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Galleries & Public Art in Mount Barker

Galleries in Mount Barker Porongurup Region


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Shire Of Plantagenet Art Collection

The gallery was founded in 1956 through a significant bequest of over 40 artworks from Sir Claude Hotchin. Over the years Hotchin continued to donate artworks. The last discernable gift being in 1972.

  • Galleries:Painting,Art Gallery

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday

Description

Much of the Shire of Plantagenet's Art collection is now on display in the Mount Barker Community Resource Centre, after being in storage due to the redevelopment of the library.

The last discernable gift being in 1972. The total number of works gifted to the Shire is 56.

Other works were acquired by the shire on an ad-hoc basis until the establishment of the annual Shire of Plantagenet Art Acquisition in 1991.

The Shire of Plantagenet collection contains many important works by renowned 20th century, Australian and Western Australian artists that make it one of the most significant local government art collections in Western Australia.

The people of the Shire of Plantagenet are very fortunate to have such a fine art collection. It remains a testament to Claude Hotchin's vision in bringing such quality artworks to the people of regional Western Australia. 

Corkescrew Gallery

George Corke’s artistic excellence is fuelled by his daily drive to prioritise production details and quality, while keeping an eye on the long term…the future.

  • Open Days/times:Open by appointment only
  • Represented Artists:George Corke
  • Galleries:Metal Work,Mixed Media,Woodwork

Details

  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

He’s incapable of stinting on the time required to hand-make beautiful, elegant objects which buyers cherish for a life time and bequeath to the next generation as heirlooms or collector’s items.
 
For a number of years he has been creating exquisite timber and metal furniture pieces and sculptures in a Workshop on the farm where he’s lived for 10 years with his family.
 
In his woodcraft and black smith shop he works creating and designing pieces that are unique and mostly a one-of design not just another craft shop but as a place and space that visitors can feel and smell the elements of steel, wood, fire & water, his workshop is  located in apple packing shed built in the early 1900s ,and his creations now being displayed in a purpose built gallery with materials sourced from the refurbishment of the Mount Barker apple cool-stores built in 1918 ,now known as Corkescrew Gallery and Workshop.
 
George says the 100 year old shed “is a perfect complement to the works I exhibit made from W. A. timbers – new and recycled".
 
George's passion for wood starting out  as a carpenter and joiner at the age of 16 and the metal working skills came from his father in law, now 91, a career blacksmith all of his working life.
 
There are plenty of stories such as these to hear and wonders to observe when you visit the Corkescrew Gallery. You’re welcome to spend time enjoying the artworks at your leisure, or alternatively, watch  as George transforms wood and metal into collectible and also functional pieces of furniture and art.

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