Gallery to reopen

by Kent Caddick

The Selwyn Art Gallery in Darfield is on track to reopen in mid-March.

The gallery, run by the Malvern Community Arts Council, has been closed for almost a month for earthquake repairs.

MCAC arts administrator Rose Gerard said the work had progressed well and they have already scheduled their first exhibition in the renovated gallery.

The exhibition, entitled A Different Landscape, will feature painters Heather Jonson and Carol Moffat along with Whitecliffs potter Roger Chaplin.

“We are hoping to be able to reopen the gallery by March 17 for the exhibition,” Ms Gerard said.

“We will need to be in before then to set up the gallery as there is a bit of work to do.

“As part of the renovation new carpet is being laid and we have to reinstall all the shelving and the lighting, and of course get everything out of storage and put it back.”

Ms Gerard said they also hope to have a reopening event prior to the exhibition to allow sponsors, friends of MCAC, artists and the public to view the newly renovated gallery as well as the exhibition itself. 

Whitecliffs resident Roger Chaplin will be one of the first to exhibit his work in the newly renovated gallery.

Mr Chaplin first moved to the district in 1972 when he bought a property in Coalgate and set up a workshop and kiln.

In 2010 he moved to Whitecliffs, building a home and workshop from where he now lives and works.

The exhibition is scheduled to open on March 17 subject to the renovation work being completed and will run through until March 30.