Regional jewel: New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) and the Howard Hinton collection

Kerby, Martin and Baguley, Margaret (2018) Regional jewel: New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) and the Howard Hinton collection. Australian Art Education, 39 (1). pp. 36-49. ISSN 1032-1942


If Michaela Boland is correct in her assertion that “At their best, local art galleries reflect the region back to itself” (Boland, 2012), the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) in Armidale deserves to be ranked among the best in Australia. The recent opening of its new exhibition Hinton: Treasures of Australian art is the culmination of two decades of philanthropy on the part of the art patron Howard Hinton OBE (1867-1948).1 The artists Arthur Streeton (1867-1943) and Norman Lindsay (1879-1969) placed Hinton alongside Alfred Felton (1831-1904), David Scott Mitchell (1836-1907) and Sir Baldwin Spencer (1860-1929), as one of the greatest benefactors of the arts in Australian history (Elphick, 2018). At a broader level, however, the collection also symbolises the importance of art education, particularly in regional areas, through its connection with the Armidale Teachers’ College (1928-1971), then the Armidale College of Advanced Education (ACAE) (1971-1989), which amalgamated with the University of New England (UNE) (1989-2008), and the city that was once touted as the capital of a possible Australian state of ‘New England’.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. Australian Institute of Art Education.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2018 06:21
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2018 03:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: Armidale Teachers’ College, arts funding, Australian Impressionism, Howard Hinton, New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM), regional galleries
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)

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