Story: Art galleries and collections

Touch exhibition, National Art Gallery, 1977

Touch exhibition, National Art Gallery, 1977

From the 1970s art galleries underwent a process of modernisation. They showed more modern and New Zealand art, and attempted to attract new audiences through the gallery doors. Many developed public outreach programmes and mounted exhibitions with certain audiences in mind. In 1977 an exhibition called Touch was held at the National Art Gallery in Wellington. In a departure from convention, visitors could touch art works and the exhibition was particularly aimed at blind people, such as Allan Jones, seen here touching a sculpture by British artist Vivien Ap Rhys Pryce. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1977/2870

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Roger Blackley, 'Art galleries and collections - Modernisation and contemporary collecting, 1970s to 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2023)

Story by Roger Blackley, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 8 Aug 2016