Art from Your Armchair As Coffs Museum And Gallery Offers First Virtual Tours

Toni Fuller, in Coffs Harbour Gallery, where she shoots the collections and creates virtual tours.


THE Regional Gallery is to be congratulated for their ingenious response to COVID-19 and their ability to provide audiences with other ways to access their art.

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Hot on the heels of the launch of a ‘virtual’ online Coffs Harbour Regional Museum experience, the Regional Gallery is now inviting art-lovers from anywhere in the world to enjoy the very first 3D Virtual Tour of its current exhibitions.

“It’s thanks again to local photographer Toni Fuller, who created the Museum’s 3D tour, that we can offer this virtual gallery experience to people anywhere and at any time,” said Chloe Waters, Gallery Curator.

The process starts with Toni shooting and scanning the space and adding in image labels and links and it results in you, the viewer, being able to sit at home, on the bus, or in bed touring the gallery virtually.

Ms Waters said, “I’m delighted that the first exhibition we can showcase online is the contemporary Aboriginal artworks of local Gumbaynggirr artist, Brentyn Lugnan, plus creations from artists from some of the remotest areas of Western Australian and the Northern Territory.”

On the virtual tour you will find over 20 original art works from Brentyn Lugnan.

You will also discover a lace curtain created by the National Aboriginal Design Agency (NADA) from Brentyn’s ‘seed dreaming’ artwork, woven by traditional lace-makers from the UK.

There’s also a carpet created through a partnership with NADA and Milliken-Ontera, showcasing Brentyn’s artwork ‘Water Yuludarla’.

“In another first, ’Tradigital’ is Brentyn’s first solo exhibition,” said Ms Waters.

“He is an experienced artist whose work features prominently in public buildings and spaces around the Coffs Coast, as well as across Australia.

“Brentyn’s work is graphic and contemporary and he uses modern materials including aerosol and spray-paint, but all his works are powerful extensions of his Gumbaynggirr culture and heritage, deeply layered with traditional symbolism and spirituality,” she said.

Alongside ‘Tradigital’ is the first exhibition of Aboriginal artworks from the recently donated Robert and Janice Hunter Collection.

When Robert Hunter made the generous decision to donate the private collection of Aboriginal art he had spent 15 years acquiring to the people of Coffs Harbour via the Regional Gallery, his hope was to inspire others to learn more about the stories and living cultures the artworks represent.

Fifty vibrant artworks by 30 artists from Central Australia, the Kimberley and Arnhem Land are in the collection and half of these are on show.

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By Sandra MOON

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