Celebrate the Centenary with NOW and THEN
Photos by Jason Richardson
ArtSpace at Griffith Regional Theatre will be hosting an exhibition of photographs depicting iconic buildings at Griffith’s Pioneer Park Museum, titled Pioneer Park: Now and Then, until 19 August.
“2016 is a big year for birthday’s in this city,” said Griffith Pioneer Park Museum curator, Jason Richardson. “I don't think it's a coincidence the centenary coincides with the 45th birthday of Pioneer Park Museum, an institution that was first recorded in Wade Shire Council's minutes soon after the Griffith’s 50th birthday.”
Viewers will see a collection of photographs from the Museum’s archives, with the earliest dating back to 1971 with construction of an entrance building by members of the Griffith branch of Soroptimist International. Others feature many faces of those who have grown and shaped the Museum.
“I’ve heard many local people share their memories of times at the Park,” said Mr Richardson. "Many recount their visits and know people who have volunteered their time to contribute to its development.”
“This exhibition shows in a way the hands-on relationship people have with history at Pioneer Park Museum. It’s a place where people have a physical experience of history like walking into the home of a pioneer,” he added.
The Griffith Regional Art Gallery Coordinator, Ray Wholohan said it is wonderful to have this exhibition included in the centenary celebrations. “The photographs show past events and people in our community and also highlight what a wonderful asset Pioneer Park Museum is in recording Griffith’s collective history,” said Mr Wholohan.
If you would like further information on the Now and Then exhibition, please contact Griffith Regional Art Gallery on 6962 8338. The exhibition is open until Friday 20 August in ArtSpace at Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place, Griffith. Opening hours are 10am-5pm Monday to Friday.