Ararat Gallery TAMA reopened to the public on Monday for the first time since the COVID-19 lockdown, with a new exhibition by artist Inga Hunter: Works from the TAMA Collection.
Also showing are two returning exhibitions - a series of Lionel Lindsay's sketches and 'Collected, Saved and Combined', a range of textile pieces from the TAMA collection.
Ararat Rural City Council chief executive Dr Tim Harrison said gallery staff had worked hard behind the scenes to ensure the facility is a safe place for everyone to visit.
Dr Harrison said this included installing hand sanitising stations and signage with social distancing and other rules clearly explained.
"We want to reassure the community that staff are following all the rules to ensure the gallery is a safe place to visit," he said.
"Ararat Gallery TAMA and council would like to invite the community back to the gallery - we would love to see you some time soon."
Floor stickers have also been installed to ensure people keep 1.5m away from each other, and the names and contact details of all visitors will be taken to help with contact tracing should an outbreak occur.
Ararat Gallery TAMA's collection includes several of Hunter's textile works, such as the sub-collection The Imperium of Robes, 1986-1989, which explores a mythical world of another time and place.
Inga Hunter is a mixed media artist recognised for her contribution to the development of textile and fibre art in Australia, particularly in the field of experimental dyeing and batik.
Born in England in 1938 and arriving in Australia in 1947, Hunter has gone on to present more than 20 solo exhibitions over a career spanning five decades, as well as numerous group exhibitions.
She is represented in private, corporate and public collections, including those of the New York Museum of Art and Design, the Powerhouse Museum, the Australian National Gallery and several state galleries.
Groups of eight or more are required to book before they arrive.
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