Manning surf culture memorabilia, photos sought

IN 2015 Manning Regional Art Gallery will present a major exhibition of the local surfing culture.

The gallery is putting out a call to Manning residents to locate anyone with surf memorabilia, photographs, fashion, music, film or artwork that may be suitable to be shown in the exhibition.

The exhibition titled Locals Only 2 will look at surfing in this area from both a historical and contemporary viewpoint.

The display will include surfing exhibits dating back to the 1950s and possibly before.

Exhibition curator, Jane Hosking encourages people to contact the gallery about possible exhibits.

"Maybe there are some gems hidden away in someone's attic or garage that will bring back many memories for visitors to the exhibition," she said.

In 2008 curators Jane Hosking and Julie Slavin presented an exhibition titled Locals Only which highlighted the culture of surfing and surf lifestyle in the Manning area.

The exhibition, which opened with a beer, hot chips and sauce celebration, drew surfers and beach lovers, young and old, from all along the North Coast.

The exhibition was such a success that Jane felt it was time to again visit this important subject.

"Visitors to the last exhibition were intrigued and fascinated with the surf paraphernalia, artworks and old photographs of the local surfing history. Many brought friends in to see photos of themselves from the '50s, '60s and '70s. It was a nostalgic experience."

Anyone with something to contribute should contact the gallery on 6592 5455 or gallery@gtcc.nsw.gov.au or just come to the gallery at 12 Macquarie Street, Taree.

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