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Source: State of Victoria Local Government

Ararat Gallery TAMA re-opened its doors to the public with a new exhibition on 23 November 2020.

Ararat Rural City Council CEO Dr Tim Harrison said, “Arts and culture plays an important role in the fabric of life in Ararat Rural City, and the gallery ensures our community can access a high-quality art locally.”

“In line with the easing of restrictions based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer, Council is pleased to welcome back visitors to enjoy the impressive offerings of the Ararat Gallery.

“The safety and wellbeing of our staff and visitors remains our top priority. As such, TAMA will ensure appropriate measures such as limits on visitor numbers, queue management, increased cleaning of facilities, hand sanitizer stations and an online booking system are on offer.

Jacqueline Grenfell, Manager of Ararat Gallery TAMA said, “The new exhibition in the gallery Looking Through Time, looks to explore notions of Australian basketry practices from the late 1970s to early 1990s.

“You can expect a deep dive into one of the most widely spread cultural practices in the world, basketry. Visitors will also get to view TAMA’s most recent acquisition, a trio of baskets by First Nations-Italian artist Lisa Waup.

“The collection is a true celebration of Waup’s distinctive weaving practice and themes close to her heritage: tracing lost history, Country, motherhood and time.”

“The reopening and launch of the basketry exhibition is a great opportunity to increase local engagement with the arts and showcase our collection,” Dr Tim concluded.

Services will reopen with usual operating hours but with strict capacity rules. Visitors will be limited to 20 customers at a time for a period of 1.5 hours, in line with the latest COVID Safe guidelines.

For more details on the exhibition and to book tickets, please visit the Ararat Gallery TAMA website