UNE and the New England Regional Arts Museum has been reaffirmed its relationship

UNE's vice-chancellor Annabelle Duncan
UNE's vice-chancellor Annabelle Duncan

A sponsorship agreement has resealed the historic relationship between the University of New England and the New England Regional Arts Museum,

The art museum and the university cemented the relationship with a three-year partnership underpinned by UNE’s sponsorship of NERAM.

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UNE Vice-Chancellor Annabelle Duncan said that the University’s sponsorship of NERAM represents a valuable collaboration between two organisations with different capabilities, but a shared philosophy of supporting Arts in the region.

“UNE and NERAM carry a shared heritage, in that our foundation arts collections were built in the mid-20th Century by collectors who were colleagues with shared tastes, and who both left their collections to the New England community,” Professor Duncan said. 

“The summer schools run by the University in the past also brought a steady stream of artists to Armidale, and their works also enrich the UNE collection.

“UNE’s sponsorship of NERAM formalises our links, and our shared interest in ensuring that the visual arts and Arts education remain a strong influence on the region’s culture. I look forward to more joint education initiatives, joint exhibitions, and joint support for research.”

The sponsorship agreement supports the ongoing partnership between NERAM and UNE to present exhibitions and programs that facilitate student engagement and cultural education.

 Acting director Rachael Parsons said the art museum are very excited to grow and further strengthen its collaboration with UNE,

“This new agreement will enable us to increase our engagement and education programs for students, and to develop joint exhibitions and events that highlight the exciting collections and research from both institutions,” Ms Parsons said.

“NERAM and UNE have been working closely together for over a decade to deliver the annual University of New England Student Acquisitive Prize (UNESAP). The UNESAP program has been designed to raise the profile, status and interest in the visual arts and art education in New South Wales’ regional and rural schools and annually attracts hundreds of entries from New England primary and secondary students.  

“More recently we have also presented a number of programs with UNE International to introduce students to Australian art and culture. This sponsorship agreement will ensure that these programs can continue and be expanded”

“It is an important aim of NERAM’s to be involved in the community and culture of the NEW England Region and to connect with the region’s organisations, institutions and communities.

“We are looking forward to continuing to work with UNE staff and to build on our existing connections with the university.”