... arts, peace, Earth

During the coming decade, it is our vision to build several Davson centres for arts, peace, Earth in different countries.

The first of these Davson Centres is the
   
. . . . . . . Davson Arts Museum peace and environment centre. 

                      At the opening of the <i>Davson Arts Museum</i> in its first premises. photo by David Wallace.
At the opening of the Davson Arts Museum in its first premises. photo by David Wallace.

This not-for-profit public arts museum hosts regular art exhibitions, and aims to become a focal point for peace and the promotion of gratitude in our community.
It fosters greater respect for the environment and everything with which we share our Earth.

Jill Heffernan, Sharon Davson and Les Butterwoth from DAM  committee after the unveiling of the painting  Helping Our Earth To Win by Sharon Davson. photo by Robert West
Jill Heffernan, Sharon Davson and Les Butterwoth
from DAM committee after the unveiling of the painting
Helping Our Earth To Win by Sharon Davson. photo by Robert West

It has an elected and voluntary Committee of Management, and is staffed by volunteers. Davson Arts Museum was conceived through 48 Hours Toward World Peace. The charity’s Committee and members unanimously passed a resolution to form the Davson Arts Museum,
peace and environment centre at
their Annual General Meeting on 21 November 2004.

The organisation’s name honours the internationally accomplished Australian artist, Sharon Davson AFDA DipT, whose creative contribution to the well-being of many in our global community spans several decades and many walks of life.

 Davson with Nia Ruwe - Whose Land? photo by David Wallace
Davson with Nia Ruwe - Whose Land?
photo by David Wallace

Described as a Personal Globalist, she is a living example of inspiration and positive action. In 1990 she founded Artists For Life to promote endangered species awareness. In the year 2000, she founded the 48 Hours To World Peace initiative.

To learn more about Davson’s achievements, please view
Davson Biography.

Davson Arts Museum peace and environment centre is designed to inspire all who visit. Through art-based activities we can deepen our sense of gratitude and love for all creation.

 

Davson Arts Museum exhibition excerpts...

Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment

29 January to 21 May 2010
Guests listening to the exhibition opening addresses. photo by David Wallace
Guests listening to the exhibition
 opening addresses. photo by David Wallace

Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment was presented as the Davson Arts Museum’s inaugural exhibition in February 2010.

The collection is a stunning, multi-million dollar survey collection of Sharon Davson's art from 1972
to 2009.

(A previous showing, of Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment in November 2009, represented the inaugural exhibition of the new Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre in Gatton, Queensland.)

1982 Self Portrait drawn in South Australia
1982 Self Portrait drawn in South Australia

The Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment exhibition follows the artist's developmental process from art student in the early 1970's to internationally accomplished creative leader. Davson’s concepts have progressively been embraced by many around the globe, such as her Hands Up celebrity handprints to raise funds for charity.

The collection highlights Davson’s inspirational creativity, providing insights into her spiritual and charitable endeavours spanning over 30 years of her international career.

'Gratitude enlightens and precedes peace' is a recurrent theme in this exhibition, inspiring us toward greater self-enlightenment and harmony with all living things on our Earth.

Catherine Butterworth and treats
Catherine Butterworth and treats

Major works include the work-in-progress Creative World Leadership with over 40 original autographed contributions by world leaders from the creative fields.

Sir Cliff Richard OBE, Leo Sayer, Dame Cleo Laine OBE, Helen Reddy, Afro Moses, Silverchair, James Belushi, James Garner, Tom Burlinson, Jon Stevens, Tim Finn, Olivia Newton-John and many more have generously participated.

This exhibition showcases 50 milestone works. They illuminate Davson’s journey of artistic skills, empathy and optimism. During the 1983 filming of a documentary set in South Australia about her art, 901 to Innamincka, a rare self-portrait gives insightful clues about her affinity with vulnerable wildlife and growing passion for their protection. 

Davson's original silk-screen prints and other press originals from 1972- 1974 have a whimsical attitude.

Roving magician (in black) entertaining guests. 
Roving magician (in black) entertaining guests.

However, her earlier inner conflicts are powerfully expressed through her etchings and other original press-prints from 1972 to 1985. Woven limited edition prints and original silk-screen prints created between 1987 and 2006 illustrate the artist’s maturing optimism and empowered visual expression.

The collection had also been exhibited at the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery in Queensland in early 2008. This was Davson’s second exhibition with the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery. In 1999, they presented the opening exhibition of Davson's first major retrospective touring exhibition titled, Davson ~ With Gratitude For The Light.

The D~WL&E collection first previewed in late 2006 - early 2007 in the Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin, New South Wales.

 

Davson ~ a long journey

17 June to 11 October 2010

Sharon Davson with Janice Nitschke
Sharon Davson with Janice Nitschke
 Davson ~ a long journey featured a collection of 22 works on paper by Davson (created 1972 - 1994). These drawings, original prints,and other works on paper were kindly loaned from the permanent public collection of the Millicent Art Gallery in Millicent, South Australia.

Accompanying the collection were 5 oil on canvas works from the With Gratitude series (1996) and other oil paintings borrowed from various collectors.

Guest Speaker Janice Nitschke, Director of the Millicent Art Gallery in Millicent South Australia, addressed theofficial gallery function for the exhibition on 28 September 2010.

