2014:International Year of Family Farming
Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery pays tribute to the heart and soul of agriculture in Australia – the family farm. On display will be artworks from the Gallery’s collection which focus on the farm. Two of the Gallery’s most prized works, Trotting Guernseys and Goats by William Robinson will also be making a rare appearance. Although most readily known as a landscape painter, William Robinson's farmyard paintings are perhaps some of his most loved works.
The 'farmyard' period began in the early 1970s, when, preferring a quieter life, the Robinsons moved to Birkdale, a semi-rural suburb in the bay area south east of Brisbane. It was during this time that an array of farm animals and family pets, including cows, goats, ducks and chickens, became enduring subjects of Robinson's paintings. The Gallery is very proud to offer this exhibition in conjunction with the Stanthorpe Museum. The Museum has kindly given us local items of farming interest such as milk bottles, apple crates and even a farming plough!
The exhibition is officially being opened by the President of the National Farmers Federation, Brent Finlay, on Saturday 3rd May at 12pm. Mr Finlay, a family farmer from south east Queensland, believes that family farms remain the heart and soul of agriculture in Australia. “99 percent of Australian farms are family owned and operated – and this year, the United Nations-declared International Year of Family Farming, gives us the opportunity to celebrate the enormous contribution these farmers make,” Mr Finlay said. “This year, the focus on our farmers via the International Year of Family Farming will help us tell their story and raise awareness of agriculture’s contribution,” he added. Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery has also partnered with Lifeline and will have a collection box in the Gallery with donations going towards the Queensland drought appeal. The exhibition runs from May 1st to June 15th. We look forward to seeing you at the Gallery.