Glebe Library, 7 September 2012
It's great to be here again for the Glebe Art Show, for the 15th Glebe Art Show. September, is the month when the City launches its Art & About program when the City's laneways and forgotten spaces become outdoor galleries, and there's also the fantastic Sydney Life photography exhibition in Hyde Park.
Encouraging and promoting creativity in our city life is an important priority. But a genuinely creative city is built from the ground up, not just from the commissioned set-pieces but from the myriad activities which take place across the city.
The annual Glebe Art Show is an outstanding example of creativity in the community.
As Bobbie Burke pointed out in her Glebe Society Bulletin history of the art show, the very first was in 1997, celebrating the renovation of Benledi and the opening of the new Glebe Library.
From the beginning, the show has committed to exhibiting every work submitted - which has sometimes been challenging for the people hanging the show!
Each show is open to artists living or working in the Leichhardt Municipality - from the time when Glebe was in that local government area - and now to artists in the City as well.
Each show has been organised by Robin and her committee, and has been supported by Margaret Whittaker and the Library staff. And each show has been supported most generously by local sponsors. It is a fantastic tribute to the community spirit of Glebe, as well as to the artistic talent of the two local government areas.
Robin has asked me especially to thank a number of those involved in the show:
Tom Osment, Mac North, Fiona Verge Wallace, Margaret Whittaker, Ruth Fowler and Nikki Mason and library staff.
Thanks are also due to the sponsors:
- Tim Smith of Glebe Liquor, once again donating the party
- Dr David Nguyen, sponsor of the Youth Prize
- Dina Bryce, sponsor of the Photography Prize
- Sofi Lidgren, president of the Glebe Chamber of Commerce, for the Works on Paper Prize
- Mac North of Future-Past Heritage Consulting, sponsor of the Painting Prize
- The Glebe Art Show Committee for the Non-acquisitive Open Prize and
- Gingko Gallery for the People's Choice Prize, which will be announced at the show's closing.
This is a tremendous community effort, and once again, a fantastic show. I'm pleased to declare it officially open. Have a great night, everyone!