Hanging Baw Baw Shire Council’s newly acquired Kenneth Jack artwork is just part of Warragul Library’s plan for art displays.
Video: Warragul Library branch manager Daniel Best on the facility’s increased arts role. Click here if video does not play.
Baw Baw recently acquired the late artist’s 1956 work Warragul,* and on Monday it was moved from an exhibition of Jack’s work in Sale to the Warragul Library.
Kenneth’s son, David Jack, presented the artwork to shire representatives, including mayor Joe Gauci.
“We feel very fortunate to be able to bring this piece of Warragul’s history back home to share with our community,” Cr Gauci said in a media release
Kenneth Jack lived from 1924 to 2006, and spent time in Gippsland in the 1950s.
Image: a crop of the artwork.
Warragul Library will display the artwork while the West Gippsland Arts Centre is under redevelopment, and it will be moved to the arts centre when works finish in 2018.
Branch manager Daniel Best said the library was “really lucky” to have the work as part of an expanded art display program.
“We get about 2,500 people through the library each week, so we’re hoping the Kenneth Jack painting is going to attract a lot of attention,” Mr Best told the Baw Baw Citizen.
“We’ve recently started a partnership during the refurbishment to host the West Gippsland Arts Centre collection, and also for any other artists who are interested in [having] their art [hosted].
“We’re thinking about a month at a time artists will be able to install their work.
“We’ve got another artist already lined up, Janine Good, who will be displaying her work for at least the next month. So it’s going really well.
“We’ve got a couple of artists who are already interested and this is our first major work in the library, so it’s nice to have the gallery space.”
Image: Baw Baw Shire cultural development officer Karen Whitaker-Taylor, Kenneth’s son David Jack, Baw Baw mayor Joe Gauci, and Baw Baw principal librarian Kathie Olden. Photo: supplied.
Mr Best said he hoped the partnership would continue after the WGAC’s redevelopment is completed.
He also thanked the arts centre and Baw Baw Shire cultural development officer Karen Whitaker-Taylor “for helping us set up this entire project.”
“She’s done a lot of the leg work around making the collection available for the library, including this work, and it’s great to have the piece on display.”
*Not Warrigal as reported elsewhere.
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