Glen Innes RFS receive generous artwork donation from The Glen Innes Art Gallery

District officer for Northern Tablelands RFS Scott Keelan, William Redden, and Glen Innes Art Gallery president Jackie Hunter.
District officer for Northern Tablelands RFS Scott Keelan, William Redden, and Glen Innes Art Gallery president Jackie Hunter.

In a show of generosity and support for local organisations, the Glen Innes Art Gallery has once again donated one of its exhibitions' winning artworks to a community organisation.

Last week's generous donation was bestowed to the Glen Innes Rural Fire Service by the galley president Jackie Hunter.

On Monday, September 28 Art Gallery president Jackie Hunter was glad to be able to gift the artwork to the local RFS.

"We are presenting the winning artwork from our recent exhibition 'Disaster' on permanent loan to the RFS," she said.

"We don't have a large gallery to display our permanent collections in, to avoid having them in storage we donate the artworks, they are spread around town in numerous places including the hospital, the information centre, the high school and more.

"This saves the artworks from being stuck in storage and helps to share the wonderful artwork of the winners to the public."

RFS district officer Scott Keelan said they are very appreciative to be able to have the artwork in the station.

Visitors to the gallery were asked to vote for which artwork they felt best captured the exhibition's theme of disaster with the winning artwork receiving twice as many votes as the artwork in second place.

As the winner of people's choice award from the 'Disaster' exhibition William Redden is proud to have his award winning photograph gifted to the the local RFS to be on display.

"I feel especially grateful to have my work displayed at the Glen Innes RFS base, as it a fire photo from the 'Disaster' exhibition it seems like a fitting place," he said.

Mr Redden has had a strong interest in photography for the past six years and began his own Facebook page 'WR Photography' to display his work a couple of years ago.

The winning photograph was taken at the Deepwater Racecourse along the Torrington Road from the 2019 fire on November 9.

"This photograph was very personal to me, growing up seeing fires as a child scared me and knowing that many were affected by them," he said.

"Knowing that my artwork will now be with the RFS as a part of their permanent collection to represent and capture the moment as a historical record is touching."

The art gallery are hopeful that other community organisations will approach them to take the opportunity to display their artworks around town.

"We have some spare artworks at the moment that we would like to offer on loan to any local organisation that shows an expression of interest and might want to display them," Ms Hunter said.