Donations sought to restore Lloyd Ree’s legacy to Kiama

Lloyd-Rees-M-LawrenceA chance comment by Lloyd Rees’ son Alan has led to the rediscovery of a treasure trove of paintings in a Kiama High storeroom.

They date back to 1962 when his father, acknowledged as one of Australia’s finest artists, was asked to organise a mural for the School’s then new assembly hall. He hand selected a group of his fifth year architecture students for the project. Full details of the find are available from lloydreeslegacy.wordpress.com

In the intervening time, the students have forged reputations for themselves. For example, Lawrence Nield was the 2012 Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medallist and is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Newcastle. He was founding principal of Bligh Voller Nield where he was responsible for many award winning buildings including the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney, St Vincent’s Hospital, the Olympic Tennis Centre, and Questacon in Canberra; and headed up the master planning team for the Sydney Olympic Games, designing major venues in the Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London Olympic Games. His work is shown above.

The large landscape paintings (2m x 1.5m) need cleaning and TLC before they can again take pride of place. The Lloyd Rees Legacy Project is being led by Penny Sadubin and Bobbie Miller from Gerringong and Andrea Hope from Kiama.

The work has already started, and $6000 needs to be raised for the restoration and re-framing of the artworks. Over $1000 has already been donated.

An exhibition of the restored paintings will be held at the Old Fire Station Gallery, Kiama from 10-15 May. Kiama Library will then display the paintings for local residents and visitors to enjoy, before they are returned to the school library.

Details: You can donate via lloydreeslegacy.wordpress.com or contact the organiser on lloydreesfestival2013@gmail.com to arrange a direct donation.

 

 

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