Tweed Regional Gallery's first international touring exhibition, David Hockney: Words & Pictures, will begin on Friday 30 June, featuring works by one of the most influential living artists.
David Hockey has been described as 'arguably Britain's greatest living painter' and in 2011 was voted by his peers as the most influential British artist of all time.
Drawn from the British Council's collection and direct from London, the inspiring exhibition will present four major suites of the artist's prints, produced between 1961 and 1977. United by their reference to historical works of literature and art, the prints were produced during the first two decades of Hockney's career when he established himself as a pioneer of the British Pop art movement. Collectively they offer insight to Hockney's beginnings and evolution as an artist.
The international collection will be supplemented by outstanding original Hockney etchings, lithographs and photocollages, including colourful portraits of the artist's mother and a self-portrait, kindly loaned to the Gallery by the artist's Australian-based brother, John Hockney.
David Hockney: Words & Pictures will only appear at two venues in Australia, Tweed Regional Gallery and Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, which are partnering for the touring exhibition.
"David Hockney: Words & Pictures is a double coup for the Gallery and the Tweed. Not only is it our first international touring exhibition, it's an amazing collection of works by an icon of British art for many years," Gallery Director Susi Muddiman said.
This unprecedented display at Tweed Regional Gallery will be a ticketed exhibition, with admission prices kept affordable so the exhibition can be accessible for community members. Individual and family tickets may be purchased at the Gallery on the day of visiting. School and bus groups must arrange and pay for their visit in advance by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
$10 - adult
$7 - Gallery Friend or Foundation member
$8 - concession or child aged 5-17 years
$26 - family (2 adults + up to 3 children)
Free - children under 5 years
$8 per person - bus group booking
$6 per person - school/education group booking
An official opening for the exhibition will be held on Friday 30 June at 6-8pm. Another exhibition, The Tweed Valley Weather Report by Andrew Hmelnitsky will also be launched as part of the opening. Tickets for the opening night are $30 and selling fast. Advance bookings are essential to secure a place by phoning (02) 6670 2790.
David Hockney: Words & Pictures will be accompanied by a special program of events on Saturday 19 August, starting with a free talk by John Hockney at 2pm. The Gallery will them remain open 'Up Late' that evening, from 5-8pm, with Gallery Director Susi Muddiman and John Hockney 'in conversation' with Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Director Paul Brinkman at 6.30pm. The panel discussion will reflect on David Hockney's career, his exploration of digital technologies and concurrent exhibitions of Hockney's work in London and Melbourne.