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13 April 2018

Art lovers can now enjoy an even more rewarding experience when they visit the Albany Art Prize exhibition in Albany Town Hall.

For the first time in Albany, trained volunteer Art Guides will guide the public through the exhibition to expand their understanding and enjoyment of the Albany Art Prize artworks.

City of Albany art prize curator Indra Geidans worked with former Art Gallery of WA guide Merry Robertson to create a training program for 15 volunteers, which taught them about the history of the Town Hall, the artworks in the exhibition and how to discuss art with viewers. 

“This was an excellent opportunity to train up our volunteers on the history of the iconic Albany Town Hall, and to develop the language and communication skills required to talk about the artworks in the exhibition,” Ms Geidans said.

Ms Robertson emphasised during the training that Art Guides were the ‘conduit’ between the viewer and the artwork, creating a connection that enhanced the overall experience and developed art appreciation. 

“Many people visit exhibitions but leave a little ‘underwhelmed’ because they don’t understand what the artist is trying to convey. An Art Guide is there to reveal the details and messages and bring the artwork to life for them,” Ms Robertson said.

Visitors to the Albany Art Prize can enjoy regular guided tours through the exhibition, which will commence daily from Monday, April 23, at 11am and 2pm.

The exhibition is free and open every day from 10am to 4pm until May 6. Visitors are encouraged to enter the Viewer’s Choice, and put their feedback into the ‘Culture Counts’ tablet.