The New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) is a museum of national significance located in Armidale in the heart of the New England North West region of NSW.
NERAM is a leading cultural and arts tourism destination, and home to one of the nation’s most significant art collections outside the capital cities. The gallery holds a collection of more than 5000 works of historical, modern and contemporary art and presents a dynamic program of exhibitions, educational and public events.
NERAM opened its doors in 1983 as a purpose-built art gallery for the Howard Hinton Collection of some 1,300 artworks donated to the Armidale Teachers’ College by Howard Hinton Esq OBE between 1929 and 1948. The museum is home to six gallery spaces, the Museum of Printing, The Packsaddle Artist Studio and Residence, the NERAM shop and NERAM cafe.
The gallery is the custodian of three important collections of Australian art: the Howard Hinton Collection; the Chandler Coventry Collection; and the NERAM Collection.
Together they offer a comprehensive overview of Australian art history. These collections include significant works by Australian and international artists such as Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts, Elioth Gruner, Margaret Preston, Brett Whiteley, James Gleeson, Tony Tuckson and Christo, to name a few.
The Friends of NERAM Inc. is the key fundraising group supporting NERAM. Membership actively assists the museum in providing a range of arts and cultural activities across the region. The Friends of NERAM financially supports major exhibitions and programs at the museum and offers a wide range of enjoyable social activities including NERAMble open gardens, Christmas and member dinners, tours, regular exhibition openings and special events.
THE COVENTRY COLLECTION
The Chandler Coventry Collection was described by the former Ddirector of the National Gallery of Australia, James Mollison as “one of the most important private collections of contemporary Australian art”.
Chandler Coventry (1924-1999) was born into an established grazing family in New England. As a gallery director in Sydney, he was considered a key innovator who helped shape the Sydney art scene in the 1970s and 80s, supporting a new vanguard of Australian artists while also having an international outlook.
He established his own collection of contemporary Australian art that recognised innovation and exiting artists of the time, with a focus on expressionist and abstractionist painters. Coventry’s proclivity for the new and lack of loyalty to any one style or movement is evident in the remarkable diversity of the collection, which includes works by Ralph Balson, Peter Booth, Gunter Christmann, Janet Dawson, Elaine Haxton, Leah MacKinnon, Michael Taylor, Dick Watkins, Brett Whiteley, Christo, Jeanne-Claude and Charlotte Moorman and was donated to NERAM in the late 1970s.