Alan Baker drawings go on exhibition

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Camden’s Alan Baker Art Gallery will present its first feature exhibition from this Thursday, April 11.

The exhibition will bring to life 20th century, previously unseen drawings by Alan Baker, including the two featured alongside this story.

 The exhibition, Drawing Life, will also feature artwork from the local artist’s contemporaries alongside a display of visitor works inspired by him.

Mayor of Camden, Cr Peter Sidgreaves, said the exhibition will celebrate the art gallery’s one year anniversary of being in Macaria, the former council administration building in John Street.

Since February 2018 more than 7,000 local, national and international visitors have enjoyed the Baker’s works.

“The art gallery provides fantastic opportunities to connect local artists, promote art and culture in Camden, capture significant art history and develop future artists,’’ Cr Sidgreaves said.

“With various school and community group tours and fun activities and programs running frequently, visitors are guaranteed a unique and exciting experience.

 “This exciting feature exhibition complements the permanent collection at the art gallery, as well as the evolving digital archive of Baker’s life and works.”

As well as the exhibition, the art gallery this Thursday will also launch the 2019 art workshop program, which includes:

  • Art after school, a 10-week program for primary aged students to develop and refine skills across drawing, painting and printmaking;
  • Watercolour Fridays, a casual workshop session giving participants the opportunity to experiment with watercolours;
  • En Plein Air, a series of outside landscape painting workshops;
  • Heritage Drawing Tour, a monthly walking tour allowing participants to explore Camden’s heritage precinct;
  • Drop in and draw, an informal weekly art session allowing participants to connect and work in a supportive group environment.

To celebrate Drawing Life, the Art Gallery will host a monthly Life Drawing Club, facilitated by an experienced figure drawing teacher.

It will provide a social space for people of all skill levels to participate in evening classes with professional guidance, light refreshments and collaborative learning.

The exhibition will be open until Sunday, July 28.

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