Robert Smith Art Collection

Robert Smith talking about his art collectionThe Robert Smith Art Collection has been generously gifted to Bass Coast by art historian and collector, Mr. Robert Smith.

The collection is made up of approximately 600 works, including limited edition prints, works on paper, paintings, sculptures, ceramics and photographs.

These works are by Australian and International artists spanning from the sixteenth century up to the millennium. 

This collection is unique and represents a lifetime of commitment to collecting artworks and supporting artists with a strong humanist influence.

Mr. Robert Smith is a cultural historian who has held positions of responsibility, respect and regard at all levels of the arts industry.

He began collecting art as early as 1948, when he bought two Noel Counihan silkscreen prints for five shillings each. Since then his collection has grown to become something truly remarkable.

A documentary film, ‘Speaking of Art the Bob Smith Collection’, is a project funded by Council and produced by Drift Media.

The documentary film, which was made with assistance from Mr. Smith, promotes some of the more remarkable works and the diversity of the collection, providing insight into the history and stories behind the art works and collector.

Council is currently investigating how the art works will be made available for public viewing in the future.

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