Davson art
in permanent public collections ...

art gallery, museum and city collections with Davson art

There are over 30 public collections that include works of art by Sharon Davson.
Many contain examples of her works on paper, while a few, such as the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin house a major oil painting by Davson.

There are also some public collections which contain collections of more than 20 pieces Davson's art and objects, and additionally works and by other Davson family members.

Hikaru Memorial Museum in Takayama, Japan

In October 1996, Davson was honoured to have an oil painting by her titled, With Gratitude Comes Growth, gifted by the Australia-Oceania Region of Sukyo Mahikari to the Headquarters of Sukyo Mahikari in Takayama, Japan.

Then, in 1999, after the official opening of the Hikaru Memorial Museum in Takayama, the painting became part of the museum’s collection.

The painting has been exhibited in other public buildings related to the Sukyo Mahikari organisation, including SUZA, the Main World Shrine, during the first International Conference for Spiritual Elevation held in 2005.

In the Hikaru Memorial Museum collection is an original prototype of the World Flag designed by Davson and documentation on her work for peace and environmental initiatives, as well as her art. Davson met with the Director of the Hikaru Memorial Museum in 2005 on a visit to Japan.

Other international collections are still to be added to this site. Thank you for your patience.

New Zealand

Over 20 pieces of Davson art can be found at the following galleries. Please view lower on this page for collections at:

Davson Arts Museum . . . . Newcastle, NSW
Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre . . . . Muswellbrook, NSW
Win Davson Art Gallery & Museum . . . . Gatton, QLD
Millicent Art Gallery . . . . Millicent, SA
For interest also view ...
Gatton Shire Davson Art Gallery . . . . . Gatton, QLD

Davson’s art, and other related items, can be viewed at numerous public art galleries, Australian city and university collections:

Australian Galleries
Davson’s art is represented in 30 public galleries and museums throughout all states and territories of Australia, with the exception of Western Australia.

1989 to the present, 

 detail from <i>Reflections</i>, <br/> Northern Territory Art Gallery <br/> & Museum, Darwin NT
detail from Reflections,
Northern Territory Art Gallery
& Museum, Darwin NT
Works of art have all been donated in quality framing for these permanent collections.


State / Territory Art Gallery:

NT . . . . . . Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin

 

Regional / Public Art Galleries:

As the galleries listed below each have substantial collections, please view the details of these collections on their separate pages:

SA . . . . . Millicent Art Gallery in Millicent
NSW . . . Davson Arts Museum in Newcastle
NSW . . . Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre in Muswellbrook
QLD . . . .Win Davson Art Gallery & Museum in Gatton

QLD . . . . for interest, please see the page on the former Gatton Shire Davson Art Gallery.

Other Regional Art Gallery Collections:

QLD . . . .Perc Tucker Regional Art Gallery in Townsville
QLD . . . .Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery in Stanthorpe
NSW . . . New England Regional Art Gallery in Armidale
NSW . . . Lake Macquarie Regional Art Gallery in Speers Point
NSW . . . Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in Bathurst
VIC . . . . Gippsland Art Gallery in Sale
TAS . . . .Devonport Regional Art Gallery in Devonport

 <i>Nia Ruwe - Whose Land?</i> - woven  <br/> Australian National University, <br/>Canberra ACT
Nia Ruwe - Whose Land? - woven
Australian National University,
Canberra ACT
University Art Collections:

ACT . . . .Australian National University in Canberra
NT . . . . . Northern Territory University in Darwin
SA . . . . .Flinders University in Adelaide
QLD . . . James Cook University in Townsville
NSW . . . University of Western Sydney in Richmond

City Council Art Collections:

NT . . . . . Katherine 
QLD . . . Gatton and Toowoomba
NSW . . .Coffs Harbour, Cootamundra, Gosford, Greater Taree, Hastings, Hawkesbury, Kempsey, Wyong and Young

 

Davson Arts Museum collection

Travelling Together  donated by  Cathay Pacific Airways.
Travelling Together donated
 by Cathay Pacific Airways.
The Davson Arts Museum collection contains art and objects created or collected by Sharon Davson and her extended family. There are also items and art which have influenced these artists.