The 22 works on paper include drawings, original silk-screen prints, etchings, mono prints and spatter works from early in the artist's career, as well one woven piece and a preliminary concept drawing. The five paintings from the With Gratitude series were Passing Memories, Traditions, When All Is Quiet, In The Cellar and A Precious Find.

 

Davson ~ toward harmony

15 November 2010 to 12 February 2011
Brad franks with Sharon Davson and cake
Brad Franks with Sharon Davson and cake

Davson ~ towards harmony featured a collection of 23 works on paper by Davson (created 1972 - 2010). These works on paper were kindly loaned from the permanent public collection of the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre in Muswellbrook, NSW. Accompanying the exhibition were 6 oil-on-canvas paintings by Davson borrowed from various collectors.

Opened on 17 November 2010 as the main feature of the Davson Arts Museum's end of year festive-season events, Brad Franks, Arts Centre Manager, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre in Muswellbrook, NSW attended as Guest Speaker.

Mick (Didge) Davidson
Mick (Didge) Davidson

The exhibition pieces loaned from the permanent public collection of the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre in Muswellbrook, New South Wales included drawings, original silk-screen prints, etchings, mono prints and spatter works from early in the artist's career, as well one woven piece and a preliminary concept drawing.

This exhibition offered a rare opportunity for Newcastle residents to view Davson’s iconic painting Turning Point created in 2000. Commissioned by the Hon. Pat Farmer, Turning Point represents the flagship image for his incredible Pole to Pole run and Davson’s sponsorship involvement.

Other paintings on loan from collectors included Is Anyone Listenin g and four pieces from the With Gratitude series; Passing Memories, A Precious Find, When All Is Quiet and Traditions.

For other exhibitions please go to www.davsonartsmuseum.com

introducing ...

the people of the Davson Arts Museum 

At our opening exhibition, (from left) Bishop Brian Farren,  Aboriginal elder Mick Davidson, Sharon Davson and  Newcastle Lord Mayor John Tate.
At our opening exhibition, (from left)
Bishop Brian Farren, Aboriginal elder
Mick Davidson, Sharon
Davson and Newcastle Lord Mayor John Tate.

On 10 February 2010, the Davson Arts Museum opened its inaugural exhibition with Sharon Davson’s multi-million dollar touring retrospective collection of art, Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment.

The Master of Ceremonies was
Vice-Chairman, Tony Lawder. Local Aboriginal elder, Mick Davidson,
gave a Welcome to the Land and explained the cultural significance
of the didgeridoo before providing a moving performance on this traditional musical instrument.

The Right Reverend Dr. Brian Farren, the Anglican Bishop of Newcastle, gave a blessing.

After Sharon Davson addressed the gathering, Councillor John Tate, the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, officially opened the Davson Arts Museum and its impressive inaugural exhibition.

The Davson Arts Museum has an elected voluntary Committee of Management, and the organisation is currently staffed by volunteers.

The Museum was initially conceived through the 48 Hours Toward World Peace committee and membership. A resolution was unanimously passed by members of 48 Hours Toward World Peace at their Annual General Meeting on 21 November 2004 to this effect and the Davson Arts Museum became an incorporated association in 2009.

On 2 April 2009, the first Committee of Management for Davson Arts Museum was elected.

The Museum is registered as a not-for-profit charity, meaning that donations of $2 and above are tax deductable.

DAM special affiliations:

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

DAM Partons include:

Australians
Councillor John Tate Newcastle Lord Mayor
The Hon. Pat Farmer MP World Record-holding Ultra-marathon Runner
Mark Richards World Champion Surfer 1979, 1980, 1981 & 1982
Internationals  
Sir Cliff Richard OBE British international singing legend
 

DAM Inaugural Committee of Management:

Chairperson and Public Officer Sharon Davson ADFA DipT
Vice Chairperson Tony Lawder M Bus. (Finance & IR) B Bus. (Marketing)
Secretary Janine Thompson
Treasurer Phil Barnard Dip FS (FP) SSA
Gallery Coordinator Catherine Butterworth AISTD (Classical) AFATD (Mod. & Tap)
Functions Coordinator Julie Meyers Dip T
Building Development Coordinator Don Champagne Dip Architecture
Community Liaison Coordinator Ken Meyers Dip T
Gift Shop Development Coordinator Jill Heffernan L Mus, T Mus A, STEAA-T.T
Executive Member Chris Ryan BA Hons. LLB
Executive Member Rev. Bruce Ball BSW BTh
Executive Member Tom Jones MBA Dip. Ed. JP
Executive Member Rev. Lyn Collins BA BTh
Advisory Panel: Don Thompson M.Comm FP&A JP Accountancy
  Shaynee Statham Collection development
  Les Butterworth Documentation
Par Farmer web

Pat Farmer MP with Davson.

cliff richard with davson web

Sir Cliff Richard OBE  with Davson.

 

Davson Arts Museum Committee

Following the 2009 election, (from left) a toast being enjoyed by
Catherine Butterworth, Phil Bernard (at back),
Shaynee Statham, Tony Lawder,
Don and Janine Thompson, Jill Heffernan, Ken Meyers
and (seated) Sharon Davson.
photo by Les Butterworth

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