimmera). • The Australian Photography Collection: Early to contemporary photographs, including works by key historical photographers such as Nicolas Caire, J. W. Lindt, David Moore, Olive Cotton, Frank Hurley, Wolfgang Sievers, Carol Jerrems. and contemporary photographers including Tony Albert, Pat Brassington, Fiona Foley, Matthew Griffin, Bill Henson, Polixeni Papapetrou and Matthew Sleeth. There are also small collections of ceramics and sculpture, and a recent addition of the Bill and Maureen Mann Collection, consisting of 42 finished works and 51 sketches of Australian wildlife art (mainly works on paper).

The collection documents works by artists of the Wimmera region along with works containing regional subject matter or connection. The Photography sub-collection is of national significance and reflects the Gallery’s original and progressive objective to build a collection focusing on Australian photography.

The Mack Jost Collection

Mack Jost was born in Horsham on 15 July 1918. He studied at the University of Melbourne where he attained a BA (Music) and Diploma of the Master School of Music. In 1949 he was appointed Chief Study Teacher at the University, and in 1962 went on to become Senior Lecturer in Pianoforte. He gave recitals in London, Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Amsterdam, Vienna, Stockholm, Athens and Istanbul. He presented more than 300 programs for the ABC as soloist and chamber music player over 35 years. In 1969 he was invited to the Soviet Union, the first of four such visits. He played 25 concertos with British and Australian orchestras. His repertoire included romantic and post-romantic composers, most notably Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Scriabin. He was only the second Australian-born pianist to publicly perform Bach's Goldberg Variations. In 1980 Mack Jost approached Horsham City Council offering to bequest his art collection to the local Gallery. In 1981 the public response to a trial exhibition drawn from his collection was overwhelming and the City Council accepted his generous offer. To comply with conditions of the gift a larger space for the Gallery was allocated in the former Municipal offices in Wilson Street. Mack Jost made his first outright gift of artworks in 1983. From 1986 he made an annual donation of works before sadly passing away on 15 September 2000. Mr Mack Jost AM is recognised as the Horsham Regional Art Gallery’s most significant individual donor to date with his early gifting followed by a generous bequest.

The Wimmera Collection

The Collection includes over 100 works relating directly to the Wimmera. Some are works by artists from the Wimmera region. Others are work by other artists with a regional subject matter or connection. Some of the more notable artists who have depicted the region include Sidney Nolan, Nicholas Chevalier, Jill Orr and Arthur Boyd. In recent years HRAG has acquired works for this collection by Kaniva born Archibald Prize winner Marcus Wills, and Quantong-based Anthony Pelchen. Other artists in the Collection with a Wimmera connection include Marion Borgelt, Alex Lyall and Neil Douglas.

The Australian Photography Collection

This collection is of national significance and reflects the Horsham Regional Art Gallery’s original and progressive objective to build a collection focusing on Australian photography. Early acquisitions made in the 1970’s were very strong. Excellent work by early Australian photographers including Max Dupain and David Moore, as well as leading contemporary practitioners Bill Henson and Carol Jerrems were acquired, establishing a strong base for the future of the collection. In 1997 Horsham Regional Art Gallery was the first public collection to acquire Matthew Sleeth’s work and recently acquired 2 new works by this now internationally recognised Australian artist. Other recent acquisitions include work by Tony Albert, Fiona Foley, Matthew Griffin and Charles Green & Lyndell Brown.