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Gloucester Gallery is back up and running post COVID lockdown

The Always was, Always will be exhibitions at the Gloucester Gallery brings together a collection of Indigenous artwork from around the region. Photo supplied
The Always was, Always will be exhibitions at the Gloucester Gallery brings together a collection of Indigenous artwork from around the region. Photo supplied

Gloucester Gallery has reopened to the public after being forced to shut down due to COVID-19 and it's kicked off with an Indigenous art exhibition.

During the lockdown, the gallery has to readjust its 2020 booking calendar and look for new ways to keep its audience engaged.

Gallery director, Rachel Saunders opted to run an exhibition online and successfully proceeded with the annual Bucketts Way schools exhibit on the gallery's website.

Once the restrictions were lifted, the gallery reopened on June 1 with a little time left to show off the amazing student artwork.

The current exhibition based on the NAIDOC 2020 theme, Always was, Always will be opened on Friday, June 19 in partnership with MidCoast Council.

Indigenous art by artists from the region, Pauline Syron-Coxon, Neil Thorne, Gai Clarke, Jack Wratten, Kyia Eveleigh, Glen Jonas, Kate Jonas, Michael Skarratt, Angie Fernance, Josh Wood and Edie Pitjarra have brought together their works in an exciting collection.

There contemporary works along with more traditional pieces from local collections, including work by Therese Ryder who studied and paints in the Hermannsburg School style adopted by Albert Namatjira.

The exhibition has a broad appeal and encompasses many individual styles of indigenous art, including dot painting, textile art, wood burning and painting on surfboards and boots.

Always was, Always will be runs until Sunday, July 12 at the Gloucester Gallery, 25 Denison Street. The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am until 4pm and Sunday from 10am to 1pm. Entry is free.

While NAIDOC 2020 has been moved to November due to COVID-19, the gallery decided to proceed with the exhibition inline with its original July booking dates.