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At Newcastle Art Gallery
Born in Newcastle in 1928 John Olsen has returned to co-curate an exhibition of his works. Thirty-five pieces are on show at Newcastle Art Gallery including prints, ceramics and paintings many of which incorporate his love of the Australian landscape and/or frogs.The centrepiece of the exhibition is a new major work King Sun & the Hunter which pays tribute to Newcastle and has been installed on the ceiling of the gallery's top floor.
Olsen has often been described as Australia's greatest living artist and a national treasure. The pieces on show at Newcastle are representative of his life's work and demonstrate the scope & variety his talent.
As well as the John Olsen exhibition, there are two concurrent exhibitions (26/11/2016-5/2/2017) on the ground floor of the gallery. Acquisitions (focussed on recent gallery acquisitions ) & Holding:Contemporary Fibre Art there is also a sculpture garden and gallery shop.
The gallery is closed on Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and has limited opening hours on Anzac Day. There is a late opening until 8pm on the last Friday of every month except December. There is no food or drink available on site and you will be asked to leave large articles at the desk. For people of limited mobility, there is a lift to the top floor and all the exhibition spaces are wheelchair & stroller accessible.
Its about time, for me that is to visit OUR Art Gallery and to be able to check out John Olsen's work up close will be a plus. After spending time in hospital I look forward to a leisurely brunch with my mate in the Mall and a stroll past the fountain in Civic Park, which i once swam in one hot summer day as a youth. Finishing at the Gallery will be a 'trip' as I am now 65. Geoff.