Unearthing works of art

FIRST OF MANY: Three artworks at the Whyalla Public Library as Council starts to unearth pieces from the Whyalla Art Prize.
FIRST OF MANY: Three artworks at the Whyalla Public Library as Council starts to unearth pieces from the Whyalla Art Prize.

Valuable and historical art is being unearthed and displayed in Whyalla.

The Whyalla City Council's art collection has been largely hidden due to the lack of permanent exhibition premises.

However, with the help of the Whyalla Public Library, a wall has been established for three paintings to be exhibited on a rotational basis.

Many of these paintings are from the Whyalla Art Prize with an archive spanning five decades to draw on.

The Whyalla Art Prize was established in 1972 by the Whyalla Arts Council. Originally designed to promote regional emerging artists, the prize has flourished and developed into a significant award and is seen as an important exhibition of contemporary arts in Australia.

Without an established art gallery, many of these paintings have been displayed on the walls of the Council offices with Mayor Clare McLaughlin also unearthing some in storage.

"This is a wonderful initiative by Council staff to find a venue for these paintings and artworks," Mayor McLaughlin said.

"I was pleasantly surprised to find some of these artworks in the chamber storage when I moved into the Council office.

"There is some real history here and some fantastic artworks that deserve to be on display for the public."

The first three of these artworks are now on display at the library on Ekblom Street. It is free to view these artworks in the library as they go up on the walls on a rotational basis.

The library is open 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday and later on Thursdays until 7pm. Saturday's opening times are 9am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm on Sunday.