Work on ADC Art collection begins
Work on the long term care and maintenance of the Ashburton District Council Art Collection began in July 2017. Through a Memorandum of Understanding, the Ashburton Art Gallery have been engaged in undertaking the work of assessing the condition and priority of the pictorial and object collection along with the collection of gifts from sister cities and other dignitaries.
The Council collection is stored and displayed across multiple sites including the admin building, the library, the Event Centre and the Council chambers. Working with an existing, however incomplete database, Gallery staff are working through the process of locating and accurately identifying the the works in the collection and completing individual condition reports detailing prior damage, significant changes and recommendations for any remedial conservation work, cleaning or framing to be undertaken. Once this work is complete the Gallery will facilitate the full valuation of the collection.
This process also entails the detailed documentation of every object including photographs which will later be used to make the Council collection accessible online for the public.
Over 40 works have been assessed to date and some wonderful treasures in the collection have surprised Gallery staff. Of particular note are ceramic works by Len Castle and David Brokenshire along with paintings by Colin Wheeler and local artist Henry Lowen Smith.