COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Maitland Regional Art Gallery

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (20:13): On Friday I was delighted to attend Maitland Regional Art Gallery for its first major exhibition opening since COVID, the Autumn Season Celebration. I thank and congratulate all the artists on their amazing works, particularly the new and amazing inspirational virtual reality displays. It was lovely to see one of the first directors of the gallery, the honourable Margaret Sivyer, actually participating in this too, and someone who started this gallery work in our community being at the cutting edge of technology and experiencing it as a patron. I congratulate the inspiring director of the gallery, Dr Gerry Bobsien, chair and vice chair of the Friends of the Gallery, Sui-Linn White and Holly Fisher‑Bidwell, as well as all the volunteers and staff for their hard work in ensuring that Maitland continues to have one of the foremost regional art galleries in the nation. I am privileged to serve as the patron of volunteers at Maitland Regional Art Gallery. Throughout the past year the creative industries have been amongst the hardest hit by the pandemic, but they have never let this set them back. I thank them for all the work they do to keep our community visually exciting and proud.