Modern portraiture, authentic public figures, what inspires us – these are but a few of the talking points generated from Vincent Fantauzzo‘s 30/30 Project. Commissioned four years ago now, this collection is just as relevant as ever and is still very much encouraging debate and igniting a creative spark in those who take it in.
Responses to the collection’s most recent display at Benalla Art Gallery earlier this year included –
The exhibition kicked off with a joyous soundscape provided by the Wangaratta Ukulele Band and a mind nourishing opening by guest speaker Dr Rebecca Coates, Director, Shepparton Art Museum – reminding us of how treasured and thriving Victoria’s regional art galleries really are.
In April, Curator Alex McCulloch descended upon the the gallery for a public talk. I really enjoyed Alex’s take on a traditional floor talk. Far from going through the motions, he delivered an in depth analysis of two of the portraits, most notably, David Walsh. Alex had been involved in preparing Vincent for this portrait so had a rare insight into the magnetic Australian, the Founder of MONA, Tasmania. Alex said of Walsh, ‘he wants us to think anew and create in a unique and original way’. No doubt, zingy morsels like this gave all in the room much to mull over.
The activity didn’t stop there, later in the month, artist Jennifer Paull led a children’s workshop designed to explore approaches to drawing and painting the face. This is what makes Wonderment Walk works so dynamic – they appeal to and can impact the lives of people of all ages, all of those with inquisitive minds and rambling imaginations. We are passionate about activating our artworks so that visitors may strengthen their connection to their community, their interest in art and science and to learning and knowledge.
Attendance was strong in the Simpson Gallery during during the March and April exhibition period as was the interest of the press.
We were most enthused to hear a glowing report from the Gallery’s Director at the conclusion of the exhibition –
“We were delighted to be able to work with Wonderment Walk Victoria to include Vincent Fantauzzo: 30/30 Project in our exhibition program. The exhibition was very successful with high visitation, numerous positive comments and public engagement in related programs and events. Wonderment Walk was an excellent partner in the management and success of this exhibition at Benalla Art Gallery” – Bryony Nainby.
– Julia Mihai, Project Manager, Wonderment Walk Victoria