Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Opened in 1981, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery is Townsville's premier Gallery and offers an engaging program of local, national and international exhibitions complemented by a dynamic public program of talks, tours, workshops and events. The Gallery presents two floors of changing major exhibitions, two niche galleries of primarily local artists, and an original bank vault that now serves as a display area for the ceramic collection.
Recurring exhibitions of national interest are Strand Ephemera and the Percival Portrait Award, both held biennially and calling for national entries. Strand Ephemera showcases selected sculpture and installation along the magnificent Townsville foreshore. The Xstrata Percival Portrait Award in 2010 will offer $20,000 to a winning portrait that in some way references Townsville.
The core theme of the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery's collection is the Tropics. This theme informs all acquisitions across many different media, and the strength of the collection can be seen in the historical and contemporary art of north Queensland. Works produced by north Queensland artists, works produced in response to the tropics by artists from across Australia and internationally, and popular art and ephemera are all collected. The location of Lyre Bird Press in Townsville means that contemporary prints and artists books are a distinct and significant part of the collection, and the Gallery's acquisition of north Queensland, national and international ceramics is noteworthy. Contemporary art by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artists is an integrated part of the collection, while Aboriginal or Torres Strait Art that relates to traditional culture forms a small, but distinct group of works. Contemporary art from Papua New Guinea, particularly art created since Independece in 1975 is also a collection priority and particular attention is paid to work that interprets traditional artforms and cultural imperatives in the face of Westernisation and modernisation.