The Willow Court and Barracks Precinct at New Norfolk will be open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday 26 November for an art competition by local artists. Works on display will be available for sale. Judging results for the community popular award should be announced at 1.30 pm, and the Judges prize thereafter.
The opening of the precinct, which has National Trust significance, will give the public the opportunity to gain an insight into this clouded and enigmatic part of Australia’s early history and the work now required to restore this sadly degraded heritage site.
The original Barracks building, which was predated by a military barracks, was constructed in 1830 -31, and does predate Port Arthur. It was built to house up to 60 invalid convicts and 10 others. The site has been the subject of significant neglect and vandalism since the closure of the Royal Derwent Hospital and the handing of the facility to the local council. The Derwent Valley Council recently established a special committee of council to advise and assist in the conservation and development of the site.
During its life as a mental institution art and music were both considered as positive therapies for patients. Further development on this site is expected to later include music concerts and a permanent home for the Derwent Valley Regional Arts.
Please come along and enjoy the day, and vote for your favorite art work!
The Artworks will be on display in the Administration Building.