'Guudji yiigu, yii Biripi barray, yii Gathang-guba barray'
Greetings, this is Biripi country, this country belongs to Gathang.
These are the words of the Biripi people from the Gathang speaking nation, the language spoken throughout the Mid North Coast by the Worimi, Biripi and Gurrigay people. The Manning Regional Art Gallery acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land we live, work and gather on, the Biripi People, and we pay our respects to elders past, present and future.
The Manning Regional Art Gallery is a vibrant cultural hub, promoting art and community engagement in the Manning Valley and Midcoast region for 30 years. The Gallery presents a diverse and outstanding exhibition program throughout the year showcasing, emerging and established artists, group and solo shows and high profile touring shows.
VISITING DURING COVID19
What visitors need to know before they visit:
- From 2 June the Gallery will reopen to limited numbers of visitors from 10am to 3pm Tuesday to Saturday. The Gallery will be closed on Sunday.
- There is no limit to how long visitors can stay at the Gallery during these hours.
- Main Exhibition display and the Gallery Shop.
- The Studio Space (for workshops and meetings)
- The Heritage wing of the Gallery (including exhibition spaces)
- There are presently no tours events or public programs, and no after hour events.
- The kids activity space
- The toilets
What we’re asking visitors to do to keep everyone safe:
- Bring a water bottle (we’ve turned off the drinking fountains/bubblers).
- Don’t visit in a large group.
- Don’t visit if you’re unwell, have experienced cold or flu symptoms in the last 14 days, or have returned from overseas in the last 14 days.
- Consider downloading the COVIDSafe app.
At the Gallery:
- Use the hand-sanitiser provided on arrival.
- Keep at least 1.5 metres distance from others at all times.
- Wait in a marked queue or go elsewhere if a particular space has too many people.
- Cough and sneeze into elbows or a tissue, and put the tissue in a bin.
- Please don’t touch the artworks.
- Visitors who don’t comply with these conditions will not be admitted or will be asked to leave to ensure the safety of all.
What we are doing to keep everyone safe:
- The entrance to the Gallery is automatic with directional floor markings and signage to help visitors maintain safe distances.
- The Gallery space has a maximum capacity of 20 people at any one time. Please follow instructions from staff.
- We’ve removed some seating in exhibition spaces to give visitors more space to move. If you require a folding chair, these are still available from the information desk.
- We’re cleaning frequently with hospital-grade disinfectants, and high-touch items are sanitised after each use.
We’ve provided hand sanitisers at the Gallery entry and shop counter.
The Manning Regional Art Gallery is a cultural facility of MidCoast Council.
The Manning Regional Art Gallery annual program is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.
Contact the Gallery
12 Macquarie Street, Taree (opp. Service NSW office)
Phone: 02 6592 5455
Fax: 02 6592 5450
Gallery Opening Hours
The Gallery is closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays, and all public holidays.
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 10am to 5pm
Wednesday to Saturday - 10am to 5pm
Sunday - 1pm to 4pm
The Gallery has three unique spaces to host your next event – either the studio workshop, the outdoor covered art space or the Gallery exhibition space.
Whether it is an intimate morning tea, a wedding or family reunion, a business event, cocktail party or a workshop we can accommodate your needs.
Email us to find out more.
Support the Gallery
Friends of the Manning Regional Art Gallery
The Friends of the Manning Regional Art Gallery (FOGs) is an independent, voluntary, not for profit organisation committed to supporting and developing the Manning Regional Art Gallery and the growth of the visual arts in the Manning Valley. Some of our members are practising artists while others are not. We have no paid officials and have relied on the generosity of volunteers, sponsors and donors for over 25 years
The Friends work in conjunction with the FOGs Art Fund Trust, administered by three independent trustees - Dr Philip Walkom Gallery Patron, Paul Stack Managing Director Stacks Finance and Shane Crellin, Chartered Accountant. The FOGS Art Fund Trust has Deductible Gift Recipient status and donations are tax deductible, being used to support the Manning Regional Art Gallery, the Manning Art Prize and promote the visual arts in our community. Approximately 100 FOGs volunteers work at the Gallery, in reception and retail, unpacking and organising artworks, installing and dismantling exhibitions, assisting with the organisation of and catering for exhibition openings and other events, and grounds maintenance.
