The Howard Hinton Collection at the New England Regional Art Museum is the result of one of the greatest acts of artistic philanthropy and benefaction in Australian history.
Between 1928 and 1948 a collection of over 1000 artworks by leading Australian artists were donated to the newly constructed Armidale Teachers’ College by the retired shipping agent, Howard Hinton OBE (1867-1948). The Collection provides a snapshot into Australian artistic practice in the early twentieth century as well as some insights into this ‘modest and self-effacing’ gentleman. HINTON: Treasures of Australian Art displays 132 works selected from the Howard Hinton Collection and provides an overview of Hinton’s aesthetic sensibility, and the quantity and quality of his collection.
The Howard Hinton Collection, in the sheer breadth of its cover of Australian art from the 1880s to the 1940s, is the only collection of its kind in regional Australia. The collection includes some of the most significant artist from early 20th century art in Australia including Arthur Streeton, Margaret Preston, Elioth Gruner, Tom Roberts, Adrian Feint, Norman Lindsay and Nora Heysen. HINTON: Treasures of Australian Art displays 132 works selected from the Howard Hinton Collection and provides an overview of Hinton’s aesthetic sensibility, and the quantity and quality of his collection.
NERAM opened its doors in 1983 as a purpose built art gallery for the Howard Hinton Collection of more close to 1,400 donated artworks. The Museum now boasts six gallery spaces, the Museum of Printing, an artist’s studio, conference facilities, a Shop and Café.
NERAM is open from 10am – 4pm Tuesday – Sunday (Closed Mondays)