New exhibitions at the Manning Regional Art Gallery

Published on 01 February 2023

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Explore new cultural horizons with two new exhibitions showing at the Manning Regional Art Gallery until 18 March.

Friends of the Gallery invite you to the opening of the 2022 JADA and Kevin Mitchell’s Jewels of the Beetle World at the Manning Regional Art Gallery on Friday 3 February at 6pm.

The 2022 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) is a Grafton Regional Gallery touring exhibition that celebrates Australian contemporary drawing at its finest. This year the tradition of excellence continues, with 56 artists selected from 641 entries for the exhibition which will continue its touring legacy, travelling to communities across the East coast of Australia promoting contemporary drawing to regional audiences throughout 2023 and 2024. 

Catherine O'Donnell’s winning charcoal on paper work titled Glenbrook Window #1, 2021 was selected by Suzanne Cotter, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Catherine will officially open the exhibition at Manning Regional Art Gallery on Friday 3 February.

“We are excited to be able to present this superb exhibition of the best drawing artists from around Australia,” said Council’s Manager Growth, Economic Development and Tourism, Deb Tuckerman.

“The JADA is always a wonderful exhibition showcasing the variety and creativity within contemporary drawing practice.”

Jewels of the Beetle World is a special exhibition by local photographer Kevin Mitchell.

Beetles are the most diverse and abundant animal group on earth and make up the order Coleoptera. There are currently 160 families of Coleoptera and the Buprestidae rank as the eighth largest, comprising about 15,000 species.

Mitchell’s body of work represents examples of a single beetle family - the Buprestidae, commonly called ‘Jewel beetles’.

Everyone is welcome to come along to opening night, tickets are $15, available through Eventbrite:

The Manning Regional Art Gallery annual program is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW and is a cultural facility of MidCoast Council.