On the 23rd of August the ACT Legislative Assembly Art Advisory committee announced its newest acquisition, a textile artwork title Cyclorama, a collaborative work by artists of the tACTile group.
The quilted textile work, created by Helen Gray, Beth and Trevor Reid, Beth Miller, Jenny Bowker and Dianne Firth, in five panels – one by each artist.
Adapted from Robert Coulter’s 1911 painting Cycloramic View of Canberra Capital Site, a print of which is in the Assembly’s collection, the work was chosen by the committee to mark Canberra’s Centenary.
“Acquiring Cyclorama bridges the century between it and the Coulter work. I am very pleased to be able to receive it on behalf of the Committee, the Assembly and the people of Canberra,” Acting Speaker Mary Porter AM MLA said.
The Work was chosen from the recent exhibition 100: Celebrating Canberra at Belconnen Arts Centre. It depicts the rolling hills and picturesque landscape of the site that later became our nation’s capital.
The Assembly’s Art advisory committee, headed by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, is responsible for selecting and acquiring artworks on behalf of the Assembly.