This dynamic and growing collection includes creations by indigenous artists from various countries, miniature glassware and books on Multi-faith, environmental and world peace themes.

There is also a fascinating array of objects, press articles and photographs. Many concern the world leaders in creative, sporting and inspirational fields who have donated handprints to Davson’s causes over the years.

The following people and businesses have kindly donated art works and other items to the Davson Arts Museum collection.

Sharon Davson   Newcastle NSW   Australia
Cathay Pacific Airlines   Sydney NSW   Australia
Time Life Australia   Sydney NSW   Australia
Win Davson MBE FTCL   Gatton QLD   Australia
Celia and Peter Berrell   Cairns QLD   Australia
Jill Heffernan   Newcastle NSW   Australia
John and Coleen Hegarty   Bonnells Bay NSW   Australia

 

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre

23 of Davson’s art works are part of the permanent public collection of the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre in Muswellbrook, New South Wales.

Brad Franks, Centre Manager for the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre kindly lent them to the Davson Arts Museum gallery in Newcastle for the Museum’s third exhibition. Brad Franks attended as Guest Speaker and officially opened the exhibition Davson - towards harmony (showing 15 November 2010 to 17 February 2011).

The collection includes drawings, original silk-screen prints, etchings, mono prints and spatter works from early in the artist's career. There are also examples of Davson’s woven pieces and a preliminary concept drawing from 1985.

Davson’s affiliations with the region began in the 1980’s. She spent time there during her solo journey around Australia (her apprenticeship in becoming a freelance artist). She was touched by the generosity and assistance provided by the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre.

In 1989, she donated an original woven silk-screen print titled Hawkesbury Apparition to the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre as an expression of her appreciation. It has since hung in many of the gallery’s exhibitions.

In September 2011, the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre will host the major retrospective exhibition, Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment.

Davson values this positive working relationship and the benefits gained for the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, the Davson Arts Museum and the public who participate.

 

Win Davson Art Gallery & Museum

Sharon and Win Davson in the  gallery with 2 of Win's paintings
Sharon and Win Davson in the
gallery with 2 of Win's paintings
Established in 1978, and like an Aladdin’s Cave of treasures, the Win Davson Art Gallery & Museum houses items and art relevant to the cultural heritage of the Lockyer Valley, and other significant historical objects.

Included in the Gatton Mercury Theatre and Mercury Children’s & Youth Theatre in the South East Queensland town of Gatton, it has provided cultural and arts education and inspiration to many.

Within this collection are 20 paintings by founder Win Davson MBE FTCL AASA and several works by her daughter Sharon Davson. The collection includes many award-winning art works as it had progressively purchased winning entries from open art competitions within the Lockyer Valley and Bribie Island regions.

 

Millicent Art Gallery

22 of Davson’s art works are held in the permanent public collection of the Millicent Art Gallery in Millicent, South Australia.

Janice Nitschke, Director of the Millicent Art Gallery was delighted for these works to feature in the Davson Arts Museum’s second exhibition in Newcastle. Flying up from South Australia, she assisted with hanging the collection. She attended the exhibition as Guest Speaker and officially opened Davson - a long journey on 28 September 2010.

The collection includes drawings, original silk-screen prints, etchings, mono prints and spatter works from early in the artist's career. It also contains examples of her woven art pieces and two preliminary drawing concepts from the 1980's and 1990's.

Davson’s affiliation with the Millicent Art Gallery began in 1981 when she visited the area on her her solo journey across much of Australia, with her dog, horse and motorbike in an old ex-government bus towing a horse float.

In April 2002, the Millicent Art Gallery hosted the final exhibition of With Gratitude For The Light which toured 14 public regional art galleries over a two year period. This extensive retrospective exhibition showcased 63 pieces of Davson’s art, borrowed from collectors including the Art Gallery & Museum of the Northern Territory, Cathay Pacific Airlines, Time Life Books, Konica Australia and James Fairfax AO.

In 2010, the Millicent Art Gallery hosted another major retrospective touring exhibition of her art, Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment.

