About Gallery Curator Jamie Durrant
Aboriginal Exhibitions Gallery at Rutherglen Estates aims to present sensitively curated exhibitions that celebrate and respectfully acknowledge Australian aboriginal people, their lands, sacred sights, tribal and family groups and collective nations and cultures. Each exhibition will include appropriate written information explaining the artist’s works in cases where the information is deemed ‘non private’ and approved for publishing. This will allow the gallery to offer a strong educational message and a constructive cultural learning experience, directly relating to artists’ homelands, sacred sights, tribal laws and cultural activities. Quarterly exhibitions will be curated by Jamie Durrant; locally well known for his photographic arts and culture-based Australian publishing business Essentials Magazine.
Jamie Durrant is the son of prolific photorealist Australian painter Ivan Durrant. Since birth he has been surrounded by art, artists, exhibitions and industry professionals. In recent years he has curated aboriginal exhibitions for The Benalla Art Gallery; also aiding the gallery in marketing services.
In 2010 he photographed and help to collate more than 350 aboriginal art works for the international touring exhibition and published book: Dreamtime – Lo Spirito Dell’Arte Aborigena. This joint Australian and Sardinian project culminated in the largest non commercial exhibition of Australian Aboriginal art works and cultural items to be shown in a foreign museum. It was shown at MAN Museum, Nuoro Sardinia, Italy during 2011 in two parts over a six months period. Over three hundred items were donated to the show by Hans Sip and many of the exhibits are now available for sale from Aboriginal Exhibitions at Rutherglen Estates.
Over the past 11 years, Durrant has edited more than 180 articles on Australian and international art, published within Essentials Magazine. He is an Aboriginal art collector in his own right and has a personal and very passionate connection to the paintings and the messages that they represent. He has a respectful view towards both the learning of, and sharing of Australian Aboriginal culture and tribal customs.
In 2016 Durrant initiated the concept of Aboriginal Exhibitions Gallery at Rutherglen Estates, connecting the Directors of Rutherglen Estates winery with art collector Hans Sip (owner of Aboriginal Exhibitions Pty Ltd). Durrant acted as a representative bridge between the two parties. Over a series of creative meetings a joint venture agreement was reached and entered into enabling the partners to begin design and construction. The end result is destined to become a must-visit gallery for both domestic and international visitors, bringing greater numbers overall to the tourist regions of The Murray and High Country Victoria.