This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library in Toowoomba, celebrating decades of Australian culture with an exclusive exhibition Bill Bolton’s Vision – 60 years On.

Running through to July 21, this visionary collection contains more than 400 works of art with extensive renowned works on paper by acclaimed writer and artist Sir Lionel Lindsay, who the gallery was named after. It will also include numerous masterworks by several leading artists including Rupert Bunny, Frederick McCubbin, Arthur Streeton, and Tom Roberts. The library collection, with some 3000 manuscripts, maps and books is an exceptional collection that presents a unique snapshot of Australian history and literature. Curated by Jayson Althofer, a series of events, tours, and special hostings will be held at the gallery throughout the exhibition. This includes an official opening and morning tea, informative talks, art activation, bush poetry, and twilight tours.

Established by Toowoomba identities Bill and Marion Bolton in 1959, the gallery represented their tastes, cultural interests and their desire to celebrate Australian artistic pioneers and explorers. After being officially opened by Prime Minister Robert Menzies, the Boltons aptly named it after Lindsay, an iconic artist who they had admired and closely worked with. Residing at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery since 1994, key holdings have been loaned over the years to several regional and state galleries, the State Library of Queensland and the National Gallery of Australia. The Boltons were prominent in the cultural and business life of Toowoomba, and this collection has the goal of enriching the cultural life of Toowoomba region and is an extraordinary legacy for the community and for visitors from around the world.

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