The collection began with the enigmatic Howard Hinton who lived in a Cremorne(Sydney) boarding house and amassed an incredible private art collection. He only ever had a dozen paintings in this small room; as he would buy them he sent them to C B Newling, the Principal of the Armidale Teachers College. Why he chose Armidale is still somewhat a mystery. To read more about this fascinating man click here.
|Howard Hinton by George Lambert - http://m.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/work/968/|
|Chandler Coventry by Judy Cassab - http://www.judycassab.com/a-old/160-Chandler_Coventry-1987.jpg|
In the late 1970's he offered his personal collection of Modern Art to the City of Armidale on the understanding that a purpose built Gallery would be constructed to display his and Howard Hinton's great benefactions. NERAM opened in 1983 and is one of Australia's great public Art Galleries.
|Outdoor sculpture at the entrance to NERAM (wish I knew who it is by)|
Over the next few days I will show you what is on at present as well as the buzz of an Opening Night at the Gallery.