The Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery holds significant pieces of art history

Secretary of the Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery Lesley Cook with lino art print 'Birds of Paradise' by Rod Bax 1981

Secretary of the Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery Lesley Cook with lino art print 'Birds of Paradise' by Rod Bax 1981

The Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery recently received federal grant funding through the Community Heritage Grant from the National Library of Australia.

This grant allowed them to have a Significance Report drawn up to asses the art collection owned by the gallery.

Collections Curator at Flinders University Museum of Art, Alice Clanachan, undertook the massive task of surveying the collection.

She worked in the gallery for four days during September and then took work back to Adelaide to complete there, overall the Significance Report took about a month of solid work to complete.

During her research Mrs Clanachan discovered the gallery and its collection of Australian artworks is totally unique.

The gallery is the oldest in regional South Australia and holds almost 200 artworks, many of which are original from when the gallery was first established in 1968.

"The collection has been shaped by successive donations and most importantly the passion and ambition of Board members who acquired the works through purchase for the Gallery," she said.

"It was assembled primarily through the support of community fundraising and government funding streams which no longer exist.

"Therefore the Naracoorte Gallery no longer has an acquisitions budget."

Secretary of the Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery, Lesley Cook is thankful they received the grant, and is looking forward to what this will mean for the future of the gallery.

Because the gallery owns unique and significant artworks, it opens the door for further grants to be applied for and given.

Mrs Cook hopes that future grants can go towards restoring some pieces, better lighting and climate control in the gallery to allow for more delicate works to be displayed.

It will allow us to "look after the collection and preserve it for future generations," she said.

Mrs Cook explained it was a group effort between the Naracoorte Lucindale Council and the gallery to apply for the Community Hieratite Grant; which regional galleries do not usually apply for.

The gallery hosts its own collection year round, and sometimes has touring collections.

Next year, South Australian Living Arts Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival events will be held in the gallery space.

The gallery is run "for the community, by the community," and is always looking for new volunteers to help out.