Exhibitions Soft Core and The Mann Collection of Wildlife Art open at Horsham Regional Art Gallery

HORSHAM art lovers are in for a double treat when two new exhibitions open at the Horsham Regional Art Gallery on Saturday.

The first, Soft Core, features a unique collection of sculptures from a range of contemporary artists including Australia’s Patricia Piccinini, New Zealand’s Michael Parekowhai and America’s Tony Oursler.

The exhibition encourages people to question and explore the many facets of softness.

Some of the exhibition’s highlights include a giant inflatable rabbit, a garden completely made from crochet wool and a series of carved-foam busts of famous figures.

Gallery director Adam Harding said he was thrilled the gallery had the chance to exhibit artworks from internationally renowned artists.

“This is a great opportunity for the people of Horsham to see some fantastic artworks without leaving home,” he said.

“The exhibition is really about thinking and delving deep into ideas about what can be hard and what can be soft.

“There’s a lot of variety in the works and many use humour to convey a message.

“Sculptures aren’t something that we get to show often so I’m looking forward to seeing people react to the works.”

Also opening at the gallery on Saturday is The Mann Collection of Wildlife Art.

The exhibition features drawings of Australian and African fauna from the personal collection of Bill and Maureen Mann.

Mr Harding said the gallery would hold a range of a workshops and talks relating to the two new exhibitions.

The exhibitions will be officially opened on Friday night at 6pm.

The Horsham Regional Art Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday, and is located at 80 Wilson Street, Horsham.