Galleries to celebrate a major milestone

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times

One of Bunbury’s most iconic and unique buildings is celebrating its 30th birthday with a free party for the community credited for helping it thrive for three decades.

Bunbury Regional Art Galleries first opened its doors on February 14, 1987 and will this year celebrate the milestone.

The BRAG 30th Birthday Bash will also mark the opening of the Directors’ Cut exhibition, which will showcase a selection of favourite artworks from past and present directors.

The unique exhibition has been spruiked as spanning the entire history of the galleries, featuring highlights from the Bunbury City Council’s collection and numerous works on loan from private collections around the State.

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BRAG director Julian Bowron said the event would be an opportunity to thank those who have supported and contributed to the galleries over the 30 years.

“It’s a great program and a wonderful opportunity for BRAG to give back to the community,” Mr Bowron said.

“The galleries have had so much community support over the years and have really been embraced as a vital part of life in Bunbury. It’s important that we’re able to thank everyone who has contributed to the energy that has enabled BRAG to reach this important milestone.”

The historic art building was transformed following a community effort to save the former Sisters of Mercy Convent from destruction. The foundation stone for the building was laid in 1897.

During next month’s birthday bash, there will be a number of competitions, including best dressed, and the Geographe Wine Industry Association will have tastings.

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