Over the years, Janice Nitschke and Sharon Davson have become good friends. They have worked together on various exhibitions, functions and events, including preparations for the canonisation of Mary McKillop, now known as Mary of the Cross in Panania, South Australia. Their collaborations and enthusiasm continues to enhance opportunities for the Millicent Art Gallery, the Davson Arts Museum and their local communities.

 

Gatton Shire Davson Art Gallery

In recognition of Sharon Davson’s art and the Davson family’s cultural contribution to the community, the new regional art gallery in her hometown of Gatton was named the Gatton Shire Davson Art Gallery in June 1999.

In June 2000, the Official Opening Address for the new gallery was given by John Walsh, President of the Regional Art Galleries Association. Former Gatton Mayor Bernie Sutton opened the exhibition , with the current Mayor Ray Ferdinand officiating proceedings.

Davson’s major retrospective exhibition With Gratitude For The Light, was the feature of this opening event. This important survey exhibition was shown in 14 public galleries during its three year tour.

With over 60 art works spanning more than 25 years of Davson’s artistic career, With Gratitude For The Light included works borrowed from distinguished public, corporate and private collections. These included: the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, the Ian Fairweather Memorial Art Gallery & Museum, the Win Davson Art Gallery & Museum, Konica Australia, Cathay Pacific Airlines, Time Life Warner, Coro Corp. New Zealand & Hawaii, the El Largo Resort, the Nelson Bay RSL Club, Pittwater Village and James Fairfax AO. The exhibition was shown in 14 public galleries over three years.

Mayor Ray Ferdinand

Gatton Shire Council, and on behalf of the Gatton Shire Davson Art Gallery

We are very proud to name this gallery in honour of the outstanding contribution of the Davson family to the development in our community of artistic and cultural pursuits. We are especially proud of our local artist, Sharon Davson, who is the first Gatton artist to achieve such international recognition and whose Retrospective is the first art exhibition to be shown in our new gallery.

We thank her for bringing this exhibition to Gatton and making her professional expertise available to us. It is hoped that one day the gallery will have some of these works back on permanent display as the cornerstone of its collection.

Sharon contributed to the new gallery’s development by assisting with training volunteers and staff, and providing background logistics for the new gallery’s operations. She frequently returned to Gatton to support exhibition openings.

Patron for the Gatton Shire Davson Art Gallery, Mrs Win Davson MBE, attended the opening of all exhibitions held at the gallery, although sadly there is no photographic record of her attendance at any those functions.

Through many successful exhibitions, the Gatton Shire Davson Art Gallery gave creative inspiration to the region’s local communities and visitors.

Davson collections and gifts

At the request of the Gatton Shire Council, Davson became integral in setting foundations for the art gallery to receive art and cultural gifts. These valuable cultural gifts are enthusiastically sought after by municipal bodies for the celebration and preservation of local identity, for the benefit of current and future generations.

This included a possible transfer to the Gatton Shire Davson Art Gallery / Gatton Shire Council of the Win Davson Art Gallery & Museum collection. This collection which contains valuable art works and 60 years of cultural history records for the Lockyer District.

Between 2000 and 2002, the Gatton Shire Council’s desire, expressed by Mayor Ray Ferdinand at the official opening of the gallery, to establish a permanent collection of Sharon Davson’s art for the Gatton Shire Davson Art Gallery was also underway.

Through the generosity of several art collectors from the With Gratitude For The Light exhibition, Davson prepared 41 works to be donated to Gatton (valued then at $500,000). It was understood that this gift would be handed over to the Gatton Shire Council when they had completed new facilities to appropriately house the art works.

Sadly, under the new Mayor Jim McDonald in 2002, this gift of an extraordinary collection of art, which can now be valued in well into the millions of dollars, was declined by the Gatton Shire Council.

In December 2007, the Gatton Shire Davson Art Gallery was suddenly closed.

However, the amalgamated council, the Lockyer Valley Regional Council, was planning to build a Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre to include a very large truck museum with other facilities.

Almost two years later, the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre was completed. Davson’s second significant retrospective touring exhibition Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment provided the opening show in the new art gallery within this truck museum, library, tourist information and conference centre complex in November 2009.

Davson World