2018 Friends of the Manning Regional Art Gallery Committee:
President: Peter Hugill
Vice President: Dusty Walkom
Secretary (minutes): Anke de Reuver
Secretary (correspondence): Alana Parkins
Treasurer: Norman Shapro
Membership Officer: Jan Everingham
Public Officer: David Denning
Would you like to become involved? Our Committee members are present at all Gallery functions and would love to meet and talk with you. Our monthly meetings are held on at 4.00pm on the 4th Wednesday of each month (except December) at the Gallery – please come along and join us. You can contact us for further information, make Donations, or apply to become a member online.
FOGS welcomes new volunteers who assist the Gallery in the following ways;
- staff the welcome desk
- retail sales in the Gallery shop
- ‘hanging parties’ for the installation of exhibitions
- catering for opening nights
- working bees to maintain the Gallery grounds
For more information about FOGs, including membership application forms and please visit the new The Friends website
Become a Volunteer
Have the opportunity to engage in the cultural life of the Manning Regional Art Gallery by joining the volunteer team. As a volunteer you have the chance to contribute to valuable visitor services, learn more about the Manning Regional Art Gallery and its activities and be a part of a large friendly team.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please complete the Volunteer registration form below. We will keep your details on file and contact you for an interview when the opportunities become available.
Please bring your completed form to the gallery, or email it to us.
Australian Cultural Gifts Program
By donating artworks to the Gallery you can reduce your taxable income by the value of the artwork. The Manning Regional Art Gallery Collection now contains 41 prized artworks donated under this program.
Manning Art Prize Sponsor
The Manning Art Prize of $18,000 is raised completely through community donations to the Friends of the Gallery.
Thanks to our sponsors
The Gallery would like to thank the following for their valued support during the 2013/14 year:
The Friends of the Manning Regional Art Gallery (FOGS)
Gallery Wall Sponsors:
Dr Phillip & Mrs Dusty Walkom
Barry & Helen Schlenker
Dr Phil and Mrs Di Rayson, Melody & Zac
The Manning Regional Art Collection is one of 30 regional collections in the state and holds more than 320 works. it is an important cultural asset for the community of the MidCoast.
The Majority of works have been donated to the collection through the Frank Saxby Bequest, The Friends of the Manning Regional Art Gallery via the acquisitive Manning Art Prize, personal donations of artworks from community members and donations by artists.
The first local government initiated acquisitive Art Prize in this area was conducted by the Taree Municipal Council in the old Council Chambers on the corner of Albert and Manning Streets in 1954.
This event was initiated by the late Mary Hunter OAM, with strong support from the then Town Clerk, the late Clyde Powditch MBE. From 1976, the Art Show was supported by Council and organised by the Mid North Coast Art Society (now known as Taree Artist Inc), yet the tradition of holding it in the carpark continued until 1987. This collection has grown since 1955 into a strong portfolio of work of over 320 works, which is a significant cultural asset for the MidCoast community. The majority of works since 1988 have been donated to the collection through the Frank Saxby Bequest, The Friends of the Manning Regional Art Gallery via the acquisitive prize of the biennial Manning Art Prize, personal donations of artworks from community members and donations by artists. The Cultural Gifts Program also encourages gifts of culturally significant items to go to public art galleries, museums and libraries by offering donors a tax deduction for the market value of the gift. Through this program, the Manning Regional Art Gallery has acquired works from a variety of fabulous artists including Judy Cassab, Ken Done, Neil Frazer, and Robert Malherbe.
Check out the latest news story about one of our most recent donations.