Exhibition celebrates generous donation to USC

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Exhibition celebrates generous donation to USC


9 May 2014

Selected pieces from an impressive personal art collection donated recently to the University of the Sunshine Coast by well-known architect John Mainwaring are now on display at the USC Gallery.

This exhibition, called the John Mainwaring Collection,was officially opened by USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill last night (Thursday 8 May) and will remain at the gallery until Saturday 7 June.

A crowd of about 100 people attended the exhibition opening that featured speeches by Indigenous artist and educator Lyndon Davis, USC's Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill and Mr Mainwaring, who discussed how the art had influenced his architectural practice.

Mr Mainwaring made special mention of the many Indigenous works in the collection and how he had learned enormously from working with Indigenous people from around the world.

USC Gallery Curator Dawn Oelrich said many of the prints, paintings and bark paintings that Mr Mainwaring donated to the University in 2012 were displayed in buildings across campus.

“We have selected some of the more outstanding works for this exhibition to show the depth and breadth of his collection. The exhibition shows an art collection created by a person with a fine eye for art, aesthetic and design,” Ms Oelrich said.

Mr Mainwaring, who is an Honorary Doctor of USC, was a co-designer of the award-winning USC Library and is nationally recognised as a leader in sub-tropical architecture.

The gallery is located at the University campus on Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs.

It is open free to the public from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and closed Sundays and public holidays.

— Terry Walsh

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