Artist Franc Hancock creates a different kind of forest for Manning Regional Art Gallery

Artist Franc Hancock has utilised Japanese Sumi ink (made from soot) to create dynamic, large scale, intricate works on beautiful paper.
Artist Franc Hancock has utilised Japanese Sumi ink (made from soot) to create dynamic, large scale, intricate works on beautiful paper.

Following the huge success of the Frugal Forest exhibition at the Manning Regional Art Gallery, the team is now preparing for their latest exhibition by artist Franc Hancock, entitled The Forest.

In this captivating exhibition, Franc has utilised Japanese Sumi ink (made from soot) to create dynamic, large scale, intricate works on beautiful paper. This exhibition will see the gallery space transformed into what will be reminiscent of a forest after a fire.

The Forest will officially open with a free event from 2pm on Saturday January 21 where you’ll enjoy the atmosphere of live music, nibbles, drinks and a guided tour with the man himself, Franc Hancock.  

Acting gallery director, Rachel Piercy, is looking forward to welcoming Franc back to the Gallery.

“Franc exhibited his work at the gallery back in 2011 and we’re excited to have him back to share his work with the local community,” said Rachel. 

Highlights and recent donations to the Manning Regional Art Gallery Collection will be on show at the same time.

This collection is one of 30 regional collections in the state, encompassing over 320 works and is an important cultural asset for the MidCoast community - a must-see while you’re at the Gallery!

The Forest and Manning Regional Art Gallery Collection will be on display at the gallery from Thursday January 19 to Sunday February 26.

For more information and to RSVP for the opening, visit www.manningregionalartgallery.com.au, email art.gallery@midcoast.nsw.gov.au or phone 6592 5455.