The RACT’s new Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery has been officially “re-opened” by RACT Patron, the Governor of Tasmania, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC.
Previously known as the Wilderness Gallery, RACT Group Chief Executive Harvey Lennon said the gallery had been “reinvigorated” and now exhibited a range of art mediums with the aim to transform the gallery into a must see experience for tourist and visitors to the region.
“The new space hosts an exciting arts program that includes artist residencies, workshops, exhibitions and tours,” he said.
“Given our Tasmanian focus as an organisation, I am personally very pleased that there are five galleries dedicated to the work of Tasmanian artists.
“One gallery is appropriately dedicated to the work of Peter Dombrovskis, one of the world’s best-known wilderness photographers.
“His gallery features some of his most popular works as well as images from wilderness photographers from around the world who together have been able to capture the unique wilderness within Tasmania.”
The gallery also includes an extraordinary new attraction – The Tiger Room- that combines, history, storytelling and original artworks about the Tasmanian Tiger.
Curator Kylie Eastley said the redevelopment took eight-months to complete.
“In designing the gallery, we wanted to provide a range of experiences for people from all cultures and of all ages,” she said.
“So many artists have been part of the transformation, including Jon Kudelka and Sara and Dan Kershaw who brought their passion and originality to the spaces.”
Ms Eastley said the redevelopment included thousands of hours work and enormous generosity by Tasmanian artists.
“Every room is full of local art and provides some insight into Tasmanian life,” she said.
To celebrate the opening, the gallery will feature an exhibition by Queenstown-based and Glover 2017 winner Raymond Arnold.
Mr Lennon said the RACT had recently invested significantly in its properties across the state.
“At Cradle Mountain Hotel the food and beverage outlets have been renovated,” he said.
“The new Altitude restaurant and bar features a modern show kitchen and is now a light and bright space that makes the most of its wilderness surroundings.”