The National Gallery Of Victoria (NGV) will soon launch 'Shifting Gears', a new exhibition to honour Australia’s unique contribution to the world of cars.
The exhibition will focus on Australian car design, from the early years through to the present day and beyond, with Lew Bandt’s Ford ‘ute’ being one of the earliest models on display.
Local racing craft will be on display - plus the likes of niche sportscar manufacturer Bolwell - along with memorabilia, design photographs, models and sketches.
In all, 23 different vehicles will form the bulk of the exhibition.
The historical role of Victoria’s RACV will also feature, as will the future of the industry in Australia post-2017 once our three remaining carmakers cease local manufacturing.
Both Holden and Ford have promised to retain design and development staff in Australia once the factory doors close, so while Australia won’t be mass-producing cars after 2017, we’ll still be designing them.
“Shifting Gear will be the first major exhibition of Australian car design and is exclusive to the National Gallery of Victoria,” NGV Director, Tony Ellwood, said.
“As part of the NGV’s commitment to showcasing design, this exhibition will uncover how the modern automobile is far more than simply a means of transport; it is a sophisticated design object that reflects contemporary aesthetics and social values.”
A “landmark publication” tracing the history of Australian car design will be launched during the exhibition.
Shifting Gears kicks off on March 6 and runs until July 12, 2015.
Shifting Gears will be held at The Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery Of Victoria, located at Federation Square in Melbourne’s CBD.
Phone: (03) 8620 2222, 9am - 5pm, seven days
The exhibition is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.
Online: www.ngv.vic.gov.au (website opens in new window).
Tickets: Adult $15 | Concession $12 | Child $7 | Family (two adults, three children) $41 [tickets can be purchased online]
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