River to the Sea

Celebrating the magnificent Clarence River and surrounding landscape through the eyes of renowned national and local artists.

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It is with great pleasure that River to the Sea is presented as the opening exhibition of the rejuvenated Grafton Regional Gallery. This beguiling exhibition celebrates the magnificent Clarence River and surrounding landscape through the eyes of renowned artists - Sophie Cape, Amanda Penrose Hart, Steve Lopes, Euan Macleod, Robert Moore, Frances Belle Parker, Deborah Taylor and Ann Thomson. 

This exhibition pays homage to the opening program of the Gallery in 1988, curated by then Director Julian Faigan that responded to the Clarence Valley. Today, this exhibition continues the tradition of ‘en plein air’, with the artists, having sourced inspiration from the various and diverse array of landscapes throughout the sublime Clarence Valley that they visited in late 2020.   
 
The project explores our connection to place and the natural environment, as well as providing a new perspective of the Clarence, with each artist having captured their unique experiences of the valley through their body of work.

This exhibition is the result of a poetic journey across the Clarence Valley from the river to the sea.

Image credit: Ann Thomson Clarence River 2020, (detail), acrylic on linen, 72 x 168cm. Courtesy of the artist, Defiance Gallery, Sydney, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne, Mitchell Fine Art, Brisbane

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