ON SHOW: A striking building at 2508 Armidale Rd.
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Valley's rural architecture shines in gallery exhibition

AN EXHIBITION that explores the diversity of buildings in rural areas of the Clarence Valley has opened at the Grafton Regional Gallery.

The Architecture of the Clarence Valley: Rural exhibition is curated from community contributions of rural architecture as well as houses that are considered significant architectural structures of the area.

Three well-known valley photographers - Debrah Novak, Adam Hourigan and Simon Hughes - each presented a selection to create a profile of rural architecture in the Clarence Valley.

Gallery director Jude McBean said there was often more space and greater freedom in how rural houses, sheds and other buildings were constructed and they expressed this different sense of space in their shape and forms.

"The building's function, the availability of materials and the culture of the owners are, of course, other major influences," she said.

"We see these influences in the images presented from our photographers.

"The beauty of our valley is on show in this exhibition, and the way these buildings make use of interesting building materials and also relate to their surrounding landscape is really interesting."

Architecture of the Clarence Valley: Rural is at the Grafton Regional Gallery until October 22.


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