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MEDIA RELEASE - Multi million dollar collection grows in value

16 March 2018

The Glenelg Shire has continued to boost its profile as a premier art and cultural region following the growing worth of a community arts-based collection.

The Cultural Collection, which is comprised of over 10,000 items including paintings, photographs and historic objects, was recently valued at $6.5 million, an increase of over $470,000 on the previous valuation undertaken in February 2012.

Glenelg Shire Arts and Culture Manager Susie Lyons said the increase in the collection’s value was a testament to the shire’s rich historical and cultural identity.

“It is fantastic to see that this unique collection, which contains items and artefacts of state-wide and national significance, has been recognised as an asset for the community,” she said.

“Earlier this year we welcomed Ballarat based art valuer Simon Storey to assess the vast collection, noting each piece’s connection to the region’s history, environment and people.

“Simon’s final report reaffirmed the importance of these artefacts and items for showcasing the shire’s diverse history.”

Ms Lyons said the valuation had also revealed the significance of many new items to the collection.

“Of particular note is the rising value of items acquired in recent years,” she said.

“A series of works by Kenneth Jack, which was originally purchased in 2016 for $9,930, is now valued at an incredible $22,000.

“Furthermore the scrimshaw whales tooth commissioned in 2016/17, which is one of the collection’s most recently acquired pieces, is now valued at $10,000, double its purchase value.

“I encourage all community members to take the time to visit the wondrous curated features of the Cultural Collection on regular display at many places and spaces in the shire.”

The Cultural Collection can be viewed at numerous locations across the Glenelg Shire, with exhibitions currently on display at the Maritime Discovery Centre, Casterton Town Hall, Portland’s History House and Rocket Shed, Portland Customer Service Centre and the Portland Arts Centre.

For further information on the Cultural Collection please visit www.glenelg.vic.gov.au/Cultural_Collection.


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